/agree on all points
I'd also like to add that I believe the concept of hell itself was created as a fear tactic to scare everyone into believing. After all, common people in the dark ages were as gullible as children nowadays (for the most part).
When I was in high school they were given us lectures about hell, torment of the grave, day of judgement, bridge of hell....
I remember the teachers and the school principal crying... I saw them crying and I cried because I was saddened to them not because I was afraid of Hell..
Also, I remember last time I had a debate and a crazy muslim that I argued with him he doesn't have anything to say but hell, repent, hell, repent...
and because this was my first debate..
I felt like he hit me on my head with a hammer. >I was like what ? where am I ?
suddenly my friends supported me and they said to him, hey you don't terrify her with hell..
Last thing he said to me, you are crazy and should go to psychiatrist or otherwise, you will go to hell and forever ..
Yes. When I was in grade school, they showed us a movie about the devil around Halloween. I walked home so freaked out that I kept expecting the devil to suddenly appear out of no where and drag me to hell.
Another time, I was in church and a woman suddenly felt the "spirit" and started screaming and convulsing. People circled her, not to help her but to pray over her. I couldn't take it anymore and ran out of the church. I think that was the beginning of the end for me.
i was raised in the catholic church too! but i, nor my cousins and friends, never saw a movie about hell or anything like it!
as paranoid as i am, and was, i would have never been able to sleep all by my self :S