A part of The Fate of the Unbeliever
No, nobody wants to hear it because it’s a bad image, but hell is real. It isn’t politically correct to say it, but people are going to go there. It is not a place where of a red devil with horns and a pitchfork rules and torments people.
Every description we have of hell is of a horrific place. It is a place of shame, of darkness, of torment. It is of burning sulphur. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth because of the pain. Hell was originally prepared for the devil and his angels. It ends up as the destination of many for broad is the road that leads to destruction.
Jesus made numerous references to hell. He calls it a fiery furnace. He speaks of it as a real place. There are many allusions to hell in his parables. Those who are cut off and kept away from (the king, the master, and other such figures in the parables) are left in the darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Numerous places speak of eternal torment and the fires of hell being forever. Those whose names are not found in the book of life are cast into the lake of burning sulphur. There is no room for exception in this statement. It does not exclude those who never heard the gospel. It does not allow for good, devout people involved in the wrong religion. Anyone whose name is not there, is cast away.
This depiction of hell troubles many who cannot align the concept of a loving and forgiving God with that of hell. However, these people forget that Christianity is solely based on the life and death of Christ. It was because of God’s love and forgiveness that Christ came to earth at all. “There is no one righteous.” “The wages of sin is death.” If not for love and forgiveness, we would all be bound for eternal torment. Man chooses to reject God and his plan of redemption and leaves God no choice but to banish unrighteousness from His holy presence.