Sunday, June 26, 2016

What Should I say About Hell to Non-Believers?

I was talking to a mixed group of people of other religions and beliefs, and they told me they thought hell was cruel.  These are kind people who I care about. These folks know I am Christian and also know I have come out of the church system. Many have spoken of the organizational cruelties of organized religion. I said to one, Jesus Christ is as disgusted with the false church system.

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.

Matthew 10:28, "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."
Luke 12:5, "But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which AFTER he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him."
 
Have any of you faced this in discussions with people?

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I always say; "but there are hell's on earth". People and places that are literal hell's. People being tortured, war zones, etc. If they are so concerned about people going there, why don't they go help in these places. They don't; which says to me their concern is somewhat shallow. People create hell's for themselves and other people in this life . So why would an after life where there is hell be any different.I do admit that eternal conscious torment bothers me. Maybe for Stalin or Pol Pot or Dr. Mengele. But I have had some people do some really destructive things that had consequences for this whole life for me. In others words, their actions will continue to cause me pain probably till I die. I have to be honest and say some time in hell for them would not bother me. If they had been sorry at all I would feel differently..But, eternal hell, I agree is a very hard concept. Not sure what to say about that.

Anonymous said...

There are many things in the Bible that are difficult to wrap my head around. But I have to remind myself of Matthew 4:11-12 which says that those on the outside will not understand.
What we all often forget is that God's idea of perfection is...well...absolute perfection. We are all so far removed from that that we have a hard time understanding that we all deserve hell. But when we out our measly little lives up next to God's idea of perfection, maybe we can understand why sin is so terrible and does deserve hell. I guess what I am trying to say is that we perceive hell as unjust because we are so grossly unjust. It scews our perspective.
Jeremiah 17:9 says that our hearts are deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. And I like last part: "who can know it?"
We are more wicked than we even realize. Our conscious is warped.

Anonymous said...

You could tell them that Amos 9:2 "Though they dig into hell" means that they are responsible for their own condemnation. That though Jesus is standing right there to pull them out of the pit that their sins have dug for them:

"All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people." -- Romans 10:21

If they do not turn to him and leave their life of sin and false belief, one day their sin will break though the bottom of the pit and they will suffer for rejecting their chance of salvation.

Anonymous said...

You would need to start with Adam and Eve in the garden for them to know what sin is. When they took the forbidden fruit God's Spirit left them. They were filled with darkness and sin. Bring them to a point of understanding of who God is. If a judge in a court of law allowed all the criminals to go free including a relative that was injured for life, would he be a just judge? Would he be fair in allowing those who committed crimes to walk out the door? God is just as merciful as He is just. God cannot allow sin to enter heaven because all those who enter must be perfect, holy and righteous. Nothing that is evil can ever enter heaven. We as humans sin against God. How can a just God cleanse and forgive us of our sin? He is so merciful that He sent His own Son to die upon the cross for our sins. When we accept his sacrifice and ask Him into our lives, He will come and live in us with God's Holy Spirit. So when you look at a just judge you expect Him to bring consequences for a criminal's behavior. But God paid our fine through His Son so we could go free. That is His mercy. Those who do not want payment for their sin cannot enter heaven because they have rejected forgiveness and purification from Adam and Eve's sin which lives in those who do not have God's Holy Spirit in them.

Anonymous said...

It is a matter of choice, our choice. Each person will decide their action. Like the old song from 1927, "It's Nobody's Fault but Mine". www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/blind_willie_johnson/its_nobodys_fault_but_mine.html (Deut 30:19, Joshua 24:15) - Don

Grammy G said...

I too find it shuts people off from dialogue when you mention Hell. I prefer using the word "Judgment" in the beginning of convos regarding eternity. Asking questions of them about good and evil and making sure they know it was God's desire to be in relationship with man, but sin and the desire to be as god's separated man from God. It was a choice and we all make that choice when we choose to sin. Everyday, God chooses us, but we choose sin. This isn't our Creators original plan for us and evil desires must be judged. Nor is it God's design for those who do choose Him to eternally plagued by evil, so He has a plan for both, one is to be with Him forever and the other is to be eternally separated from Him in a place called Hell. Using the rich man and Lazarus is a good parable to help confirm this using Scripture.

Anonymous said...

