Jesus says: "And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE
: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 13:42
Jesus says: "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting EVERLASTING FIRE
, prepared for the devil and his angels: . . ." [Note: hell was never originally prepared for people. However, because we have broken God's laws, God's justice now demands it.] Matthew 25:41
Revelation 20:15 says, " And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE
Jesus says in 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
Jesus says in Matthew 18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast [them] from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into EVERLASTING FIRE
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of ETERNAL FIRE
Revelation 14:10 says: "and he shall be tormented with FIRE
in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:"
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 BRMISTONE
: which is the second death.
The Bible quotes above are just examples. This is more than enough to make it clear that when God describes eternal hell as a lake of fire, he is describing a real place of unbelievable torment which the wicked will be imersed in forever. During this earthly life, Christians are warned about the fiery trials that they may endure (1 Peter 4:2). The image of fiery trials brings up a picture of pain but this suffering does not come from the poured out and unreserved wrath of GOD, upon wicked and unrepentant sinners.
Hell fire involves unimaginable torment, far beyond any fiery trials experieced in this life.
So whether fire is the literal instrument of eternal torment
in hell, or whether hell fire is the symbol of eternal torment
, you are still left with: eternal torment! The picture which the fire of hell paints should be enough to "scare the hell out of you!" And the fact that God has the authority to throw you into hell fire to be tormented forever, should give you cause to fear God - God who can not only damn you to hell but save you from hell
.How can a loving God send people to suffer torment in eternal hell fire?