Is Hell Real?
“Why do not the Souls which are without God feel Hell in this world? I answer, they bear it about with them in their wicked consciences, but they know it not; because the world hath cast them likewise into a sleep, a most fatal sleep. Notwithstanding which it must be owned that the Wicked do frequently feel Hell within them during the time of this mortal life, though they may not apprehend that it is Hell, because of the earthly vanity which cleaveth to them from without, and the sensible pleasures and amusements wherewith they are intoxicated.” ~Jakob Bohme
I find it curious that many who believe in Heaven, do not believe in Hell. A ladder cannot have a top without also having a bottom. A road running north and south must have a southern end and a northern end. In short, if there is a heaven, but we are not in it, then there must be some place that isn’t heaven, and the furthest place from heaven is called Hell.
Now for those who do believe in Hell, there are essentially two views on it. One is that Hell
is a place completely separate from us here on Earth. You have to get there on Charon’s boat, according to a Greek myth. It is often associated with a place far underground, perhaps due to people seeing red hot lava sprouting from volcanoes. The other version says that there is no particular place called Hades, it is right here and we each make our own hell. So which version is true? The answer is both. Continue reading “Where and What is Hell?”