I’m not going to tell you the reality of Hell. I’m going to talk to you about something even more real. The message of Hell was based on fear, “this is what to expect so be afraid and believe.” The real message ought to be based on love because we know that perfect love casts out fear. Where love is, there can be no fear. Hell is not a place of love. Humans do not understand love very well. If we knew the true meaning of love, we might interpret things differently. 1 John 4:7-21 tells us that God is love. Not the other way round.
Do you remember what it was like when you were a little kid and you broke something? A window, a wall, a sibling? Weren’t you afraid that you would be in so much trouble? Fear expects punishment. That’s why many people are afraid of death – they don’t know where they’re going or what will happen to them once they get there. You time here is when you get to make the big decisions.
Perfect love drives out fear and takes away punishment. So how do we get this love? “16”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. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” – John 3:16-18