Fundies are often easier to deal with then "moderate-conservative" Christians.
One major problem I have with them is that they ignore the attrocities in the Old Testament and
they will readily and eagarly tell me why.
"Well, sure, there were a lot of bad things mentioned in the Old Testament, but that was because the people didn't understand the word of God correctly. That's why Jesus came, to correct us. He came to teach us that God is about love."
Okay, so I'm still stumbling a bit to answer this, and as you may well know, if you stumble at all... theists call "victory."
A LITTLE HELP PLEASE?
I dont see the book cited as credible, the author's ideas are not widely accepted. Here is a refutation of the book
Did you know that, in Hebrew, the word for Hell is Gehenna... and that it is a physical place in Jerusalem? In Jesus' day, it was basically a town dump. There is the smell of sulfur in that area; that explains the fact there are lava flows underground which, subsequently, warm the springs of Tiberias. If Wikipedia doesn't satisfy your curiosity, try this Jewish website.
The reality is, there was a lot of superstition surrounding this plot of land. It is easy to imagine that early-man would have a loose grasp on the phenomena of volcanic activity; without that scientific information, of course they would assume the place was cursed and a gateway to the underworld.
If you want to talk about knowledge of ancient languages, maybe you should study up yourself a bit. Western Christianity has jumped to conclusions about Hell because it has so little knowledge of Middle Eastern geography and the history of Jerusalem.
I'm sure this doesn't sway your confidence in the existence of Hell though; it's sooo much more rational to believe there's a place that resides in another dimension than admit the very concept of Hell was born out of superstition and lack of understanding. Do you know that even Jews don't necessarily believe in Hell the way Christians do? It's noteworthy to me anyway.