I hear and read a lot of quite detailed descriptions of Hell. There is much talk of the ‘stench’ of Hell and how the ‘food’ is vile and no matter how much you eat it will never satisfy your hunger etc.
I find all this very confusing because I thought that Heaven and Hell etc. were not physical realms but spiritual. If that is true how can one smell and eat when there are no physical atoms to sense?
I guess I understood these descriptions as a kind of a proximate ‘translation’, an attempt to articulate something we are incapable of understanding (because of our existence in the physical word) by using descriptive language that we do understand.
If anyone could help me get a better understanding on the Catholic Church’s teaching on this I would be much appreciated.