If we look at those people – usually of a certain religious inclination – who warn us of all the horrors that we will face in hell, I have to ask them, “How do you know it so well?”

They sure seem on intimate terms with the devil, too.


To paraphrase the late Bill Hicks, if we look at certain religious beliefs, it seems strange to think that a God which is all-loving and all-merciful would decide that most of its creations will burn in hell for all eternity – because they failed to believe in this contradiction.


I would suggest that it is enough to go through the sheer hell that some people experience on a day to day basis, without worrying about a mythical hell.

Of course, what some people would conceive of as ‘sheer hell’, others might see as merely ‘challenging’, while there are others who might actually enjoy it.

Speeding across a race track at 200 mph would be an example of this. Climbing a very, very large mountain would be another example of this. As would sailing around the world, or flying across the Atlantic in a hot air balloon.

‘Hell’ for many, ‘heaven’ for some …

In other words, there is no such thing as ‘heaven’ or ‘hell’, but what you make of it.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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