Apologetic Tract Hell

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Have you ever heard someone say "I can't believe in a God who would send people to Hell"? This person may believe in God who is all-merciful but does not accept God who is all-just. Strange! We try to make God in our own image rather than accept Him as He is!

First of all, Hell exists just as much as the sun exists! It is not a figment of one’s imagination.  It is not a bogyman created to scare little children.

This is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says.

"To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God's merciful love means remaining separated from Him forever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called "hell." ( #1033)

"Jesus often speaks of 'Gehenna,' of 'the unquenchable fire' reserved for those who to the end of their lives refuse to believe and be converted, where both soul and body can be lost. (Mt 5:22) Jesus solemnly proclaims that He 'will send His angels, and they will gather all evil doers, and throw them into the furnace of fire,' (Mt 13:41­42) and that He will pronounce the condemnation: 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire!' (Mt 25:41)" (#1034)

"The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity.  Immediately after death, the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, 'eternal fire.' The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs." (#1035)

Second, God does not send anyone to hell as much as confirms the decision of the person to be alienated from Him. Being in Hell is the clear, deliberate choice of the person.

God chose to create the person in His own image and likeness. God chose to die on the cross to forgive his sins and give him the grace of salvation. God chose to extend this forgiveness no matter the sin. But at the same time God chose to give each of us the freedom of choice: To choose Him or not to choose Him. To make the latter the final and eternal choice of one's life is to embrace the reality of Hell, which is eternal separation from God.

Third, during life the mercy of God extends to those who freely cry out to Him as well as to those who do not. At the same time, at the moment of death, the justice of God extends to those who choose to respond to His   grace-eternal salvation-and to those who deliberately reject His grace-eternal separation.

Fourth, Hell is eternal. Just as Heaven is eternal, so is Hell. It is hard for us to imagine something eternal. Yet, that is how God in His revealed word consistently described both Heaven and Hell. One among many examples is the Last Judgment parable in the 25th chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel. In verse 46, Jesus says: “And these will go off to   eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

Fifth, the greatest pain of hell, I believe, is the eternal hatred of God and self. The fires of hell are not the worse reality experienced by those who are self-damned. Rather, the greatest pain is the realization that God had called them to eternal life with Him, gave them the graces necessary to respond, but they freely chose to act contrary to God’s gift of divine life.  In Hell they clearly know that what was missing in their lives — that good they were desiring, which would totally fulfill them — was God. But foolishly they made choices to grab what appeared to be good, yet in reality was more fleeting wind.

But foolishly they made choices to grab what appeared to be good, yet in reality was more fleeting wind.  They hate God for creating them and they hate themselves for being so foolish as to gain temporary satisfaction over lasting fulfillment.

Someone has described hell as a place where there is an exquisite banquet but all are starving. They have six foot spoons but they can’t get the food from the table to their mouths. They are frustrated. Heaven, on the other hand, was a place where there is also an exquisite banquet and all are satisfied beyond measure. They too have six foot spoons but they feed each other in love. Hell is self-focused; heaven is other-focused.

Sixth, hell begins after death and the particular judgment which seals the final state of a person separated from God. After the second coming of Jesus in glory there will be a resurrection of bodies to be united with their spirits that will face the final judgment. Then God will make public the final state of each person either in heaven or in hell.  Those alienated from God by choice will continue to experience the reality of that separation with their restored body. Those united with God by choice will continue to experience the reality of that union with their glorified body.

In conclusion, the words of the Fathers of the Church are very clear. Let me share with you the teaching of Cyrian of Carthage: "An ever-burning Gehenna and the punishment of being devoured by living flames will consume the condemned; nor will there be any way in which the tormented can ever have respite or be at an end.

Let me also share with you the teaching of Cyrian of Carthage: “An ever-burning Gehenna and the punishment of being devoured by living flames will consume the condemned; nor will there be any way in which the tormented can ever have respite or be at an end.  Souls along with their bodies will be preserved for suffering in unlimited agonies… The grief at punishment will then be without the fruit of repentance; weeping will be useless, and prayer ineffectual.  Too late will they believe in eternal punishment, who would not believe in eternal life” (To Demetrian 24 [A.D. 252]).

Heaven and hell exist by God’s divine plan.  The inhabitants are there because they accepted and cooperated with the grace of salvation, or they rejected. Make your choice before it is too late!





