PM5474: Hell in Maratreanism

The religion of Maratreanism rejects any concept of an eternal hell, or everlasting damnation. It also rejects any concept of annihilation after death. Everyone inherits everlasting life, regardless of what they have done or failed to do, what they have believed or failed to believe. But the journey unto everlasting life is for some more direct, for others it takes certain detours, certain necessary intermediate states, that may be less than pleasant. We might call these states "hell", subject to the understanding that they are a temporarily limited hell, followed with certainty by heaven. Indeed, in the Maratrean understanding, hell is not apart from heaven or opposed to heaven, but a particular part of the heavenly realms, which serves a particular purpose; it is distinguished from the other parts, however, in while still being part of heaven, being less than heavenly, in the pleasant and paradisaical sense of that term.

Hell in Maratreanism is reserved for those who commit grave acts of wrongdoing; not ordinary peccadilloes. It is not a destination for mere thieves or adulterers or swindlers. It is the destination of those who murder, those who rape, those who torture, and those who direct or inspire these grave sins to a substantial degree.

The "punishment" of hell consists, not in a new and different suffering like that of one's victims, but of being exposed to the very same sufferings which they experienced - one's soul is given direct access to the negative experiences of their souls. This heavenly "punishment", is far superior to all the fraudulent and blasphemous earthly "punishments", which are a Pandalic imitation of the perfect justice which is found in heaven alone, and not upon the earth.

The "punishment", if we might call it that - a most ill-fitting term, for if it is anything, it is certainly not a punishment - yet still, calling it that is a way of weaning people off error, accepting some part of their error that a greater part thereof be defeated, and the defeat of that lesser part will come thereafter. The terror of this chamber, consists of knowledge, the knowledge of that which one does not want to know. And yet, the terror is not of knowledge alone, but of knowledge still mixed with ignorance - what terrifies is a reduction in ignorance, which is however incomplete. As the holy Travancus said: Everyone is enlightened, and everyone is executed; but some are enlightened then executed, and others are executed then enlightened. To know the greatest horrors with the perfect knowledge with which she knows them is not in any way horrifying; but to know them, intimately, yet devoid of context, is a terrible prospect, to one who up to now has neither intimacy nor context.