7 levels to the afterlife, huh? And if we can't forgive ourselves, we wind up in a cold, smelly, pitch-black place for, potentially, a long time. It almost sounds like my apartment right now, so I really don't see the downside.
All kidding aside, I have to wonder if the Outer Darkness really exists or not.
Does Hell exist? Is it possible that when we die we wind up burning in a lake of fire for all of eternity? Sounds like a pretty scary prospect. So if it doesn't exist, where did this idea of Hell come from?
Isn't it a man-made idea that is used a mechanism to control the masses? Atheist Pat Condell describes it as "religion's only weapon" - the fear of eternal damnation.
So while many of you have come to accept that the Outer Darkness exists, to play Devil's advocate, I wonder if the other side can purposefully feed us misinformation about things related to afterlife fate. For example, we have talked at length on this site that one shouldn't commit suicide as it might cause that person to be unable to forgive himself/herself, and the Outer Darkness is where that person would wind up. Does Heaven use this as a scare tactic to keep us on the straight and narrow, like the Church uses Hell?
It's poll time, so it's time to let the local wildlife know your thoughts:
A) Based on my research, I am totally convinced that the Outer Darkness exists
B) Based on my research, I believe that it is likely that the Outer Darkness exists
C) Based on my research, I believe that it is unlikely that the Outer Darkness exists
D) Based on my research, I am totally convinced that the Outer Darkness doesn't exist
E) I am uncertain whether or not the Outer Darkness exists
Feel free to mention any research that you have done to back up your vote.