Is hell actually fire?

On occasion, it helps to remember when something was written or said.

As for the Old Testament, and for the time of Christ. fire was both extremely necessary and extremely dangerous. a to the danger: being burned seriously is generally considered to be one of the most physically painful things one can endure; ;and 2,000 years ago and more, if one was burned seriously over a significant part of the body, one was going to die, and in extreme agony.

The fires of hell are a metaphor for the extreme pain of separation from God. Souls have absolutely nothing upon which a physical reaction can occur. Show me a soul, and I will show you how it can be burned; but I am not going to wait around.

In apparitions, people are given visions of souls on occasion. But souls have no materiality, so what the “see” is a vision; not a “thing”. What they see represents the soul of the individual(s).

Asking the question “is there really fire in hell” is like asking if Balaam’s ass realy spoke. It is the wrong question. The Church recognizes that there are multiple literary forms used within Scripture; attempting to take everything as strictly literal is both mistaken, and misses the point of the passage.

Note: I am not saying that nothing is literal. But if you think about what fire meant to Jews (or anyone else, for that matter) 2,000 years ago, one does not need to go into all sorts of contortions trying to parse out whether “fire” in hell is literal, or whatever… And just as there is physical pain from a burn, so there is psychological and spiritual pain which can be intense. Fire, however, was a very effective metaphor for conveying the psychological and spiritual pain of separating from God.



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Gehenna was a garbage dump.

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In a sense it still is


Some of those videos seek legit -
But like all things - you got shallow people -
Shallow people who make it difficult to get to good information.

Like people who fake UFO photos.

Or people who run around forest with Bigfoot shoes on.

Pot smokers :sweat_smile:

A video of a tourists guide to Gehenna:

click here google you tube gehenna

Another video of Gehenna

click here google you tube gehenna

The distances are fairly close.

Lots of you tube videos of the valley of hell … gehenna.

Dante was a fiction writer.


Yes, there is literal fire.

Modern Catholic Dictionary:

FIRE OF HELL. The physical reality, outside the person, by which those in hell are punished besides their loss of the vision of God. It is called fire in the Scriptures to emphasize the excruciating pain it causes, and to identify it as some external agent tormenting the lost. But it is not ordinary fire, since it does not consume what it burns, and, although material, it can affect the purely spiritual substance of the soul.

Lol it’s so funny to joke about hell. This is why I don’t believe Christians come close to fully understanding what they are preaching. If you could fully grasp the horror of this terrible doctrine no one would be making light of it. All those poor people burning for eternity. Never ending pain and suffering at the hands of such a loving God. I’d say lots of the people in hell were just as sure as everyone on this thread that their religion was right. Oh well thats what you get when you don’t submit I guess. Love me or burn seems to be a bit of an unhealthy relationship but who knows.

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I think Satan may have been at the pump the other day when I was trying to get gas. He probably put a hex on the fuel pump because when I tried to get gas, the computerized mechanism told me to go see the attendant in the store. I changed pumps once…Hey, that picture looks like the inside of a crematorium.

Lot’s of good fiction out there.
Screwtape Letters is a good one also.

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