Many Christian churches avoid, even reject the existence of Hell and the truth that God sends people there. Sadly, Hell turns up more often in movies than the pulpit! Yet, the Scriptures tell and Christ spoke about it often. Even atheists imagine a place where evil doers receive ultimate punishment.
Hebrews 9:27, says after death comes judgment. Matthew 10:28, says unrepentant sinners, their bodies and souls, face [not purgatory or reincarnation] everlasting punishment. The worst criminals or dictators aren’t the only ones sent there. That’s because sin, such as the slightest private thought of anger or ill will by unrepentant sinners angers Him. Psalm 7:11 says so.
Rev. 20: 15 describes their destination as a lake of fire. Imagine being dumped into liquid fire with never ending pain in and outside ALL of your body like they do in Hell!
Hell is consistently described in terms of fire but Jesus of Nazareth once called it “outer darkness” perhaps a metaphor of Roman prisons- dark, dank dungeons, filled with vermin and disease. Yet he was emphasizing that God’s love isn’t found there but his presence and white-hot wrath are.
Psalm 139:8, says “If I make my bed in hell, behold you are there.” Rev. 14: 10, states “…he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and Jesus Christ.” Revelation 20: 1 describes the duration of Hell as if a bottomless pit; the thought of forever falling meant to help us understand that Hell is forever! Rev. 14: 11 underscores that truth telling how the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever.
Some think those in hell are eventually annihilated, destroyed, or just go into non-existence escaping torment, yet that didn’t happen to Christ after his crucifixion. The condemned only wish they could become non-existent.
Universalists believe all souls enter paradise, not hell, but they’re implying Christ’s lied about the wide road to it in the Sermon on the Mount.
God had to create such a place since he cannot and will not allow the unrepentant into heaven. So, by denying Him they condemn themselves to it.
There they will remember not just their sins but how they rejected the Gospel message or put off committing to Christ. How unfortunate since Romans 2:5-8, tells how he stores up his anger and wrath giving us time in life to repent and turn to Him. In Luke 16:25, the rich man was told to “… remember that in your lifetime you received your good things,..” Yet such memories won’t relieve their suffering.
A self-examination makes it clear we are sinners destined for Hell under God’s terms. Yet if we simply, honestly admit our sinfulness to Him he will pardon and justify us to enter His paradise. If we then invite it God will send his Holy Spirit to help us begin the walk of sanctification, the dues paying part of the faith, sinning less and less. Soon we will want to gather with other Believers in churches where God’s sovereignty, majesty, and righteousness are honored and worshiped. There we learn more about the Christ and His Great Commission to help others avoid the avoidable- Hell.