How far would the, original, little, cult have gotten, if there was no hell threatened? ... I wonder.
Our images of an afterlife hell, (that scared me so, subconsciously) are from "Dante's Inferno". Before this, ideas of a bad afterlife, was very vague. Also, "Dante's Inferno" was based on Greek myths stories, (of their gods and concepts of an afterlife). I learned this in this article here: http://mcaf.ee/9s52k
My name is Craig. I was serious and mystical, about my faith. After bible college, many years ago, I became an atheist. Now, in this way, I want to help disabuse others, that, (I think), are afflicted.