Why is there a Hell?

There are two kinds of good: justice and mercy.

When mercy steps in and gives unfathomable grace to the undeserving, evil can be stopped.

When justice gives penalty to the deserving, evil can be stopped.

Any time mercy doesn’t work, justice must step in.  If justice doesn’t step in, then the people who prefer evil will keep on destroying themselves and hurting others without end.

The first form of justice seen in the Bible is death.  Adam and Eve are sentenced to die because they did not follow God’s one rule in the wonderful garden God made them, a rule given to protect them from evil.  Even so, right away God shows them mercy by teaching them how to offer sacrifices to symbolize their repentance.  These sacrifices could not permanently take away their sins; only the sacrifice of God Himself to do that, which He mercifully promised to Adam and Eve on the very day of their fall.

So Hell is not a first resort.  Hell is a last resort.  Hell is for people who do not turn from their wickedness.  Hell is for people who pay their debt on their own.

God is not evil to separate people who are good through Jesus Christ from people who are not.

No antelope would think it was very fair to put a herd of antelope in the same cage with a herd of lions in the name of ‘tolerance’.  This sort of living together would quickly result in an unliving together, as the lions tore apart the antelope.

In the same way, in Heaven, people who trusted in Christ here on earth will be freed from their sins, stripped of any desire to do evil.  But people who did not trust in Christ here on earth will be trapped with their sins, bound to all desires to do evil.  These two groups living together would be absolute catastrophe and no Heaven at all.  The evil-hungry wouldn’t be satisfied in Heaven anyway, because they would need more to destroy when they were through destroying good and then all would be Hell.

But the gift that God was kind enough to give was very different from Adam’s sin. That one sin brought death to many others. Yet in an even greater way, Jesus Christ alone brought God’s gift of kindness to many people.

There is a lot of difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gift. That one sin led to punishment. But God’s gift made it possible for us to be acceptable to him, even though we have sinned many times. 17Death ruled like a king because Adam had sinned. But that cannot compare with what Jesus Christ has done. God has been so kind to us, and he has accepted us because of Jesus. And so we will live and rule like kings.

Everyone was going to be punished because Adam sinned. But because of the good thing that Christ has done, God accepts us and gives us the gift of life. (Romans 5:15-18, CEV)


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