Hell found by Geologists in Siberia
Here is a news item I read a few years back in a Christian evangelistic newspaper (which shall remain nameless). It has, I gather, done its tour of the Christian world (the following version is from a different Christian source).
Geologists drilling 9 mile hole hear the screams of lost souls in HellThe shrieks of condemned souls have been heard coming from the world's deepest hole, where terrified researchers fear they've unleashed the evil forces of hell upon the earth. "The information we're collecting is so astounding that quite frankly, we're afraid of what we might find down there," declares Dr. Viktor Azzakov, director of the project to drill a 9-mile-deep hole in remote Siberia. Geologists were dumbfounded when, after drilling several miles into the bedrock, the drill bit began to spin wildly.
"The only explanation is that the very center of the earth is hollow," states amazed Dr. Azzakov. Another surprise was the extreme heat detected in the depths of the earth. "Our calculations indicate temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit," notes Dr. Azzakov. "This is 10 times higher than we expected. It almost seems as if a fiery inferno is raging within the earth's core."The latest discovery, however, is so earth-shattering that scientists are afraid to continue with the project. In an attempt to listen to the shifting of the earth's different levels, a high-sensitivity microphone was extended into the shaft. What they heard turned the logical-minded Russian scientists into trembling wrecks! "There was a faint high-pitched noise, which we thought was our equipment," explains Dr. Azzakov. "But after we made some adjustments, we realised it was indeed coming from the earth's center. We could hardly believe our ears. What we were listening to was the unmistakable sound of a human voice, screaming in pain." "Although one voice was prominent, we could also make out, as if in the background, the screams of thousands, perhaps millions of tormented souls." Since the ghastly discovery, half the scientists have resigned in fear. "Hopefully, whatever's down there will stay down there," adds Dr. Azzakov
The evangelistic newspaper was absolutely serious in claiming that these scientists had got close to drilling a hole into Hell. I can imagine the readers trembling in fear and asking, "What must we do to be saved ... from these idiots?" So I though I would offer a theological reflection on the story. Here is my theological reflection:
What a load of crap!
Pierre Gilbert writes in his book "Demons, Lies & Shadows: a plea to return to text and reason" that if we look for demons we will find them.
His book actually lays out quite clearly a biblical worldview of demonic warfare as opposed to one that is much more ancient-Mesopotamian, or even neo-Manichean as I have noticed.
I was so disturbed by the absurdity of the claims that any respect for the man was gone. I searched online and found an article on truthorfiction.com that actually did reasearch the article and the story is a doozy!
I dont know if the story is true or false, but I do know that Jesus is real and it was an eye opener. Better to let it affect you and believe, than you not be bothered and find yourself one day be amongst them screaming.
Just a thought. God Bless.
Surely it does matter if the story is a load of crap. It matters because it brings the gospel into disrepute by association with patently absurd nonsense. If people think that Christian faith requires one to believe that Hell is below Siberia and Heaven in behind Saturn (or somewhere out in space) then anyone with any knowledge of geology or astronomy and cosmology will say, 'Well then, science has proved that heaven and hell are not real.'
After all, if the Bible is right then the story could not be true anyway because Hell does not yet exist - not until the end of the Age.
I fear that you are mistaken. Hell is not thrown into the Lake of Fire. Death and Hades (i.e., the world of the dead) are thrown into the Lake of Fire. Hell IS the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:14).
Right now Hades (the world of the dead) has not been thrown into the Lake of Fire. Hell does not yet exist.
In my version of the Bible (i looked up the verse) it said, death and the grave; either way, if I will do more research on it, and maybe you have taught me something new.
That is a small thing to the bigger picture though. No matter what it is that they are suffering in, whether it be hell or hades, they are still suffering. And my original point was, even if that tape was not true, even if the church was wrong in playing it, I, in my OWN OPINION, believe that it does not matter. Because at the end of the day its not important if what got me saved was false or fact. Whats important is that I am saved. Now, that tape was not what saved me. I have been saved for a while in my short years (19) of being on this Earth.
It is just my opinion, and I respect yours.
Later in 2010, I will publish "Scientists Discover Hell Beneath Siberia," a comprehensive explanation of a fascinating story which has existed for 25 years, traversed the world in many languages, saturated the Internet, and mystified millions of persons.
(225+ pages, 400+ Footnotes, Dozens of Pictures/Documents, 2 Artistic Illustrations, Glossary, Internet Links, and Extensive Bibliography.)
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Did something really happen in Siberia, or is this just a Christian urban legend?
The. Bible say death. N. Hell. Will. Be. Cast. N. The. Lake of. Fire
If a fake story about hell being found makes your question your beliefs, I'd like to tell you about a wizard named Harry.