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  • Lives Free Of Sin
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    During the Middle Ages, the church was a powerful institution. It had its own government, courts, system of taxation, and laws. To live a good Christian life guaranteed access to heaven in the afterlife, and a life of sin was to be sentenced to hell. Dante Alighieri was an Italian poet, who had an admirable depth of spiritual vision and was known for his intelligence (Encarta, 1). Between the years of 1308 and 1321, Dante wrote the epic poem, 'The Divine Comedy,' ; which described a journey thro...
  • Eternal And Literal Hell
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    Matthew Jay Krachunis May 2000 Hell The idea of heaven entices and encourages believers and non-believers alike. It is enjoyable to envision a place of eternal rest and relaxation, in the presence of God and loved ones. Heaven does exist according to the Bible, and is the destination of the believer in Jesus Christ at the completion of life on this earth. What is not encouraging is the fact that there is a place for those whom God chooses will not inherit everlasting life. This place is commonly...
  • Familiar To People As Heaven And Hell
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    Divine ComedyDante's Divine Comedy is a moral comedy that is designed to makethe readers think about their own morals. The poem could have been used almost as a guide for what and what not to do to get into Heaven for the medieval people. Dante takes the reader ona journey through the "afterlife" to imprint in the readers minds what could happen to the mif they don't follow a Godlike life and to really make the reader thinkabout where they will go when they die and where they would like to go wh...
  • Afterlife Beliefs
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    The afterlife, in many cases, sounds more magnificent than life as we know it. Beliefs about an afterlife are, in fact, beliefs and not perfectly accurate information. Having specific beliefs about a person's destiny after death is a way for many people to cope with death and have a sense of closure. Ideas about the afterlife may vary greatly, but one thing all religions and cultures have in common is that they trust that their own specific beliefs are the only way. There is, and always will be,...
  • Level Of Hell
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    As the great depths of hell began to rise the land began to rumble. As people ran around scared the mission became clear for me. It had come to me in a vision several times as a child as it had once come to my great grandmother. I was the one who was to calm the great depths. While walking through the village one day I came upon an break in my path. Fiery steam and flames raged out of the crack swallowing anyone who came near. I guess I had gotten too close. The next thing I knew I was in a plac...
  • Place In Your Mind Hell
    486 words
    That Place in Your Mind Hell is a place that is created in one's mind. It is different for each person, depending on what they believe. It can be a never-ending pit, or a room a barren room at the center of the earth, that is super hot. It can be a table with mounds of food, that people are sitting at, but cannot eat the food. Hell is whatever the mind says it to be. Hell is a place that is created by religion. It can be a place that people are sent to, or it can be a place people land because t...
  • Place For Augustine's Soul
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    Augustine in the Inferno It is hard to place St. Augustine within just one of the levels of Dante's hell for his sins were varied and not great. Today many of his sins are common place. For example, most people attempt to better their own lives without regard of others. They attempt to increase their standard of living and gain more worldly possessions. They are neither good nor evil but are just trying to make a living and keep up in today's fend-for-yourself society. Before Augustine's convers...

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