- Religion and Philosophy
Hell is a Godless Place
Revelation 20:14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire..
Daniel 12:2 Many of those who sleep in the dusty ground will awake – some to everlasting life, and others to shame and everlasting abhorrence. 3 But the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever..
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke from their torture will go up forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have no rest day or night, along with anyone who receives the mark of his name..
Hell, according to the Bible, certainly sounds like a hopeless and enormous pit of eternal doom. Today's world has painted hell as a place of torment where the devil runs the show. But, I have to disagree with what the world wants us to believe. Yes, I believe there is a hell. Yes, I believe it is a place of eternal damnation. Yes, I believe that those who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, will end up in hell. I mean, where else is there for those who reject Him to go? If they reject Jesus Christ they are rejecting the Kingdom of Heaven, since Jesus lives in the Kingdom of Heaven. If they reject Jesus Christ they are rejecting all that is good. And there is no other place to go. Heaven or hell. That is the choice. No in-between. Holiness or unholiness. Good or evil. Saved or unsaved. Period. Then you have the Lake of Fire. This is the ultimate and final resting place for all who reject and oppose God's offer of salvation. According to the Bible this is not the devil running the show. Since, he himself, is tossed into the Lake of Fire. After all that is said and done, I believe hell is a place of torment and hopelessness and just plain painful place to be. Not because the devil and his demons and angels inhabit hell, but because God is not in hell. God is goodness and goodness is an all inclusive word. Love is good. Peace is good. Beauty is good. Sanity is good. Light is good. Joy is good. Happiness is good. Hope is good. Well, you get the picture. Now on the flip side. Hate is not good. Anxiety is not good. Insanity is not good. Sadness is not good. Pain is not good. Again, you get the picture. Take away all that is good and you are certainly left with... hell.That is what makes hell .. hell. The absence of Godliness or goodness. God is love so what would you say happens when we reject love? To lose all sense of hope, sanity, painlessness, and on and on and on. It is not the devil that makes hell such a scary and despicable and painful place to be .. It is the absence of God and all that He is. Eternal separation from the Father. Even Jesus cried out when He was facing death and began to get a taste of separation from the Father. How much more will we be crying if we choose to reject Him? Hell is not the opposite of heaven, it is the ABSENCE of anything heavenly. Just as death is not the opposite of life, but death is the absence of life.
“Any view of God which eliminates judgment and his hatred of sin in the interest of an emasculated doctrine of sentimental affection finds no support in the strong and virile realism of the Apocalypse” (Mounce).
(Here is an excerpt taken from prophecyupdate.com)..
"God’s only real choice: He must withdraw Himself from those who refuse His love. He must let them have their own way forever. Since God is necessary for our existence, the decision to reject God is a decision to plunge ourselves into the most terrible sense of loneliness and isolation a human being can know—and to endure this eternally, without any hope. Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body. Spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God Himself.
Ultimately: It is we ourselves who
choose whether God will judge us. It is we
ourselves who decide either to accept or
refuse His grace, love, and forgiveness. It is
we ourselves who choose everlasting
life—or everlasting death.