Hell: Full Of Hate Or A Final Hope For Justice?

by Dan Richardson

“These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” 2 Thessalonians 1:9-10

Recently, someone accused me of espousing hate because of my belief in the Christian doctrine of hell. It is puzzling how some can be so close minded about heaven and hell and treat the idea as if they are simply fairy tales with no evidence or reason. If the belief of heaven and hell are backed with good reasoning and an authoritative source, would it be consistent and moral for believers to inform others of the promises and perils of the afterlife? After all, man did not originate the idea of hell. God Himself revealed it to us through His inspired word. All sixty-six books of the Bible, written by over forty authors over a span of 1,600 years teach it.

Is Hell hateful or just?

On the surface, the idea of hell does sound hateful. Yet, when one begins to understand the nature of a perfect and holy God, the teaching of hell sounds more reasonable. It is hard to understand hell without a high view of the holiness of God.

Some say God is all-loving. But that is not all true. God’s overriding quality is His holiness. Love, justice, forgiveness, vengeance, favor and wrath are just some of His perfections that derive from His holy nature. His holiness guarantees every characteristic is expressed perfectly: Example: His love is can not perverted nor his wrath be capricious.

Therefore, Christians believe there will be a time where God will make all wrongs right. Every atrocity and evil act will be dealt with by a Holy and Perfect Judge. The Day of Judgment will be one where all will see final justice. Not only murderers, rapists and thieves; but liars, blasphemers and adulterers will face extreme punishment for eternity. Though many say, “I don’t want anything to do with a God like that”, it doesn’t matter. If it is true, they will still have to face God on judgment day.

It makes sense that a holy God with infinite love should also have a contrasting infinite hate. Indeed, the prophets tell us about things God hates: lying and divorce are just a couple. So a good and Holy God must hate evil things. Since God rewards those who love His Son with infinite pleasure and joy in heaven, it makes sense to have a place to punish those who break His laws and reject the pardon made possible by His Son.

Judgment is different for young children. God’s grace ensures children are safe in their early years of understanding.

Personally, hell is not my favorite topic. It’s scary, it’s terrible, it’s horrifying. Yet, I don’t enjoy talking about cancer either, but that doesn’t change the reality of its existence. If hell is real, and there are plenty of reasons to believe it is, then a reasonable person will investigate the evidence to avoid going there. Not only that, but we would demonstrate our love and concern for others by causing them to think about the reality: All of us will die someday and be judged by a holy God.

If hell were not real, then our hope of God’s eternal love is only a dream.

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    • Chase
    • July 10th, 2008

    Where did Dan publish this?

  1. Fine Sir,
    I do believe this was one of Dan’s many articles that get published in Dan’s father’s magazine/publication.

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