According to Christians, God created Hell for Satan and his angels, for their crime in Heaven. Also, this all knowing, all loving God is going to send everyone (non-Christians) that does not believe in him to this place of eternal torment. You can commit the most heinous of crimes on Earth, throughout your entire life, and go to Heaven if you accept Jesus as your savior. If you live a most moral life; a model to society, only to deny God, you end up in Hell. An all loving God indeed. How does an all loving God justify eternal punishment for finite crimes? What about those that do not hear the Gospel? The Bible doesn't say that ignorance keeps you out of Hell. If you accept Christian doctrine, then almost 99% of all the people that have ever existed on Earth are going to Hell.
According to Christian dogma, Lucifer was God's most beloved angel. Lucifer is said to have committed a great sin by trying to take God's place. For this rebellious act, God casts Lucifer, along with his followers, out of Heaven and into Hell. Lucifer became Satan, and his followers became his demons. After the creation, it is said that Satan tempted man, causing man to sin against God. This was the fall of man and the cause of most of our problems.
A few problems with this story is that Lucifer was able to commit a sin in Heaven. Heaven is supposed to be a perfect place, free of sin. If Lucifer was able to introduce sin in Heaven, then wouldn't Heaven be corrupted, as was the Earth when sin was introduced on it? If Lucifer was able to commit sin in Heaven, could someone else commit a sin there? Another problem is how Satan was able to escape Hell to be able to temp man. Why would God allow Satan to be able to come and go as he pleases from the prison he was sentenced to? Apparently this was part of God's plan. God seems to go out of his way to set man up for failure.
What would Hell be like? Whenever Jesus describes Hell, he gives a description of fiery torment. Some verses include...
Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
The book of Revelation gives these descriptions...
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Many Christians describe Hell as a place of eternal death; like a grave. A place where you will remain dead forever; unaware of ever existing. Other Christians see Hell as a place where people are completely separated from God. The torment you will experience will be due to this separation. There are other Christians who see Hell in its literal form as described in the Bible; a place where the damned will experience excruciating pain and suffering by fire for eternity; a just and deserved punishment for not accepting Jesus.
© 1999 Derrick Miller