Eternal damnation and suffering is the belief that those who do not follow pledge their loyalty to the doctrines and support of a particular religious hierarchy and/or those specifically cursed by that religious organization are doomed to an eternity of unimaginable suffering, perpetual burning and torture in Hell, orchestrated by "god".
The concept of eternal damnation, suffering and torture of souls in the afterlife by "the will of god" is arguably one of the most wholly evil frauds ever conceived in the history of human civilization. It is a concept now shared by both Christians and Muslims today.
Prior to the 4th Century BCE, there is no historical evidence whatsoever of any Western religious philosophy, considering the idea of perpetual punishment of the dead. In ancient Jewish belief and scriptures (re-edited and some wholly created by Nehemiah and Ezra by 450 BCE), the Jewish concept of hell or underworld was Sheol, a place devoid of the tortures of modern Christian and Muslim doctrine. This was consistent with the concept of hades in Greek philosophy.
However, by the third to second century BCE the concept of Tartarus was developed as a place of eternal punishment in Hellenic culture and the concept of Gehenna appeared in Jewish writing as a "place of unquenchable fire".
The word Gehenna is derived from "Ge Hinnom", meaning "Valley of Hinnom". The valley is outside the south wall of ancient Jerusalem, and stretches from the foot of Mount Zion eastward to Kidron Valley and was a major site for Jewish worship of Moloch, the God-King of Demons of the Underworld. Moloch is an ancient name for Satan, also known as The Devil and in modern contemporary belief as Lucifer.
Jewish High Priests and noble families would sacrifice human beings, particularly children, by burning them alive to honor Moloch. Ruins of the area indicate large ovens were in existence by late antiquity and the area was said to double as a rubbish dump under the time of the Romans 2,000 years ago, presumably to hide the dual purpose for the ovens.
The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) of the New Testament are the only source of commentary concerning "eternal punishment". John, the only gospel allegedly written by an actual apostle does not include such inferences, which supports even in the counterfeit scripture of christianity that the concept of "eternal damnation and suffering" were heretical to the view of Jesus Christ.
Interestingly, the Synoptic gospels refer to both the concept of hades and gehenna, with gehenna being used exclusively for curses of damnation and "unquenchable fire" in the afterlife. As the word gehenna is directly associated with the beliefs of the followers of Moloch (Satan), the inclusion of these curse comments of fire and torment imply the authors were adherents of such ceremony and therefore Satanists (adherents of Moloch).
The christian churches have maintained their adherence to the doctrines of gehenna and Moloch ever since, with the fear and threat of "fire and brimstone" a fundamental doctrine of christianity.
The churches, in particular the Vatican have also maintained the practices of Moloch and the visual display of gehenna from time to time even in public with burnings and the use of ovens to burn people alive. The last great age of Moloch for the Catholic Church was World War II where over six million people were burnt alive in honor of Moloch in Europe and possibly double that number on Siberia, Russia.
Since the 1960's, christians have come to believe the false impression that the main cults of christianity have softened their views on worshipping Moloch and the belief of gehenna (hell of fire and torment). Jesuit commentators even re-positioned Hell in the populist view no longer as unquenchable fire but in the benign sense of an "absence of god."
However, as recently as March 27, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI re-affirmed the Vatican's complete adherence to the traditional worship of Moloch and gehenna when he publicly stated Hell is a place where sinners really do burn in everlasting fire.