Who keeps the fire burning in hell



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On January 11th of this year, at one minute past midnight, the devil put out the fire, closed the door of hell behind him and left his usual place of work for ever. He had known since January 8th that, after years of deliberation, the Anglican Church had decided to part with him, one of its oldest and most loyal collaborators. But the press department had a news blackout until the 11th. Then Reuters got on the wire with the message: "Good news for sinners. Hell is not a lake of fire where devils, dragons and snakes dwell. The bad news: There is a hell. that traditional images of hell as eternal torture are indeed a mistake, but that every person still has to face a final judgment. Those who fail the test must expect to be pushed into a state of extinction or non-existence. "

The good Anglicans! They always want to please everyone. The conservatives and the liberals, the Catholics and the Protestants, the charismatics and the evangelicals. And then something comes out that offends everyone. For years the British Government has tried to indirectly accuse the Church of England of the wrongdoings of its own policies. Because she relativizes everything or even, together with the "criminal lovers" in the opposition Labor Party, is to blame for the deterioration of morals in social grievances. As if one had something to do with the other! Isn't it the job of the church to instill morality on the people? Every church utterance is picked apart in the conservative media as if they were an indicator of social decline.

Nothing but non-existence is as repugnant as a scandal for the English state church - one of the last state-owned companies in Great Britain alongside the Royal Mail. She is in a rather desperate condition. More and more places of worship are being closed. The old wealth is melting away. The clergy eke out a existence in pathetic poverty. George Carey, the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, even traveled to Rome for - ultimately unsuccessful - merger negotiations with the spiritual industry leader. In 1989 the Synod of Bishops set up a teaching commission with the task of ideologically overtaking the entire company and bringing the product into shape.

With the yes and no to the afterlife, the Anglicans finally hit the ground running. Hell as a penal institution through heavenly deprivation of love, which does not leave any psychological scars. Even the conservative critics were speechless about such hellish sophistry. In one go, the Church of England eliminated the angry God who was a thorn in the side of liberals - and at the same time restored the supposedly lost line between good and evil. “The Last Judgment”, on page 199 of the carefully forged document, “remains a reality. Moral and spiritual decisions are final and serious decisions. In the past, the imagery of hellfire and eternal torture - often in sadistic depictions - served to To frighten men and women into the faith. Christians professed appalling teachings that made God a sadistic monster and inflicted deep psychological wounds on many people. We still believe that a real hell - and indeed, a real one Heaven - is the final confirmation of human free will. Hell is not eternal torment, but the consequence of a final and irrevocable decision for the total and absolute opposition to God, whose only end is nonexistence. "

Such a place of condemnation operated without any expenditure of torturers and instruments of torture, energy-saving and without fire is at the same time the daring solution of an ancient religious-philosophical conflict - the dilemma of the dualists, who award bliss for some, but eternal damnation for others. "For what, one might ask," wrote Immanuel Kant in "The End of All Time", "were the few, why even a single one created, if it should only be there to be rejected forever? Which is worse than not be at all. "

Most of America's success-oriented and successful private churches have sided with the Unitarians, who ultimately award eternal bliss to all people. For example the "First Church of Christ, Scientist" in Boston, Massachusetts. A global company that broadcasts programs around the globe with one of the largest private shortwave stations and publishes the Christian Science Monitor, one of the most respected American daily newspapers. The Boston charismatics have long chased the devil to the devil. Mary Baker Eddy, "the discoverer and founder of Christian science", erased it over a century ago, namely in 1875, on page 588 of her book of books, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures", staccato from theology. "Hell. Deadly belief; error; lust; repentance; hatred; vengeance; sin; sickness; death; suffering and self-destruction; self-imposed agony; effect of sin; anything that produces despicable things and lies." That's pretty much all she had to say on the subject.

Pam Chance, who works at the beautifully named Elysium Gate in London in the English publishing division of the religious multinational represented in 63 countries around the world, explains that "our God is a God of love and is impossible a hell, such a place of Suffering that could have created despair and punishment. Heaven, a state of spiritual harmony, is omnipresent, is stated in the church's weekly organ, the Christian Science Sentinel. Therefore hell is an illusion, a state of mortal belief. "We are convinced," says Pam Chance, "that we create a hell of ourselves through our attitude, behavior and thinking. Salvation from such suffering and from this self-imposed punishment comes through the experience of salvation."