Heaven and hell is it real
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No wonder the pope has caused confusion. Heaven and hell are a state of mind
In religion and folklore , Hell is an afterlife location in which evil souls are subjected to punitive suffering, often torture as eternal punishment after death. Religions with a linear divine history often depict hells as eternal destinations, the biggest examples of which are Christianity and Islam , whereas religions with reincarnation usually depict a hell as an intermediary period between incarnations , as is the case in the dharmic religions. Religions typically locate hell in another dimension or under Earth 's surface. Other afterlife destinations include Heaven , Paradise , Purgatory , Limbo , and the underworld. Other religions, which do not conceive of the afterlife as a place of punishment or reward, merely describe an abode of the dead, the grave , a neutral place that is located under the surface of Earth for example, see Kur , Hades , and Sheol. Such places are sometimes equated with the English word 'hell', though a more correct translation would be 'underworld' or 'world of the dead'. The ancient Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, and Finnic religions include entrances to the underworld from the land of the living.
Heaven , or the heavens , is a common religious, cosmological , or transcendent place where beings such as gods , angels , spirits , saints , or venerated ancestors are said to originate, be enthroned , or live. According to the beliefs of some religions, heavenly beings can descend to earth or incarnate , and earthly beings can ascend to heaven in the afterlife , or in exceptional cases enter heaven alive. Heaven is often described as a "higher place", the holiest place, a Paradise , in contrast to hell or the Underworld or the "low places", and universally or conditionally accessible by earthly beings according to various standards of divinity , goodness , piety , faith , or other virtues or right beliefs or simply the will of God. Some believe in the possibility of a heaven on Earth in a world to come. Another belief is in an axis mundi or world tree which connects the heavens, the terrestrial world, and the underworld.
Listen, download, or share this sermon. There is an old story about a Christian missionary who goes to a remote island in the South Pacific, where he has heard there is a tribe that has never heard about Jesus, a tribe that has never been visited by anyone from the West, from the civilized world. So he goes to tell them about Jesus. He arrives. He spends time with them. He gets to know them.
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To say that hell does not exist is clearly not a statement about geography or cosmology. Neither Francis nor any other sane and educated person believes that a space probe will come back with a report of heaven, or that an overenthusiastic fracking company will tap into a source of heat much larger than any survey had estimated, shortly before all the management and shareholders are sucked down inside it by ravening demons. Supposing that hell is something that exists only in the imagination, it will still have a physical manifestation somewhere in the brains of believers. It would do nothing at all to our understanding of ideas to read about them from inside a brain scanner. Arguing about the existence of hell, or even the existence of God, is a little like arguing about the existence of the number zero. The use of the concept is obvious and irresistible. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape … Take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder and sieve it through the finest sieve and then show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy … and yet you act as if there is some ideal order in the world, as if there is … some rightness in the universe by which it may be judged.