I find it incredible that some people actually think that hell will be a fun place to be. There reasoning is that all the "fun" people will be with them. One foolhardy friend even said to me, "At least I'll be warm there."
But hell is anything but fun. It's a place of eternal torment. Think of that. We all have had terrible illnesses or times of tragedy but they all came to an end. Hell never ends and the thought of that is mind-boggling.
In Luke chapter sixteen, we read a parable about a rich man who died and found himself in hell. He wasn't partying with his sinner friends but was in agony. Furthermore, he wished that his five brothers would be warned by Lazarus, the poor beggar, not to end up where he was. Look at his request in Luke 16:28 (KJV). "For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment."
Jesus had much to say about hell. He warned in Matthew 5:29 (KJV), "And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell."
The metaphor of cutting off one's hand or plucking out of one's eye warns us of the seriousness our Lord places on salvation. In fact, the worst tortures people can do to us aren't comparable to what God will do to those who resist him until they die. Matthew 10:28 (KJV)shows just how foolish it is to joke about hell. "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Even more horrifying, people who call themselves Christians but haven't surrendered their wills to Christ have the worst punishment waiting for them. Matthew 23:33 (KJV) quotes Christ's condemnation of the most religious folks in Israel. "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"
I could point to many more verses about the horrors of hell but I'll save it for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Hell is nothing to joke about. It lasts for all eternity and there's no escape from it.
In my next post, I'll point out why so many people mock those of us brave enough to talk about hell. Watch this space.