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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.

What Dreams May Come

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Last year, USA Today, took a survey on spirituality. They asked whether or not people believed in an afterlife. "Of those surveyed, 55 percent said ...

Why Is it So Much Easier Talking About Films Than Faith?

Eric Elnes | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
Eric Elnes

While I love going to the movies, I find myself even more interested in hearing people share their stories of where they have found heaven in this life -- especially in the midst of powerful struggles. Increasingly, I'm even feeling comfortable sharing my own. How about you?

Who Goes to Hell?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Hell is a grave subject. Everyone is going there according to the doctrines of one religion or another. No one of us is safe. And for a few religions, every one of us has already been to hell.

For Christians, Does Being Pro-Life Lead More Souls to Hell?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.23.2015 | Weird News
Zoltan Istvan

From a strictly biblical point of view, being born on Earth is a test. All our actions will eventually be judged by an omnipotent God who will determine whether we go to heaven or hell. Our deeds, sinful or not, determine where we spend eternity.

A Catechism of Confucianism: The Meanings of 'Heaven' (天)

Bin Song (宋斌) | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Bin Song (宋斌)

Confucianism employs four meanings for the term 'Heaven.'

The Scientific Reason This Neurologist Believes He's Seen Heaven

The Huffington Post | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 12.17.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Dr. Eben Alexander thinks he's seen heaven. And yes, he knows you're probably skeptical, but there's scientific reason to believe that he was ...

Learning from the Religious Extremism of ISIS/DAESH

Imam Jamal Rahman | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Imam Jamal Rahman

The best lesson to be drawn from religious exclusivity and fanaticism is what sages have taught for centuries: if my relationship with my religion or holy book comes in the way of my relationship with you, it is bound to come in the way of my relationship with God.

When Hope Seems Lost, Remember This

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Caroline Garnet McGraw

When my brother Willie was diagnosed with autism, he was three years old and I was five. Neither of us had been to church yet, so I didn't have much ...

Fresh From Heaven

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

I am sure about something. Small children know from whence they came. They are still a part of heaven. That is why one of the easiest ways to feel the presence of the Divine is to connect with a child.

Daddy, What Does a Dead Body Look Like?

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We got the call Thursday night and were on a plane from Portland to New Mexico Friday morning. Papa was dying and we needed to come soon to help care for him and say our goodbyes.

Saint Sinatra! Why not?

Alice Carey | Posted 12.04.2015 | Religion
Alice Carey

Why not? Frank Sinatra fills a gap. There aren't many musical saints. The only one I've come up with is St. Cecilia. Then I start imagining Frank singing away with Cecilia -- virgin Saint that she is -- playing the organ. Is that not a match made in Heaven?

Farewell to Unforgettable Cleo, My Dog, My Friend, My Blessing

Patrick Beretta | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Patrick Beretta

Cleo taught me the fulfilling beauty of loyalty. From her I learned other wisdom: the liberating value of expecting less and appreciating more, the treasure in small things, the serenity of living in the present moment. She had an exquisite ability to remind me to cherish life.

The Simple Proof of God

Heather Simpson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Heather Simpson

Existing as a human being, with all of its 25,000 genes, complex proteins, interconnected minuscule cells that keep us in homeostatic balance on a millisecond by millisecond basis, is impossible. I can hardly build something with legos, let alone think up and create a human.

Bluebirds From Heaven

Sue Shanahan | Posted 11.10.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

October 9th is the anniversary of my younger sister Ann's death. She died suddenly, of an undetected heart condition in 2008. It hardy seems possible that she's been gone for seven years. When she made her transition she left a huge hole in my life. We spoke every day and spent as much time together as we could.

Where is God?

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

What good is God-in-Heaven when the problems are here? Why won't a benevolent God stop human suffering and fix everything? Where is that God, the one who is supposed to love and care?

Happy Birthday, Daddy: A Letter to My Dad in Heaven

Eleni Makedonas | Posted 10.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Eleni Makedonas

It's been 2 years and 3 months since my father died. It's crazy how quickly time passes us by. I reflect on my father's life and on the lessons he t...

Everything Is in Divine Order

Karena Virginia | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Karena Virginia

I believe in the power of Love. I believe in miracles. I believe that everything is truly in divine order. The universe has a system that works. The sun and moon know exactly what to do.

Heaven Through a Child's Eyes

Pamela Boccia | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Pamela Boccia

My children have been blessed to know many of their great-grandparents. Such a blessing also means they have experienced the loss of five close relatives, with three passing away this year.

Heavenly Srinagar

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel
Sriya Chakravarti

Srinagar has been the fascination of many. So, this summer when I got an opportunity to travel to this most famous "go to" Hindi movie shooting location of the 70's and 80's, my heart jumped to it.

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

Why I Do Not Believe in Hell

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.10.2015 | 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.

This is Where God Lives (Do You Recognize This Place?)

Mick Mooney | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Life can only be truly experienced up close. Sure, we can observe it from a distance, but to experience it, to participate in it's true beauty, we have to embrace it, we have to allow the imperfections to touch us, and we have to embrace the cracks and stains of life.

What I Should Have Asked My Father Before He Died

Mary Novaria | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

This is my fifteenth Father's Day without my dad. He died of heart failure, a couple of months shy of his 79th birthday. He took his last breath quite peacefully while I sat by his bedside. He was gone. And so was a family history I'd neglected to plumb.

Paradise Polled: Americans and the Afterlife

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Kathleen Weldon

Since the genesis of modern polling, the American public has been asked about not only their opinions on the political and social issues of the day, but their beliefs about the biggest questions humanity faces.