Heaven and Hell in the Human Consciousness

From primordial times, people had a knowing that there was an afterlife. They knew that death WASN'T the end. They buried their dead & had funeral rites so that the soul of the deceased can progress into the next world.
From primordial times, people had a knowing that there was an afterlife. They knew that death WASN'T the end. They buried their dead & had funeral rites so that the soul of the deceased can progress into the next world.
As people became more sophisticated, religion was implemented to explain the unexplainable & unknown.They realized that there was something superior to them.They saw such gods or universal forces as protectors against natural events.
As people became more sophisticated, religion was implemented to explain the unexplainable & unknown.They realized that there was something superior to them.They saw such gods or universal forces as protectors against natural events.
People started to have constructs as to what the afterlife will be like. They contend that there MUST be rewards/punishments based upon the quality of earthly life.To them, the afterlife gives MEANING to their often bleak earthly existence.
People started to have constructs as to what the afterlife will be like. They contend that there MUST be rewards/punishments based upon the quality of earthly life.To them, the afterlife gives MEANING to their often bleak earthly existence.

The Concept of the Afterlife? What? How? Why?



From primordial times, people had a belief, realization, and/or a knowing that life existed after and/or beyond death. They were highly cognizant that physical death was not the end of life but the beginning of another level of existence. Being conscious of this fact, they instituted burial and funeral rites in addition to such rituals in order that the soul of the deceased will proceed into another, more eternal life.than they had on earth.


As people become more civilized and sophisticated, there was the implementation of religious systems in order to gain an understandng of unknown events and forces. They instituted religions in order to make sense of things beyond their immediate control. They knew that there was something superior to them and wanted to establish a relationship to a god or universal force. This god or universal force was considered to be a protector against the elements of nature, which could be quite unwelcoming and dangerous at times. As humans believed that there were good and/or benevolent gods or a universal force, there had to be evil and/or malevolent gods or a universal force or in their perception, many negative events would not occur with such frequency.


People also began to invent and construct scenarios as to how the afterlife will or should be. They believed that there were rewards and/or punishments in the afterlife based upon the quality of their earthly life. They contended that there had to be a consistent system of checks and balances and perhaps judgements as to what type of life is deemed good and just and what type of life is considered to quite dissolute beyond measure. They felt that without such systems of afterlife rewards and/or punishments, their earthly lives would not have any meaning. They further maintained that if there was no measurable afterlife, they would have nothing forward to look towards after their often bleak and precarious earthly existence.

The afterlife is viewed by many people as a consolation to this life. To many people, life is a test of survival whether at the basic level or at the human level. They see life as simply a neverending jungle.
The afterlife is viewed by many people as a consolation to this life. To many people, life is a test of survival whether at the basic level or at the human level. They see life as simply a neverending jungle.
There are people who see their life as nothing but a quagmire of sorts.They see life as a continuing travail of events &occurrences. They see the afterlife as a FINAL & SWEET release from all of that.To them,the afterlife is THE END of human worries.
There are people who see their life as nothing but a quagmire of sorts.They see life as a continuing travail of events &occurrences. They see the afterlife as a FINAL & SWEET release from all of that.To them,the afterlife is THE END of human worries.
Some people maintain that an afterlife gives them an impetus to living. To them, the afterlife helps them endure what life has to offer.  It also gives a meaning to their existence. They feel what is the POINT of living if there ISN'T an afterlife.
Some people maintain that an afterlife gives them an impetus to living. To them, the afterlife helps them endure what life has to offer. It also gives a meaning to their existence. They feel what is the POINT of living if there ISN'T an afterlife.

The Afterlife as Consolation

People saw and still see the afterlife as consolation. In the human mind, there must be a life far more rewarding and better than this present state of life or existence. To many people, life is hell. It is full of struggle, power-play, and the usual political fanfare. They consistently have to play the game of survival whether it is just basic survival or survival in the human jungle. They do not perceive life to be quite arduous, it is the survival of the most cunning, predatory, and/or adept.


There are people who see their lives as one quagmire or another. They see life as an unending travail of events and/or occurrences. They contend that since life is one big struggle after another, they see the afterlife is a freeing and sweet release from all the trials and tribulations of life. The afterlife, in their eyes, is a release from their mortal coils. In the afterlife as far as they are concerned, there are no more sadness, misery, and/or other human concerns/worries. It is their FINAL and ULTIMATE release. They contend that there has to be MORE this life, it MUST be.



