The invention of Hell

27 04 2010

Hell is a fairly recent invention. Hell, as we know it, pops up with Christianity, and as it was such a good bit of propaganda and blackmail, it was taken up by Islam when Mohammed learned of it.

Now hell as we know it is plagiarised inspired by the ancient Egyptians’ idea of the things which would happen to bad people after death.

Blackened bodies burning in fire

Let’s not forget we are talking ”religion” here. religion is a form of creed. Religion is a construct by humans to keep control over other people. And religions like to use a kind of emotional blackmail to scare people into adhering to the creed.
One way is the invention of hell.

So after inventing ”Hell” religious people now tell you that you have to believe or else…
And you have to obey or else…
And you have to follow a lot of rules, or else….
And you have to listen to the priests, scholars, or else….

And Christianity had another brilliant idea: Let’s tell people they are already doomed, so everybody should become a Christian asap,
or else…
Now to lure people in and to get them to worship Jesus they also tell you that although you are an awful disgusting sinful person, there’s this bloke Jesus, who was tortured, and died on the cross to wash you clean of all the sins you were born with even if you had not actually done anything. And now you have to worship him as well.

Or else….

So nice you’d think.

But noooo, because that would be giving some really good cards away wouldn’t it? So even though Jesus died for our sins and cleansed us of evil, we are still bad people and we have to believe and worship Jesus!
or else…
And you have to obey or else…
And you have to follow a lot of rules, or else….
And you have to listen to the priests, scholars, or else….

So this is the reason for inventing hell.

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11 responses

28 04 2010
susanne430

I see your comment on Bedu’s blog inspired a post! :)

28 04 2010
Aafke-Art

Paste-copied, darling! When I write a particular good comment I sometimes think: what a pity, this effort should be for my own blog! ;)
Like with the story of the ”Black Hand” one of my most brilliant posts…. :mrgreen:

28 04 2010
Achelois

I was quite shocked not to find Hell in the OT. It made no sense. It does now :)

28 04 2010
Aafke-Art

:twisted:
Always happy to spread a little sweetness and light on dark subjects. :twisted:

28 04 2010
susanne430

Aafke, your comment made me laugh! :D Yes, I know what you mean about good comments deserving their own posts. Those need to be showcased! :D

29 04 2010
radha

still being naught as usual i see.. good keep stirring the pot. You may want to shine sweetness and light but like you Wicked, very entertaining and novel.

30 04 2010
Aafke-Art

Wicked ànd sweet. Why not? :twisted:

26 07 2010
arete

I love your blog :3

It’s getting me through a very dreary afternoon at work with nothing to do but stare at the phone and wait for it to ring.

I love your take on Christianity: it’s so refreshing ^^

You will find that hell is indeed referenced in the Old Testament (Isaiah refers to a place where “their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched” – with respect to evildoers.) However, the primary reference is to the grave, called Sheol in the Hebrew. A dry, dusty place where everyone lies around with nothing to do. Paul says that Christ “preached to the imprisoned spirits” between His death and resurrection. And that out of God’s great mercy He did not hold against [people] any of the former things, in other words those who lived before Christ weren’t condemned. The Old Testament (old covenant, that means, which isn’t entirely accurate; the covenant with Moses was broken, but no one has ever broken the Abrahamic covenant, because God undertook to uphold both sides of it) refers to the King of Babylon going down into Sheol, where all the other kings whom he had conquered and/or killed pointed out to him that all his striving had been vanity, and he was now in the exact same boat that they were in.

Jesus almost never preached about hell, save to warn about “Gehenna” – named after a rubbish dump just outside the walls of Jerusalem, which was always catching fire.

Nowhere did He ever say, Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit — and kill them if they don’t listen!!!! Rather, if you see someone doing wrong and do not warn him, his blood is on your head. If you see someone doing wrong and you do warn him, however, his blood is no longer on your head, but on his, whether he turns from doing evil or not.

What Christ did say was,

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it. There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God.
Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.
They hate the light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished.
But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants.

No space for burning people at the stake there, is there? But so many feel justified, somehow, in judging and condemning others, especially their fellow Christians who don’t “measure up”. I’m also far too quick to condemn, to write off those who are self-righteous. But I do the very thing I condemn them for. But nobody is perfect. Least of all me.

If Jesus died for our sins and cleansed us from evil, then we are forgiven and sanctified. Not free of sin, by any means, yet no longer controlled by it. We choose to be controlled by the Spirit. For the Law of the Spirit of Life has set me free from the law of sin and death. No; if you accept Christ as your saviour, no self-punishment is required, no hail-marys, no whipping yourself in front of big crucifixes while your bloodshot eyes roll back in your head. The forgiveness comes from Him, and no power on earth can earn it for you. He died in my place, therefore, I live in His grace, His undeserved favour and blessing. Jesus preached very seldom about hell; He was far to busy preaching on the Kingdom of Heaven. :)

And when strange fanatic Bible-punchers come to my door, I do question them very carefully on their doctrine. Often I know far more than they do, simply because I know the Author. I’m very aware of cults and sects. In any case, he who adds to the Book will have added to him the plagues described in it (cf, Mormons and their third testament) and he who takes away from the Book will have taken from him, eternal life (rather like the “Jehovah’s Witnesses”, whose “bible” is nothing like the original at all, and don’t seem to like it when I prove it to them. Not that I enjoy arguing, but usually they like to start it).

This is why I don’t regard following Christ as being a religion. To walk in the footsteps of Jesus, to be an Isahi, as it were, drives me with an all-consuming hunger. “Deep calls to deep, in the roar of Your waterfalls.” No one else matters. No cause, no leader, no ideology. Only the face of Love.

10 09 2012
Ralph

I always find it interesting how the idea of hell has incorporated many of the beliefs from cultures around extremelly active volcanic regions. The whole idea of an underground place of fire, sulfur smelling emissions, pain and suffering potentially comes from verbal accounts of ancestors describing a terrible natural event. Follow that trail to any other culture around the ring of fire and you will find similar legends and beliefs. The invention of hell in the physical aspect could be well tied to the attempt to explain volcanic activity and nothing else. Obviously, it has provided an excellent source of fear to control the masses. Fear is a great tool to control the simple minded (Hey, I’m guilty as charged to use it with my kids when they get out of line. But even I know their minds will mature some day to make the boogey man an inefective tool.)

22 02 2013
mary

It is interesting but I don’t believe in it.No one knows the future accept God.People are even making movies and stuff on it.

22 02 2013
Aafke-Art

That is important proof I did not take into consideration. Of course, they make movies about hell so therefore it is proven hell exists.
Conversely, maybe it explains other things, maybe is this kind of advanced rational thinking which makes people capable of believing in invisible skydaddies….

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