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UncleVanya's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by UncleVanya

I may be slow today (or indeed every day), but even this short pronouncement seems to have an internal contradiction.

Darth Ratzi says that people risk “eternal damnation — the Inferno”, which sounds like real flames to me, and that interpretation is backed up by the title of the article.

However, then he goes on to say Hell is a “state of eternal separation from God”, to be understood “symbolically rather than physically”.

If you are actually on fire than that sounds physical, rather than symbolic, to me. He also says Hell "really exists and is eternal", and once again that is completely different from being symbolic...

I guess picking holes in the small details of something based on empty wish-thinking is a fairly futile exercise from the outset.

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:16:00 UTC | #443098