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19th Jun '17 8:35:50 PM DustSnitch
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19th Jun '17 8:35:35 PM DustSnitch
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19th Jun '17 8:35:21 PM DustSnitch
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If everyone gets sent to Hell in-universe, then it's an example of this trope.

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If basically everyone gets sent to Hell in-universe, then it's an example of this trope.



* ''Literature/TheBible'' is commonly misinterpreted by followers and detractors alike to create this idea that even the slightest sinning will guarantee you eternal damnation and suffering as we know it today unless you just call yourself a Christian. However, it is widely disputed (if not straight up debunked) that this version of Hell actually exists in the Bible by biblical and Christian history scholars. The short version of it is that Hell basically just meant "the grave" and possibly no known afterlife (even that might not be eternal) since the Jews did not believe in Hell and are even suggested to go in for reincarnation. After that, the Christian idea of Hell as we know it today was taken from works like Dante's Inferno and used by the formerly hyper-corrupt church to keep followers following. Even today, the various branches of Christianity and Christian-based spirituality widely interpret Hell differently - from Hell being a place of endless suffering to just a state of being while on this planet or even a place where ALL people go to to have their sins cleansed before reaching heaven.



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* This is one of the five fundamental tenets of Calvinism (Total Depravity, the 'T' of the TULIP). According to Calvinist doctrines, the whole of humankind is reprobate and [[YouCannotFightFate predestined to Hell]] ''by default''. Even one sin is enough to earn a person God's wrath, and everyone is born with an innate tendency to sin. This basically means ''everyone is destined to go Hell no matter what'' -- if you live in the world, you are going to sin and earn God's wrath at some point. God, in his infinite grace, has selected some people before they are born to be saved, and the Christ's atonement is reserved to them and to them alone. The rest of humankind will go to Hell because of their natural depravity. The Lutherans have compared the Calvinist salvation doctrine to lottery -- humans can do absolutely nothing to effect their salvation, and everyone is destined to go to Hell by default (unless, of course, they belong amongst those lucky few whom God has predestined to salvation before their birth). This could qualify as UpToEleven variant of this trope. It is worth noting, however, that John Calvin believed it was impossible for humans to know who was predestined to salvation and who wasn't unless they demonstrated their salvation (or lack thereof) by their deeds...so the road is a bit bumpier from a human perspective.

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* In [[Literature/TheFourGospels fifth chapter of Matthew's Gospel]], UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} takes ThouShaltNotKill to the extreme by saying that not only will those who kill be damned, but also those who curse and hate their brothers will be subject to the fires of eternity.
* This is one of the five fundamental tenets of Calvinism Calvinism, a branch of UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} (Total Depravity, the 'T' of the TULIP). According to Calvinist doctrines, the whole of humankind is reprobate and [[YouCannotFightFate predestined to Hell]] ''by default''. Even one sin is enough to earn a person God's wrath, and everyone is born with an innate tendency to sin. This basically means ''everyone is destined to go Hell no matter what'' -- if you live in the world, you are going to sin and earn God's wrath at some point. God, in his infinite grace, has selected some people before they are born to be saved, and the Christ's atonement is reserved to them and to them alone. The rest of humankind will go to Hell because of their natural depravity. The Lutherans have compared the Calvinist salvation doctrine to lottery -- humans can do absolutely nothing to effect their salvation, and everyone is destined to go to Hell by default (unless, of course, they belong amongst those lucky few whom God has predestined to salvation before their birth). This could qualify as UpToEleven variant of this trope. It is worth noting, however, that John Calvin believed it was impossible for humans to know who was predestined to salvation and who wasn't unless they demonstrated their salvation (or lack thereof) by their deeds...so the road is a bit bumpier from a human perspective.
19th Jun '17 8:17:35 PM DustSnitch
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In works where GodIsEvil (or at least [[KnightTemplar impossibly strict]]), the road to {{Hell}} is sometimes defined to be so wide that people with basically slight or even no sin at all will end up there anyway. This is typically done to make sure that people will stick to a very straight and very narrow path, or at least try to. Some authors have taken this ease of entry into Hell UpToEleven, making it not just easier, but almost automatically assured for everyone. In universes like these, [[AllCrimesAreEqual All Sins Are Equal]], which tends to lead into ItGetsEasier, as once one is trivially doomed to Hell, doing some "worse" things will not change anything.


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road to {{Hell}} is sometimes defined to be so wide that people with basically slight or even no sin at all will end up there anyway. This is typically done to make sure that people will stick to a very straight and very narrow path, or at least try to. Some authors have taken this ease of entry into Hell UpToEleven, making it not just easier, but almost automatically assured for everyone. In universes like these, [[AllCrimesAreEqual All Sins Are Equal]], which tends to lead into ItGetsEasier, as once one is trivially doomed to Hell, doing some "worse" things will not change anything.





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* Unsurprisingly, this structures much of the characters' journey in the 17th-century Christian allegory ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress''.

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* %%* Unsurprisingly, this structures much of the characters' journey in the 17th-century Christian allegory ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress''.






