The Question of Hell: Part I
Hell can be described as the ultimate, final confirmation of man's free will. God will never force us to be with Him; He will always allow us freedom to choose just as we are always free to choose sin or not. As sin is separation from God, Hell is separation from God for eternity. It is everything that God is not. It is everything that Heaven is not. Heaven is without tears, pain, and suffering so Hell is the opposite with tears, pain, and suffering. Hell is being in darkness, not light: alone, not in community: without forgiveness, because God gives forgiveness; without love, as God is love; without joy and hope, as God's presence and promise give. Hell is then living with relentless regret which leads to sadness, hopelessness, and depression. Whatever God is, Hell is not. Whatever Heaven is, Hell is not. And there is no way out, not even by death, because this is eternity.
"God is light; in him there is no darkness at all."
1 John 1:5b
"God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them."
1 John 4:16b
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."