Book Excerpt on Hell
If you're on Xanax you know what Hell is like. Hell is like life without Xanax.
If you're depressed, the last thing you want to do is commit suicide. The depression you have now is like a walk in the park compared to Hell.
Hell is definitely not a pretty place. The people in Hell are not dressed in the color palette of the French Riviera.
One of the biggest misunderstandings people have about Hell is they think that God sends people to Hell. God doesn't send people to Hell. People choose Hell.
If you think it's crazy that anybody would make a decision to go to Hell, just take a look around you. People are constantly making decisions that increase their unhappiness, increase their depression, and increase their anxiety. There's this thing where you're attracted to the idea that doing x, y or z will make you happier, and then you do x, y or z and it only makes you unhappier, more depressed and more stressed out. You keep making the same stupid decisions because of a) the allure of momentary pleasures and b) the allure of momentary self-satisfaction.
That's the allure of Hell. People can't resist the temptation to engage in selfish behavior because they think their selfish behavior is going to make them happier. They think that their decisions to engage in selfish behavior are the right decisions because those decisions will lead to increased happiness. It doesn't work that way.
The allure of Hell in the afterlife is the same as the allure of Hell on Earth. People get attracted to the idea that the purpose of life is all about seeking biological pleasure. Biological pleasure doesn't last very long. You might eat an entire chocolate cake and it feels fantastic, but then you realize it was all a big mistake and you just want to get it out of you as soon as possible.
Think about this. Is it possible to have a relationship with a chocolate cake? Yes, it is definitely possible to have a "great" relationship with a chocolate cake. Is it possible to be irresistibly attracted to a chocolate cake? Yes, it's definitely possible to be irresistibly attracted to a chocolate cake. It works the same way with Jimmy Choo shoes and BMW's and cute guys. It's the exact same process: a) you get attracted to something, b) you establish a relationship with the thing, c) you acquire and consume the thing you're attracted to, d) you discover that the thing you thought would make you happy only makes you happy for five minutes, five weeks, five months or five years, and then e) it's all over.
You don't want to live your life like that. If you live your life like that and you find out you have cancer, your life is going to strike you as pretty meaningless. If you spend your life investing your time and energy in having relationships with things that give you temporary pleasures, you might be tempted to reject God when you get to the end of your life. Why? It's because when you die (or right before you die) and you come face to face with the infinite value of true love (love that lasts forever), you might be tempted to think that you're not worthy to receive that love. You'll perceive that you've wasted your life chasing after superficial and shallow things, and now that you're confronted with the reality of true love, you'll feel like you don't deserve to be truly loved (like a lot of people feel right now that they don't deserve to be truly loved because they've done such awful things).
That's why some people choose to go to Hell. It's because they realize they have completely wasted their precious time and energy on Earth and so they don't deserve to spend eternal life in the presence of true love and being continually loved by the people in Heaven (who only know how to do one thing, and that is love).
An overview of the structure and contents of my book (which is a mash-up) can be found in the About the Book section underneath my short bio.