Summary: The doctrine of hell is not a popular doctrine – it is not a doctrine that is much spoken about – it is considered in some circles to be a negative message, but Jesus spoke more about Hell than anybody else!
Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
The doctrine of hell is not a popular doctrine – it is not a doctrine that is much spoken about – it is considered in some circles to be a negative message, yet we are warned:
Joh 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
The main question asked is how can a loving God send people to hell. I think this question is best answered by another question-how can God not send wicked people to hell-look at the slave trade today; the child sexual abuse by many nations; murder; cannibalism; robbery; unspeakable violence. In fact God was so shocked by mens violence and wickedness that God at one stage was sorry he made man:
Gen 6:5 and God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Gen 6:6 and it repented the lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Gods Judgement then:
Gen 6:7 So the LORD said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.
And God had no other option but to destroy the human race, death penalty judgement on the entire human race except for one family–only one man, Noah found grace before the Lord and was found worthy to start again.
The preachers of old often preached about Hell hence the term – ‘hellfire and brimstone’ preachers.
Cults attack the doctrine and now there are even ‘Christian’ groups attacking the doctrine of hell. Everyone is hoping that it’s not true.
The real truth is that Jesus spoke more about hell than anybody else in the bible. He spoke about it and warned us of the place.
Many men since Christ’s death have had visions of hell and have been given a virtual tour - often by Jesus himself.
Men of impeccable character such as John Bunyan [who wrote Pilgrims progress] and many others.
God wants to warn every generation – God never intended hell to be created for the human race – he created it for the devil and his angels
Mat 25:41 then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
– but when one day God judges the demons and the human race – he will have to judge righteously and cast the devil and his angels and whoever belongs to him into the lake of fire.
Where is hell? In the lower parts of the earth – when Jesus died he descended into the lower parts of the earth – into hell or hades.
Hell consists of different departments or sections.
1Pe 3:19 by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
2Pe 2:4 for if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
This prison is an angelic prison for fallen angels who survived before and after the flood.
Luk 16:22 and it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luk 16:24 "Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'
Luk 16:25 But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.
Luk 16:26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.'
Old testament saints could not arise because their sins were covered – not yet paid for.