Of Heaven and of Hell (Part 1)

Truth is often hidden in the details and understanding the root of a thing allows you to better relate to what has grown out from it. At the root of Christianity is the fear and hope for our salvation where the soul goes to a place of elevation or sinks into the earth. So perhaps a bit of understanding is needed to see how these two locations apply to you on a personal level.

Remember the entire Bible is secretly all about you and the world being built up within your mind from chaos to order. This is taking a brute beast and turning it into a man. So consider then the image of Hell and the symbols that have become an icon to modern believers.

Of Hell

What do you we know of Hell as stated in the Bible?

It’s a place of:

  • Darkness
  • Lamentation
  • Gnashing of teeth
Mat 8:12
But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

But to understand these attributes it might help to understand their opposites, which gives a better understanding of Heaven.

Of Heaven

There is no Darkness in Heaven?

Rev 22:5
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

There is no darkness in Heaven? This means there is no shadow and all is light? What if instead the light was not a physical light but rather the light of understanding. Ignorance is darkness and light is enlightenment. Enlightenment simply means that you can relate to a thing with clarity and this is the opposite of the darkness of ignorance.

Enlightenment: the state of having knowledge or understanding: the act of giving someone knowledge or understanding

Understanding a thing takes away the mystery that creates fear, but ignorance breeds images of dreed and foreboding and so we fear the darkness and all its perceived terrors.

Now also notice in the verses where it calls what we know as Hell “darkness”, it doesn’t use the word “darkness” alone. It calls it the “outer darkness”

Mat 8:12
But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

So what is the opposite of outer? That would be that which is exclusive in opposed to inclusive and thus “inner“, thus making the opposite of “outer darkness” become the “inner light“.

Inner Light:  a divine presence held to enlighten and guide the soul

Heaven is then inner light? This means that within yourself is Heaven.

Luk 17:21
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

There is No Lamentation in Heaven?

Rev 21:4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

The opposite of the weeping in Hell is peace and no more suffering.

Mat 8:12
But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Consider what does the soul suffer from? Is it physical pain or mental anguish? Emotional pain is simply mental regret. It is a pain that isn’t real but it feels real because our bodies tend to manifest what we think. So the image of Heaven is then the removal of mental suffering. Once again isn’t this telling us that Heaven is within us to some extent?

There is no Gnashing of teeth in Heaven?

Rev 22:2
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

The gnashing of teeth is about biting; it’s not so much about anguish as it is about hunger. Truth is the fruit that we consume that replenishes the spirit. In other words if spirit is consciousness then it is truth that refreshes our minds and takes away the miseries of ignorance. By consuming truth we gain understanding and understanding is a sympathetic relationship of clarity to self and others. Understanding can only be found in a form of practical experience where the mind can relate a topic or situation to itself. It’s almost as if you can, by experience, know how to view and relate to a situation. We often use terms like “Walking a mile in her shoes” or “seeing the world through their eyes”.

Relating to a situation brings about a clarity that removes judgment because to see things from all views eliminates the need to find superiority because you are no better than anyone else because you see things exactly as they do, thus making you exactly like them. And one cannot be superior to one’s self but can only strive to grow and improve through it. So in by understanding a situation you gain an appreciation in which to grow through to a better self and better clarity. This struggle to remain in the light is the struggle to constantly become a better person.

Consider again the light verses dark. Darkness is ever presence and it takes no energy to create it. However light takes energy to create. You cannot have light without a constant fuel source to generate it. Once the fuel ceases the light ceases along with it and darkness returns and death takes hold.

Life vs Death

The drive to constantly become a better person is the epitome of life as just as with light you must consume fuel to grow or glow. The Bible uses the concept of consuming for a source of gaining elevation in understanding. Sometimes it wears the mask of a plant growing in the light of the sun where through consuming understanding we grow. And like a plant that is constantly planted and rooted in death, when effort and fuel is expended death takes back that which has no more drive to persist.

Life and death in the Bible are only analogies of a living truth and living soul that persists through effort or dies in weakness. The dead that are buried in scriptures are truths that did not find the elevation of the light and were buried in the ever persistent sleep of nothingness. But eternal life is a mind that is without sleep. A mind fully initiated and switched on. A soul that thrives in the light of reason is an eternal soul that cannot die because it has found peace in the light and makes its home dwelling by the side of God and forever hidden from the miseries that dwell outside the inner light.

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