Theological Inquiry on Reddit: “Why make hell at all? Why make salvation necessary? Why add these arbitrary restrictions?”
The answer to your questions lies in understanding the causation for the creation of matter, Time, this Universe and our genome. I could offer a dissertation on that subject alone but suffice to say that our entire creation, its causation, is the resultant of a rebellion in the Kingdom instigated by a covetous cherub angel, one of God’s most anointed (Ezekiel 28:11-17) and the unfathomable number of angels that followed this cherub angel in a coup d’état.
The Holy Spirit tells us through the Apostle John that nothing impure is permitted to enter/exist in the Kingdom of God (Revelation 21:27); therefore, the destructiveness of the rebellion in the Kingdom mandated immediate removal; in fact, Jesus tells us that He watched Satan fall from Heaven like lightening (Luke 10:18). In response to Satan’s rebellion, God the Father commissioned the Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:35; John 1; Colossians 1), to take elements from the unseen spiritual world and fashion those elements with rapidity into matter that can be apprehended by life constrained by Time and physics (Hebrews 11:3).
Jesus Christ (John 1; Colossians 1) proceeded, with rapidity, to create the Heavens and the Earth in six-literal 24-hour-days at which time Satan and his minions were extricated from the Kingdom and placed on this Earth and constrained partially by Time and physics. The Apostle John tells us that the primary reason the Son, Jesus Christ, entered into the Realm of Time was “to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8b). The Apostle Paul through the Holy Spirit tells us that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was ordained “before the beginning of Time” (2 Timothy 1:9-10). Elohim, in Eden, declared a war between the Son who would be born of the seed of the woman (virgin) and Satan (Genesis 3:15) and Elohim revealed His war strategy of atonement for sin through the shedding of innocent blood and the robe of righteousness by faith, not works, in Genesis 3:21. These prophecies by Elohim came to fruition 4000-years later at Golgotha when Messiah exclaimed “It is finished.”
So then, back to your question. All that has transpired in the history of mankind beginning with Adam is God’s Plan to maintain volitional love with His beautiful angelic creation while dealing with the rebellion of Satan and defeating him via selfless, sacrificial love. God the Father was put into somewhat of a quandary when Satan, God’s chief cherub angel, rebelled in the Kingdom. God the Father was confronted with two-options:
1) Destroy Satan and risk destroying volitional love with His faithful angelic creation – or –
2) Extricate Satan and deal with him and his destruction apart from the Kingdom and demonstrate to the faithful angelic creation why obedience is essential and why God so desperately loves them and desires relationship with them; God demonstrated this love by giving Himself as a sacrifice for a rebellious, stubborn, sinful, creation known as human kind (John 3:16)…the angels are looking-on in awe!
All of the horror, sin, death, murder, war, disease, over the previous 6000-years of human existence, these display the works of Satan and the fallen angels and the faithful angles look-on with absolute amazement; soon, subsequent to the coming Tribulation period, there will come the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ where Satan and the demons will be bound for 1000-years and absolute peace will reign upon the Earth for a millennium. At the end of the 1000-year Millennial reign of Messiah, Satan will be loosed once again and deceive the Nations to rebel against God but God will destroy those rebellious Nations with fire. The faithful angelic creation will, at that time, wholly concur with the Father that Satan and their former brethren, the fallen angles, do deserve punishment in Hell forever (Revelation 20:10).
So then, I hope you understand why God the Father, the Son, the Spirit, have done what they have done and understand that we, human kind, are basically nothing more than the refuse of a cosmic war between good v. evil and it is by God’s sheer grace and mercy and love for His angelic creation that we’ve been included in that grace through faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us in the presence of the Father, the Holy Angels, the devil and mankind. God could have easily used us as fodder and disregard us in Hell for eternity but the fact is, Hell was NOT created for mankind but for Satan and the fallen angels as they will NOT die (Matthew 25:41), angels do not die (Luke 20:36), but God planned Hell as a repository for these rebellious enemies of God, forever. Mankind enters Hell by first climbing directly over the Cross of Jesus Christ (John 3:16). It is NOT God’s desire that mankind die in Hell but that we all come to a knowledge of the Truth and be saved by faith in the Son, Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). I hope this helps?