Welcome, Rick! Glad you could join us. :D There's no REASON to fear a mythological place. You might want to bring up this in Recovering from Religion, or some other place here. Learning about memetics might also be helpful, as the hell story is a meme trick.
Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends.
Hi Rick Welcome to this internet world of rationality and peace--of common sense and freethinking wisdom--that unites non-believers and critical thinkers. Please set aside any concerns about hell. It is just another of the fictions created by earlier christians to help keep the cleverer questioners of their religion from leaving. There is no such place. It may help you to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 740 discussion topics and 3750 members. http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin