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Heaven and Hell

A Theology of Sameness

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 07.14.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Instead of theological sameness, I like to imagine that heaven is a place where we become even more different than we are now, just as I have found that I have become more myself the older I've gotten and I think I would say the same thing about my husband, my children, and my dearest friends.

The New Science of Afterlife Research and Its Benefits to Society

Stafford Betty | Posted 04.27.2016 | Religion
Stafford Betty

One of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived is that we are more than our bodies and that our true home lies beyond our physical planet. This idea, that we are or have souls that do not die at death, is found in all the earth's religions.

Do Mormons Believe in Hell?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I love the fact that Mormon doctrine denies no one resurrection, not even the worst of murderers, and I love the idea that God is so generous and loving to His children, that He wants to grant us as much of His own estate and knowledge as He possibly can.

Hell

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 01.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Bill Halamandaris

What does hell look like? Is it fiery and hot or dark and cold? Does it exist at all outside of our minds? I visited hell in 1992. It was in an ...

Why I Do Not Believe in Hell

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.09.2016 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There are many reasons why the storyline about hell does not work for me. Not anymore, anyway. There was a time I tried to believe in it, afraid I might just end up there if I did not.

Sepp Blatter Believes He'll Get Into Heaven On A Technicality

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.01.2015 | Sports

That's not how God works, Sepp.

Is Mister Rogers in Heaven? Fred Rogers and the Faithfulness of God

Michael G. Long | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

In the deepest recesses of his heart, Fred Rogers was an unabashed universalist who believed that God never gives up on any of us exactly because we are all essentially good, valuable, and lovable: God is the Great Appreciator, and we are the greatly appreciated.

Heaven and Hell Revised: Updates From the World of Spirit

Stafford Betty | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Stafford Betty

It would be disingenuous of me to claim that I know for certain what happens when we die and what follows. Mediumistic communication is a slippery subject, and I am aware of its potential pitfalls. But I am also widely read in the area, and what I've tried to show here is the remarkable richness of the best of spirit literature.

Sympathy For the Devil: Parshat Korach

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The earth swallows up Korach and his followers after their rebellion and they descend into "hell." When they arrive, do they meet the devil? And is hell an actual place?

Cancer: Heaven or Hell?

Lisa Masters | Posted 06.20.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

We are all going to die. Everyone knows that. Having cancer just makes it a little bit more real. I am not a religious person. I know that the majority of the world population do believe in God, heaven and hell and/or some sort of afterlife. That's ok.

God's Way or the Highway

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Last week we worked our way through the main body of the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). But then we came to the surprising finish. ...

The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like...

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) starts out by these intriguing words: "The kingdom of heaven is like..." In the Gospels there are ...

When You Have to Stand Up

Robin Korth | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Robin Korth

How could an innocent baby be held accountable for the actions -- or lack of actions -- of some stupid adult? There was some mistake. Nervously I stood and I asked, "Sister, are you sure this is right? I know God wouldn't do this."

You Take My Breath Away: the Sociology of Death

Galanty Miller | Posted 03.27.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Psychologists explain the five stages of death, five emotional experiences that a person goes through upon being informed that the end of his or her l...

Religion and Politics Do Mix

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

It has long been said there are two topics that should be avoided in "polite company," that is, at social gatherings, parties, service clubs, during i...

Pope Francis And The New Pluralism

David Lose | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
David Lose

The pope made waves when he said in a sermon last week that Jesus Christ redeems all: those who are Roman Catholic and those who are not; those who believe, and those who don't.

Memo To Pope Francis

Alice Carey | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Alice Carey

Whatever possessed you to give nice atheists a one-way ticket to Heaven? According to Vatican Radio you said: "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics."

Dear Pope, Atheists Don't Need Redemption

Staks Rosch | Posted 07.24.2013 | Religion
Staks Rosch

Pope Francis went farther than just acknowledging that atheists aren't going to be tortured for all eternity. He also said that if we live virtuous lives, we will be "redeemed" by Jesus just like Christians. That last part goes a little too far for me.

What Dan Brown's 'Inferno' Teaches Us About Judaism

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

A thriller incorporating the work of the 14th century poet Dante Alighieri, 18th century philosopher Thomas Malthus and 21st century gene manipulation, the novel puts into perspective differences between Catholic and Jewish visions of hell, and the way our respective histories have shaped our contemporary circumstances.

A Little Slice Of Heaven: The Essence of Religions And Near-Death Experiences

Christophor Coppes | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Christophor Coppes

People who have had a near-death experience are convinced that they had a glimpse of heaven. Although each near-death experience is unique, we find recurring messages in them. But these messages come right under the domain of religions that say they have the answers.

Questions For The Next Pope: Is Garry Wills A Catholic? Am I?

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Robert E. Murphy

These questions come to me as, almost simultaneously, the pope resigns, America's leading newspaper reports day after day about continuing sexual abuse, homosexual culture and political intrigue in the Church, and Professor Wills, this country's most longstanding and prolific Catholic gadfly, publishes perhaps his most iconoclastic book yet about Christian faith.

The Top 5 Reasons You Aren't Going To Heaven But Shouldn't Lose Hope

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 03.17.2013 | Science
Clay Farris Naff

Apart from a scientific inclination to adopt the simplest explanation that fits the facts, it seems to me that the whole idea of heaven is an incoherent hodgepodge of false comfort and delusion.

A Friend You'll Never See

Andrew Z. Cohen | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Andrew Z. Cohen

As a self-confessed mystic and spiritual teacher myself, I have dedicated my life to bearing witness to this invisible yet fundamental and primary dimension of reality. Yet, whenever Spirit seems to speak to us or display itself in specific forms, I find myself growing uncomfortable.

The Girl on the Veranda

Waldo Mellon | Posted 03.02.2013 | Arts
Waldo Mellon

Compared to real life, fantasy life is a cinch. Look! There's me tackling a kidnapper! And there I am kissing Susan Sarandon as she hands me my Oscar! And look at that convoy of ambulances carrying stretchers-full of mourners who have collapsed at my funeral from over-crying.

An Upside-Down Look At Heaven And Near-Death Experience

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

The NDEs that occurred during ancient history would have been so instantaneously transformative, so powerfully seductive, that it would have been impossible for a culture not to incorporate the experience into a model of heaven.