I am most familiar with the Christian beliefs about hell; however, I would appreciate anyone’s input on how their beliefs/religion views hell or if they even do.
There are times when I have heard others say that their parents or someone else “made them feel guilty” about one thing or another and it led me to think about what really causes those feelings and how repressing these feelings can create our own type of “hell”. I doubt that anyone can truly “make someone feel guilty”. The way I see it is that when somebody does something “wrong” they will sometimes try to bury feelings of guilt through rationalizations and by trying hard not to think about their actions.
When someone reminds us of something we did that was wrong, I think that the feelings of guilt will sometimes surface. The person who “made us feel guilty” really just helped to uncover what was already there.
So, for me the source of the feelings of guilt is one’s conscience, which I believe is something given to all of us by God to be used as a guide for our actions. Blaming others for our feelings of guilt is just another way in which we rationalize in an effort to help put our conscience at ease.
With that said, I think that our guilt will be the one thing most closely tied to why we will be “in hell” and this has to do with a few scriptures in the Book of Mormon (emphasis added):
43 The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt.
2 Nephi 9:14-16
14 Wherefore, we shall have a perfect knowledge of all our guilt, and our uncleanness, and our nakedness; and the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment, and their righteousness, being clothed with purity, yea, even with the robe of righteousness.
15 And it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this first death unto life, insomuch as they have become immortal, they must appear before the judgment-seat of the Holy One of Israel; and then cometh the judgment, and then must they be judged according to the holy judgment of God.
16 And assuredly, as the Lord liveth, for the Lord God hath spoken it, and it is his eternal word, which cannot pass away, that they who are righteous shall be righteous still, and they who are filthy shall be filthy still; wherefore, they who are filthy are the devil and his angels; and they shall go away into everlasting fire, prepared for them; and their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever and has no end.
According to this, it seems we will no longer have the ability to “bury” our guilt and this will begin to create our own “hell”.
According to my belief, God will not really send us to “hell”, it will be our own choice based on the decisions we make in this life and the “hell” will be something we will create ourselves. I see this as similar to the “chains” represented by the ghost Marley in “A Christmas Carol”. The more guilt or “chains” we create in this life that are not cleared up through repentance, the worse our “hell” will be after this life.