NO ... any more than the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy ... just an imaginary place based on FEAR to control the masses.
Consider an alternative theory contrary to the 'story' told in the bible.
What if the Devil [the bad guy] won the fight in heaven and cast 'god' [the good guy] down to earth. Consider the billions of lives destroyed in the name of 'god' to the hand-full in the name of the devil ? Makes even more sense if you consider the devil feeds on souls - and what could be more satisfying than the souls of good men who have done evil deeds in god's name?
I've had some very dark dreams where it seems like some external force is prying it's way into my sleep-consciousness to manipulate me into doing something bad, or hurtful or have me try to embarrass someone in my dream. The effect is always to fool, hurt or humiliate and I always wake from these particular dreams feeling as if I've been invaded. Has anyone else experienced anything similar?
I've read some interesting NDE's about hell. Here's a few...
I find it amazing that so many people live their whole lives in fear of something imagined - not real - that originated no-doubt, from a tragic thought-bubble from a village story-teller thousands of years ago [their own type of travelling internet] who was trying to scare the village children, and when it 'worked' kept repeating it village after village on his travels.[ just like the recycled crap on the internet ]
What is it in the human ego that we are attracted to imagined sinister beliefs ?
How can a simple horror story without any fact [except fear] behind it live on and on for thousands of years ?
Could it be that our lives are so boring we crave some form of imagined enemy [bogie-man] - [hell] to fear - now we no-longer have any natural enemies ?
Could it be an un-conscious thought 'triggered' by our strong survival gene in our DNA ? If such a ridiculous 'hell' story was 'invented' today we would all immediately know it was rubbish and not give it a second thought. It proves one thing - insidious beliefs destroy our quality of life from within [ wars prove that ].
Recycled lies that are so deep-seated and strong people are fearful to even secretly reject them - just-in-case they may be punished after they die ???? How pathetic is that - unless it proves we are so desperate to keep living we think we will have a spiritual after-life that can be tormented eternally. An option that is preferable to non-existence. Both lies reinforces the other. How clever were those ancient story-tellers ? How much damage can a simple children's horror story cause ?
I feel so sorry for the billions trapped in such a tragic seemingly endless-loop - when the answer to have inner peace is so simple - have the courage to break the bonds by changing our minds - then laugh - the light will suddenly come on.