It is a question asked by many. "Why would God create such a horrible place, if he is supposed to be a perfect God?" Indeed God is perfect, and the Bible makes it perfectly clear why Hell was created. We often question God for his reasons about certain things, especially in the area of Hell, pain, suffering and Death. (Photo credit to: StarrySkies)
In Matthew 25:41, Jesus makes it clear that Hell was created for Satan and his angels. "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.'" Hell was not created for man, but for the fallen angels. It was not the original plan to be the eternal destination for the unsaved, as Man was created to live forever with God in Heaven. If this is so, then why do the unsaved end up in Hell upon death?
Bill Wiese describes it as such: "Man is a spirit, he possesses a soul (mind, will, and emotions), and he lives in a body. For the ease of discussion, I will use the word soul to represent both soul and spirit. The soul cannot die, in the way we think of death. Death to the soul means to be separated from God. It does not mean cease to exist. If man rejects the only way provided for entrance into heaven, then there is no other place for the soul to go. Our physical bodies can only exist on this earth. They cannot exist in outer space or under the water. In the same way, our soul was built to exist in one of two places - heaven or hell."
Hell is a place utterly void of God's presence. Once we understand that God is good (Psalm 25:8, 34:8, 100:5) and that God is love (1st John 4:16), as well as the fact that all good things come from Him, we come to understand that when all of these things, including God's influence, goodness, and His attributes are totally removed, all that remains is utter destruction, death, chaos, fear, despair, evil, and hatred. Once God is removed, all good things go with him, this is why Hell is utter destruction and despair.
In other words, God did not have to create Hell as such a horrible place, but once His presence was removed from the equation, Hell became desolate, because God's glory, grace, goodness and love were all removed from it. Henry M. Morris, PhD and Martin E. Clark state, "Essentially, Hell is a place where all aspects of the presence of God will be completely withdrawn forever.... Thus, in hell there will be no love, for 'God is love.' There will be no light, for 'God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.' There will be no peace, or rest, or joy, since these are all attributes of God. On the contrary, there will be eternal corruption, strife, rebellion and hatred."
Without the presence of God, a place will automatically be desolate and horrible. Another point we need to consider is that Hell is where God's wrath is poured out. We have already established that Hell was created for Satan and his angels. Hell is still meant for that, but now, because of the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden, sin corrupted God's perfect creation, and Hell is now also a place of punishment for the unsaved who reject God and do not follow Jesus.
However, you do not have to go there. God gave us free will, so that we may make our own choices in life. If he did not give us free will, we would all love him automatically, and we would be as robots. But God, in His loving mercy, gave us free will, not so that we would wind up in Hell, but so that we may make the right decisions and that we may love Him willingly.
God has warned us over and over that there is a punishment for sin and wrath to come. (see Romans 1:18, 6:23; Ephesians 5:6; 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 20:15) We could think of this in another way. If your country's leaders built prisons to house to criminal, would you call them bad? Prisons are built to protect the innocent from the criminal. For example, when the Europeans first came to North America, they saw a land beautiful and saw the potential for growth and production, they did not come and say, "I wonder how many prisons we can build here?"
Hell was not God's intent when everything was created. It was made due to Satan's rebellion along with his angels. (see Isaiah 14:12-20, Ezekiel 28:12-17, Luke 10:18) It is our choice whether we go to Heaven or Hell. If we are ignorant of the law and choose to disobey, we are without excuse, we remain responsible for our own actions. Understand that God does not send anyone to Hell, you send yourself there.
As said by Dr. Bruce W. Dunn, "Fire burns. Gravity kills. Water drowns. And you can say, "God is love, God is love, God is love," until you're blue in the face. But water will still drown you, fire will burn you, and gravity will kill you, and sin will damn you no matter how much you say about a loving God. God just set up life that way. He set up the rules. He set up the laws by which we are to live. And if we break those laws, they break us, and we pay the consequences."
James 2:10 tells us, "For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it." We have all broken God's Commandments, and since "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord," (Romans 6:23) we are in need of a Savior. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (Romans 3:23) (See entry: "The Ten Commandments - Have We Followed Them All?")
John 3:16-18 tells us, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."
Consider what is said in Romans 1:18-23, 25. "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of human beings who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal human beings and birds and animals and reptiles... They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator - who is forever praised. Amen."
We are without excuse, and we know that Christ is the key to salvation. As put by Chuck Colson, "In a sense, the concept of hell gives meaning to our lives. It tells us that the moral choices we make day by day have eternal significance, that our behavior has consequences lasting to eternity, that God Himself takes our choices seriously. The doctrine of hell is not just some dusty theological holdover from the Middle Ages. It has significant social consequences. Without a conviction of ultimate justice, people's sense of moral obligation dissolves, and social bonds are broke. Of course, these considerations are not the most important reason to believe in hell. Jesus repeatedly issued warnings that if we turn away from God in this life, we will be alienated from God eternally. And yet, although "the wages of sin is death," Paul also says that "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). While breath remains, it is never too late to turn to God in repentance, and when we ask for forgiveness, God eagerly grants it."
How can we be saved? As mentioned many times on this blog, but it holds the same power, "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9) We also must repent - and confess our sins to God. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1st John 1:9) Understand that contrary to popular opinion, "it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Christian author and Apologist, C.S. Lewis, once stated, "I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside. All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened. And yourself, in a dark hour, may will [a grumbling] mood, embrace it. Ye can repent and come out of it again. But there may come a day when you can do that no longer. Then there will be no you left to criticize the mood..."
Understand that none of this is said to make anyone angry, but to show that we are certainly in need of a Savior, and why Hell was created. It is a very real place, a literal fire, Hell was created for Satan and his angels, but because of the sin of humanity, we are condemned to Hell without a Savior: Jesus Christ. Thank you for taking the time to read this entry of "The Truth." Feel free to comment below, email firstname.lastname@example.org, the ministry team at email@example.com, visit the facebook page, or visit the Ministry homepage. Take care, and may God bless! Troy Hillman
 Wiese, Bill. "Hell: Separate Truth From Fiction And Get Your Toughest Questions Answered." 1st ed. 1. Lake Mary: Charisma House, 2008. 51-52. Print.
 Henry M. Morris and Martin E. Clark, "The Bible Has the Answer." Nashville, TN. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1996. 246.
 Dunn, Bruce W. "HELL - How can a God of love send anybody to Hell?." Christian Answers Network. Christian Answers Network, 1999. Web. 23 Jan 2011.
 Colson, Chuck. Answers to Your Kids' Questions. Prison Fellowship Ministries, 2000. Print.
 Lewis, C.S. The Quotable Lewis. 1st ed. Tyndale, 1989. Print.