One told me, "I would not want anyone to go there, not even my worse enemy, and imagining someone dipped in hot oil and burning for all of eternity would make me a monster to want them to go through that even for doing the worse deeds to me." Many who refuse God have said, "A loving God would not send billions to hell"
I gave them my most honest response back, of the message, "Well Jesus came to save us from hell" but what do you say to non-Christians who say hell is so cruel? I know we are not making the decision who goes to hell. That is left up to God. Romans 2 seems to say God will judge those by conscience who never heard the gospel, but do any of you struggle with confronting these issues in your speaking to other people? This is a hurdle I fear I am not communicating well on. I need the help of the Holy Spirit to do it.
Inside, the idea of hell is horrible to me too. My premise is I don't want anyone to go there. Jesus came to keep you from going there! Many however see God as "being cruel" for sending so many there. I can't lie and tell these people there is no hell, because I believe hell is real as heaven is real. Leave that approach for the Robert Bell's of the world.
I have talked to other Christians who say hell bothers them and to be honest, warning people of hell can be a hard sell. I am wondering what do you say to people who say these things? One reason the one world religion stuff is selling among the masses, is they think "hell is so cruel, we do not want to say all false religions are going there. It is cruel of you people to say they do". We can't lie to protect feelings or even our own human desires that such a place like hell did not exist.
Jesus warned against hell. He was telling us the truth.