Continuation of my comments on Adam and Eve's sin in the garden; we must be born again with God's Spirit living inside us. This is only possible with receiving and accepting Jesus' atonement on the cross for our sin that lives in us from Adam and Eve's fall. Being good, bad or working hard by doing good deeds for an organization is not the criteria to heaven. It is being filled with God's Spirit and being born again only through accepting the sacrificial blood of Christ for our sin.

There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is that the legalistic pastors have made it difficult to address the topic of hell because of their condemning attitudes. On the other hand, the other preachers such as Joel Osteen want their messages to only be positive. That cannot include the fires of hell.It is important to keep a balance and preach the grace and mercy of God and how much He loves us and how He died to save us and yet impress the necessity to repent and receive and acknowledge, surrender to Him. The rejection of that sacrifice is a serious thing. Forever has no end.

Jesus had a lot to say about hell in the Bible. One way to approach it with unbelievers is to have them conceptualize eternity. This life is only a little while compared to the vastness of eternity. The decision we make here will determine our eternal destiny. The Word is what pierces the heart, not our explanations.

We have to let people know we are concerned for their eternal destiny because Christ loved them and told us to share the Good News out of a grateful and humble heart. Also it is a foreign concept that salvation cannot be earned. It goes against the grain of society. Also, it is simple and people can't grasp and accept this.

As believers, we must pray for unbelievers in our lives and shine the light that is within us to a dark world. We offer hope, not condemnation. If one refuses there are consequences.

Most people have no concept of the holiness of the One true God and therefore think it is cruel to send people to hell. Where are so many distortions and lies concerning the character of God.



Abigail said...

Thanks for posting this,BB. I look forward to reading everyone's thoughts. I struggle with this question also. I think there are 3 main difficulties nonbelievers have with the concept of Hell.
-1-Why did God make Hell? Matthew 25:41 tells us that Hell was created not for man, but for Satan and his rebellious angels. By choosing to reject living for and through Christ in this life, people are also refusing to live with Christ after death. By loving the world and Satan its master, they make the choice to continue to live with Satan after death. They therefore choose to share Satan's fate. By not heeding God's warnings in His word and by rejecting His Son and ignoring the still small voice of His Spirit, people spend a lifetime calling God a liar until it is too late.Which brings us to...
-2-How can a loving God send anyone to Hell?Ezekiel 33:11 "As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" I'm glad the anonymous commenter above mentioned the Garden of Eden because I agree that the forbidden fruit tree is a lot like Hell. God warns us how to avoid the danger, He warns us what the consequences will be if we choose to disobey His warnings and direction, but He also gives us free will to listen to Him or not. God doesn't choose to send anyone to Hell just as He didn't choose for Adam and Eve to eat of the tree. The choice is ours. The consequences of our choice are so dire that Jesus came in Person to warn us and to show us the only path of safety away from that horrible place. People who think a loving God wouldn't allow people to go to Hell underestimate the seriousness of sin and the enormity of Christ's sacrifice.
-3-Why can't the unsaved's punishment just be not going to Heaven? Why must they be tormented? 2Thessalonians 1:9 says,"Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power." This verse makes me wonder if the natural state of things outside of God's presence is fire, torment, and gnawing pain. God's presence brings us peace and joy and comfort. Hell is a physical location where a person is COMPLETELY removed from God's presence (which isn't possible here on earth--we are surrounded by His beautiful creation and His presence is everywhere around even an unbeliever who rejects His Spirit within himself). It makes sense that conditions in Hell would be opposite of the conditions when God's presence is felt. I am wondering if Hell wasn't created to be a place of torture but that a place void of God's presence would naturally be the way Hell is described in the Bible. Without God's presence, real physical pain would replace soothing comfort, utter despair would replace our blessed hope, ugliness and hate replace beauty and love,etc. So Hell is horrible not because God created it that way, but because it is a place completely and totally removed from Him and without any hope of His influence. So after death, the only 2 possibilities are to spend eternity in God's presence or to spend eternity completely removed from God's presence. God's presence is a real place called Heaven. To be hopelessly cut off from His presence is to spend eternity in Hell.

Anonymous said...

Abigail - good words.

Bible Believer said...

