1. Who hell was created for
The first thing you should know about hell is that God didn’t design it with mankind in mind. He created it for Satan and his angels. “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:” (Matthew 25:41 KJV). God loves us too much to make a place to just send all the people who He doesn’t really care for. “…He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:9 NLT)
2. If God didn’t create hell for people how do some end up there?
The Bible makes it very clear that God does put some people there. “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.” (Matthew 10:28 KJV) And we also know according to the Word of God that more and more people are on their way there every day. “Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.” (Isaiah 5:14 KJV). And unfortunately, we also know that more people are on their way there, than are on their way to heaven. “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for there are many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it..” (Matthew 7:13-14 NLT)
So why do people get sent to hell? They follow their own selfish desires just as Satan did. When he exalted himself above God he was kicked out of heaven, and in turn, hell was designed for him and the angels who followed him. Therefore,when we do as Satan did by exalting ourselves above God, we are following his example. If we follow him, we’ll end up in hell just as he will. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Galatians 6:7-8 KJV)
3. Satan would love for us to believe there is no hell.
If we eliminated the understanding of there being a very real hell, we wouldn’t feel as deep a need to share the gospel. Beyond the knowledge that people are currently suffering under the weight of sin, it wouldn’t really matter if we shared Christ with them or not. If there is no hell, then when we die all our suffering will be over anyway. And we know what would happen if we start letting ourselves think this way. We would become even more lazy in our efforts to win souls, or maintain our salvation than what we already are! We would begin to hope for death so that misery would end. Or we may even began to think that euthanasia (mercy killing) is a good answer for all the suffering people of the world. Or worst still, is the thought that suicide may not be such a bad solution to the problem after all. Now can you see why Satan would love for us to believe there is no hell?
4. How do we get the message out there without making it all about hell?
By loving those we minister to! When we love people, we will want to see them set free from the pain of sin. And when they are set free from that pain, hell will no longer be an issue. Sure, we all must keep ourselves unspotted from the world, but when Christ, the hope of Glory, is living in us through the power of the Holy Ghost, there is no need to fear Hell.
Paul gives us some great instructions on how a good teacher works, and loves those God places in his life; “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.” (2 Tim 2:24-26 NLT)
We are even meant to restore our brothers and sisters that have fallen. Why? because we are no better than they are. We are all still sinners saved by grace. “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” (Galatians 6:1-3 NLT)
If we will love people and spread the Gospel, hell will lose.