Apparently, there are lots and I guess umpteen myths and tales about Heaven and hell. Do they exist? That seems to be the question.
Well, if you ask a child, it will say Heaven is in the sky while hell is under the ground. Yeah, that’s pretty much what everyone knows. But there are lots of myths about it. The idea of Heaven and Hell began from the Old Norse myths and the Greek mythology. The three Olympian Gods divided their portions on the Earth.
Zeus is said to be the god of the heavens or skies; Poseidon is said to be the god of the seas and Hades is said to be the god of the underworld. The underworld has a layer called the Tartarus, here the wicked suffered eternal torment in the hands of the Furies.
From these, the myths were divulged and in time each myth evolved. Today the Christian view of Heaven and Hell seems to prevail. In Hinduism, they believe that the soul would have to pass through many lives and it will be reborn again. Chinese mythology has its view. The Persians believe that the souls will be judged at a bridge. The early Jewish belief was in an afterworld called Sheol.
The Islamic view is of a Jahannam, a pit-like place, full of fire. While in other terms, Heaven and hell are used allegorically. Bangambiki Habyarimana says, “Paradise is the heart of the people who speak well of you; who think fondly about you because of your exemplary life. Hell is in the heart of the people who curse you, who wish you were dead for your evil actions against them.”
The Bible gives an apt view of Heaven and Hell. Heaven is the realm of God in the skies. It is a place where the angels are forever praising God. Lucifer was one of the angels, but the pride in his heart led him to be cast on Earth with his followers. He is said to be the serpent, or Satan or Devil.
In the Judgment day, every dead will rise and those whose name is not found in the Book of Life, they will be thrown into the lake of fire where they will be tormented day and night. And this is said to hell. After these happenings, it is said that a new heaven and a new earth will be formed.
So do Heaven and Hell exist? Yeah, if you believe the truth.