THE HELL OF THE RELIGIOUS HELL! .
Here is "Our Lady of Fatima's" account of what she claims she saw in her vision of hell!
"Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me.)
The demons could be distinguished (from the souls of the damned) by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent."
Now, who in the name of all that is godly, would believe that a loving, merciful, compassionate, caring Father, who created all people from His heart of LOVE, would ever do such a thing to His beloved creation?
Let me ask...you who believe in such a place, would you create such a place to send your disobedient "children" to to fuel the fires of hell? If not...why would you believe that God, who is by far a better Father and lover than you or I could ever hope to be...create such a place and send the vast majority of His crowing glory...His loved children to?
I am not a theologian, nor am I the son of a theologian.
I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet.
I am not a Hebrew scholar, nor am I the son of a Hebrew scholar.
I am not a sadist, nor am I a son of a sadist.
I am a son of my MERCIFUL, KIND AND LOVING FATHER GOD.
As His son, I detest and disagree to the greatest extent possible the slanderous, demoralizing, demeaning, disrespecting, dishonoring, devilish accusation, by my spiritual siblings...by their portraying my loving Father as a conceited, egotistical, revengeful sadist who will torture men, women, children and newborn babies in the torture chamber of hell’s eternal punishment because they died never having heard of Jesus and the plan of salvation or refused to accept Jesus as savior, if they have heard.
Now, I know my "bible knowing" religionist siblings will not agree with my view of God regarding hell, but know this, just because religion has believed in, and taught the fires of hell for so long does not necessarily make it a bible or true doctrine. There was a time when we scripturally believed that the bible supported the sun rotating around a flat earth. We now look back and laugh at our idiocy of having believed such ignorance, and yet, sometimes we still assume we now know it all about the "forever lasting" matter of hell fire. But! Do we?
Holding to the scriptures we think we know and think we have the correct interpretation of, it is easy to discard anything that refutes what we already believe. I use to be a pro at defending what I thought was right. I had all the scriptural points to prove why I was “right” regarding a particular belief because I interpreted the scripture based on my belief rather than letting the historical and contextual context of scripture formulate my belief. Little did I know then, that I was merely echoing one of the many interpretations out there. What God knows about the matter and the picture God sees is much broader than my narrow-minded vantage point.
The popular concept we have of Hell, is that it is an eternal inferno of literal fire where bad people (and or those who haven't received Christ Jesus) will spend their eternity in. But when we look up the root words translated hell in the bible, we find that their meaning has nothing to do with what we have been led to believe.
I am thankful to people who know Greek and Hebrew for making the following freely available for the non-scholar such as I to draw upon.
The Hebrew word from which the word Hell is translated in the English Bibles is 'Sheol'. Sheol simply means grave or a place of dead. The Greek words used for 'hell' are - Hades, Tartaroo and Gehenna.
Hades is the New Testament equivalent of the Hebrew word Sheol, which means grave or place of dead or unseen.
Tartaroo is only mentioned once (in 2 Peter 2:4) and it appears to be a temporary confinement for some demons until judgment. The word is actually a verb, meaning "to cast down", instead of a noun, Hell.
Gehenna is an actual place near Jerusalem - Gehinnom Valley. In the OT Hebrew, it was called the valley of Ben-Hinnom or Topheth. During the time of OT, this place was notorious for paganism, idolatry and child sacrifice. By the time of NT, this valley had turned into a garbage dump outside the city gates of Jerusalem, where fires were always burning to consume trash and dead bodies, where worms and maggots thrived (a reason why it is said that hell has worms). Lepers and criminals were sent to live there in shame, away from the rest of the society.
None of these words refers to a fiery hell inferno, where people would be deep-fried in their own rendering fat, forever world without end.
That is main reason I have reneged on the popular religious hell of hell's eternal punishment and damnation is because it is simply not in the original language of scripture
Such fear-mongering and blatant fictitious delusional illusions, have no place in the Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ!