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11th Jan '18 7:40:07 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Film/TheRapture: Sharon refuses to enter heaven, even if she can see her daughter and husband again, remaining in an empty desert place by herself forever, just because she's angry with God.

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* ''Film/TheRapture: ''Film/TheRapture'': Sharon refuses to enter heaven, even if she can see her daughter and husband again, remaining in an empty desert place by herself forever, just because she's angry with God.
7th Jan '18 9:52:46 AM nighttrainfm
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* In the ''Series/{{Lucifer 2016}}'' season 2 finale, "A Good Day to Die", we're shown a bit of the punishments that occur in Hell. A professor who left an Uber driver to die in a car explosion to save his manuscript, and then started poisoning his former students after he was fired, relives that decisive moment over and over again. [[spoiler: And then Lucifer finds himself endlessly killing Uriel.]] Lucifer claims the only way to escape is to believe you no longer deserve to be tortured - and he's never seen ''anyone'' manage it.

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season 2 finale, "A Good Day to Die", we're shown a bit of the punishments that occur in Hell. A professor who left an Uber driver to die in a car explosion to save his manuscript, and then started poisoning his former students after he was fired, relives that decisive moment over and over again. [[spoiler: And then Lucifer finds himself endlessly killing Uriel.]] Lucifer claims the only way to escape is to believe you no longer deserve to be tortured - and he's never seen ''anyone'' manage it.
15th Nov '17 3:17:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheGrimReaper in ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/72146 The Grim Reaper Show]]'' loves to give these sort of fates to the souls he reaps, although he prefers assigning particularely cruel ones or outright inverting their desires. When he reaps the occupants of a crashed plane, he sends all the Christians to burn in Hell for eternity, the Jews to rot in their graves until the Messianic Age (at which point they'll party it up with God for all time), the Hindus are [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnated]] (one comes back as a gnat, another as Creator/DavidHasselhoff's son, and a third one as a left testicle), the one Satanist is ''sent to Heaven'', and another guy invented his own religion with its own afterlife (the Floating Island of Mandango, [[FreeLoveFuture where there is no jealousy or boredom, and everyone lives a life of steaming hot sex and wine drinking for the rest of eternity]]). The single agnostic on the flight gets to choose, and opts for the floating island the last guy had.

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* TheGrimReaper in ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/72146 The Grim Reaper Show]]'' loves to give these sort of fates to the souls he reaps, although he prefers assigning particularely cruel ones or outright inverting their desires.sends to the afterlife. When he reaps the occupants of a crashed plane, he sends all the Christians to burn in Hell for eternity, the Jews to rot in their graves until the Messianic Age (at which point they'll party it up with God for all time), the Hindus are [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnated]] (one comes back as a gnat, another as Creator/DavidHasselhoff's son, and a third one as a left testicle), the one Satanist is ''sent to Heaven'', and another guy invented his own religion with its own afterlife (the Floating Island of Mandango, [[FreeLoveFuture where there is no jealousy or boredom, and everyone lives a life of steaming hot sex and wine drinking for the rest of eternity]]). The single agnostic on the flight gets to choose, and wisely opts for the floating island the last guy had.
13th Nov '17 6:15:25 PM zarpaulus
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** In the season 3 episode "Off the Record" Lucifer tries to explain to [[spoiler: Linda's estranged husband]] that he does not send people to Hell, they drag themselves down, but the guy refuses to accept any responsibility. [[spoiler: And after he's poisoned by the killer of the week, we get a repeat of the opening scene of him waking up from a coma, followed by a zoom-out to show he's in Hell.]]
30th Oct '17 11:00:13 AM WillyFourEyes
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This is somewhat similar to the Christian conception of Hell, where Hell is what a person inflicts upon themselves by rejecting {{God}, which God can't stop without taking away their Free Will. This is demonstrated by the [[Literature/TheFourGospels Parable of the Prodigal Son]] courtesy of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} himself. The Prodigal Son (sinners) left the father (God) thinking that it is "[[Literature/ParadiseLost Better to Reign in Hell than serve in Heaven]]," but eventually he realized the futility of his ways, and the father is more than happy to take the son back and forgive him.

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This is somewhat similar to the Christian conception of Hell, where Hell is what a person inflicts upon themselves by rejecting {{God}, {{God}}, which God can't stop without taking away their Free Will. This is demonstrated by the [[Literature/TheFourGospels Parable of the Prodigal Son]] courtesy of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} himself. The Prodigal Son (sinners) left the father (God) thinking that it is "[[Literature/ParadiseLost Better to Reign in Hell than serve in Heaven]]," but eventually he realized the futility of his ways, and the father is more than happy to take the son back and forgive him.
4th Oct '17 1:22:29 PM Godzillawolf
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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] in the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries''. Heaven and Hell decidedly do ''not'' run on subjective morality: be a good person you get to Heaven, by somewhere in the middle remain in Limbo until you figure out which way you'll go, be a bad person you go to Hell, simple as that. However, it's implied the ''kind'' of Heaven one experiences ''is'' based on their personal view of paradise, though they are capable of interacting freely with others. On the other hand, Hell has at times been shown to involve both [[IronicHell karmic punishment]] and punishment by other 'inmates'. The ''biggest'' point however is that ultimately it's surprisingly easy to escape Hell, but few ever figure it out. The only thing required to escape Hell is genuinely accepting one did evil and truly repenting for them. Most people who end up in Hell end up there because [[NeverMyFault they refuse to accept they wronged others and did evil]] even when the Gods show them the damage they caused.

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2nd Oct '17 9:05:16 AM DustSnitch
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Every religion has its own take on what happens when you die, but what if they were ''all'' right? An increasingly popular trope in fantasy novels is the idea that whatever you expect to happen when you die is pretty much what you get - effectively, YourMindMakesItReal.

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Every religion has its own take on what happens when you die, but what if they were ''all'' right? An increasingly popular trope in fantasy novels is the idea that whatever you expect to happen when you die is pretty much what you get - effectively, YourMindMakesItReal.



This can be done as a way to explain away the logical contradiction between an all-forgiving God and Hell existing, as Hell is nothing more than what a person inflicts upon themselves, which God can't stop without taking away their Free Will. God can technically be all-forgiving and the Fallen can come back to Heaven if they want to. This is demonstrated by the ''Parable of the Prodigal Son'' courtesy of [[WordOfGod Jesus]] himself. The Fallen left God thinking that it is "[[Literature/ParadiseLost Better to Reign in Hell than serve in Heaven]]," but eventually realized the futility of their ways, and God is more than happy to accept them back and forgive them. Adherents of ''Universal Reconciliation'' take this further and say that Eternal Separation isn't eternal. If God is all forgiving, and you asked for forgiveness, then God is more than happy to forgive you and the eternal separation won't last. Only the Fallen's own pride and hatred are the very factors that keep them from doing just that, delaying their salvation. For this reason, Universalism is incompatible with self-inflicted damnation, for if the [[CessationOfExistence person believes they will cease to exist]], they can never be reconciled, ''for there is no one there to forgive''.

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This can be done as a way is somewhat similar to explain away the logical contradiction between an all-forgiving God and Hell existing, as Christian conception of Hell, where Hell is nothing more than what a person inflicts upon themselves, themselves by rejecting {{God}, which God can't stop without taking away their Free Will. God can technically be all-forgiving and the Fallen can come back to Heaven if they want to. This is demonstrated by the ''Parable [[Literature/TheFourGospels Parable of the Prodigal Son'' Son]] courtesy of [[WordOfGod Jesus]] UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} himself. The Fallen Prodigal Son (sinners) left God the father (God) thinking that it is "[[Literature/ParadiseLost Better to Reign in Hell than serve in Heaven]]," but eventually he realized the futility of their his ways, and God the father is more than happy to accept them take the son back and forgive them. him.

Adherents of ''Universal Reconciliation'' take this further and say that Eternal Separation isn't eternal. If God is all forgiving, and you asked for forgiveness, then God is more than happy to forgive you and the eternal separation won't last. Only the Fallen's own pride and hatred are the very factors that keep them from doing just that, delaying their salvation. For this reason, Universalism is incompatible with self-inflicted this trope's belief-making damnation, for if the [[CessationOfExistence person believes they will cease to exist]], they can never be reconciled, ''for there is no one there to forgive''.



