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Hell houses?

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Riders, Oct 5, 2022.

  1. Riders

    Riders Well-Known Member

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    What about hell houses for Halloween, are local churches still opening up Hell houses as alternatives to haunted houses? Are they still abusing people trying to force folks into Christianity at the end of it?
     
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  2. Riders

    Riders Well-Known Member

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    This is the definition of hell houses from Wiki.
    Hell houses are haunted attractions typically run by evangelical Protestant churches or parachurch organizations, designed to act as moral instruction. They depict acts which the organizers deem sinful and their consequences, including the torments of the damned in Hell, and usually conclude with a depiction of Heaven.[citation needed] Scenes portrayed may include date rape,[1] same-sex marriage, abortion, extramarital sex, raving, the use of alcoholic beverages and drugs, and teen suicide.[2][page needed] Other hell houses focus on the theme of the seven deadly sins.[3] Hell houses typically emphasize the belief that those who do not repent of their sins and choose to follow Christ are condemned to Hell.

    A Hell house, like a conventional haunted-house attraction, is a space set aside for actors to frighten patrons with gruesome exhibits and scenes, presented as a series of short vignettes with a narrated guide. Unlike haunted houses, Hell houses focus on real-life situations and the effects of sin or the fate of unrepentant sinners in the afterlife. They are most typically operated in the days preceding Hallowee
     
  3. VoidCat

    VoidCat Pronouns: they/them/their thon/thons/thonself

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    Haven't been to a hell house but my church had took folk to a thing similar a few years ago... They had young children in the vehicle and drove around this field where folk acted out the end times. It started out with folk having a good time then the lights outside nearby went out everything got dark the lights got back and the people were panicking there were less people one was trapped between a tree and a car cuz the rapture. Then they drove farther along and it got worse. They acted out more and more of the end times with it getting more and more violent till finally towards the end people pretended they were being thrown into hell and being tortured. It was basically a scare tactic. I saw through it but after that they asked if anyone wanted to become a christian to come forward and such.
     
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    We Never Know No Slack

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    Never heard of them. When were they popular, (if ever)?
     
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  5. VoidCat

    VoidCat Pronouns: they/them/their thon/thons/thonself

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    This was about four years ago give or take
     
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    Aštra’el Aštara, Blade of Aštoreth

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    Sounds great. I thoroughly enjoyed Dante’s Inferno.
     
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    The Sum of Awe Brought to you by the moment that spacetime began.

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    This is all actually happening. What the heck???
    I'm just imagining some holier-than-thou boomer in a suit walking around this hell-house with a crucifix in his shaking hand. He comes around a corner and "AHH!!" he jumps at the sight of a man on one knee proposing to another man. Runs for dear life before a giant bong-mascot jumps out and grabs him.
     
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    I'm sure such sanctimonious shlock is good for a laugh.
     
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    Sounds pretty weird.
     
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    Christians would never dare come to my idea of a hell house/field. It would be based in my earlier theistic Satanism. On one section there would be a Roman arena replica with lions attacking people carrying crosses, on the other side there would be tax collectors auditing the people carrying crosses. :p Total hell on earth!
     
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    Shadow Wolf Certified People sTabber

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    Jokingly and seriously, never. They've been around since the 60s or 70s, but are so niche that they don't really get much attention from groups outside Evangelicals.
     
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    In the 80ś, the 90s, and 2000s there was more attention on them because they were known for not letting people out at the end until they signed a paper saying they accepted Jesus as Lord.
     
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  13. Shadow Wolf

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    I was Christian then, and they still weren't well known or popular then.
     
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