Interesting, yes there are hells on this earth, like war zones full of death, disease and suffering. Some people on earth have even wondered if they were in hell. It is true that hell is created for many via sin and by other people. If hell can exist here, why not elsewhere? Good response. Eternal conscious torment bugs me too. Everyone thinks of someone like serial killers or Hitler getting it and it making sense to them but someone even once told me Hitler was a baby once!

I've had wicked people hurt me too. One reason I am disabled is medical neglect when I was young. Some of these things have been life long. Relationships destroyed via the lies of one person. Some of the wickedness I have encountered and betrayals have been very scary. I think too like you some time in hell, would not bother me, for me I don't want them burned or hurt or screaming in pain but just to KNOW how they made me feel from the inside so I struggle with the eternal idea of hell too. With my enemies, I often feel REGRET. I am the type of personality that too easily blames myself and what did I do wrong and feel like I was a bad person for a relationship going so bad. Sometimes if I was not happily married, I would think the whole world hates me, and there is something wrong with me but Christian remind yourself there too, the world will hate us and they do especially if you are someone like me with a big mouth. I lost a friendship even over this blog.....she may have been a fake, but this blog outraged her. She had enticed me enough to think I could trust her showing her my real religious opinions. This world is hard. Even for all these enemies, I would rather there be redemption then a sentence in hell. Even the most evil person in my life and I have a sociopath who wrecked extreme havoc and almost destroyed me, I would rather there be repentance and redemption then time in hell. I have no joy at anyone ending up in hell, but it is difficult. One asks at times why are people so hard hearted? Why don't they seem to care?
Matt 4 is a good verse to remind us, I don't think we can understand everything of God. We see through a glass darkly, God's idea of perfection is absolute perfection you are correct. We have our own wickedness to deal with. It is true.
continuing...

Bible Believer said...


I will go read Amos 9 interesting verse. I can't get by Jesus's endless warnings of hell. He came here to suffer and die for our sins and HE warned of hell MULTIPLE times.


Matthew 11:23-24King James Version (KJV)

23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Many Christian types even try to wiggle by hell. Catholics made up Purgatory thinking hell is too horrible, lets make for a get out clause pseduo hell. Others became universalists or do soul sleep teachings.
I almost died and went to hell too. I had heard the gospel and rejected it. No Romans 2 clause for me at that time. I was a full God rejecter. The thought scares me now how close I got. I almost died of an asthma attack that put my heart in afib. What scares me is the people I have given gospel to and warned them of hell and they even had brushes with death and it did not wake them up or get them to think about salvation. :(

Yes I explain to them Jesus came here and suffered on the cross to save us from hell. That is why the gift is so great. He came here to SAVE US. Some seem to get stuck in the "god's so mean to even make hell a reality" but hell is real God can't tolerate sin, being God and perfect.

Thanks for that song. I would think inside every person makes a choice at a certain point. God will judge too by what people know and don't. Someone who is developmentally disabled with limited understanding God will take those things into account.

I agree, discussing good and evil and then using the term judgement is a good idea. The importance of the Holy Spirit indwelling too must be stressed.
I have told people we get into the heaven based on the righteousness of Jesus Christ not our own. Our own it would be impossible. There are none that are good.


I agree the legalism [Duggars as an example] where being a Christian is about authortarianism and following endless rules and blind obedience married to the think positive Joel Osteen messages of the world have done a lot of damage!

Agree one has to stress the LOVE and MERCY and GRACE of God. Many of the hell rejecters, struggle with feeling loved in this world. I believe increased abuse by parents, other people and coldness and lack of affection in society is affecting witnessing efforts. I run into people who have said, "no one has ever loved me." It makes me sad. I grew up without any love and almost was lost to hell because of it. It is an issue I ponder and pray about. I agree with having unbelievers examine the idea of eternity too and this life not being the sum total of everything. Many live know thinking they do their average of 0-80 and that is it for them. It is a sad way o being.
I agree about the offer of hope not condemnation. Telling people about hell, our main perogative is to give them hope, you can be saved from hell. You can be saved from some hell in this life too, from having God in your life. I think without God I would have been destroyed even by some of the betrayals I have gone through.

Thank you Abigail, I agree do they want to BE with God. Who are they going to choose? A man can't have two masters.
"So Hell is horrible not because God created it that way, but because it is a place completely and totally removed from Him and without any hope of His influence."

