Theological question posited on FB: “WHY MIGHT A LOVING GOD CREATE HELL?”
Hell was not created for mankind but specifically for Lucifer/Satan, the angles that followed Lucifer in his coup d’état and the False Prophet and the Beast (Rev. 20:10). Mankind will enter Hell by first climbing directly over the Cross of Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Hell is essential seeing that our Creation in Time finds its origin/causation as a direct resultant/response to the spiritual war/sin initiated by Lucifer in the Kingdom of God – the Spiritual Realm before the beginning of Time. Time/Earth/human kind were created as a repository and battle ground for the spiritual war initiated by Lucifer in the Kingdom…God removed Lucifer’s sin (Luke 10:18; Revelation 12:9; Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28:11+) and placed the rebellious cherub angel on Earth to be dealt with by Messiah partially within the constraints of Time and physics (1 John 3:8b; Gen. 3:15).
Nothing impure is permitted to exist or enter into the Kingdom of God (Rev. 21:27); therefore, anyone who rejects the atonement for sin freely offered by Jesus Christ and the “rebirth” that accompanies atonement…if anyone refuses to repent of sin and trust in Jesus Christ as Mediator for that sin, they cannot enter the Kingdom of God; therefore, Hell will be a respiratory for all of mankind that has rejected God’s Way to life in Jesus Christ (John 14:6; John 8:24). Again, God the Father refuses to allow the destructiveness of sin to enter or dwell in His Kingdom.
Concerning the unrighteous who have rejected Jesus as Lord and subsequently died in their sin (John 8:24)…Hell for unredeemed mankind will be the “second death” i.e. a cessation of all life and remembrance (Matthew 16:26). Those who have rejected Jesus Christ as Lord and Mediator for sin, they will suffer in Hell commensurate with the sins committed in the body constrained by Time then they will die the “second death” (Matthew 10:28). Only Satan-the Beast-the False Prophet and the fallen angels will suffer in Hell forever.
God the Father has provided mankind a way of escape from death in Hell via the suffering and atoning death of Messiah Jesus for sin; mankind will either deal with sin while existing in Time within the Age of Grace through faith in Jesus as Lord – or – mankind will deal with sin at the Judgment of the Condemned in Eternity and subsequently in Hell (Revelation 20:11-15).