Why does Heaven exist but Hell not exist?

Many Religious communities, mostly in the Christian sect, slowly deny the existance of hell. Mostly because its rubbish for the idea of it being in the center of the earth as we can easily determine what is there with current knowledge. But, we've flown planes, we've scouted the skies, no heaven, why does it still exist?

From the bible Hell is described in such detail, in essense scaring the reader into believing that it exists, that those details to us now are null and void. With all our scientific improvements and knowledge we can easily deter all the details that is hell. But to heaven, it is rarely described in full detail; clouds, golden gates (why gold? :/ ) St. Peter, angels, and thats about it.

But people simply excuse the non-existance of such heaven in the physical world with the idea being a "mental" or "spiritual" place, rather than being an actual place. So why not hell? Are we in denial that a place like this exists? Or has general knowledge now debunked the existance of such a place? Not everyone believes that hell doesn't exist, but people more and more discourage the idea that Hell is an actual place while believe that heaven does exist. My 14 year old cousin said to me "I don't think hell exists, i think that if people arent meant to go to heaven or do bad (etc.) they will just be in a black world, without the benefits of heaven." My aunt (his mom) also has this point of view, as you can see how parent to child manipulation of views moves on. How the main way religion keeps its hold over humanity.

If Hell doesn't exist, shouldn't Heaven not exist as well? Debunked so far... we'll have to wait longer for general knowledge to grow a little more for common sense to kick in.

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Comment by Morgan Matthew on August 17, 2009 at 12:13am

Comment by CJoe on August 17, 2009 at 12:46am
Welllll... if you want to get perfectly technical, Hell actually does exist. In Hebrew, the word for Hell is Gehenna, and it is located near a ravine in the Valley of Hinnom (look it up on Google or Wikipedia). This was the town dump. Also, it has been noted that there is a hot spring there, and the place where "the fire never dies" describes perhaps hot magma.

According to some Christian apologists (Rob Bell), Jesus referenced Gehenna as a visual allusion. Eternity without God would be LIKENED to living in Gehenna. Or, life without plumbers could be LIKENED to living in a cesspool. In simpler words, it would suck.

But yeah, no one talks about Heaven much. The closest earthly parallel to Heaven would be the Garden of Eden, which they've failed to produce (though they theorize it was in Sumeria I believe). C'mon though... we know why they haven't debunked Heaven! Everyone wants to go there! Wishful thinking is powerful...
Comment by paddo on August 17, 2009 at 9:22am
Living for all eternity amongst a bunch of fellow prudes with the sole purpose of praising a delicate, egotistical, totalitarian sky-daddy who knows every one of your most intimate thoughts. Sounds like hell to me.
Comment by Serotonin Wraith on August 17, 2009 at 4:51pm
I don't think the idea of hell is becoming less popular because of scientific research into the planet's core, but rather due to it being offputting to the sheep who want their god to be a luvvy duvvy deity who sends telepathic comfort rays to them when they feel down.

What they believe is basically what they just wish were true. If there isn't a religion which fulfills enough of their desires, they can just start their own.
Comment by noisician on August 18, 2009 at 9:38pm
i'm w/serotonin wraith - i don't think it has anything to do with evidence.

also, i doubt whether any christians really think that heaven or hell is a part of our physical world which you could travel to if you had the right type of vehicle. they're ~~magic~~.


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