For the last few days I’ve felt a heavy burden for the lost souls that die without Jesus Christ. For this reason I’ve felt it was necessary to revisit a former post titled Reality of Hell and expand on it. In my first post I briefly mentioned the book “Love Wins” by Rob Bell and wrote about my utter rejection of it’s teachings. I reject all of Universalism – It is just unable to stand up under true Biblical scrutiny. This post however is not intended to debate Universalism but is written to inform my readers that their is an actual, literal hell.
Hell is absolutely real! It exists, it is horrendous and it is completely void of God or anything good God stands for. The worst of it is that every person on earth is headed for hell – unless something or someone intervenes. Lets start at the beginning.
Why does Hell exist?
Hell is the super-max of all prisons. On earth we build structures of incarceration for those we deem as dangerous or unfit to live in society. Just the same, God has created a pit for incarcerating rebellious sinners. When a man or woman chooses to go against, or break our communally agreed upon laws we sentence them to a period of punishment in prison. God also has a code of laws and if we go against Him, rebel and disobey we are sentenced to separation from Him in a place of torment and despair.
It may surprise you however to know that God did not create hell for humans. Long before Adam and Eve disobeyed God, sin was already in the universe.
God had already created and developed advanced societies throughout the universe before the Earth was formed. These societies are inhabited by beings the Bible calls angels, but they can also be called aliens(Remember, just because we say aliens, doesn’t mean they’re little green men, but simply not from this world.) It was in one of these societies that Lucifer was a part of, serving God faithfully on some other planet in some other galaxy, in heaven. Lucifer was extremely close to God. There is no doubt he possessed vast amounts of knowledge and even had the ability to step into Gods presence to speak with Him face to face. We don’t know how long Lucifer served God, perhaps thousands or even millions of years. (Living thousands or millions of years is not out of the realm of possibility for angels/aliens – God created an actual fruit that grows on the tree of life and if eaten it gives the being eternal life. This is verified in the book of Genesis 3:22 – “The man has become like one of us, since he knows good and evil. He must not reach out and take the fruit from the tree of life and eat. Then he would live forever.” – The chances are good that angels/aliens have eaten this fruit and are now immortal.) None the less, however long Lucifer served God, there came a point where pride sprouted in his heart. It probably took time to incubate but eventually Lucifer began to dwell on evil thoughts and acted upon them. He decided that he wanted to be God! Lucifer became so consumed with pride that he actually believed he could defeat God and take His throne – with evil and deception in his heart, Lucifer gathered an army of alien/angelic beings who were willing to back him up and declared war on God! There was a battle in heaven, with Lucifer and his followers launching an attack on God. Michael the archangel (who also holds a very high position, close to God) supported by the angelic armies who chose to stay loyal to God came against Lucifer and fought him. The battle was very real and very physical. With highly advanced weaponry there was likely a great amount of destruction – Michael and the holy angels of course were successful in repelling the attack and kicked Lucifer and his rebellious army out of their society and cast them out into far reaches of the heavens – Thus, sin entered the universe through Lucifer and his army of rebellious followers.
So now back to the beginning, God had a mutiny on His hands – He had a group of rebellious, immortal angels who have just sinned, broken His laws and rebelled against Him. His response? Create a super-max punishment facility – Hell – a place so terrible that there is no escape. A place so awful it is completely void of love, light or joy. Hell is a unique place sectioned off where God (who is everywhere) specifically chose to withdraw His presence and all of His attributes, except for wrath. Hell is a prison of pure torment and wrath.
God’s holiness requires Him to separate Himself from all sin and now that sin was in the universe God had to designate a place to annex sin – and hell was created.
A very interesting decision that God made however was delayed sentencing towards Lucifer and his followers now called demons. Judgement was passed but the sentencing has yet to be carried out. The book of Revelation details the future capture and lockup of Lucifer in the super-max prison of hell. We may not know the exact reasons God chose to hold off, letting Lucifer run free but I’m confident God is using the situation to teach a universal lesson on the seriousness of sin.
Why are humans in danger of hell?
So sin entered the universe through Lucifer and God created hell in response – But why are humans going to hell?
The book of Genesis brings us up to speed. God formed and cultivated the earth and created a new civilization here in the Milky Way galaxy. Adam and Eve were perfect and sinless and they enjoyed a beautiful relationship with father God, as He would physically come down and commune with them, walking with them in the garden and speaking with them face to face.