People assert that there must be an afterlife for this is what gives them a reason to live. It also gives some people to strength to carry on and/or endure the pitfalls and the other travails of life. They maintain that the afterlife is what gives richness and meaning to their lives. They feel that the afterlife is the final and ultimate plan as far as their life goes. They contend that if there was no afterlife, their life would be bleak, banal, and totally without any sort of meaning.

To many people, the afterlife is the eternal system of checks and balances regarding how life is lived. They believe that everyone, w/o exception, MUST reap what he/she sows.To them, there is justice either by reward or punishment.
To many people, the afterlife is the eternal system of checks and balances regarding how life is lived. They believe that everyone, w/o exception, MUST reap what he/she sows.To them, there is justice either by reward or punishment.
Justice is hardwired in the human brain & consciousness.Many people believe that goodness should be rewarded while evil should be punished. They contend that there has to be REAL & TRUE justice when the good & evil receive their just desserts.
Justice is hardwired in the human brain & consciousness.Many people believe that goodness should be rewarded while evil should be punished. They contend that there has to be REAL & TRUE justice when the good & evil receive their just desserts.
Many people see the afterlife as a barometer of true justice. They know in the afterlife, good people will be rewarded and evil people punished. In the afterlife as opposed to the earth plane, good & evil will be looked at & dealt with accordingly.
Many people see the afterlife as a barometer of true justice. They know in the afterlife, good people will be rewarded and evil people punished. In the afterlife as opposed to the earth plane, good & evil will be looked at & dealt with accordingly.

The Afterlife as a System of Justice or Karma

There are people who see the afterlife as a system of checks and balances regarding how a particular life is lived. They are of the school that everyone must reap what they sow in one form or another, it not in this life then in another life. They contend that no one gets away with anything- all have to meet their just rewards and/or have their just desserts.


The human brain and/or consciousness is programmed for and craves justice. People live by the premise that all wrongs must be corrected/punished while every good must be honored/rewarded. They are of the school, that there must be real and true justice regarding the quality and character of a person and how he/she lived his/her life.They believe that goodness should be rewarded as what is the purpose of being good and/or righteous if there is neither an extrinsic rewards. They further assert that wickedness must be punished and the evil and wicked must be severely taken to task as they need to be taught a lesson in comeuppance.


In reality, the good are not necessarily rewarded and the evil punished. In fact, many good people suffer endlessly while many evil people profit in this world. Many people see and are well aware of this. They believe that in the afterlife, there is a fairer distribution of justice. They know in the afterlife, those who are good will be honored and rewarded while those who are evil will be disparaged and punished. They know that that justice in the spiritual world is more evolved and just than human, temporal justice. They assert that in the pure spiritual world, nobody is treated with kid gloves as justice is very swift indeed. There is no more just and/or better karmic reward than the afterlife. The afterlife truly exemplifies the principle what is sown will be reaped.



Many people see the afterlife as the ULTIMATE report card. They contend that after their death, they will rise and undergo judgement. If they pass this judgement, they will proceed to heaven.
Many people see the afterlife as the ULTIMATE report card. They contend that after their death, they will rise and undergo judgement. If they pass this judgement, they will proceed to heaven.
For many, heaven is the ultimate passing grade & the ultimate honor roll. Heaven, after all, is positivity at its most sublime. It is pure bliss.  It is happiness beyond happiness. It is complete nirvana. It is the superlative of goodness & beauty.
For many, heaven is the ultimate passing grade & the ultimate honor roll. Heaven, after all, is positivity at its most sublime. It is pure bliss. It is happiness beyond happiness. It is complete nirvana. It is the superlative of goodness & beauty.
There are some who believe that once they get to heaven, they will be sitting next to God, Buddha, Christ or their particular spiritual deity. They  also maintain that all earthy desires& wants are NO MORE as they've left their mortal bodies at death
There are some who believe that once they get to heaven, they will be sitting next to God, Buddha, Christ or their particular spiritual deity. They also maintain that all earthy desires& wants are NO MORE as they've left their mortal bodies at death
There will be those who maintain that in heaven, they will be at the highest state of awareness They maintain that they will achieve God, Buddha, Christ &/or other forms of God-level consciousness.They will have a knowing  not possible before.
There will be those who maintain that in heaven, they will be at the highest state of awareness They maintain that they will achieve God, Buddha, Christ &/or other forms of God-level consciousness.They will have a knowing not possible before.
A few people contend that in heaven, they as individual entities will be NO MORE.They & God or the Universal Being will be ONE. Their selfhood will be nonexistent, existing only within the Godhead.
A few people contend that in heaven, they as individual entities will be NO MORE.They & God or the Universal Being will be ONE. Their selfhood will be nonexistent, existing only within the Godhead.

