What is hell like?I would just like to know what hell is like. Is it hot or cold like the Pope says? Are there really 9 circles to it? Are demons torturing people? I just want to know anything you...

What is hell like?

I would just like to know what hell is like. Is it hot or cold like the Pope says? Are there really 9 circles to it? Are demons torturing people? I just want to know anything you have for me.

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The definition of hell depends a great deal on the religious perspective from which it is considered. In some religions, hell is simply the abode of the dead, a dark, shadowy place where the souls of the dead reside. In early Hebrew writing, it was called Sheol; in Greek Mythology, it is Hades.

In Christian, Islamic and Buddhist theory, hell is a place of eternal torment and punishment. In Christian theology, it is typically described as a place of fiery torment. The Bible speaks of an associated "lake of fire." Buddhists believe in a hell divided into different cells, with some hot, some cold. The idea of demons torturing the damned is a concept borne out in many works of literature which indicate that the punishment should fit the crime. The "nine circles" which you describe is from Dante's Inferno, rather than the Pope, in which punishment was specific for each individual. However, Dante's work was not divinely inspired; in many respects it was satirical.

In truth, there is no way for anyone to offer an accurate description of hell. It is best understood as a place of punishment and separation from God, which is best avoided.

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