I was just reading "A Briefer History of Time". Stephen Hawking describes how your body would be torn to shreds by the increasing forces from gravity as you approach a black hole. I've read this from other sources as well. However, from what I understand about general relativity, gravity isn't a force, but is instead a warping of space-time. A person in free fall can't feel the force of gravity at all even though she is accelerating. A person in free fall doesn't ever feel the "tug" of gravity. So, wouldn't the increase in gravity near a black hole warp you (and all of the space-time around you), but not tear you apart? I'm sure death would be eminent , but how would it be from the changing "force" of gravity?