Heaven, the ULTIMATE Passing Grade



Many people contend that the afterlife is the ultimate report card. They believe that after their death, they will arise and undergo judgement regarding their lives. If they are deemed worthy, they will go to their heavenly reward.



Many people see heaven as the ultimate passing grade and/or being on the ultimate honor roll. After all, heaven is the highest state of positivity. It represents the most positive state there is. In heaven, there is utter peace. In heaven, all is good, beautiful, and wonderful. It is pure bliss. It is the ultimate nirvana. It is the highest possible evolution possible. It is a supreme happiness beyond happiness. Everything in heaven is the infinite superlative of goodness



There are people who believe that in heaven, they will be sitting next to God, Buddha, Christ, or other spiritual deity. They further assert that in heaven, all earthly worries and woes will be no more. They also maintain that all earthly desires, needs, and/or wants are no more as they are pure spiritual beings and left their earthly embodiment.



There are other people who view heaven as the highest possible state of consciousness whether it is God, Christ, Buddha or other highest forms of consciousness. They further contend that in this heavenly state, they are gods themselves. They believe that as gods, they are experiencing a spiritual level of awareness and/or knowing that was not possible at a lower human consciousness level. They also believe that they are at the best possible state of awareness anyone can ever be.



Other people believe that once they get to heaven, they will be totally submerged with the Godhead or Ultimate Universal Being. They maintain that they will be no more as they will be united or as some believe reunited with God, the Ultimate Universal Being, or God Consciousness. They are of the assertion that once they are in heaven, all aspects of their beings and souls i.e. they selfhood as they have known it will be no more and they will be merged into the God essence. Their selfhood will be dissolved and absorbed by the Universal Being.

There will be those who will FAIL judgement.  They will be going to ANOTHER place. Hell is the ultimate failure.It means failure regarding a well-lived life. It also means missing the moral mark in life.It has QUITE a REPUTATION!
There will be those who will FAIL judgement. They will be going to ANOTHER place. Hell is the ultimate failure.It means failure regarding a well-lived life. It also means missing the moral mark in life.It has QUITE a REPUTATION!
Hell is seen as a place of abject negativity. It is blacker than the blackest black psychically & spiritually. It is descension into the baser & lowest forms of consciousness. It is pain beyond pain. It is beyond the point of no return.
Hell is seen as a place of abject negativity. It is blacker than the blackest black psychically & spiritually. It is descension into the baser & lowest forms of consciousness. It is pain beyond pain. It is beyond the point of no return.
Some people believe that hell is a place of eternal fire & torture. They contend that those in hell endure unspeakable & unimaginable torment. They assert that they are subject to abominable cruelties at the hands of demons & other lost souls.
Some people believe that hell is a place of eternal fire & torture. They contend that those in hell endure unspeakable & unimaginable torment. They assert that they are subject to abominable cruelties at the hands of demons & other lost souls.
To many people, hell is a separation from God &/or goodness. They see hell as a place devoid of God & goodness. To them, hell is evil magnified.  It is psychic & spiritual darkness. in addition to abject desolation.
To many people, hell is a separation from God &/or goodness. They see hell as a place devoid of God & goodness. To them, hell is evil magnified. It is psychic & spiritual darkness. in addition to abject desolation.
There are a few people who believe that hell means a cessation of any form of consciousness. They contend that once a person is in hell, all traces of his/her being is eradicated FOREVER. It is as if he/she NEVER existed.
There are a few people who believe that hell means a cessation of any form of consciousness. They contend that once a person is in hell, all traces of his/her being is eradicated FOREVER. It is as if he/she NEVER existed.

