The concept of “hell” has changed over time. Different writers at different times and cultural settings saw it differently. Since it is a made-up concept, one wonders what will be made up in the future.
There was writing in the Middle Ages that spoke of a hell where the unfortunate sat out for a while and then things were OK. Then there is the fiery hell.
This latter hell probably is a product of a culture where carrot and stick is convention wisdom. It is incorporated into drug treatment and child rearing. Why not religion?
I would wager very few faculty in Departments of Religion at mainline Protestant or Catholic research universities believe in a literal hell. The culture that gave birth to it centuries ago is evaporating.
Today’s public school students are taught proper behavior is accepting people who are different. The very existence of a hell is about condemning others, not accepting them. That makes me think the next generation will not believe in a literal hell and it will not be mentioned from the pulpit.
This reminds me of the dozens of times comments have warned me of my coming eternity in hell. If there were such a place that would alarm me.
Since whatever hell is or wherever it is keeps changing, I have to conclude seeing me in hell is wishful thinking. I promise I will discontinue this blog when the good information about an actual hell arrives.
The future of a literal hell is bleak.