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10 Extremely Fun Reflections on the Concept of Hell

An Angel Leading a Soul into Hell, Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450–1516)

1) “Hell seems a great deal more feasible to my weak mind than heaven.”
— Flannery O’Connor, A Prayer Journal

2) “(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go”
– Curtis Mayfield, Curtis

3) “Demon…How…could God…allow such a place?

Think you God built this place, wishing man ill and not lusts uncontrolled or swords unsheathed? Not God, my friend. The truth’s more hideous still: These halls were carved by men while yet they breathed. God is no parent or policeman grim dispensing treats or punishments to all. Each soul climbs or descends by its own whim. He mourns, but He cannot prevent their fall. We suffer as we choose. Nothing’s amiss. All torments are deserved…”
– Alan Moore, Swamp Thing

4) “As the Augustinians see it, God opposes sin enough to punish it, but not enough to destroy it altogether; instead of destroying sin altogether, he merely confines it to a specially prepared region of his creation, a region known as hell, where he keeps it alive for an eternity. According to our alternative picture, however, God forgives sin for this very reason: in no other way could he oppose it with his entire being.”
— Thomas Talbott, The Inescapable Love of God

5) “On Sundays, Presbyterians were not allowed to eat hot food or read the funny papers or travel the shortest journey; parents believed in Hell and believed tiny babies could go there. Baptists were not supposed to know, up until their dying day, how to play cards or dance. And so on.”
— Eudora Welty, On Writing

6) Judas sought Hell because the felicity of the Lord sufficed him. He thought that happiness, like good, is a divine attribute and not to be usurped by men.“
— Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones

7) “What is hell? Hell is oneself.
Hell is alone, the other figures in it
Merely projections. There is nothing to escape from
And nothing to escape to. One is always alone.”
— T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party

8) “My pastoral experience suggests, on the contrary, that the disproportionate threat of hell produces despair that masquerades as skepticism, rebellion, and unbelief. If your father threatens to kill you if you disobey him, you may cower in terrorized submission, but may also (reasonably) run away from home.
— Marilyn Adams, The Problem of Hell: A Problem of Evil for Christians

9) “Suffering in an eternal Hell creates a contradiction between this divine justice, since eternity can not be equal to an evil committed during the limited life span of a human. However, eternal punishment in a life time of a non eternal Hell avoids such a contradiction. After receiving an equivalent punishment, the chief evil-doers like those referred in verse4:48, will be eliminated from existence. They will end up in Hell and Hell will end up in oblivion, eternally.”
— Edip Yuksel, Eternal Hell and the Merciful God?

10) “We do not believe in heaven or hell…we do not believe in eternal damnation. We believe only in the unavoidable horror of hurting others and of likewise being hurt.”
— Alice Walker, By The Light Of My Father’s Smile

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