Hell, the ULTIMATE Failing Grade

As there will be some people who pass judgement and proceed heavenward, there will be those who will fail judgement and go to quite another place. Hell is the ultimate failure. It means that one has failed miserably as far as living a worthy life goes. It also means that one has seriously missed the moral and/or ethic mark. In essence, one has received an F in terms of a living a good and/or principled life.


Hell is abject negativity. No, it is beyond abject negativity. It is the darkest and blackest negativity. It is blacker than the blackest black psychically and spiritually. It is evil magnified. It is descension into the lowest and most abysmal form of consciousness. It is becoming more bestial and baser in nature. It is utter damnation. It is unimaginable and neverending angst and pain. It is the bottom of the bottom. It is the beyond the point of no return.


Many people see hell as a place of eternal fire and torment. They contend that those who are in hell endure horrid and unimaginable tortures and agony. They also assert that such tortures are neverending. Some will maintain that those in hells will be subject to quite abominable cruelties at the hands of demons and other lost and damned souls. They view hell as the ultimate penitentiary.


There are those who view hell as devoid of the presence of God and/or goodness. Those in hell will be endless longing and/or wishing for God and/or goodness. However, they will be separated from the presence of God forever. They will no longer experience the presence of God or the Godhead. They will be surrounded by evil and utter baseness. They will be in psychic darkness and abject spiritual desolation.


There are people who believe that hell is when all traces of a soul's existence is totally destroyed. To them, hell is not about torment and/or being absent from the presence of God. They contend that once a person enters hell, all traces of his/her existence is eradicated forever. All traces of his/her consciousness is gone; it is as if he/she was never born.







Belief in the afterlife has existed since the first humans. People always believed in an afterlife. The afterlife is a consolation to the earthly life which is often precarious.It's the ULTIMATE karmic form of checks & balances.
Belief in the afterlife has existed since the first humans. People always believed in an afterlife. The afterlife is a consolation to the earthly life which is often precarious.It's the ULTIMATE karmic form of checks & balances.

Conclusion

Belief in the afterlife has existed since the first humans. People have always contended that life existed after death. They further assert that the afterlife must be so much better than the earthly life with its all travails and tribulations. They are also of the belief that in the afterlife, there exists a heaven for those who lead moral and principled lives and hell for those whose lives were reprehensible. People view the afterlife as a consolation and a system of karmic balances which one will either receive the ultimate reward or the most abysmal of punishment.

© 2013 Grace Marguerite Williams

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carol3san 2 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Nice hub gmwilliams. This is an interesting topic too. Don't know with certainty which category I fall into. I think there may be a life after death, but I'm not completely convinced. I go to church regularly anyway, and I try to do the christian things...just in case. Voted up and interesting.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Thank you so much for your eloquent response. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this hub.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very interesting. Fun to mix reason with faith belief. It provides us with great insights. I just love social sciences and I am a believer. This was refreshing.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Very interesting hub on the afterlife. I also enjoyed the photo's you added.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Thank so much for stopping by and commenting. It is vastly appreciated in kind.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Eric, thank you for stopping by and responding. I LOVE you input. It is greatly appreciated in kind.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Gmwilliams, this is a superb hub about human's ability to give meaning to life on earth. Studying mythology, astronomy, psychology, science, name-it for so many years, I eventually came to the conclussion that the true ins and outs of life and death are beyond human's comprehension. Yes, we will use all our brain power to find the answers of all our questions; the sooner we accept one or more of the available answers as the truth, the sooner we stagnate in a state of contentment and peace of mind. And maybe this is how we're supposed to live - happy and contented, making the best of every day. Fantastic images you have in here :)


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great hub and so much to think about here you have awesome hubs and always a surprise form you.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Very very interesting. Actually it's a great hub. Love how you have linked the images next to the appropriate content. Yes I feel that any belief is a by-product of the human mind and influenced by the culture and experiences of a human lifetime. Awesome


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Thank you for your wonderful response and for stopping by.


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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Great insightful hub. I stand firm with my belief though that there is life after death and that I'm going back to my creator.

Enjoyed reading this. Great images. Voted up and sharing.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Very interesting hub! Passing this along--


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

CrisSp and Audrey, thank you both so much for stopping by and adding to the discussion!

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