I was raised with a Christian concept of hell, a lake of fire, a place of eternal torment for the souls of the sinner, all that usual old stuff. I used to greatly fear someday going there. I was taught that most human souls did indeed go there. Obviously it just sounded like nothing but a bad place no one would want to go or even think much of.
later, as I grew up, learned that it was not a bad idea to consider other ideas, to form my own opinions and and to seek out a little truth and good old common sense, I decided that it was all just fear mongering. It made no sense to imagine a loving God, loving every soul regarding of it’s ‘sins’ letting it burn for eternity. I deiced that that if Hell was real in any way it was clearly not exactly what we were taught it is, I had no real idea what that all meant, but not knowing that didn’t matter. I left it at that, and I and just had no real belief in or opinion of the whole matter. It became irrelevant, as it seemed to not sense as an afterlife for people or any such thing.
Now, as I find myself diving more and more into the left handed path, what I tend to call the "darker’ path, only because I have no proper and more accurate wording for it, I am learning quite fast that Hell is a significant belief after all. That demons actually do seem to live down there. (I say down because I was always taught for some reason to image it as down. I see no real to really see it as directly below us. That would place it in the center of the Earth of course, and I do feel that idea is quite simply silly.) As I understand it now, the black magicians generally don’t believe that we are meant to live there for eternity, but can ask a demon to show it to you, or can soul travel there I would suppose. So then it is a real place in a way, just not as we were told?
So now I find myself in the strange situation of trying once again to grasp a concept of Hell, when I spent so many years finally learning to, and eventually trusting myself, to disbelieve in it. Basically trying to put something back into my line of thinking that I had forced OUT of it once, but to do so in the not so terrifying and dangers way of childhood.
This is loner than I wanted it to be, sorry about that. I am just trying to form my own thoughts on this and somehow am only confusing myself in doing so, likely making it worse. I hope I am actually making since. I am extremely interested in your answers on this one. What exactly is Hell? I can get the concept that the demons might live there. That’s easy enough. But what I can’t see is WHY? Why would someone want to live in a place of fire and smoke and darkness and an unending heatwave? I’m not sure a human soul would be thrown down there for all eternity, but at the same time I can’t see why a demon would like it much either. I suspect I’m either trying to make this way too simply here and missing a whole ton of things I should eventually learn, or I am overthinking. Help me out here.