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18th Jun '17 8:28:16 PM nombretomado
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* A chaplain for some Canadian airborne troops preparing to embark on the [[WorldWarTwo D-Day invasion]] wasn't happy about the fact that condoms had been issued, so delivered a long rant from the pulpit about them facing death with the means of damnation in their pockets. Allegedly the floor was littered with condoms afterward, disposed by jittery soldiers unwilling to tempt fate.

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* A chaplain for some Canadian airborne troops preparing to embark on the [[WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII D-Day invasion]] wasn't happy about the fact that condoms had been issued, so delivered a long rant from the pulpit about them facing death with the means of damnation in their pockets. Allegedly the floor was littered with condoms afterward, disposed by jittery soldiers unwilling to tempt fate.
3rd Jun '17 9:33:44 PM PhantomRider
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* In ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' everything people do is assigned a positive or negative score to be tallied up when they die. The infallible judging standard is somewhat utilitarian, by human standards often petty or arbitrary (supporting a sports team can be positive or negative depending on which one it is), and your net score needs to be extremely high - a running gag is revealing surprising people who were sent to the Bad Place, which includes ''Florence Nightingale''.

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* In ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' everything people do is assigned a positive or negative score to be tallied up when they die. The infallible judging standard is somewhat utilitarian, by human standards often petty or arbitrary (supporting a sports team can be positive or negative depending on which one it is), and your net score needs to be extremely high - a running gag is revealing surprising people who were sent to the Bad Place, which includes ''Florence Nightingale''. However, in the first season finale, it turns out that [[spoiler: what we think is heaven is actually hell, and ''everything'' is arranged to psychologically torment the cast, so none of this is likely true. The two who think they've gotten into heaven because of a celestial clerical error are particularly affected by the need to be impossibly perfect lest their not-really-heaven-material status be discovered, making that almost certainly the reason behind the deception]].



* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' [[FridgeHorror indirectly implies this]] by merit of there being only one afterlife, like actual Greek mythology, but also pulling EverybodyHatesHades. The animated series explicitly shows the underworld is a G-rated hell[[note]]When Athens technically becomes part of it, all the people are put into tailor-made eternal torments, albeit what we see is mostly CoolAndUnusualPunishment.[[/note]] except the Elysian fields, which Hades isn't allowed to control and are only for heroes.

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* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' [[FridgeHorror indirectly implies this]] by merit of there being only one afterlife, like actual Greek mythology, but also pulling EverybodyHatesHades. The animated series explicitly shows the underworld is a G-rated hell[[note]]When Athens technically becomes part of it, all the people are put into tailor-made eternal torments, albeit what we see is mostly CoolAndUnusualPunishment.[[/note]] except the Elysian fields, which Hades isn't allowed to control and are only for heroes. Therefore, ''good'' but not ''hero-''class = uh-oh.
20th May '17 4:12:06 PM DarkGidora
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* The message of [[http://oglaf.wikia.com/wiki/Doomsayers_of_The_Blind_Gibberer The Doomsayers of The Blind Gibberer]], a cult in ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', is that Sithrak The Blind God That Hates You, will torture everyone for all eternity after they die. regardless of anything done by them in life.

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* The message of [[http://oglaf.wikia.com/wiki/Doomsayers_of_The_Blind_Gibberer The Doomsayers of The Blind Gibberer]], a cult in ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', is that Sithrak The Blind God That Hates You, will torture everyone for all eternity after they die. regardless of anything done by them in life.
life. [[spoiler:Sithrak's realm does appear to be a FireAndBrimstoneHell, however, he's not that bad a guy. He wrote those scriptures promising eternal torment to all when he was angry, and resurrects a cultist to have them spread the news he wasn't serious. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint The cultist assumes he's just toying with his emotions as a means of tormenting him]].]]
6th May '17 5:17:53 PM Argon2
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* Serves as the premise of Stanley Elkin's 1979 novel ''The Living End.'' Protagonist Ellerbee, a man so decent as to border on the beatific, finds himself cast into Hell for such offenses as taking the Lord's name in vain (once), failing to sufficiently honor his ''biological'' father and mother (he was adopted as an infant and never knew them), and--most damning of all--thinking that Heaven looked like a theme park.

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* Serves as the premise of Stanley Elkin's 1979 novel ''The Living End.'' Protagonist Ellerbee, a man so decent as to border on the beatific, finds himself cast into Hell for such offenses as taking the Lord's name in vain (once), failing to sufficiently honor his ''biological'' father and mother (he was adopted as an infant and never knew them), and--most and-- most damning of all--thinking all-- thinking that Heaven looked like a theme park.
26th Apr '17 11:54:49 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Film/DeconstructingHarry'': The fifth floor of Hell is for subway mothers, aggressive panhandlers, and book critics; the sixth is for right wing extremists, serial killers, and lawyers who appear on television. On the floor Harry gets off on, he meets the guy who invented aluminum siding.
17th Mar '17 11:32:50 AM Mayhavecontrol
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* The message of [[http://oglaf.wikia.com/wiki/Doomsayers_of_The_Blind_Gibberer The Doomsayers of The Blind Gibberer]], a cult in ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', is that Sithrak The Blind God That Hates You, will torture everyone for all eternity after they die. regardless of anything done by them in life.
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