Do you believe the existence of "Hell"?

United States
August 15, 2009 11:04pm CST
From many church preaching, and pastors theological speech, many of them avoiding the discussion of "Hell", the opposite of "Heaven". Why? Was it the bad publicity of good things in people's belief? The common description of "Hell" is a lake of steaming fire, coldness and lonely, an eternal punishment from God, so they call it. It was afterlife punishment, and abadonment of God as abstract description. So, how many of you actually believe in the existence of "Hell"? According to statistics, 59% of American deny it. And 79% of Americans believe the existence of "Heaven".
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• United States
16 Aug 09
I think if someone believes in heaven, they pretty much have to believe in hell. People who think that everyone goes somewhere great and no one ever gets punished are just too hopeful. I think a lot of people are afraid because they think they can't get into heaven, so they make themselves believe there is no hell so they don't need to worry about it. As for myself, I'm not really sure if I believe in a heaven or a hell, I'm kind of at a stage in my life where I want some concrete answers and I want to make my own choice as to whether or not I actually believe all that stuff.
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• United States
16 Aug 09
This is a good ?. I've asked some Christians before if they knew for sure there was a "hell" and the person would say "yes". But how could they know this? It's not possible they could know this. This topic is something that has always troubled me throughout my entire life. I would hope there is not really a hell. Supposedly when people die they go to a resting place where they sleep until the end of the age, or at some point in the future after judgement and then the ones that don't make it into Gods kingdom go into the eternal lake of fire. I think evil people like "Hitler" should have some kind of punishment. I think bad and evil people who cause physical pain, and suffering, to animals and people will probably go to some sort of "hell". I hope the rest of us will be given a 2nd chance if we aren't good enough for "Heaven". This is a tough one that maybe can't be answered. The best thing we can all do is believe and follow Christ. If we are confused about that then the best thing is to just take care of your family and help someone a little if you come across the opportunity. If you have time do a good deed daily or weekly or whenever you have the chance. If you asked me if I personally believed in "hell" I wouldn't not be able to say I do or "yes". How could any intelligent person say they know for a fact that there is a hell. I mean really how could they.
• United States
16 Aug 09
I meant to say This is a good question. Sorry for the mistake.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
16 Aug 09
Hell is used to scare people into morality. There was a study done that correlated the belief in Hell to the morality of the society. It was very interesting. I don't believe in Hell. I do believe in an afterlife where bad people will be punished but I don't believe in a place of punishment where you go there just because you don't believe in a particular deity.
• United States
16 Aug 09
Sorry, not trying to hijack this post, but this is an interesting viewpoint. I can only hope you are right, that bad people will be punished after leaving this Earth. It makes sense to me that if you are a good person, it doesn't matter what or who you believe in, you should have a good afterlife, if the afterlife exists. I completely believe your first comment, about the study correlating Hell to the morals of society. A fearful and paranoid society is quite easy to manipulate.
@vandana7 (65003)
• India
17 Aug 09
Well it is there in dictionary for one. :-) Seriously, why must we behave ourselves because we fear going to hell or where we wouldnt like to be. Do we really need to be scared like that after growing up? Have we not seen many people doing unscrupulous things, and the heavenly guardian angel not coming down with white robe and large wings to save the sufferer? When that did not happen ever, then why would this aspect of the story be true? I think when we are young we dont understand the concept of what is right and what is wrong. So our elders came up with a unique idea to make us conform to the laws of the society. The created this fictitious place called hell that has all possible imaginable forms of torture. Obviously, it was to scare the child in us so that we do only what we are told is right. Such things dont make sense once we grow up, just like there ares several other things that dont. We need these stories though. They will be useful for each successive generation.
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I believe in AN afterlife. Not a set of "good + bad" ones. But then...I'm not christian, I don't feel the need to constantly contemplate this possible "place".
@linyun (52)
• China
17 Aug 09
Polity and Religion,someone use them to control people.Then there going to have war and fight.
• United States
17 Aug 09
Well the way i see it is hell and heaven are like cake and frosting, you can't have one without the other. That was probably a poor example but its late lol.What i'm trying to say is if you belive in heaven you might as well belive in hell, because everything in life can't be easy and without consequence. So if people who are saved and living right for god get to go to heaven, why should people who don't even acknowledege that there is a hell and have not accepted christ be able to enjoy heaven. Heaven and hell go together so it really makes no sense to belive in one and not the other. Why do you think at the end of a church service the pastor always ask if anyone needs to be saved? Why, because hell is a terrible place and it is very much as real as heaven. Who would want to spend the rest of their lives living in endless pain?
@mequan (141)
• United States
16 Aug 09
This is a really good question that a lot of people wonder about.I saw yes because if you read the bible it tell you so. If you believe in GOD than you should trust what he says and believe that he is telling you the truth and would not lie to you.
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
16 Aug 09
Of course there is a Hell. It is a town in Sweden. The only other one I know of is called Earth.
@vandana7 (65003)
• India
16 Aug 09
Somebody once sent me a forward in which she was trying to show how insignificant we were in the universe. I dont think god has any time, energy or inclination to waste time looking at who should be punished how much, and maintain a chamber of horrors, guarded by hideous looking personnel. No. I dont believe in hell at all. I do however believe that we can bring about positive changes in the universe through our actions. And at times, we are hit by neagive actions of others, leading to undeserving pain. Yet, if we can continue being good, the universe will eventually reward us.
@xtedaxcvg (3191)
• Philippines
16 Aug 09
Yes, I do believe in the existence of Hell. I also believe that Hell is a place of great pain and suffering. I'm not sure what it looks like or how to describe it but in my opinion, Hell is a place or a state where a soul is experiencing extreme anguish.
• India
16 Aug 09
yes...In some religions heaven and hell do really exist. There are living like a kind of compensation or a promise for our quotidian human life. Yes!....the place where you feel good is heaven...and the place where you feel bad is hell.