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Religions with no Hell?

Discussion in 'Seekers Circle' started by willy1590, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. willy1590

    willy1590 Member

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    Hey,does anyone know of a faith that doesnt have a place of punishment,like where theres no place after death that tortures or makes people generally suffer?+i guess it should be a faith with an afterlife,but no hell!
     
  2. Shiranui117

    Shiranui117 Pronounced Shee-ra-noo-ee
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    Many types of Christianity don't believe in Hell. IIRC, Judaism doesn't have a Hell, either. Nor do Hinduism or Buddhism.
     
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  3. Treks

    Treks Tearing at the soil to find the ground

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    Sikhism has no hell. There are two general ideas about what might happen after death:
    1. The Gurmukhs (people who live according to the Guru) are absorbed into the bliss that is the Creator and the manmukhs (people who live according to their own mind) are reincarnated.
    2. Everyone is reabsorbed regardless but this might be just 'atoms merging with atoms' and 'energy merging with energy', not really an afterlife in the traditional sense. These people don't really believe in a unique immortal soul. They are in the minority.
     
  4. 4consideration

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    I don't believe that "hell" is a place of punishment that people are assigned to. I do believe that we may or may create our own "hell" experience -- to the extent that we create our own experience within this life and our own sense of separation from ourselves, each other, life, "God" (however we define him/her) and All That Is. I think the sense or experience of separation (like isolation) is the experience of "hell."

    IMO, one may experience a release from the idea of hell by simply releasing the idea of hell.

    It may be enough to simply not accept ideas that relegate you and other people to "hell" for living life and experiencing it, and making mistakes or unpopular choices. If you honestly do your best, what more could God want, really?

    I think "hell" if such a place exists, is a choice, not a punishment.

    I do not know of a particular religion that holds the same view that I do.
     
  5. Pegg

    Pegg Jehovah our God is One

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    biblical Christianity does not have a hell of torment.

    It has the grave/sheol/hell which is where everyone goes when they die.

    The bible says that the dead are not conscious of anything
    Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all,...

    and that idea is exactly what Jesus taught too... when his friend Lazarus had died, he said that the was 'journeying there to wake him from sleep' ....so death is like being asleep, it is a 'rest' and it is a state of 'unconsciousness'
     
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  6. Quintessence

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    Honestly, the vast majority of the world's religions don't have a hell. And of those that do, many of them don't exactly have the entrance requirements that are stereotypically thought of when considering the concept in a Christian context. In Hellenic Paganism, virtually everyone goes to Asphodel (a "neutral" place) unless they're extraordinarily rotten (to Tataros) or extraordinarily heroic (to Elysium).
     
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  7. The Sum of Awe

    The Sum of Awe Realitarian

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    I'm sure you know some if you'd stop and think for a bit. There are not many religions that teach eternal punishment, although I'd say a fair amount do teach some kind of "punishment". Or what at least seem to be - warnings from what's at stake
     
  8. Vinayaka

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    The only hell in much of Hinduism is hellish states of mind, to be experienced here on earth, like anger, depression, envy, etc.
     
  9. LittlePinky82

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    I'm a gnostic Christian. Check it out. There is Hell, but it's not focused on. For myself the concept of Hell is more about a mental/emotional place and not really physical. But yeah in gnostic Christianity (google it) we don't really talk much about Hell as I mentioned.
     
  10. Riverwolf

    Riverwolf Amateur Rambler / Proud Ergi
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    Well... in Asatru, there is a "Hel" (ruled by the Goddess of the same name), but it's not exactly a place of torment. I understand that the food and company are quite good there. ^_^

    It's where the majority of people will end up; it's very much like the Asphodel fields of Hellenism.
     
  11. Me Myself

    Me Myself Back to my username

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    Hinduismand buddhism DEFINETELY have places of afterlife in eternal torture.

    The difference with mainstream christianity is that people are not to be there eternally
     
  12. GURSIKH

    GURSIKH chardi kla

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    As Treks ji mentioned there is no Hell in Sikhi ,


    Everyone have a soul (aatma ) and there is Primal/Pure soul ( Param-aatma) or Waheguru/GOD.

