Hell: Eternal Death

The Bible is very explicit that there will be two places a human being can go after death. It is easy to talk about eternal life (heaven - paradise) and so hard to talk and think about eternal death (hell). We like to talk and think about issues that produce pleasant emotions. For instance, for most of us it is hard to discipline others since we have to endure some unpleasant emotions. Some people would rather let themselves and others do things that they know will lead to bad results, rather than endure the unpleasant emotions that confrontation usually generates. To ignore the following definitions of eternal death, simply because we don't like the feelings that accompany them, displays an incredible lack of regard for our own welfare and the welfare of those we love.

Many people don't understand why a loving God would allow people to endure the horrors of eternal death. All energy comes from God. This includes the energy and resourcefulness that a honey bee needs to collect and store honey. It includes the energy to run a wristwatch. It includes the energy that a human needs to function each day. We do not really recognize this need for God's energy to live and function. Many times we don't want to recognize this need.

God is also a good God. This doesn't mean that He is a push-over or a fool. In one sense it means that He gives good things to people that do not love or choose not to recognize Him or obey Him. Even Hitler had some joys in life and they were a gift from God. Life would be cold, heartless, depressing, and intolerable without energy from God. In this life God will endure the mockery and disobedience of people but after death many people will get their wish when they ask God to leave them alone. The withdrawn of God from one's life is the most horrible thing that can happen to a person. It is hell!

The following comments were voiced by Jonathan Edwards. Jonathan Edwards was a pastor who was the primary figure in the Great Awakening of early America. Through his preaching many thousands of people were converted to Christianity. He had this to say about eternal death.

Eternal Death is everlasting wrath. It would be dreadful to suffer the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God one minute; but you must suffer it to all eternity. There will be no end to their exquisite horrible misery. When you look forward, you shall see a long forever, a boundless duration before you, which will swallow up your thoughts, and amaze your soul; and you will absolutely despair of ever having any deliverance, any end, any mitigation, any rest at all. You will know certainly that you must wear out long ages, millions of millions of ages, in wrestling and conflicting with this almighty merciless vengeance; and then when you have so done, when so many ages have actual been spent by you in this manner, you will know that all is but a small point of time compared to what remains. So that your punishment will indeed be infinite. Oh, who can express what the state of a soul in such circumstances is! All that we can possibly say about it, gives but a very feeble, faint representation of it; it is inexpressible and inconceivable: For "who knows the power of God's anger?"

How dreadful is the state of those that are daily and hourly in the danger of this great wrath and infinite misery! But this is the dismal case of every soul in this congregation that has not been born again, however moral and strict, sober and religious, they may otherwise be.

Consider this, you that are here present, that yet remain in unregenerate state (not committed to God). That God will execute the fierceness of His anger, implies, that He will inflict wrath without any pity. When God beholds the ineffable extremity of your case, and sees your torment to be so vastly disproportionate to your strength and sees how your poor soul is crushed, and sinks down, as it were, into an infinite gloom; he will have no compassion upon you, he will not forbear the executions of the wrath, or in the least lighten his hand; there shall be no moderation or mercy, nor will God then at all stay His rough wind; He will have no regard to your welfare, nor be at all careful lest you should suffer too much in any other sense, than only that you shall not suffer beyond what strict justice requires, Nothing shall be withheld, because it is so hard for you to bear. Ezek.VIII. 18. "Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity; and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet I will not hear them." Now God stands ready to pity you; this is a day of mercy; you may cry now with some encouragement of obtaining mercy. But when once the day of mercy is past, your most lamentable and dolorous cries and shrieks will be in vain; you will be wholly lost and thrown away of God, as to any regard to your welfare.