I talked with my son about hell and paradize in Umeå summer 2018. he thought about that and came back reminding me about what Jesus said about this issue.
My son inspired me to start this article in July 2018. I have now updated it to share about Jesus view about the issue “if you do not repent” as was read about in Luke 13: 1-5 at the Catholic Mass March 24.
“if you do not repent”
This text is partly taken from www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/about-god/#christians
At the catholic mass March 24 we from learn from Luke 13: 1-5 that the possibility of conversion or to become a good human is not ethernal. What happens when you die, if you did not do good during your earthly life?
Luke 13: 1-5 says:
“1 It was just about this time that some people arrived and told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, 2 ‘Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than any others, that this should have happened to them? 3 They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell, killing them all? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? 5 They were not, I tell you. No; butunless you repent you will all perish as they did.‘”
“The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. So it will be at the end of the age.” ( Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50 )
“And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire…where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire.” ( Mark 9:43, 48-49 )
Dante Alighieri visited Hell and documented all he saw in his “Inferno”. I have the book and will maybe share some of his text.
Here is a image by Gustave Doré. (Credit: via Wikimedia Commons)
Hell and resurrection in the Quran
The Quran mentions “hell” several times. Searching the Quran for the word “hell” in www.searchtruth.com I find it 98 time(s) in 196 verse(s).
the word “resurrection” appears 211 time(s) in 206 verse(s) in the Quran, a word you find 55 times in the Bible.
The Quran about our souls.
God takes our souls when we fall asleep and gives it back when we wake up, But God takes our soul also when we die. I presume god gives it back on Resurrection day. (as I understand Quran 6:60 )
The word Paradise appears 238 times in the Quran. It is explicated as
- recompense of their good
- a promise
Paradise where Adam was created was in heaven not on Earth. Adam was sent to Earth as a punishment as he did not obey God. ( Quran 2:36 ) To a Hell of Earth?
Clergymen, hell and paradise
Hell has been used as a threat by the clergy for those who did not believe the priests.
When may we go to hell or paradize?
In the Gospel you read clearly when that will happen:
So it will be at the end of the age.. when the … the angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous ( Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50 ) That period is described in the Revelation . )
The Quran doesnt talk about it but it talks a lor sbout Resurrection without saying any details.
I believed in hell and paradize and I had a explanation of how a hell could work. I liked the Buddhist teaching that:
“You prepare the bed in this life, a bed you will sleep in during your next life.”
But that next life could come maybe after the resurrection.
I have now accepted the idea that my mother, my grandfather and all those who died, are sleeping and one day, they will be resurrected.
Jehovah witnesses are right that there is no warning for a hell when we die. But you may experience hell after the resurrection of the dead and the 1000 years that will come.
God, being all-knowing, should know we humans have a animal brains often lead by our instincts we inherited from our evolutional ancestors.
I think it is nice to get the possibility to change our behaviours during a 1000 year kingdom as revealed in the Book of the Revelations after the Resurrection both the New testament and the Quran talks about.
And it is nice if Paradise will be here on Earth, something the Biosphere really is a good candidate for.
Jesus warns us and invites us to repent asap. How can we understand that we have a god that pardon 7×77 times while sending us to hell. I believe that
We create our own hell during our earthly life.
Inspired by Zoroastrian and Buddhist believes about afterlife, I now personally believe that we will get a more developed empathy and understanding after death or our resurrection.
We will understand the pain we created in our previous life and maybe also feel the pain as our victims did.
We will maybe feel that pain we caused thousand times stronger. And that will be our hell for a long time.