Where Hell Exists

It utterly amazes me how the majority of religious people don’t know the facts behind their own religion.  I can completely understand when they don’t know about science but to have blocks of information missing from their own belief system is a strange concept to me.  The history behind the religion is particularly interesting and today I’m going to examine Hell and its roots.

As most people already know, Christianity is a religion made up from borrowing other parts of mythology.  Hell is no different.  The idea of the underworld is borrowed from several earlier beliefs.  Even the name is directly taken from Norse mythology.  The name “Hel” comes from both the goddess and the realm in which she lives.  There are varying descriptions of Hel as there are with most myths but they all essentially describe an underworld where people dwell after death.

Mark 9:43: “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:”

There are many mentions of Hell, like the one above but I chose this one on purpose because it not only mentions Hell but also an eternal fire.  There is a rational explanation for this quote and as far as Biblical quotes go, this is a decent life lesson.

First of all, what word would be in there if Hell is Norse?  Before the Bible was translated, it was written in Hebrew and Greek so the word ‘Hell’ would never have appeared.  The word used would have been ‘Gehenna’ in the Greek scriptures or ‘Gehinnam’ in the Hebrew scriptures.  We can now alter the quote slightly so it makes more sense and doesn’t refer to anything supernatural.  In fact the quote now has historical and geographical facts to back up its existence.

Mark 9:43: “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into Gehenna, into the fire that never shall be quenched:”

Now the quote has some meaning.  Gehenna refers to a place outside of Jerusalem.  It was often referred to as ‘Valley of the Son of Hinnom’ in the Hebrew Bible.  This was a place initially used as a sacrifice grounds and eventually became where all dead bodies were burned.  When Jesus described Gehenna, he was referring to this place.  Around the times where Jesus was said to have existed, execution was quite common, even for small crimes.  The destination of anyone sentenced to death would eventually be Gehenna where the fires never ceased.

This idea of eternal torment was thought up as nothing more than a scare tactic.  The Bible even says that when people die they return to dust on several occasions.

Job 34:15: “All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.”

Hell/Gehenna never even enters the scriptures until after Christ’s birth.  The reason for that is simply the location of where the scriptures were written before the mention.

Bob Crofts is a self-published author and critical thinker, and focuses on the philosophical issues of religion within every-day situations.

Advertisements

Footprints proof of alien gods

News.com.au recently ran a story entitled, Footprints in rock ‘sign from Gods‘, where geologist Nitish Priyadarshi claims that engravings of footprints and a ‘mysterious flying object’ are indicators that gods from outer space actually visited the Earth thousands of years ago. The carvings were found in a village on the outstkirts of Ranchi City. Original story reported at the Epoch Times.

The article claims that the geologist has identified the footprint carvings as ‘sandals’ known to be worn at the time, estimated at ‘thousands of years’ ago, and that they’re placed next to the larger shape of what is claimed to be a UFO. According to local folklore, flying gods visited the people of the area some thousands of years in the past.

He believes that the carvings were the locals paying tribute to the extraterrestrial visitors and may serve as proof to the local legend. The carvings have yet to be dated, but Priyadarshi says that our world is surrounded by ‘mystery’, ‘mysterious beings’, ‘sunken worlds’, ‘unexplained apparitions’ and ‘landscapes imbued with symbolism’.

The conclusion that the Indian geologist has come to is highly speculative, of course. The carvings themselves are merely indicative of the beliefs of the people living there at the time, and serve no actual proof to the visitation of gods even if the dating shows the carvings to be from that particular era. Imagery of sandals carved into rock could mean an absolute variety of things that don’t necessarily symbolize the presence of gods.

The other carving of the strange object is, however, a little more intriguing. Though, again, the comparison from weird shape to extraterrestrial spaceship is highly speculative, and has been compared with nothing more than a word of mouth local legend and mythology.

To me, the ‘flying object’ appears to be of an animal rather than a futuristic flying machine. It has a head, wings with a pattern and a tail. To jump to the arbitrary conclusion that it is in fact an archaic depiction of a craft flown by gods is astonishing. I’m not even sure News.com.au took it too seriously either, since the covering piece was fairly brief and no hype was introduced.

There Epoch Times article seems to be suggesting to the reader that the engravings of the footprints were to be depicted as the footprints of the gods, rather than of the local people. Whether or not the carvings were devoted to the ‘gods’ is in no way indicative that the gods had arrived there themselves. I also find it strange that beings with such technology as space flight would be wearing sandals, rather than some kind of strange boot.

Whatever this turns out to be, it will never be offered as solid proof that sky gods visited the Earth, and only serves to prove that folklore and myth span back a very long time into India’s history.