At Eternity spent apart from God is a modern definition of Hell
in some protestant groups: Hell is not a place of eternal torture
, but simply a total lack of God
and all that he stands for. If you believe that people are innately evil
, and that all good comes from God
, then the worst place to be would be away from God!
I heard this story describing hell at a church:
Imagine a room of people seated around a table full of the most wonderful food imaginable. Everyone is dying of hunger, so they try to eat. But, the only utensil they have are 6 foot long spoon
s, so can't manage to get anything into their mouth. This goes on forever, and that's hell - being tempted by wonderful food but never being able to get it.
Heaven, in contrast, is the same situation, except the people there are feeding each other.
The point is that the concept of hell
has changed from a burning wastland of torture into something slightly more acceptable to modern views - not torture
explicitly, but it works out the same way, because life is innately torture without God