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The Sounds of Hell in Siberia: Truth, Urban Legend, or Religious Propaganda?
Sounds from Hell? May disturb some listeners.
A team of Russian scientists under the direction of Dr. Azzacove claimed that they recorded the sound of damned souls trapped in the eternal pit of Hell when they dropped a microphone into the nine mile deep borehole in Siberia. A packet of sensory equipment along with the microphone were dropped into the hole to test what could be heard deep in the surface of the Earth. Not only were the "eternal screams of the damned" recorded, the team of scientists claimed that their thermometers recorded temperatures at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
“As a communist I don’t believe in heaven or the Bible but as a scientist I now believe in hell,” said Dr. Azzacove. We are absolutely convinced that we drilled through the gates of hell!“ ~ Finland Newspaper, Ammenusastia
The discovery was soon news across the world. Immediately in the United States, the Trinity Broadcasting Network discussed the sound clip on its evangelical channels proclaiming the clip was the ultimate proof of the existence of Hell and pleaded with the American people to repent for their sins. (The recording would not be released to the public until 2002). The Church quickly printed flyers, pamphlets, booklets, and distributed them as weapons against Satan. Telethons were held on national television requesting donations from Christians nationwide as the Church wanted to get the word out to the rest of the world despite the fact that no evidence had been obtained.
Countries around the world watched in awe as the United States took the news release as an active call to war against evil. Others found the American people to be brainwashed in matters of religion. One such researcher was Norwegian scientist Åge Rendalen who wondered just how gullible Americans were.
A few weeks later, Finnish and Russian newspapers printed a letter submitted by Rendalen that claimed many of the scientists working at the borehole quit their jobs out of fear. Further expeditions into the borehole awoke the paranormal entity within the hole. Workers claimed that a demon with massive wings arose from the borehole with a plume of smoke and flames with the words "Я победил." This translates to "I have conquered," in Russian. The owner of the borehole stated the remaining workers left at the site were so distraught by the demon's visit that it was necessary to give each one a pill to erase their short term memory of the event.
Immediately, the Trinity Broadcasting Network got a hold of this new information. They added photos to their fliers and brochures featuring a large pit with Satan himself rising in a torrent of fog and escalated their public cries that Satan had indeed shown himself to the world.The Evangelism spread as Christians everywhere succumbed to the terror of the thought of Satan rising from the center of the Earth.
Later, Rendalin publicly contracted his statement. In his own words he admitted:
“None of it is true. I fabricated every word of it. Religion is no excuse for being careless with the truth. A simple phone call would have been enough to expose the bogus information I supplied….I must confess I share in full the general public’s disgust with these media preachers, who long since tired of preaching the Christian gospel, and in its place substituted a National Enquirer style gospel of cheap sensationalism….” (Hanegraaff 6).
After this announcement, the science world looked into this situation for empirical evidence that would prove or disprove the sounds of hell from Siberia. It has scientifically been proven to be a hoax possibly fueled by propaganda by the Trinity Broadcasting Network which has affiliates in the United States.. and near Siberia.
Other Thoughts on The Sounds from Hell
Hell Sounds Debunked
After scientific investigation into the Hell Sounds, it was obvious the story was nothing more than hoax for the following reasons:
- There is no borehole in Siberia. The Kola Borehole is located in Russia.
- The original story was reported in the Finnish newspaper named Ammennausastia. After investigation it was determined there was no newspaper with this name. Instead, the it was discovered to a brochure created by an Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Network with questionable ties to the Trinity Broadcasting Network. A brochure was mailed to a Texas member of the Trinity Broadcast Network who shared it with the Crouch family.
- There is no microphone available today (and certainly in 1989) with the capacity to withstand temperatures of 2,000 degrees fahrenheit. Even at the officially recorded temperature of 360 degrees fahrenheit, the equipment would have melted.
- Later when the sound clip was released to the internet, a digital inspection determined the sound is nothing but loops of sounds with screaming placed on top of it. The sounds are thought to be fabricated from clips from a popular 1970s horror video as described in the video to the right.
The Trinity Broadcasting Network
Founded in 1973, The Trinity Broadcasting Network was a televangelist network started by Tammy Faye Bakker and Jan and Paul Crouch. The union lasted for two years and Tammy Faye and her husband Jim Bakker left to start their own network. The Crouch family struggled to keep their network alive and nearly went bankrupt.
The Network turned around financially in 1989 seemingly from the viewer's outpouring of donations in response to telethons held on to the Hell Sound's sermons which drove even non-Christians to seek religion out of fear. The network went from bankrupt and today has a budget surplus of more than $800,000,000 (Beaumont 2).
The Trinity Broadcast Network remains under sharp criticism from many in the Christian world for convincing viewers they will be blessed according to the financial gifts they give to the church. This Prosperity Gospel is shared in many churches and members are taught to believe that when their spiritual leaders obtain the massive wealth as the Crouch's have, it is a sign that the leader is in great favor with God.
The Network suffered a serious blow to its reputation in 2004 when Paul Crouch was sued by former employee Enoch Lonnie Ford for wrongful termination after being fired after the two ended an alleged homosexual relationship. Crouch and Ford settled the termination suit in a private hearing for $425,000. Crouch was unable to silence Ford on the matter but pointed out that his credibility was questionable as he was a convicted child molester.
In 2012, more controversy within the Network was unveiled when Crouch's granddaughter and and financial officer Brittany Koper accused Jan and Paul Crouch of embezzlement and exposed their extravagant spending which includes luxury jets and an RV designed as a glamour home for Jan's pets. The case is currently being investigated by the Federal Government.
Who Profited from the Church's Propaganda?
While many have forgotten about these proposed sounds of Hell, it is interesting to note that further study into this phenomenon has yet to occur. With today's advances in technology an auditory expedition of the core of the Earth could expel the rumours surrounding these sounds and provide comfort to those with concerns. Whether the Sounds of Hell in Siberbia are a true, an urban legend, or propoganda started by churches to increase their offerings, it is something each reader must decide for himself.
Do you think the Sounds of Hell from Siberia are:
Do You Believe that Hell Exists?
Hanegraaff, Hank. Frauds, Fictions, Fantasies, and Fabrications. The Christian Research Institue. Available http://www.equip.org/articles/frauds-fictions-fantasies-and-fabrications/.
Orange County Register, May 2012. Trinity Broadcasting Network. Available: http://truthandgrace.com/TBN.htm
Beaumont, Peter. Trinity Broadcasting Network ‘funds owners’ exorbitant lifestyle’. The Observer. 23 March 2012. Available: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/23/trinity-broadcasting-network-funds-owners-exorbitant-lifestyle/