What is Hell?
Most Americans believe in the existence of hell, but very few want to go there.
According to a 2003 Harris Poll, 69 percent of Americans believe in hell, but only one percent expect to go to hell after they die. Heaven's gates are the desired
destination of 63 percent of people.
What is hell? Is it really a burning inferno, filled with the evil minions of the devil torturing the infamously departed souls pictured on posters of America's most
wanted? If this scary place exists, what does it say about the powerful God who created the universe? Would a loving God allow his creations to be eternally damned?
I find that eternal questions require a deep inward connection with Spirit to gain wisdom beyond my personal experience and knowledge. During meditative journaling,
I asked God to help me understand the nature of hell and its significance in the world.
A Message from Archangel Michael
Here is Archangel Michael's message on the nature of hell in the world:
My dear friends, hell is a deep topic, hidden in myths and fearful stories told in childhood to give children a moral compass of where not to go. As a real place
deep within the Earth, hell does not exist. There are no eternal flames of misery burning the so-called sinners among humanity. When people commit atrocities against humanity, the
image of hell offers a feeling of ultimate social justice to compensate the victims of these crimes. But there is no such place to which departed souls are confined or condemned.
I will guide you to affirming your inner spirit in Remembering.
Hell is very real in terms of suffering endured by souls who make choices that adversely affect humanity. Let us look at people who commit genocide against humanity.
This is a crime that robs people of their dignity, their God-given right to live in peaceful exploration on the Earth. A person who commits genocide is taking an action that says
that he does not value the one source of universal life that exists in every person on Earth. This action says that people can be eliminated based on the color their skin. This
action ignores the gift of life bestowed upon humanity by God. A person who chooses to commit genocide is acting without the light and truth of God to guide his actions. This
person lives just beyond the light of God, the thread of truth that reminds humanity that they are not truly separate from God.
When you feel separate from God, you step away from God's guiding hand and make choices alone. This free will choice is given to you by God, but by the same token,
life on Earth is about remembering your inseparable connection to God. Union of wills--your will and God's will--is the outcome of all lives spent on Earth. When you make choices
that are not in alignment with God's will for you, you suffer. You live in fear, angry and afraid that others may take advantage of you. You step away from the light of truth and
make choices that hurt others.
Suffering is hell.
Those who make ill choices that adversely affect humanity live in the suffering fires of hell in their own hearts and minds. This is hell on Earth, a very real place
for many people who feel alone and helpless. Hell is a state of being where you have lost touch with your spiritual guidance, your inner connection with the heart of God to guide
you on Earth. We all have known hell at some point during our lives on Earth. Some live in more extreme states of hell than others, making choices that hurt others. Humanity knows
hell very well.
What happens to these suffering souls when they die, you ask. There is no eternal place for "condemned" souls. You come from a loving God who provides
great strength and abundance in this world and the next. God never turns away from his beloveds, no matter the choices made by his suffering creations. There is an accounting for
the choices made, a taking of personal responsibility for actions. Decisions are made for where and when the soul will continue its journey in human form again. A path for making
amends, the atonement, is charted.
The final goal, the outcome for all lives, is unity. The soul must come to the awareness of its full and complete unity with the one source of universal life,
whether this is done through a ride on the human wheel of life or through a spiritual exploration of life in eternal form. Either way, the suffering of the soul ends through
atonement by coming into full unity with the one source of universal life. Rest assured, dear friends, that suffering, the feeling of separation, always ends through the healing
power of love and unity.
So what is hell?
Hell is a state of being, a life of suffering that separates a human being from the one source of universal life in both eternal and human forms. It can feel like a
self-consuming fire of separation, a pit of despair. But God never turns away from his creations. God is always present, shining his searchlight through the darkness, signaling and
guiding his beloved creations home. Turn now to the light, the sweet embrace of heaven's light.
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