There are different theological perspectives on this--whether the people who go there are "wicked" or are simply unbelievers. Many other religions also have some form of hell, and this should be mentioned, even if the Christian theology is discussed the most.--John 01:45, 5 March 2007 (EST)
I'm unsure as to whether other religions actually use the word Hell for their respective damnations. I know that in practice, for instance, many Muslims do, but I'm not sure if that's actually the term they use. In any event, this is an interesting point that you bring up. MountainDew 02:48, 5 March 2007 (EST)
The English word "hell" does not derive from Hebrew "sheol." It is a Germanic word related to the same Indo-European root from which the English word "cell" (i.e., a prison cell) originates. This type of information is readily available in a dictionary or on the internet.
- Agreed. Anyone who doesn't have access to the Oxford English Dictionary (which has comprehensive etymologies) can look to Online Etymology Dictionary for etymological questions. In this case the likely etymology of "Hell" can be found here. JesusSaves 07:50, 13 March 2007 (EDT)
More to the point, "hell" derives from "Hel" or "Hela", the daughter of Loki in Norse mythology, and warder of the unremarkable dead.  Her hall is often called "Helheim" or "Hel", as well. While Hela is herself rather gruesome to look at, ending up in her care is seen as the normal case for the dead in this mythology, and not really a bad thing. The really bad people end up in a place called Nastrond. People who have lived remarkably may end up in one of the halls of Asgard. When the Anglo-Saxons converted to Christianity, the existing word in the language was co-opted for Christian purposes. While the proposed "cell" origin is interesting, it feels to me like linguists grasping at straws. --Abell 14:00, 17 March 2007 (EDT)
Siricou, if you're going to write about what Christians believe, then you need to study Christian theology and history. Your statements are false. Hell was created for the devil and his angels, not humans. And the Catholic church does not believe that only Christians go to heaven. Please be careful what you insert. Learn together 14:21, 30 May 2007 (EDT)