Are you wondering why there must be a Hell? Why God create such a place? Why would God send people to hell? Do we deserve hell? These and many more questions about hell trouble many people out there. Well, in this piece which was written by Christopher Love in 1600s, he explains why there must be a hell. Enjoy the reading.
“Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest.”Psalm 11:6
“Then He will say to those on His left: Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!” Matthew 25:41
Three Reasons Why there must be a Hell
1. Because of the filthy nature of sin.
Sin is against an infinite God, and the offense being infinite, the punishment must be infinite also. But the punishment cannot be infinite upon earth because you stay here but a while and then your bodies rot in the grave.
Therefore, of necessity, there must be a Hell that must keep the bodies and souls of the wicked so that they may receive proportionable punishment to the sins they committed here upon the earth.
2. Because otherwise the justice of God could never be satisfied for the sins of wicked men done here upon earth.
And the reason is:
First, because Christ would not satisfy and suffer God’s wrath for wicked men; therefore, they must bear it themselves.
Second, upon earth they cannot satisfy God’s wrath. Why? Because sin, being an infinite offense, their punishment can be but finite, lasting for a time. Therefore, all their sufferings here cannot satisfy God’s wrath due to them for their sins. Therefore, of necessity, there must be a Hell to keep men to all eternity so that, by everlasting torments, God’s justice may be satisfied, which otherwise it could not be, 2 Thessalonians 1:6.
3. It appears there must be a Hell by those horrors and terrors of conscience that are in wicked men when they are dying.
Many a man in his health will tush at Hell; he will scorn the fire and scoff at the flames. Many a man, while he is in health, never thinks of Hell; but he can drink one day, swear an other day, play the adulterer the third day, and sin every day, and the thoughts of Hell never trouble him. But now bring this man to his sickbed and what horrors and fears seize upon his soul!
Tell me, what would you say then? What would you then give for Christ? What would you then give for a pardon that you might not be damned? The very horrors and wounds of conscience at your dying day demonstrate that there is a time of torment to be endured by you. Else why should conscience be so terrible a vexation to the souls of men at that day were there not such a thing as Hell provided for them?
What made the Roman emperors to be afraid of death, and, when it thundered, to run under their beds for fear of death? Only this, that the very workings of conscience showed them something was to come after this life. The very terrors of conscience declare that there is a Hell, a place of torment provided for wicked men. And thus having finished these queries, the use I shall make shall be for condemnation and astonishment.
It shall be for condemnation, a condemnation to all those who hold there is no such thing as Hell. Some hold there is no Hell, but that which they call Hell is the annihilation of the body, that man is brought to nothing. There are fifteen sorts of heretics an author writes of who deny Hell. And among the rest, one called Empectae was held by Barba, the wife of Sigismundus the emperor, who gave her followers money to hold this opinion that she might have their consciences seared up in sensuality and lustful pleasure. This truth condemns all those who have their consciences so seared as to deny there is a Hell.
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This is for astonishment. To whom? Why, to all you who so add sin to sin, and drunkenness to thirst, and one provocation to another, as if there were neither a Heaven for the godly nor a Hell for you; you who say, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for after death there is no pleasure, and consequently no pain; and therefore while men live, they may live as pleasurable and joyous as possible might be.”
O beloved, tremble! If all these places alleged prove such a place to be, how should this astonish your soul, that all the actions of your life have been but running a race to these chambers of death and damnation? All the actions of your life have been but a laying up of punishments in this place of torment. How should this astonish you, whose course only leads you to this doleful dungeon of Hell!
But, though this is a terrible and dreadful doctrine, yet you may suck forth consolation hence who are the elect people of God. It is true indeed, there is a Hell, and wicked men shall unavoidably come to Hell. As John says, “You serpents and generation of vipers, how shall you escape the damnation of Hell?” But all you who are elect of God are not only forewarned, but are fore-armed also.
You need not fear this place of Hell, for, first, you need not fear the devil, that is, the torments in Hell, because “God shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.” Though he now goes about like a roaring lion, “seeking his prey, whom he may devour;” yet then he shall be in chains and go about no more.
And, second, you need not fear those torments in Hell the damned undergo. Though there is a worm that shall never die, a fire that shall never go out, though there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, though they lie under the wrath of an incensed God—yet lift up your heads with joy, you elect of God, for Jesus Christ is your redemption and your life!
“He has destroyed him who had the power of death, the devil,” Hebrews 2:14. Hereupon you are by Jesus Christ “delivered from the wrath to come.” Here, then, is matter of joy for you. Though there is a Hell, and the wicked tormented night and day, yet by Jesus Christ you are delivered from this wrath to come.