From: Adrian Gilbert 
To: GodsHome JokesList 

The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed. 

Our authority is Isaiah 30:26, "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 receives from the Moon as much
radiation as we do from the Sun, and in addition 7*7 (49)  times as much
as the Earth does from the Sun, or 50 times in all.  The light we receive
from the Moon is one 1/10,000 of the light we receive from the Sun, so we
can ignore that ... 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, i.e., Heaven loses 50 times as much heat as the Earth by
radiation.  Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E)^4 = 50,
where E is the absolute temperature of the earth (-300K), gives H as 798K

The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed ... 

[However] Revelations 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 at or below
the boiling point, 444.6C. 

We have, then, that Heaven, at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C. 

              -- From "Applied Optics" vol. 11, A14, 1972

Adrian Gilbert
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