Surely Jealous of the humans intimacy with God, Lucifer came and spoke with the woman – ultimately deceiving her and causing her to doubt what God had said. Then together with her husband, Eve ate the fruit that was commanded of her never to eat and even passed it over to Adam and he ate as well. Sin now entered into humanity, cursing mans DNA with a rebellious, fallen nature.
God came down to the garden one last time and discovered the disobedience of man. He quickly expelled the couple from the garden so that they would not eat the fruit of the tree of life and physically live forever in their sinful state.
Lucifer had deceived Adam and Eve into trusting his word over Gods word and because of their disobedience they sinned. Adam and Eve were tricked into following Lucifer, but never the less, they sinned. They were now separated from God and cursed to physically die – their spirits however, being created in Gods image are eternal and Gods holiness requires Him to annex them in the prison called hell.
Adam and Eve in their fallen and sinful state procreated and filled the earth with more fallen, sinful beings whose spirits are required by Gods holiness to be sent to hell.
Does it have to be this way?
Hell is a sobering reminder of the seriousness and penalty of sin. We all deserve hell, as we are all sinful, disobedient and rebellious – and Gods holiness justifies hell as it provides the proper separation God requires to maintain His holiness. However it is not Gods will that we go there! God did not create us to be in hell, but because of our actions God was put in a place where He was required to separate us from Himself. God does not want us to go there! God was in a position where He had to do something that He was required to do yet did not want to do because of His great love for us. Luckily, God had a plan! God took human form and placed Himself inside human flesh – Jesus Christ. Acting as our scapegoat, Jesus offered Himself up as a perfect sacrifice in our place. If there was any other method or any other way certainly God would have chosen it – but the penalty of sin is death and it was the only way. Forgiveness was now possible because God loved us so much that He couldn’t stand to lose us to the pits of hell. Now anyone who will embrace Jesus Christ and His sacrifice will be forgiven of all offences against God! God takes the blood of Christ and washes us with it, making us righteous in His sight so that we are no longer condemned to hell but are promised eternal life in His kingdom. Our sins have been paid for and we are now justified – It is no longer required by Gods holiness for us to be separated from Him! What an awesome God!
This freedom, this release from sin is a gift to us that cannot be earned but only embraced. Sadly there are many who refuse to embrace the gift and therefore are still subject to the requirements of Gods holiness – separation and annexation in hell.
The answer is no, it does not have to be this way! The price has been paid and the way out provided, it’s up to us whether or not we’ll accept it. With an earthly prison it is up to the person whether or not they choose behavior that will have them incarcerated – it is the same with the prison of hell. The way to avoid hell has been made clear, it is up to you whether or not you will choose to go there. By God’s sacrifice, hell is completely avoidable for humans.
I do not know why forgiveness is not offered to Lucifer and his fallen angels. Perhaps being that they lived directly in Gods presence, experiencing His power and spirit first hand, their rebellion was considered blasphemy of the holy spirit – the unforgivable sin. Or perhaps it was offered to Lucifer but being so filled with hate and pride, it was utterly rejected in defiance; Again, I do not know.
Hell exists and it is terrible!
All good things come from God. Even the smallest and seemingly insignificant good in this world is an attribute of Gods goodness.
In hell there will be absolutely no good, because good comes from God and God has chosen to withdraw Himself from that place. So hell is the absence of all things good and it is the absence of all light because God is light. God’s light repels the darkness and keeps it away but in hell God withdraws His light and the thickest, most evil kind of darkness will prevail.
Hell is eternal agony with no relief. It is so serious that Jesus warned people to carve out their own eye, or chop off their own hand if it causes them to sin – because it’s better to enter Gods kingdom maimed than it is for the whole body to be thrown into the fires of hell! Jesus really wanted to make a point about hell – avoid it at all costs!
In closing I ask you to remember that sin is serious and it has consequences! Hell is real and it is the destination of anyone whose sin has not been properly dealt with. The way out has been provided and must be embraced before sentencing, because once someone is thrown into hell there is no getting out, it’s permanent – there is no hope, no second chance, no escape.
Embrace Jesus Christ while there is still time – His arms are open and He will not turn anyone away.