Interesting....this is something I will definitely think about and I think you are on to something. In hell with full separation from God there is no mercy, no love, no comfort.

Great post I agree.

Soldier of Jah said...

Eternal torment doesn't harmonize with the bible, it is a pagan doctrine of devils. It doesn't make bibllical sense nor logical sense and makes God a tyrant. I advise everyone to do a deep study on hell as the KJV has mistranslated the word Sheol/hades as hell instead of grave. The hell that is related to judgment Lake of Fire is Gehenna which in biblical times was in earth as a burning garbage dump. The Lake of Fire is an earthly judgment after the millennium (annihilation). Eternal torment and underworld place of torment are pagan doctrines promoted by the Great Whore Roman Catholicism. It is one of many false wine (doctrines) of Romanism/Protestantism.

Anonymous said...

Everyone will hear the Gospel, they have no excuse.

Revelation 14:6-14
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

Bible Believer said...

"Eternal torment doesn't harmonize with the bible, it is a pagan doctrine of devils. It doesn't make bibllical sense nor logical sense and makes God a tyrant. I advise everyone to do a deep study on hell as the KJV has mistranslated the word Sheol/hades as hell instead of grave. The hell that is related to judgment Lake of Fire is Gehenna which in biblical times was in earth as a burning garbage dump. The Lake of Fire is an earthly judgment after the millennium (annihilation). Eternal torment and underworld place of torment are pagan doctrines promoted by the Great Whore Roman Catholicism. It is one of many false wine (doctrines) of Romanism/Protestantism."

I always was creeped out by cults that teach annihilation same as the atheists, where you go down to the grave and cease to exist. Why on earth would Jesus Christ warn about hell if it didn't exist?

Matthew 25:46 - And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Do more cooked up Millerite Bibles remove those verses too?

I wrote extensively about SDA etc, being founded by Jezebels and they have unity with Rome now. that Ellen White had freemason friends galore. How can you fall for this nonsense?

Anonymous said...

I disagree with the comments that hell is only hell because it is separation from God. The Bible describes a literal hell with fire and brimstone, darkness, worms, and more. Why would the Bible say this if it is not true? Hell is a place of pain and misery, and we all deserve it because we are horrible sinners, plain and simple. If we do not believe we deserve it, it is because we downplay our own sin.

Anonymous said...

BB,perfect answer for Soldier of Jah. Smart to let him comment so you could rebut his false SDA doctrines. Maybe he just might listen to you.

Bible Believer said...

https://archive.org/stream/EllenG.WhiteUsesMasonicWords/EllenG.WhiteUsesMasonicWords_djvu.txt

Thanks last anon....

Bible Believer said...

It's true we can't deny the existence of pain and misery in hell. I supposed I saw it as these things of suffering RESULTING from the absence of God. Too many out there try to turn hell into this limbo, where one just floats around.

Abigail said...

Yes, BB, that is what I was saying. There is no getting around Hell's literal existence and its description by Jesus Himself and in other verses also as a place of fire and brimstone and gnashing of teeth. I was concerned that my comment might be misinterpreted so I appreciate the poster who needed more clarification. I would not want anyone to read this thread and not take Hell seriously. I think my comment was more about trying to understand how a loving God would ever imagine or create or allow such a place. The idea that the natural result of God's absence is so awful makes me love and appreciate Him even more because He has done so much to draw us to a place of safety with Him. But the safety and the fellowship with Him go hand-in-hand. You can't have one without the other. It is hard to reconcile the verses of His love and the verses on Hell any other way, which is why so many nonbelievers have legitimate confusion. Satan uses this confusion to get at the most empathetic and loving people who would be more likely to come to Christ. Satan makes people second-guess God's loving intentions for our lives just as he has been doing since the beginning when he made Adam and Eve question God's goodness.

Anonymous said...

"God is not willing that anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance" - there you have it. God is not a nasty ogre waiting for us to do something wrong so that He can beat us up with a big stick. He wants us to turn to live according to His word. After all, as Creator of the entire universe, He should know the best way for us all to live!

As has already been posted, hell was created for the devil and his angels, not for man. And in His gracem He has given us the free choice of how we want to live, and told us what the consequences of either choice will be. Therefore if anyone ends up in hell, it is their choice.

