Do you believe there is a real hell? Poll


Who called who a heretic?


You said:

If one does not believe hell is real is a heretic.


Hell is, primarily, the eternal separation of a soul from God.

Do you believe in that?


Ok your right in that a heretic is a post-baptismal denial of a truth that must be believed. I was assuming the OP is Catholic.


Yes, but as dear old Professor Lewis reminded us in one of his writings (can’t remember which one), God and Satan are not opposites, which would imply equivalence on opposing sides. God has no equivalent, being the Creator of all. As Lewis points out, Satan’s opposite, as leader of the infernal hosts, is not God but St Michael. Also, in stating that Hell must necessarily exist, being as it is Heaven’s opposite, you come perilously close to saying there could be no Heaven without Hell, which I believe to be nonsense. Had Lucifer not rebelled, it is possible Hell would never have come into existence. Surely you don’t mean to imply that God intended, when He created Heaven, for there to be a Hell as well?


Haha aye something like that


It only take one unrepented mortal sin to earn Hell.

We have to choose Jesus mercy according to His rules to reach Heaven, in accordance with the Magisterium of the Church.

Jesus told St Faustina:
‘People can choose My hands of Justice or My Hands of Mercy.’

God told Moses:
‘In My Ten Commandments I am offering you a blessing or a curse.
A blessing if you should keep My Commandments.
A curse if you should break them.’

Also in the OT it states:
‘If My people turn to Me, repent, amend their ways, and seek Me, I will turn My hands of Justice from them.’

If mortal sin has been committed:
Repent, decide to go to confession,

A lot of people these days think they can do whatever sin they want because God is merciful.
When God actually stated we have to choose His mercy by repenting (confession), and by our actions (keeping the Commandments).


Yes. I do. I think the poll is faulty because many people rightly deny certain kinds of hell.


Here’s what Jesus says also brother.

Matthew 7:13-14 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Narrow Gate
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14 For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.


Hell has demons who are much worse than any human cruelty. Not to mention all the torments of the conscience.


Opposites are not equivalents, whoever said that? Wet is not the equivalent of dry, hot is not the equivalent of cold. They are just opposites. Sure, you can “imply” anything you want, but rarely is something’s opposite, its equivalent.


Dante’s Inferno was as much a commentary on the political and religious rulers of his day as it was a display of medieval concepts of hell. In fact, our concept of hell is probably more influenced by Dante’s fictional poem than it is by scriptural evidence. I wouldn’t make too much of it. Quite frankly it is a stark contrast to descriptions of Gehenna in the Bible.


Of course there’s a hell. Where else would the people who kick puppies and talk in theaters go?


It’s a real place. I work there.


I thought they had to play as QB for the Browns.


I didn’t get that reference whatsover. But you seem friendly, so I bestow onto you a like.


Its okay. I laughed anyway. And I much appreciate your “like.”


Based on spiritual teachings of various mystics this really is a trick question that cannot be answered with a yes or no. Why? Because from the mental perspective of duality heaven and hell can be experienced just like everything else in the world of duality. But from the perspective of Truth and Oneness duality is a false construct of the mind, therefore an illusion that isn’t real. Though the Kingdom of God may seem heavenly it is beyond the mind’s idea of heaven and instead is the Union of Divine Love in Oneness.


Interesting that, as of this writing, 3% of respondents to the poll say there is no Hell. I wonder how they square that with Christ’s clear statements on the subject. Or perhaps they are nonbelievers. I know not all CAF members are Christians.


Our priests on the RCIA course said that basically hell is when you choose repeatedly to be away from God even fully knowing him for who he is. They said it’s a locked cage but you hold the key and God will try and try to let you out

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