A common curse among humans is to damn someone to hell, to damnation or its equivalent. Children are warned to mind their behavior or they will likewise be damned. Damnation, as the fires of hell, is spoken of as something one does not escape - one is judged once and forever. Is such a thing possible? Punishment is only one side of this coin, with bribery found on the other side. Be good and you will go to heaven. Both edicts have at their base the desire for control that the religious elite present as rules and regulations. They can no more deliver the faithful to heaven than they can damn them to hell.