the absolute true origins of #Hell #fact

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  1. Reminds me of an old Navy joke, for people assigned to Norfolk, Va.
    Can’t drink! Can’t smoke! Norfolk!

    Yea, I’m going to hell. Been to Norfolk, too.

    1. As I recall, the old saw was the cheerleaders chanted:
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      We don’t smoke.
      We don’t drink.
      Norfolk, Norfolk!

  2. The origins of hell in monotheism may parallel the rise of the concept of outlaws in monarchies. Both may be extensions of exile (today’s penal system) and death (capital punishment) as a mechanism for dealing with those unwilling to kowtow and genuflect to the king’s every whim.
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    This idea makes more sense if one reverses the order of creation and assumes that an ambitious ruler such as Akhenaten invented an omnipotent and omnipresent being as his creator, father, etc. With this cosmology, a secular authoritarian could, through extension, claim power in the hereafter.
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    By implication, those doing the monarch’s bidding in this life would be rewarded in eternity. Conversely, the enemies of the king would be tortured in perpetuity. This duality is conveyed in the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch.

  3. Hell is actually a feared place by majority of men who believe in its existence as a place where sinners are punished. The strip reminds us that those who are unwilling to go righteous can always be welcomed into hell without hesitation. If you are not willing to accept Jesus in your life, the devil is always glad to take you back.

  4. Fear on an enemy is commonly used in warfare. The Japanese used dread of American rape and plunder during the Battle of Okinawa to convince hundreds of civilians to commit “jiketsu” (voluntary suicide). The death toll would have been much higher had it not been for the pleas of Hawaiian-born Marine Corps translator Teruto Tsubota’s fluent articulations.
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    Preachers often use the terrors of hell in much the same way that the Japanese military used horror stories about Americans. Among the best known examples is Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” 1741 sermon.
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    Tragically, largely because of latter day Edwards-types’ pulpit fire breathing, many Christians know more about hell than they do about life. In fact, the preoccupation over who is or is not going to hell has become so ludicrous that history may very well record America went to hell because of it!
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    While historical revisionists have tried to portray America’s Founding Fathers as staunch Christians, the truth is that most were skeptics at best. One of the sterling examples can often be found forgotten in the back of most textbooks on American government. Section 3 in Article VI of The Constitution of the United States as penned in 1787 specifically states that there shall be no religious tests for public office. Moreover, unlike the Declaration of Independence, does the name of God appear anywhere in the document.
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    Even the much vaulted First Amendment forbids Congress from establishing a state religion. Americans are as free to tell the preacher to go to hell as the preacher is to tell them that they’re hell-bound in the bread and circuses that has become religion in American life.

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