Item (Scientifically Arguable):
Exact Temperatures Of
Heaven, Of Hell
(from A Random Walk in Science)
The temperature of heaven can allegedly be computed as follows:
Isaiah 30:26 reads, “Moreover the light of the moon shall be
as the light of the sun and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as
the light of seven days.”
Thus heaven received from the moon as much radiation as we do
from the sun and in addition seven times seven (forty-nine) times as
much as the earth does from the sun, or fifty times in all. The light we
receive from the moon is a ten-thousandth of the light we receive from
the sun, so we can ignore that.
With these data we can compute the temperature of heaven. The
radiation falling on heaven will heat it to the point where the heat
lost by radiation is just equal to the heat received by radiation. In
other words, heaven loses fifty times as much heat as the earth by
Using the Stefan-Boltzmann fourth-power law for radiation (H/E)4
= 50, where E is the absolute temperature of the earth—300K. This
gives H as 798K (525C).
The exact temperature of hell cannot be computed. But it must be
less than 444.6C, the temperature at which brimstone or sulphur changes
from a liquid to a gas.
Rev. 21:8 says: “But the fearful, and unbelieving—shall
have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.”
A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be below the
boiling point, which is 44.6C (Above this point it would be a vapour,
not a lake.)
We have then:
of Hell—less than 445C.
heaven is hotter than hell.