Hell is eternal torment, but does the Bible explain why?
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. – Revelation 14-11
Is hell eternal torment?
The answer to this question is pretty simple, yes it is. A lot of people however, no matter how obvious the scriptures are will deny this and come to a lot of different conclusions. This is called interpreting scripture, I do no such thing and neither should anyone that calls themselves a Christian. We should simply read the word of God for what it says, not what we want it to say, nor should we put on lenses and read it from a certain point of view. When you read the Bible, read it for what it is and says, false doctrine occurs when man interprets scripture and that is dangerous.
Understanding the Nature of God
To understand why hell is eternal we have to understand God. Once we know the nature of God, it will become obvious to anyone who let’s his lenses be on the shelf that hell is eternal and that it is the only logical explanation. God has a personality, a nature, we not only see this throughout scripture but we see this in ourselves as well, we were created in His image after all. God is eternal & infinite. The difference between eternal and infinite is pretty big when you think about it, but it also depends on how the words are used. For example, I have eternal life, but I am not infinite. God has eternal life and is infinite.
Because God is infinite, any attribute to God has to be infinite. God says He is love, justice, perfection, good, and so on. All of these attributes have to then be infinite, there is no other possibility, if they were not then He would not be God. We also know that there are certain things God cannot do, like lie for example or go back on His Word or sin in any way, shape or form. This is just who He is, it is as unnatural and impossible for God to sin as it is for you to become God. So why is hell eternal torment?
The sin of mankind & why hell is eternal torment
We read that God is both infinitely just as in justice and infinite love, as in loving. Man sinned against God when he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, this means they sinned against an infinite law giver, thus breaking an infinite law. Because man is not infinite but is finite, his death has to be infinite because he can never pay the price. God had to create hell and not only that God had to make sure hell is eternal torment. But God is also love and in His love, God had a plan in store to reconcile man to Himself and anyone who wants to have eternal life can simply take it.
The Plan of Salvation
From the start, God shows us His love by killing an animal and clothing His children, Adam and Eve. He showed mercy to them and in His mercy He was going to send the Word to become the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Why did God have to die to pay for all our sins? Because God is infinite so He only had to be punished for a finite amount of time, but there’s more to it. God has no sin, He never sinned and never will, it clearly says the wages of sin is death, God did not earn this punishment and death, so three days later He rose again from the grave, having paid all the sin of mankind. This is not only proof that Jesus Christ is God, but it’s also proof that we mean more to God than we can possibly imagine and it ultimately proves hell is eternal torment.
To recap, God is infinite, so is His laws and nature, man is not and man sinned against an infinite God. Hell is eternal torment and punishment and because man could never pay off the infinite debt, God had to do it. And because God did not deserve this punishment and the death, because He is without sin and those without sin do not deserve death and punishment. God dragged death and sin and all the works of Satan down with Him in hell and let it burn there for three days and then rose again in victory. He proved His love for us, He calls us His friends, His children, we should call Him Father, the eternal God, creator of all things, loves you. He wants you to be with Him in heaven, He does not want you to burn in hell, but you have a choice because you were made with free will. This gift can only be given you if you want it. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13
Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory. Take all the pleasures and joys of this life, take all that I have, money, food, clothes, home, family, hair, eyes, hands, tongue, nose, arms, legs, but give me Jesus Christ and I will prevail and I will worship Him forever and it will not be enough. I will sing holy hymns to Him and it will never be enough, my Father which art in Heaven died for me and you. If it were not so I would not spend time writing here, nor would I care to spread this message to all, I would not endure mocking and suffering and relationships destroyed, but for Jesus and for the chance you might have, it is worth it and all the sons of God to this for you, so you might have a chance at heaven. People die for this message, they get burned alive, beheaded and their families killed. There is nothing greater a man can do than giving the gospel to someone. Choose life because hell is eternal torment and you do not want to burn there for ever and ever.