Better pull that AP story on Heaven and Hell. Traditional Christianity has never taught that Heaven and Hell were spatial locations.

The author has the "new Heaven and new Earth" predicted in the NT after Judgement Day confused with spiritual destinies for non-spatial souls.

ROMAN CATHOLICS HAVE TAUGHT that Heaven and Hell were spatial locations, which is what makes the article newsworthy. But Roman Catholics are by no means the only denomination to believe in a physical Heaven and Hell. From its beginnings the turgid nature of biblical writings has demanded much interpretation, which has resulted in the multitudes of denominations that exist today, each of which, not surprisingly, makes some claim to "traditional" origins. As for myself, I'm an atheist, so this question has only an academic interest for me.

Hope you enjoyed the site.


Neither Heav'n Nor Hell:
R. Albert Mohler Jr., Religion News Service (AP), Aug 10, 1999
  The Vatican decides it's finally time to chuck the haloes and horns.  
No Hell?:, Mar 30, 2000
  The definitive answer to a burning question.