While dates are not concrete and we can only go back so far in history, the concept of Heaven and Hell can be traced back to one specific point. Zoroastrianism can be credited for “creating” the symbols of Heaven and Hell as they relate to good and evil and influencing religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The concept of Heaven and Hell
A rich king damned to hell once cried to heaven for mercy, and was told there was a chasm that separated Heaven and Hell. This chasm must never be crossed. Similarly, sinners in Inferno are bound to their circle, unable to escape. Both texts acknowledge the second coming of Christ, albeit in different fashions. Namely, Inferno excluded hypocrites and those who commit violence against themselves.
“Because with every action, comment, conversation, we have the choice to invite Heaven or Hell to Earth.” Quoted by Rob Bell. After reading the article Heaven and Hell in Christian Thought I could not help but think of that quote, which is on my desk at home. There are so many different views on what heaven and hell may be like and I agree that we should consider that but you can live in constant thought about that, I believe that you can make a difference here on Earth and you have the power to make your life a heavenly place or a hellish place just by your actions. This article had so many different ideas and views that some I agreed with and some I just could not grasp. The idea of the three inconsistent propositions that is a major focus of the article, seems to be very interesting.
Dante’s vision of Hell is incredibly structured, with levels and sublevels dictating certain punishments for certain sins. The least of the sins is being unbaptized; pagan; or being virtuous, but before Christianity arose. This circle is called Limbo, and it is like Heaven, only slightly less glamorous. The worst of the sins is betrayal and treachery, and these sinners are trapped in the Ninth Circle of Hell, called Treachery. The worst sinner according to Dante is Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.
As a result of straying from the church, Edwards tells the Puritans they belong in Hell. Edward’s uses the Puritans fear of Hell along with rhetorical devices to get the audience to rejoin the church. Hell becomes more realistic through the words of Edwards. He tells the Puritans, “Hell is gaping for them”, meaning Satan wants to be united with the sinners. Edwards elaborates on his claim and states if God were to spare the audience now, they would “immediately sink and plunge into a bottomless gulf” of Hell.
In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth. In the order of Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery where within the sins reside. The sin of pride or vainglory is the primary sin, which all other sins develop upon. It is a sin that falls under the ninth circle, Treachery for those whom have betrayed a relationship such as Satan to God, or Judas to Jesus. Greed is the location for the covetous, those whom valued the momentary provision over faith and trust in God for their future.
The soul will stay in heaven or hell until they fully learn their new lessons for their new birth and to love their next life. heavens are described as “sun filled” with gods, immortals, and souls. The hells are described as “dark and demonic”. The hells are filled with demons and evil souls who only want to disrupt the world and cause tragedy. Souls enter the heavens or hells based on how they acted in their former life as a gift or consequence.
He describes Gods anger towards those who do not follow and believe in Him. It is explained that God is the only one who is able to save people from going to Hell. Edwards wants people to imagine how evil and distressed life would be without Gods love and mercy. He explains that to not burn in Hell people need to ask for forgiveness from God, experience Gods mercy, and continuously practice the Lords word. Edwards really lets the message of “Gods wrath” sink into our minds to show how mighty, powerful, and capable the Lord is.
Hell -- very abstract in nature -- is usually very vaguely defined. This is because the term finds itself stemming from a plethora of different individuals, cultures, and even religions. Even with all these different sources however; in most cases there is usually a strong correlation when it comes to the types of imagery associated with hell. It is usually described as a place of torture devices, darkness, and flames. Likewise in the play No Exit, the author Jean-Paul Sartre has his own interpretation of hell.
Hell is a unknown realm that sinners are put into for doing terrible things in their lifetimes. Hell is only available after death, in the afterlife and your actions will decide if you will go to hell or not. In dante's inferno, there are a total of 9 levels of hell and the intensity of the sin increases as you go down the levels. There is a variety of sins that dante witnesses and the punishments that go along with it. Greed, the fourth circle of hell, is the sin of intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.