Hell by Cloudwalker Hell! Not a very popular subject. One we try to avoid. One few, if any, churches preach or teach about. On any given Sunday morning (or Saturday, or Friday, whenever you choose to worship) I dare say few, if any, preachers will even mention hell, let alone make it the subject of their sermon. But it's not a subject that Christ avoided, In fact 13% of his teachings refer to eternal judgment and hell, and 2/3rds of his parables relate to resurrection and judgment. So let’s be clear on things. First, let's have none of this "there is no hell" or "a loving God wouldn't send anyone to hell" nonsense. Hell is a very real place and some people will find themselves there. Not because God sent them there, but because they chose to go there themselves. In spite of all Christ did to prevent it. So, what is hell like. First it is a real place and those in it have real bodies and they experience real pain. The story of the rich man and Lazarus makes that clear. Note, I did not call it a parable, because it has none of the marks of a parable. It is a real story about real people. Hell is described as a place of "everlasting destruction" and "weeping and gnashing of teeth" and "darkness." It is also described as "outside." But outside what. For one thing outside heaven. Even when paradise and hell were close enough that they could communicate to each other there was no way for someone to reach from paradise to hell, or from hell to paradise. (I use paradise because there are reasons to believe that heaven and paradise at one time were different places) Hell is also outside escape. EVER!!! People try to say that the torment will end. But Rev. 14:11 and other places show clearly that hell and it's torments last for as long as heaven lasts (because the same language is used to describe the length of both). As Max Lucado puts it "Much perishes in hell. Hope perishes. Happiness perishes. but the body and soul of the God-deniers continue outside. Outside of heaven, outside of hope, and outside of God's goodness." Max has described it well "Hell is the chosen home of insurrectionists. . . Hell is reserved, not for those souls who seek God yet struggle, but for those who defy God and rebel...So in history's highest expression of fairness, God honors their preference Fortunately, we have hope. We have a way out. We do not have to go to hell. We can accept the gift God has given us and take Christ as our savior and join Him in the home he has made for us in heaven. And what is heaven like? That's for another blog.