Have you ever heard someone say "I can't believe in a God who would send people to Hell"? This person may believe in God who is all-merciful but does not accept God who is all-just. Strange! We try to make God in our own image rather than accept Him as He is!

First of all, Hell exists just as much as the sun exists! It is not a figment of one’s imagination.  It is not a bogyman created to scare little children.

This is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says.

"To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God's merciful love means remaining separated from Him forever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called "hell." ( #1033)

"Jesus often speaks of 'Gehenna,' of 'the unquenchable fire' reserved for those who to the end of their lives refuse to believe and be converted, where both soul and body can be lost. (Mt 5:22) Jesus solemnly proclaims that He 'will send His angels, and they will gather all evil doers, and throw them into the furnace of fire,' (Mt 13:41­42) and that He will pronounce the condemnation: 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire!' (Mt 25:41)" (#1034)

"The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity.  Immediately after death, the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, 'eternal fire.' The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs." (#1035)

Second, God does not send anyone to hell as much as confirms the decision of the person to be alienated from Him. Being in Hell is the clear, deliberate choice of the person.

God chose to create the person in His own image and likeness. God chose to die on the cross to forgive his sins and give him the grace of salvation. God chose to extend this forgiveness no matter the sin. But at the same time God chose to give each of us the freedom of choice: To choose Him or not to choose Him. To make the latter the final and eternal choice of one's life is to embrace the reality of Hell, which is eternal separation from God.

Third, during life the mercy of God extends to those who freely cry out to Him as well as to those who do not. At the same time, at the moment of death, the justice of God extends to those who choose to respond to His   grace-eternal salvation-and to those who deliberately reject His grace-eternal separation.

Fourth, Hell is eternal. Just as Heaven is eternal, so is Hell. It is hard for us to imagine something eternal. Yet, that is how God in His revealed word consistently described both Heaven and Hell. One among many examples is the Last Judgment parable in the 25th chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel. In verse 46, Jesus says: “And these will go off to   eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

Fifth, the greatest pain of hell, I believe, is the eternal hatred of God and self. The fires of hell are not the worse reality experienced by those who are self-damned. Rather, the greatest pain is the realization that God had called them to eternal life with Him, gave them the graces necessary to respond, but they freely chose to act contrary to God’s gift of divine life.  In Hell they clearly know that what was missing in their lives — that good they were desiring, which would totally fulfill them — was God. But foolishly they made choices to grab what appeared to be good, yet in reality was more fleeting wind.

But foolishly they made choices to grab what appeared to be good, yet in reality was more fleeting wind.  They hate God for creating them and they hate themselves for being so foolish as to gain temporary satisfaction over lasting fulfillment.

Someone has described hell as a place where there is an exquisite banquet but all are starving. They have six foot spoons but they can’t get the food from the table to their mouths. They are frustrated. Heaven, on the other hand, was a place where there is also an exquisite banquet and all are satisfied beyond measure. They too have six foot spoons but they feed each other in love. Hell is self-focused; heaven is other-focused.

Sixth, hell begins after death and the particular judgment which seals the final state of a person separated from God. After the second coming of Jesus in glory there will be a resurrection of bodies to be united with their spirits that will face the final judgment. Then God will make public the final state of each person either in heaven or in hell.  Those alienated from God by choice will continue to experience the reality of that separation with their restored body. Those united with God by choice will continue to experience the reality of that union with their glorified body.

In conclusion, the words of the Fathers of the Church are very clear. Let me share with you the teaching of Cyrian of Carthage: "An ever-burning Gehenna and the punishment of being devoured by living flames will consume the condemned; nor will there be any way in which the tormented can ever have respite or be at an end.

Let me also share with you the teaching of Cyrian of Carthage: “An ever-burning Gehenna and the punishment of being devoured by living flames will consume the condemned; nor will there be any way in which the tormented can ever have respite or be at an end.  Souls along with their bodies will be preserved for suffering in unlimited agonies… The grief at punishment will then be without the fruit of repentance; weeping will be useless, and prayer ineffectual.  Too late will they believe in eternal punishment, who would not believe in eternal life” (To Demetrian 24 [A.D. 252]).

Heaven and hell exist by God’s divine plan.  The inhabitants are there because they accepted and cooperated with the grace of salvation, or they rejected. Make your choice before it is too late!




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