The number one question about Hell, behind who goes there, is what is it going to be like, which we answered yesterday. But today we ask, “What affect does it have on those who are there?”
The descriptions of Hell are not just descriptions of the weather, but the literal affect it will have on our bodies. Every one of us is made by God with distinct parts. An inner and outer being. There is our flesh and our soul/spirit. Our flesh will never leave this planet, but our inner being will live forever.
The descriptions of the punishment that will take place in Hell is always referring to the physical affect it will have on those who inhabit it. The descriptions describe the place of Hell as well as the affect it will have on us. Even though our body will not enter the afterlife, in seems our five senses will be in tact.• Matthew 13:50 “furnace of fire…weeping and gnashing of teeth” • Mark 9:48 “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched” • Revelation 14:10 “he will be tormented with fire and brimstone”
The same is true for heaven, just the opposite.
- Revelation 21:3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
There is no reason to doubt either one of them being real in the physical sense. Heaven or Hell will not be a hallucination. Those who accepted Christ will get to see, feel, and love on the Savior of the world and even feel the wounds He literally received dying for us. Those who choose to not follow Jesus will feel the wrath of that decision. A decision made by themselves for themselves to not choose or believe in Jesus.
One may wonder will the punishment that takes place in Hell have anything thing to do with our current fears in in life. From fears of spiders or even images from horror flicks like Saw. Who knows? And really, who cares? That will not even be an issue. The pain, both emotionally and physically, that will be inflicted on those who inhabit Hell will continue forever, for eternity, something we could never completely comprehend here on earth. The choice is clear: Jesus.
Tomorrow: How could Heaven be anything close to perfection or full of happiness if those we love might not be there with us?