Atheist laughs at the concept of Hell and suggests it’s “just made up.” Let’s discuss that…
Atheist, Paul L., stated: (Long OP edited for length) “The idea of eternal torment in a fiery hell is one of the most destructive ideas in history. Step back from the way culture has conditioned us to accept this horrid fantasy, and think about what it says about anyone who is willing to accept the idea. I accepted it, until early adulthood, and my willingness to accept that idea did lasting damage to my capacity for empathy. One of the excuses I get from some Christians is when they say that God doesn’t send anyone to hell, people choose it. The old story about a vengeful god casting his children into a lake of fire that would burn them in torment forever didn’t work, so they made up yet another story that not only isn’t in The Bible – it contradicts The Bible. When are Christians going to admit that all of this stuff is just made up?”
Reply to the atheist…
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
The Truth is, Hell was not created for mankind but for Lucifer; mankind will enter Hell subsequent to the Judgment of the Condemned (Revelation 20:11-15) by first climbing directly over the Cross of Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
God the Father has given His all through the Son, Jesus Christ, who died to provide mankind a pardon from death in sin and death in Hell by grace (unmerited favor) through faith (believing-trusting) in Jesus Christ as Lord and Mediator for our sin (John 3:16).
God the Father watched His Son suffer and suffocate to death on a Roman Cross to pay for the sins of mankind; therefore, I fully sympathize and concur with God’s anger and inevitable wrath toward the insanity and arrogance of atheism and the atheist that will appear before Him in Judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Romans 14:11).
It is one thing for a man or woman to exist in unbelief and keep their mouth shut to avoid offending that which they do not know, but it’s entirely another thing to actively war against God and blaspheme Jesus Christ and His suffering; for this, there is a special wrath awaiting the arrogant, vulgar, obscene, spiritually dead, atheist who serves Satan by default (Luke 17:1)
Is Hell everlasting torment for mankind?
Hell, for mankind, is not a place of everlasting torment but a place where the sins of unredeemed man will be fairly punished commensurate with the deeds done in the body, then the body and soul of the condemned will die a “second death” and cease to exist forever (Revelation 20:14; Matthew 10:28). Only the Devil, the False Prophet and The Beast (possibly the fallen-angels – demons) will suffer forever-Eternally in Hell (Revelation 20:10).
Why is Hell necessary?
The death of unredeemed mankind in Hell is necessary because God the Father will NOT permit the destructiveness of sin, the unrepentant sin of man, to enter and dwell within His Kingdom (Revelation 21:27). If sin could dwell within God’s Kingdom and in His presence, then Lucifer would not have been extricated from the Kingdom and placed upon the Earth and Jesus would not have needed to suffer and die to pay mankind’s sin-debt (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Hades-Sheol/Torments then Hell
In closing, remember, mankind that has rejected Jesus Christ as Lord does NOT enter Hell immediately subsequent to death of the body but they enter the region Jesus refers to as Hades-Sheol/Torments (Luke 16) where they will suffer in agony awaiting the Great White Throne Judgment that will manifest subsequent to the Millennial Reign of Messiah-Jesus (Revelation 20:11-15).
Why is the Atheist deserving of Hell?
The atheist mocks God’s judgment calling Him arbitrary and unfair in their vulgar and obscene nature, but if you mocked the death of my precious son that I had given you for your redemption and to save your life from certain death, I too would be angry and vindictive toward your rebellion and unappreciative insanity in your mockery, vulgarity, obscenity, hate, via the facade of atheism. The atheist will reap what they sow in Hell and I don’t blame my Lord; not one little bit.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 (NASB)
Rickey D. Holtsclaw