But the big question at the start of this thread was to do with how to deal with hell when talking with non-Christians. Well the simple answer is deal with it in the way that Jesus did.

If you look throughout the Gospels, you will find that Jesus virtually never mentioned hell to unsaved people. He only talked about it with His followers, so perhaps we should do the same. That doesn't mean preaching the Gospel of Osteen, because that is a gospel so watered down it would drown anyone who heard it! It means preaching the full Gospel of salvation, with a focus on (a) repentance, and b) the nearness of the kingdom of God. Again, when you look at reference to preaching the Gospel in the 4 Gospel records, it is always in terms of repentance and the kingdom. In addition, Paul tells us that he preaches the gospel because in it the righteousness of God is revealed. So instead of threatening people with how nasty hell is going to be (which it is), present the opposite, i.e. how high God's standards are, such that without His help we can never achieve them, so instead of never being good enough, i.e. falling short if the standard, which is what sin means, we can call on Him to save us and lift us up to those standards.

It is also interesting that Jesus, and the disciples/apostles as well for that matter, didn't mention the love of God to unsaved people either, only to those whom He had redeemed. This also is true in the Old Testament, where the love of God isn't mentioned until the Israelites have been brought out of Egypt, in other words, not until they had been redeemed. So we don't go down the Osteenist line of "Smile, God loves you" either.

Hope this helps.

Soldier of Jah said...

Yes current SDA GC is apostate nonetheless if you believe in an underworld where people are burning and that the others float to heaven as disembodied souls how do you expalin Acts CH.2 where it says David the Patriarch has not descended to heaven and is still in his grave. Soul sleep is biblical, unconscious in death is taught in the bible. The teaching of the natural immortality of the soul destroys the teaching of the ressurection.

Soldier of Jah said...

How do you expalin this passage of scripture in Ezekiel that talks of the complete and utter destruction of Satan in the Lake of Fire? Notice in verses 18 and 19 that Satan doesn't burn for eternity in a conscious state but rather he is brought to ashes upon the earth. Also in verse 19 it says that when Satan is destroyed he "never shalt thou be any more".

So am I to believe that Satan will be annihilated by the fires of Gehenna which is an earthly lake of fire yet those he deceived will burn forever as disembodied souls?

I hope you post this and are able to explain it.

Ezekiel 28:16-19King James Version (KJV)

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Anonymous said...

Stephan

It doesn´t matter!

It doesn´t matter if the lost sleep or are destroit or are stop being or are tormentend in eternity or are...

All what matters to the body of Christ is to look for being whith him!

To don´t be rude, of course we care about the lost, but it dosn´t matter what one individual thinks will happen.

ALL! we are tought about HELL is influenced by popular opinion! (except a small few who are been shown the thruth (not me) ) I mean pop culture, counter reformation, pr, false man/satan made RELIGIONS, deceafness...

cu

Anonymous said...

Stephan

Please let me clearify some one thing.
When I became a christian in my adult life some years back, I did it explicitly not to escape hell or any punishment. I became a christian because Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. And to this day this is my reason to believe in him.

So, after all this years, to this day, whenever I ask myself "Do you believe?" I say Yes. Not because I´m afraid of something but because I belive in someone. And because he did many many many things for me to show himself to me he is for real.

When you talk about hell, everybody else and you have some picture of it in your mind. That picture is so distorted for everyone that it can´t be a foundation to reason together about. In the sense "we all see through a glass darkly".

Here you have it why I answered so vigorous yesterday. It´s part of my testemony.
It matters what hell is, but its not that important. Our unity in Christ is important.

cu

Anonymous said...

We exalt people and look at things from man's perspective insread of God's. We don't understand or we down play the sinfulness and offense of sin against a holy God. Sometimes we only think of sin in how it hurts or degrades people, rather than looking at it biblically. For instance David's confession and repentance in Psalm 51. We exalt mankind rather than God. We don't magnify God in our hearts as we ought. Instead "man" has become the fist and sometimes only consideration. Therefore hell seems harsh in this light. But if we humble ouselves, and meditate on the God of scripture, we will realize that God's perfect justice demands punishmentfor sin. Sin is against a perfectly righteous, holy God who is eternal. To think rightly, begin with God as the scriptures do.