Is Hell Real? (from my new book “After You Die” availiable 9-4-12)
In a recent blog, I mentioned a survey of Americans’ attitudes regarding heaven and hell. In that survey, 71% of people said they believe in Hell, but only a third believe it is an actual place, and less than half of 1 percent believe that they personally are headed there. Nobody wants to believe in bad things; after all, we have enough bad things to contend with. Everybody loves heaven, but nobody loves hell.
Dr. Maurice Rawlings, the former personal physician to President Eisenhower and a leading cardiologist, recalls an experience with a patient who collapsed during a stress test and then according to the monitors was dead. Dr. Rawlings immediately began CPR. Suddenly the man revived and screamed, “I am in hell!” He then died a second time. Dr. Rawlings continued working to revive him, and the patient came back again. “Don’t stop!” the man cried out. The patient’s pupils were heavily dilated, and the man was trembling in apparent terror. “Don’t you understand?” the man pleaded. “I am in hell. Each time you quit I go back to hell! Don’t let me go back to hell!” (taken from page 84 of my new book, “After You Die”)
So, do you believe in hell? Do you think it’s a real place?