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#31    Karlis

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:48 PM

View PostlibstaK, on 02 October 2012 - 09:41 AM, said:

If the world's religions could agree on that and cultivate that understanding with their membership, espousing it publically and regularly - it would go a long way I think.  The problem is that is not what is sold to the faithful in so many denominations.
I agree with your above points libstaK.

What puzzles me is *why* people who have been posting in UM Spiritual Boards for years (and presumably must have read posts explaining "hell"), still post about souls tormented in everlasting hell-flames.


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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:08 PM

There needs to be some sort of separation of bad and good spirits.  Wouldn't want the bad spirits having fun pushing the good ones around.

I do believe in the afterlife, saw a ghost.


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Posted 02 October 2012 - 05:57 PM

View PostKarlis, on 02 October 2012 - 02:48 PM, said:

I agree with your above points libstaK.

What puzzles me is *why* people who have been posting in UM Spiritual Boards for years (and presumably must have read posts explaining "hell"), still post about souls tormented in everlasting hell-flames.
Because that's what the bible describes hell as!

Edited by Bling, 02 October 2012 - 05:57 PM.


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Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:28 PM

Hell is conscious torment.
  • Mark 9:48 “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched”
  • Revelation 14:11 “the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever and they have no rest day and night”
  • Revelation 20:15 “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire”

Hell is eternal and irreversible.
  • Revelation 20:14 “This is the second death, the lake of fire”
  • Revelation 20:15 “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire”



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Posted 04 October 2012 - 09:53 PM

Hell ain't a bad place. Hell is from here to eternity ;)

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:55 PM

If the Christian Hell would exist, it would mean God is not unconditional love, which makes me believe this part of Christianity is being wrong from my point of view. Therefore, Hell is a concept invented by religious people. It is the problem with Christianity and other religions, the fear of being thrown itno hell. Fear should be totally eliminated. I see too many religious people performing rituals and repeating pointless prayers just in anxiety, fear of judgement by God.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 02:11 PM

View PostKKOPPI, on 05 October 2012 - 01:55 PM, said:

If the Christian Hell would exist, it would mean God is not unconditional love, which makes me believe this part of Christianity is being wrong from my point of view. Therefore, Hell is a concept invented by religious people. It is the problem with Christianity and other religions, the fear of being thrown itno hell. Fear should be totally eliminated. I see too many religious people performing rituals and repeating pointless prayers just in anxiety, fear of judgement by God.
Yes, when it comes to fear - it is the universal weapon of choice by those who claim to be the supreme holders of "the wisdom".

"I warn you, whoever you are, oh you who wish to probe the arcanes of nature, if you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither shall you find it outside.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:43 PM

View PostKarlis, on 05 October 2012 - 03:26 PM, said:

Bling, since you say that you are an atheist, please scroll to the top of this forum page, and read what is the purpose of this specific UM Board:


The Spirituality, Religion and Beliefs board is primarily aimed at discussing general topics pertaining to religion and spirituality, for skeptic vs believer style discussion and debate on the nature of spirituality themed topics please visit the Spirituality vs Skepticism board.


If (as an atheist) you wish to argue *against* beliefs, then please consider posting in the Spirituality vs Skepticism board.

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The name of the topic is "Does hell exist", this topic belongs in the spirituality vs skepticism board.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 08:23 PM

A good few Christians throughout time did and some still do do believe in hell.. ( it is generally accepted by many )  and many of them will class it as a place of hell fire...  and  some will chant -  BURN IN HELL..   to show their anger..( which is a sin according to Jesus.. the irony  lol )

Like this thread  --> http://www.unexplain...howtopic=235193   Poor David Attenborough  :P

Does hell really exist...in the spiritual world?  Truthful and honest answer is - We do not know...BUT  if we each have our own definition of what hell is. ( mine is being locked in a room, with mad people preaching all sorts at me  and Justin Beiber playing in the background ) .......I would say -  Hell exists on earth..not in a spiritual world..  God has no use for hell, I cannot see the logic for any spiritual place like it..If Hell is your grave.. how would you know it was hell for you?  You are dead, done and dusted....

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 01:48 AM

View PostHavocWing, on 05 October 2012 - 05:43 PM, said:

The name of the topic is "Does hell exist", this topic belongs in the spirituality vs skepticism board.
I almost agree - almost.

Here's the thing.  The gist of the debate is not about whether or not a skeptic believes in hell, we already know the answer to that question.  It is more a debate between believers as to whether hell as a part of their particular denominations dogma or faith system is a useful part of their spiritual journey aka; "all the non-believers are going to hell" - how does that kind of mindset assist a believer? To me it brings fear rather than insight into the forefront of the minds of those that entertain such notions and play them out in the way they view the world.

Edited by libstaK, 06 October 2012 - 01:56 AM.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:23 AM

If Jesus is divine and good he would descend down to hell to minister those tormented souls. Sometimes I wonder if it was Jesus who rebelled against God, not Satan.

They came with a Bible and their religion. stole our land, crushed our spirit, and now they tell us we should be thankful to the Lord for being saved.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:38 PM

View Postand then, on 25 September 2012 - 08:53 AM, said:

Jesus spent a lot of time talking about the place so I have to believe it is real.  The concept of God taking some pleasure in tormenting anyone is something I fail to understand or accept.  If we are cut off, it is our own choice but I still do not believe it gives God any sense of joy.
Amen, brother. Jesus died so we wouldn't have to go there. And, btw, one of the (many) reasons why I believe Jesus is in fact the Son of God in a unique sense is because no one ever says (that I know of) "oh Buddha", or "oh Mohammed" or "oh Krishna", but many say "oh Christ" in a blasphemous manner. Why? Because there is power in the name. There is no power in the other names.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:41 PM

View PostGummug, on 09 October 2012 - 08:38 PM, said:

Amen, brother. Jesus died so we wouldn't have to go there. And, btw, one of the (many) reasons why I believe Jesus is in fact the Son of God in a unique sense is because no one ever says (that I know of) "oh Buddha", or "oh Mohammed" or "oh Krishna", but many say "oh Christ" in a blasphemous manner. Why? Because there is power in the name. There is no power in the other names.

The name christ doesn't have power! It's just a swear word to many. So are you belittling Mohammed, Buddha and Krishna names?


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:42 PM

View PostRon Jeremy, on 06 October 2012 - 11:23 AM, said:

If Jesus is divine and good he would descend down to hell to minister those tormented souls. Sometimes I wonder if it was Jesus who rebelled against God, not Satan.
Some people think that from the time he died on Friday until he rose from the grave, that he did just that, in spirit of course.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:46 PM

View PostBling, on 09 October 2012 - 08:41 PM, said:

The name christ doesn't have power! It's just a swear word to many. So are you belittling Mohammed, Buddha and Krishna names?
Why do people say "Oh Christ" when they are upset, but not "Oh Buddha" or "Oh Mohammed", etc.? If he (Christ) is just the same as the others (Buddha, etc.), why is his name picked on? There must be a reason! I'd sure like to know what Muslims say when they get upset but I bet they don't say "Oh Mohammed". It wouldn't surprise me though if they say "Oh Christ". Why do they choose it as a swear word? I'll bet they wouldn't choose my name or your name or Mohammed's name as a swear word...because there is only one name given under heaven, whereby men must be saved. If by "belittling" you mean that I am claiming they are not Gods, you're right.

Edited by Gummug, 09 October 2012 - 08:48 PM.

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