Hell is a topic that is highly controversial in Christianity, yet many Christians fail to ponder upon it.
If we were to have a clearer perspective on Hell through understanding the scripture, we would actually work harder to serve God; spread the Gospel to win more souls, tithe a little more, pray a little harder.
Psalm 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
Hell is a harmful and hurtful place. As historical events such as the war in Vietnam, which had documented some of the most gripping and gruesome battles, and mass-casualty, where half-dead survivors or veterans were overwhelmed by dead bodies around them. Or Adolf Hitler, who gathered and slaughtered millions of Jews and turned them into piles and piles of corpses during the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. Also, try to picture all the torturous and gruesome methods which were used during the Roman persecution event against women and infants.
Nonetheless, all these horrors of war and man-made murders, could not even be compared to horrors of hell. Moreover, it is not millions, but billions of men throughout history for the past approximately 6000 years that will be burning in hell.
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Jesus said don’t fear all man-made persecution and torture, but fear God, who will cast you right into hell.
Often times we think worldly material possessions like money, fame are worthy, and that it is better to be living comfortably so that we are free from trials and troubles. But the verses above have shown us that it is not worthy if eventually, the path it leads is to Hell!
Apart from the physical pain that we have to endure in hell. Imagine solitary confinement in prison, it drives us mentally insane or having sodomites that will mentally torture us. Or being at mental hospitals or asylums, being unfairly mistreated or victimized by the unrighteous doctors and nurses. Yet the horrors of hell are much more horrifying as described, simply because all that we have to suffer on earth is temporal, but all of the sufferings in hell is eternal.
Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
What would actually be more regretful is that the way to earning salvation is simple, yet a lot of us gave up on such a simple way and opportunity, only to regret when the final judgment has arrived.
Imagine being loyal and faithful to our lovers for years or even decades, only to be turned against and betrayed, or the abandonment from real biological parents, the kind of emotional pain that we have to endure. Nonetheless, emotional torment in Hell would be far worse than the examples above being given.
In regards to the subject of suicide among teenagers, due to loneliness and criticism from peers and family. These victims rather choose death than live another day, and it has become much more rampant nowadays. Hell is so much more heartless comparatively.
A lot of us may think that if God is full of love, why would he allow such eternal suffering? It is important to know that God showed his love to the world at Cavalry, where he sent his only son Jesus Christ to die for us at the cross, but God’s wrath is hell, for those of us who sin and reject God’s love for us, He will not hesitate to cast us into hell.
Hell is nothing but utter misery, depression, and sorrow, there is no room for even experiencing the slightest happiness. It is the complete opposite of heaven, and everything negative associated with hell is something that those who are unbelievers and sinners will be experiencing for eternity.
In the Bible, God’s attributes are perfectly balanced, He is 100% love and 100% wrath. When it is time to cast his judgment, he will not hold back, this is because God is fair and just enough to give us enough time to repent, and to develop our faith, to earn our salvation through his grace. It is also vital to know that hell is merciless, and God does not discriminate who he will cast into hell. The saddest part is us who are real bible believers, seeing our loved and precious ones including our parents or children, to be burned in hell if we fail to preach the gospel to them and win their souls over to Christ.
Therefore as Child of God, and a real bible believer, we are strongly urged to pray hard for God to open more doors to witness and that we will all be found faithful, not backing down from any spiritual warfare or fights, but to stand fast during a battle. More importantly, to pray that our Lord will give us hearts that will ache for the billions that will perish in hell so that we will have the urgency to preach and save more souls.