In the Bible, one person had more to say about Hell than any other. Jesus. In fact, Jesus actually had more to say in the Gospels about Hell than about Heaven.
Just this truth alone tells us quite a bit. For starters, it tells us that Jesus believed in the reality of Hell. And he had a lot to say about it because he didn't want anyone to end up there. He was warning us because he loves us!
Jesus said, ". . . Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10.28 ESV)."
Also, Jesus had a lot to say about Hell because he knew that people try to avoid thinking about it. When’s the last time you sat around and spent time considering eternal damnation? I think it's safe to say that we'd rather not talk about it or think about it, and since the Lord knows that Hell is a real possibility for the people he loves, he keeps bringing it up.
Lest we think that God wants to send people to Hell, that he relishes the destruction of human beings in the fires of Hell, the Scriptures clearly teach otherwise. "He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3.3-9 NIV)."
But Hell? Why? Many people find it incomprehensible that God, a God of love, would send anyone to Hell. Here’s the thing - God’s love demands the necessity of Hell.
Think about it. Every guy who’s ever chased after a girl knows that you can’t force someone to love you back. Real love simply does not, and can not, obligate that the other person loves back. Love never demands by force what is not freely given.
If a person goes to Hell, it is because, ultimately and finally, God is honoring their choice. He is honoring their decision to turn away from him and his great love for them.
Peter Kreeft, a Catholic philosopher at Boston College, wrote: "Those who do not wish to love God must be allowed not to love Him. Those who do not want to be with God must be allowed to be separated from him."
People who go to Hell have chosen to live apart from God’s love and Hell is God ultimately and finally accepting their choice.
The Good News is that Jesus went to Hell and back so that we don't have to! Because of his death, burial and resurrection, those who trust in him will be saved. Jesus died for all people. He's paid the price so that each of us can spend our days living with him and for him right here, right now. And, he has graciously made provision us to spend eternity with him in glory.