Death and Afterlife: Improve your Essay Technique

Another alternative to everyone deserving to be saved and go to Heaven is the creation of Hell. It is described both as a fiery pit of sulphur and a rubbish dump in it’s few Biblical mentions. This acts as an inescapable and eternal punishment for sinful, evil people. Similarly, to the idea of ‘goats’ this does not show a classic theistic omnibenevolent God. This is the point raised by David Hume as a finite sin does not always deserve an infinite punishment which calls into question the entire concept of God’s justice furthering the idea that if Hell exists God can not possibly be omnibenevolent. Hell portrays God as ruthless and unforgiving which is the point argued by John Hick. He views Hell as a metaphorical or symbolic method of control making people afraid to disobey religious orders and authorities and so to maintain order. A God of infinite love and mercy would not doom his creations to such an awful fate. With no chance of escape or redemption what does Hell actually achieve? The idea of Hell as a physical existing separate location is pointless as it achieves nothing and makes God appear cruel and brutal. However, the idea that Hell is a spiritual place where there is merely a lack of God rather than a physical punishment is less absurd. Instead of a physical Hell, an epistemic distance or just an absence of God seems less cruel and damning and so is more of a spiritual afterlife than a physical one. If Hell is physical, metaphorical or spiritual it is still an argument that not everyone deserves to be saved and to go to Heaven because if universal salvation was a possibility then Hell would be redundant and it is unlikely an omnipotent, omniscient God would create something so detailed and specific for it to never be used.

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