[cw: religion & the concept of Hell]
Today I found a post that lists “Hell in general” (as in, believing in Hell) as something spiritually abusive. As in, inherently. I.e. if you believe in Hell you’re being abusive.
which, mmmmmMMMM is not persuasive enough of an argument for me to give up belief in Hell as a coping mechanism.
This isn’t something I talk much about for good reason, because of how the concept has been weaponized and the fact that it features heavily in a lot of people’s abuse, including for many of the people who read this blog, but as much as I hate the afterlife-as-coping-mechanism narrative, I can still acknowledge that that’s one of the functions it serves for me.
And to call that abusive? In general?
It’s not abusive to wish punishment on your abusers.