It is much easier for people to believe in heaven than for them to believe in hell (for obvious reasons, I think), but it is much harder for them to envision heaven than to envision hell.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 2573
If you still insist that a loving God would never send anyone to hell, then you must settle in your mind that desperately evil acts will forever remain unpunished.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 2514
Some writers have said that the flames of hell are not real flames but mere metaphors for the agony of being left to ourselves. I think this is probably true, but remember that a metaphor is just a shadow of the real thing; if flames are a mere metaphor for that agony, the agony must be worse than flames. Other writers have said that no one ends up in hell unless he wants to be left to himself. Again I think this is probably true, but isn’t being left alone what we all want when we sin? In hell, God merely gives us what we’ve wanted all along, and He lets the horrible natural results of our choices take full effect! We hate it, but there’s no place else we’d like better. Suppose He puts us in heaven instead. (He wouldn’t, because He won’t have sin near Him, but let’s pretend.) In our sinful condition, heaven itself, would be hell to us. The very radiance of His love would make our skin peel.
— J. Budziszewski, from How to Stay Christian in College, p. 42
Atheist Caller: Who goes to hell?
Koukl: People who deserve it…. Hell is a place where justice is ultimately accomplished. Those who do wrong—in rebellion against the Sovereign of the universe—are banished forever from His presence. Continue reading
Hell is not simply the natural consequences of rejecting God. Some people say this in order to reject the thought that God sends people there. They say that people send themselves there. That is true. Continue reading