All the threads on hell here recently made me wonder what the Christian church actually thinks about the subject.
I’ll be honest; I’ve always found the Eastern Orthodox church to have the most intelligent take on any Christian subject; so I decided to find out what they think. It’s pretty cool.
They say, God is everywhere so there can be no separation from God. So, they figure; everyone spends eternity in God’s presence and it is your spiritual state that creates heaven or hell.
If you love God, being in his presence is heaven. If you hate him, being in his presence is torment and suffering; or hell.
So presence is punishment or paradise; depending on the individual. Which means Hell is self inflicted for as long as you chose to stay in that state.
I have to say, I adore this explanation. I’m curious what others think.
How come people in the West that have to believe in God don't take up a philosophy like this one? It's Christian.
I didn't know that this was the Eastern Orthodox take on the subject, but it is an explanation that I had come to independently a few years ago. I'm sure a lot of my fellow Christians would or will disagree.
It's been ages since I've had any church history classes, but I'm pretty sure that the Eastern Orthodox branch considers itself to be the closest to the original teachings of the early church (not that others would necessarily agree...). I may have to get out some of my old textbooks to check!
Thank you so much for posting this!
The problem with this view is that it isn't Biblical.
What is or is not biblical depends on a lot of things apparently.
The best book to use to support or debunk any scripture is the bible itself.
I think the Eastern orthodox church disagrees with your assessment. Or they said this to pull one of our legs. They always were such kidders.
A nice idea if left undefined, and a truthful way to see ourselves as well.
We are the sum total of our own thoughts, and we are responsible for our own happiness and well-being.
I don't need to have a god for all that to work pretty well though.
I guess as I love my life and am enjoying it immensely, I have the right non-god.
I'm curious as to your source. I'm Eastern Orthodox, and I think my priest would disagree with you. As far as I can remember we define hell as the absence of the presence of God. We can ask God to leave us, and He will, because we have free will. That is why the parable of the Gergesenes gives the Orthodox such pause.
http://orthodox.net/redeemingthetime/20 … of-god”/
We refer to it as the Greek Orthodox Church (we being Greeks, of course)
Our concept of Hell is much like that of Australia...
down under, very warm, and full of Bee Gees' music
I have to say, I don’t like that. I like what I read better. So, you must not be a ‘true’ Orthodox since you disagree.
But seriously. Really? I don’t know much about the way the churches are set up. I thought Greek Orthodox was a denomination in the Eastern Orthodox church. Do you guys all agree on that? I got that information off of Wikipedia. I think they outrule the Pope. I could be wrong.
Basically the Orthodox and Catholics split up centuries ago because of various issues.. most notably the authority of the Pope.
The are several 'Orthodox' church groups, mostly based on geography and language.
With apologies to Wiki, my understanding is that the Orthodox church's view of Hell is much like the Catholics and Protestants
Oohh. I can see a conversion in my future. Any limit on helpings?
I'm Russian Orthodox. We have vodka at ours.
by cheaptrick7 years ago
In the first Century AD there were at least thirty varieties of Christianity.What did they believe and why are they not around today?Any one read "Lost Christianities" by Bart D Ehrman.I highly recommend it.
by cheaptrick7 years ago
Contrary to what some folks think I am not an Atheist.I'm a Christian Gnostic.Just wondering if there are any others on HP?
by JillEM6 years ago
I have mixed feelings about a Presbyterian convocation recently held. At least they have tabled the discussion of the nature of marriage for another few years before rushing off the deep end like they have done...
by cooldad5 years ago
My personal opinion is that, YES, most Christians believe in God out of fear. And that starts when they are children. When a child is taken to church and told that he/she will burn eternally in the fiery...
by Robert Erich4 years ago
I have noticed that many atheists and anti-Christians (as can be seen from the most active forums on Hubpages), have a huge distaste for Christianity primarily because of the contradiction between there being a loving...
by lovetherain3 weeks ago
This is for theists. What makes you believe in God? Or do you have blind faith?
Copyright © 2017 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.