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[–] kittenhugger 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What's interesting about this is the concept of "Hell", as it's generally thought of in the modern-day context of Christianity, is actually a relatively new concept that gained momentum in only the last 500 years or so.

The original definition of hell in the Bible is more thought to have referred to actually one particular valley in the region where they practiced cremation (keep in mind the early church thought the 'Resurrection' referred to the literal resurrection of your same body, so if it was cremated that would make your death permanent)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gehenna

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[–] Poopagandist 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

That kind of flies in the face of Jesus' parable of the rich man and the beggar in Luke 16. That parable clearly references eternal torment as well as blessing in an afterlife.