Some people carelessly joke about hell, as though it’s a place to play cards and drink beer. They figure on joining up with their relatives who they are sure went to hell.
People who believe the Bible have a different perspective, hell is no picnic, it's the antithesis of heaven. Heaven is a wonderful place of great magnificence, full of beauty and love.
The prison hell is loaded with horrors too great to comprehend, pain beyond what anyone can endure. It isn’t as though a person will be confronted with the vast tortures of this prison and then be set free, rather it’s a place of eternal condemnation. When someone enters abode of the spiritually dead, there's no escape, ever.
The Bible refers to hell more than heaven, indicating an importance to know what Jesus saves us from. The following description of hell was derived from the succeeding verses.
Hell is dark, except for the brimstone fires throughout, which burn virtually forever. Hell was created for Satan and his fellow demons, but anyone who declines to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, will also spend eternity in the fiery prison of pain and torment.
One prominent form of torment is numerous pits filled with flames, each one containing a condemned soul. Flesh burns with extreme pain, they scream in agony just as we would now in the physical. After the flesh is thoroughly used up, it's restored for the process to be repeated, a reoccurring horror that never ends. The soul remains inside the skeleton, and worms are inside the bones, eating and devouring, which also causes much pain.
Hell is full of danger and terrors throughout with numerous other forms of torment, it’s filled with constant weeping and gnashing of teeth. The condemned souls can find no relief, desperation and hopelessness take over as they realize no opportunity for salvation.
People in hell are spiritually dead, forever separated from God. They want another chance to repent, but repentance is only possible while living. They suffer unending regret, remembering opportunities to accept Jesus. After judgment day, they will be thrown into the lake of fire, an eternal prison. Demons will also be tossed into the lake of fire, no longer be dominant over condemned people.
And finally, Satan will be thrown into the fiery lake, becoming as helpless as his victims, demon and human. His extensive efforts to become like God will have gained nothing, he will forever be in the inferno prison with all his victims, and will no longer have supernatural power over them
(Isa 66:24, Jude 1:6, 23, Luke 16:23-24,28, Mark 9:43, 25:41, Matt 3:12, 13:42, 13:50, 18:9, 25:41, 46, 2 Pet 2:4, Rev 14:10, 19:20, 20:10, 21:18, 2 Thes 1:9)
When someone declines to accept Jesus as Savior and obey him as Lord, this is the same as rejecting God. They are declining to enter the Kingdom, forfeiting everything good. There is no neutral ground, either we choose to be with God, or will be eternally separated from him.
God set it up so people literally choose their own destiny, judgment day is merely a formality, finalizing what people have chosen for themselves. Failure to choose the Kingdom leaves only one other choice, and once someone lands in hell, there are no second chances.
This choice is made by each individual while living, the blame cannot be put on God. He has arranged a doorway for us, sent Jesus to pay for our redemption with his sinless human blood, becoming the doorway into his Kingdom. Now the onus is on each individual to choose their own destiny. Other than God’s Kingdom, there is nothing good. When someone rejects all that is good, then all that is left is hell.
God has preserved the Bible through Satan’s numerous attempts to destroy it, which contains a roadmap to his Kingdom. Someone who rejects the Good News, or only halfheartedly accepts it, won't find the pathway to the narrow gate.
“Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.”
Hebrews 10:26-27 NLT
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