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* OlderThanPrint: Though the rest of the ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' delights in IronicHell, Dante demonstrates how Satan, at the center of Hell in its deepest circle, is in the worst self-inflicted Hell of all: his six wings flap constantly, freezing the lake around him and leaving him stuck fast in the ice. Why does he keep flapping his wings? Because he wants to return to Heaven. Where did the water of the frozen lake come from? They are Satan's ''tears,'' as he is weeping, wishing he could undo his betrayal.

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* OlderThanPrint: Though the rest of the ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' delights in IronicHell, Dante demonstrates how Satan, at the center of Hell in its deepest circle, is in the worst self-inflicted Hell of all: his six wings flap constantly, freezing the lake around him and leaving him stuck fast in the ice. Why does he keep flapping his wings? Because he wants to return to Heaven. Where did the water of the frozen lake come from? They are Satan's ''tears,'' as he is weeping, wishing he could undo having separated himself from the source of all his betrayal.now-lost beauty and power.



* In Creator/CSLewis' novel ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'', there's actually bus service from Hell (which in this story is just a drab and miserable city separated from God) to the outskirts of Heaven, and the damned are under no obligation to actually ''return''. The problem is that until they give up the sins they were damned for (which most are unwilling to do), they are MadeOfPlasticine compared to Heaven and ''everything'', including blades of grass, goes right through them.

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In Creator/CSLewis' the novel ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'', there's actually bus service from Hell (which in this story is just a drab and miserable city separated from God) to the outskirts of Heaven, and the damned are under no obligation to actually ''return''. The problem is that until they give up the sins they were damned for (which most are unwilling to do), they are MadeOfPlasticine compared to Heaven and ''everything'', including blades of grass, goes right through them.
23rd Sep '17 7:42:27 PM PaulA
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* In the 'Epilogue' of ''Theatre/SaintJoan'', the ghost of Joan meets the ghost of a soldier who was kind to her at her execution. He tells her that he went to hell after he died, but is given one day off a year because of that act of kindness. It's implied that his fate is an example of this trope; he says that he found Hell "a treat" after fifteen years of active service, and that when he had his first day off he was at a loss how to deal with it. He's getting the hang of it now, he says, and "They tell me I can have as many as I like as soon as I want them".
17th Sep '17 3:10:53 AM Doug86
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* OlderThanPrint: Though the rest of the ''[[Literature/DivineComedy Inferno]]'' delights in IronicHell, Dante demonstrates how Satan, at the center of Hell in its deepest circle, is in the worst self-inflicted Hell of all: his six wings flap constantly, freezing the lake around him and leaving him stuck fast in the ice. Why does he keep flapping his wings? Because he wants to return to Heaven. Where did the water of the frozen lake come from? They are Satan's ''tears,'' as he is weeping, wishing he could undo his betrayal.

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* OlderThanPrint: Though the rest of the ''[[Literature/DivineComedy ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' delights in IronicHell, Dante demonstrates how Satan, at the center of Hell in its deepest circle, is in the worst self-inflicted Hell of all: his six wings flap constantly, freezing the lake around him and leaving him stuck fast in the ice. Why does he keep flapping his wings? Because he wants to return to Heaven. Where did the water of the frozen lake come from? They are Satan's ''tears,'' as he is weeping, wishing he could undo his betrayal.
3rd Sep '17 11:25:37 PM Doug86
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* The Eldar of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' literally squicked their own Hell into existence. Centuries of murderous hedonism spawned the Chaos God Slaanesh. Slaanesh massacred the Eldar and their gods, then made it so that Slaanesh will claim all Eldar souls upon death. It's not clear what Slaanesh does with the souls, but it's probably not anything pleasant.

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* The Eldar of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' literally squicked their own Hell into existence. Centuries of murderous hedonism spawned the Chaos God Slaanesh. Slaanesh massacred the Eldar and their gods, then made it so that Slaanesh will claim all Eldar souls upon death. It's not clear what Slaanesh does with the souls, but it's probably not anything pleasant.
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