In one sense, from my field of economics,Â hell makes sense.Â Â If a segement of the populationÂ in some ancient timeÂ didÂ not behave, those in power could have killed them.Â Â ThisÂ would have been a high-cost solutionÂ because the labor of the misbehavors was needed to survive.Â Â
They could have, and often did,Â enslave them.Â But, slaves use up some labor because they requireÂ housing and need to be guarded.Â American Indians adoptedÂ enemy members, including Danial Boone for a short period,Â and played with their heads until they eventually turned against their own tribes.Â
In the Bible was a more efficient method.Â Â Scare them withÂ mind games.Â What could be a more fearedÂ source of pain than fire?Â Â A cost effective way to make people fall into line with authorities was to threatenÂ fire.Â But, not in the present life where theÂ guilty’s labor would be lost, but in the afterlife where is didn’t costÂ a thing.
Fortunately, for authorities, neither people in ancient times nor most today have thought through the ludicrous notion ofÂ “fire in hell”.Â Literal fire requires fuel.Â Does Exxon pipe in fuel?
And then,Â no one has ever seen, touched or heard from a soul.Â Â IfÂ souls did existÂ would not they be burned up or gased immediately by the literal fire?
Hell provided lots of material for the late comedian, George Calin.Â Appart from comedy, and an economical way ofÂ controlling people,Â there is noÂ point to it.