To begin with there isn’t a hell or a heaven up there or down anywhere! All these are a phantom imaginations of those who have advocated a religion – every religion on earth is man-made – to instil fear or seek importance from people to follow the Once upon a time I was a sweet little young girl then I fell in love with a grumpy electrician shirt also I will do this religious beliefs advocated by him! The so called “spirit” which probably leaves the body leaving it cold and lifeless thereafter, cannot have any feeling, sight, pain, pleasure and smell without the neuro-logical system the body verily had when alive. It is so sad that lies are told about judgement day, penalties by the God and pleasures which humans enjoy whilst alive on this earth. At the very least why don’t these punishments and pleasures be different from those we all experience on this earth. It is the same thing that repeats up there – lashes, burning in oil, tooth/nail pulling, beautiful maidens, etc which are ridiculously “skin deep” and surprised God has to take us up there to punish us when these could have been meted out when we are here on this earth! The query is spot on – when God has Himself created the “bad” then why punish them. Certain people would draw a parallel to parenting a child – wrong – they didn’t create the child – they were instrumental in the birth of the child – big big difference! This is for those who believe in a God. If God exists and is responsible for creation, how could the parents have created a child? All punishment and pleasures are only available when on this earth. If one does good, even if the person doesn’t see the results, the progeny will surely do down the line. Now what is good and what is bad is also judged not by God but by our own conscience and mindset. What is good for some, is bad for others. The entire Universe is a balance of destruction and creation, good and bad, merit and demerit and finally virtue and evil When a lion is hungry, a deer has to up its life, when one makes money some one else is either not getting it or has to lose it, pleasurable sports is pain to the hunted, etc. The cycle goes on and on without any closure and hence the term “karma” in the Hindu philosophy which stems from Sanatana Dharma – no human ever contributes and is born only to destroy or give pain to one or the other or thyself from birth to death.
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I am aware of the Once upon a time I was a sweet little young girl then I fell in love with a grumpy electrician shirt also I will do this Garuda Purana which in Vedic scriptures of Sanatana Dharma explains the various effects of one’s actions and punishments thereof – now there are several severe terrorising punishments enough to deter a human from committing those gruesome acts when on this earth. Having said that it is clear these scriptures are clearly more a deterrent than an explanation of reality – reality is impossible as no one ever has seen anything that has happened up there to relay it to us here in this world. Once a human dies, it is all over – no coming back to relate the ethereal experiences up there. What we consider as sins here or virtues to be rewarded probably may mean nothing in the overall scheme of things. Remember every act is supposed to be connected with everything else in the Universe – the string theory in a fragile manner tries to explain this. The lake of fire was made for the Devil and his angels. Read that carefully. The Devil is a spirit of fire (essentially a djinn), his angels are beings of light and fire, so throwing them into a pit of fire is throwing them into a natural food source, no damage at all, no pain,not a punishment. Humans love to see other people tortured forever. No where in the Bible will you find people being burned but instead going to Gehenna (the garbage pit) where there is gnashing and wailing. Where do you find that in your city, the garbage dump where the homeless live and they keep the fires burning day and night to keep warm. The point of the parables of hell, is that you spend your eternal life with the garbage, rotting away, not possible. It’s meant to be a warning, not an end it itself. People wail when they are in mourning, it’s a funeral. You regret. According to Judaism, you do this for 11 months after your death, then you are with God and may return in the next generation – not wallow in the garbage dump forever. God does not create us to be bad nor does He tempt us to do so. The fact that we choose to sin on our own, often at the “suggestion” or tempting from Satan, started long ago in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God by eating the forbidden fruit.