Why was hell created, and for whom?
Hell is described in the Bible as a lake of fire and brimstone in the abyss. It is reserved for the fallen angels along with wicked men. Although God provided a way out of it through His son Jesus, those who reject Him and refuse to repent have nowhere else to go except in this place of torment.
1. Hell was created for the fallen angels
When men sin, we’re given a chance to repent and be right with God, by faith, through Christ, while we’re still on earth. However, angels have no second chances if they sin but are cast into hell to be kept until judgment day (2 Peter 2:4).
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'”
2. Hell was created for those who reject Jesus
There’s no other name given to men by which we will be saved (Acts 4:12). That is why to reject Jesus is to deny the only way to be right with God. Doing “good works” is not a ticket, nor are we good enough to go to heaven. “Only God is good” (Mark 10:18).
- We all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
- Only Jesus can appease God’s wrath against sinners (propitiation; 1 John 2:2).
- Only those who believe and obey Jesus will have their names written in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:15).
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
3. Wickedness has no place in heaven
God’s warning is explicit: The cowardly-unbelieving murderers, the immoral sorcerers, the idolaters, and false witnesses will be cast into the lake that burns with fire and sulfur (Revelation 21:8).
Even if we try to do good, we have hidden evil desires (James 1:14-15). There’s no sin in heaven; therefore, no person is worthy to enter. However, those who choose Jesus become co-heirs with Him (Romans 8:17) and promise to reserve a place for us in heaven.
These people who mock God have no place in heaven.
“I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.”
2 Thessalonians 1:9
“They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and the glory of his might.”
Life on earth is not the end game
We were created to spend eternity with God, who we praise and worship. Evil has no place in heaven, and putting together wicked people, the lawless, and those who mock God alongside those who praise and obey Him does not make sense. Heaven is a place of praise, worship, and peace.