Hell 'Exists And Is Eternal,' Pope Warns
Primitive, very very primitive.
I imagine that many many thousands of years ago, unsophisticated and uneducated people wondered at volcanic activity and lava that came from below the ground. 'Down there' must have been very mysterious and quite scary for our ancestors.
Somehow, this wonder and fear grew into the concept of a place called 'HELL' where all of the 'bad people' go.
In the year 2007, I continue to be amazed that such ancient and primitive beliefs hold sway with anyone. Yet here we have one of the largest religious denominations in the world, who continue to hold and advocate the belief that a place exists, filled with fire, 'where all the bad people go and burn forever'.