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The Ancient Afterlife and the Bible
The Greeks were colorful in their myths. They added onto their stories in poem and play, but they still held something's as true and not to be added to. Now let's talk about a few and stack them up against the Bible.
We shall begin as we survey the terrain of the Underworld and then we will talk to some of its inhabitants. To start of with, let's start with the entrance. You would enter through the Taenarus cave. The cave itself is nearby Marmari, a little village on a long island in the south of the Peloponnese. Every once and a while, the departed can rise and walk around at the western edge of the middle earth. The great boundary between our world and theirs is the river Styx. The great river Styx is fed by five different tributaries. Each river has a name and it corresponds to an awful aspect of hell. And the way they named these rivers left no room for guessing just how awful they thought Hell was. Oddly enough, whenever the feeder rivers were put to pen, only four were listed, but the names would change with each retelling.
This makes me think. The biblical quotes that individuals have for your Paradise in Eden show that there was 1 principal stream which watered the paradise using 4 tributaries. What I think is intriguing is that Hell's main river also had an average of 4 feeder rivers. What if the fabled Garden that was in Eden is everlasting, but due to the Fall is not decaying as Hell. It might be that because it is our original home our souls are drawn there upon dying. Biblical quotes impart us with no clue, it is only a noteworthy hypothesis.
Now we turn our attention for those that call Hell home, the first of which is the fabled boatman of Hell. This fellow is the one who get you across the great river, that is if you have coin. If you have no coin, you could be spending eternity looking from the outside in. Next we have the watch dog of Hades. Hades, Master of Hell, and Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, preside over the underworld. Next among the inhabitants are the Titans. The Titans are chained in lower Tartarus, where they spend all of eternity. Interestingly enough, the particular biblical quotes express those that sinned sometime ago which stand in gloomy dungeons. The Greek word used in the passage is Tartarus. Could this biblical passage lend some credibility to this Greek myth? This may make it plausible that the story has a kernel of truth that was later added to.
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