    Aaatma is seprated from its source ie Param-aatma under the influence of illusion /impurity (Maya ) .

    follwing Gurus teaching one can realize pure self /param aatma within.
    just few quotes from Gurbani

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    Āṯam cẖīn parāṯam cẖīnahu gur sangaṯ ih nisṯārā he. ||8||
    Know your soul, and know the Supreme Soul; associating with the Guru, you shall be emancipated. ||8||



    or
    ਮਾਝ ਮਹਲਾ ੫॥
    maajh mehlaa 5.

    Maajh, Fifth Mehl.


    ਸਭਿਕਛੁ ਘਰ ਮਿਹ ਬਾਹਿਰ ਨਾਹੀ ॥
    sabh kichh ghar meh baahar naahee.

    Everything is within the home of the self; there is nothing beyond


    ਬਾਹਿਰ ਟੋਲੈ ਸੋ ਭਰਿਮ ਭੁਲਾਹੀ ॥
    baahar tolai so bharam bhulaahee.
    One who searches outside is deluded by doubt.


    ਗੁਰ ਪਰਸਾਦੀ ਿਜਨੀ ਅੰਤਿਰ ਪਾਇਆ ਸ ਅੰਤਿਰ ਬਾਹਿਰ ਸ ਹੇਲਾ ਜੀਉ ॥੧॥
    gur parsaadee jinee ant ar paa-i-aa so antar baahar suhaylaa jee-o. ||1||
    By Guru's Grace, one who has found the Lord within is happy, inwardly and outwardly. ||1||

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  13. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Mormonism would be such a faith, but I would need to explain our belief in a little more depth. Essentially, we are universalists; we believe that virtually all who have ever lived will ultimately go to Heaven. I say "virtually," because there are conceivably a very few who, by their own choice, want nothing whatsoever to do with God or His Heaven. These few (and I really do mean few) will be forever separated from God and will remain forever in what we refer to as "Outer Darkness." Simply speaking, it is the place where absolutely none of God's glory permeates. It is absolutely void of His presence.

    Now, this doesn't mean that it doesn't matter what we believe or how we live our lives. The unprepentant sinner can expect to be punished for his actions, as I believe is only just. But this punishment will not be eternal in nature. We also don't believe that death is some sort of a "deadline" (pun intended), after which it is impossible for a person to have a sincere change of heart. Ultimately, we believe that salvation for all is through Jesus Christ and Him alone. Our belief is that God is a whole lot more patient with us than we are with one another. It is His sincere desire that we all return to His presence someday, and He is willing to do absolutely anything He can to persuade us to accept His Son as our Redeemer, even if it takes a few thousand years for some people to come around. The only thing He will not do is apply force; hence our belief that there are a few who will ultimately come to the recognition of the truth but, having that recognition, will reject it nonetheless.
     
  14. Thirza Fallen

    Thirza Fallen Crazy Cat Lady

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    Sorry, I just saw this. Which Christian groups don't believe in Hell? Sounds good.
     
  15. LuisDantas

    LuisDantas Aura of atheification
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    Seventh-Day Adventists are famous for their refusal of belief in Hell.

    While there is a sort of hell-belief in Buddhism, it is basically the fruit of ignorance and misdirected passion. Many famous saints make vows of being reborn there to teach and ease the way of those trapped there.
     
  16. Shivoham

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    And even sometimes in Hinduism, hell is what you create for yourself.

    No hellish fire could ever be worse, in my view, than the hellish states of mind some create for themselves.
     
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  17. Philomath

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    Could you share some information on these "hell's"?
     
  18. Me Myself

    Me Myself Back to my username

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    Indeed.
     
  19. Almustafa

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    there is no afterlife in taoism, because you just return to the tao...

    in general most 'religions' that dont endorse hell, have people return to the source
     
  20. Kalidas

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    I happen to be a Hindu that does not believe in hell at all. Being a pandeist(maybe even panendeist) I can't imagine God (ourselves? Lol) would make a spot specifically to torture ourselves. To me reincarnation is ample "discipline" for our actions. Either we become more God conscious or we don't. To me there is no "good" or "evil" those ideas that humans have come up with so that society can run smoothly, and it doesn't always work anyways! So hell or heaven is unnecessary.
     
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