I got to thinking about Hell last night. The image of Hell that we have is people suffering in flames surrounded by demons tormenting them. As my last post covered, this is not completely true because Hell was actually created FOR the demons/fallen angels to be tormented (Matthew 25:41). Satan and his demons will be suffering right next to all the humans who rejected Christ while alive. But the main thing that people think of when they think of hell is probably some variation of “hot”, “flames”, “burning” or some such.
People don’t talk about the psychological punishment in hell.
Let me ask you a question: Do you have any regrets? Any words you said you wish you hadn’t? Anything you’ve done that you wish you could have done differently (or not at all)? I think we both know the answer to those questions, because none of us are perfect.
You see, that’s one of the great parts of being a believer in Christ: we are forgiven. We don’t live with regret. I believe that when a Christian dies he or she is taken into the presence of Christ immediately (2 Cor 5:8). And after the Great White Throne Judgment Christ will “wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain” (Rev 21:4). So believers will not live with regret on the new earth.
But the unsaved? I think that will actually be the worst part of Hell. I saw an episode of the British show “Black Mirror” (I don’t recommend the series because it’s got some inappropriate stuff in it) but the episode “White Christmas” had a man being tormented inside a scenario reminding him of his greatest regret over and over, and at the end of the episode, the technology existed to speed up his clock so every hour of real time would literally feel like a thousand years to him. The last words of the episode were “Leave him there until tomorrow” (or something like that). So this man would be tormented by the knowledge of what he had done for 24,000 years before they came back the next day. Add in unbearable pain from flames and another billion years of time and you will have only scratched the surface of how bad hell is.
Little wonder that I don’t wish anybody to “go to hell” and that I try to warn people both in real life and on the internet of the danger they are in if they don’t trust Christ.
The acronym YOLO (“You Only Live Once”) is used to refer to the belief that you only get one life and you should pack as much enjoyment into it as you can, because this is the only chance you get to have fun. I prefer to think of it with Hebrews 9:27 in mind:
And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,
Those who say “Only God can judge me” seem to forget that one day He will.