Is Hell Fair?
by Brian Price 1/14/2011

Since this was a dialogue between myself and a friend from my Facebook page, I cannot show his email address or identity, ect. But here it is in black and white. If you read anything in this dialogue that is in brackets ( [ ] ), that means I added the word or sentence to the original dialogue to add clarity. To the atheists reading this, please read and heed. To the believers, enjoy!
Aaron: it is well how you been?, i have to say though personally there are a few issues i dont like to think about when it comes to the bible. Especially Hell eternal suffering doesnt seem fair to me. You live 80 years and spend infinite time suffering for it,. I do have to ask you just your thoughts. I heard someone say life is so valuable becuase you only get one shot and dont know how much time you have. So doesnt that make eternity seem like it has a small value because its eternity there is nothing after or do overs or anything. just a thought got any?

Brian Price: Well Aaron, We don't understand why God permits a hell, but we must understand that it is real. We may not like it, but we must believe it and fear God enough to depart from evil so we can escape that terrible place. Abraham said to the rich man burning in hell that those who would cross over from Abraham to him could not, nor could they cross over that would come from thence (hell). See Luke ch. 16. So obviously, even in heaven, people who wish to go to hell to give water or some kind of relief to those suffering cannot. [And those who wish to escape such a torment in hell to go to blessed peace and rest in heaven cannot.]

[But] it is also difficult to say if everyone will actually be [in hell] for an eternity. Reason why is because 1 Peter ch. 4 refers to the gospel being preached to them that are dead. Chapter 3 refers to the gospel being preached to them in prison. This is an obvious reference to those people in hell who were disobedient during Noah's lifetime. They likely had little chance at being saved during their life, and therefore God in his mercy was probably giving them a second chance at life even though they went to hell. This same second chance may also be given to them who have never heard the gospel. That's not exactly said in scripture, but it is a theory.

As for an eternity for others, yes this is just a fact of life. We know hell is real. Jesus talked just as much about hell as he did about heaven. And, people like Maurice Rawlings, author of Beyond Death's Door, attests to people who actually had Near Death Experiences (NDE's) of Hell. Many times that light at the end of the tunnel turns into an ocean of fire.

Jesus said, "Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire." - Matthew 18:8

Notice it specifically says everlasting fire.. If God came to give us everlasting life, then it is a true statement to say that those who reject him are doomed to an eternity in hell.

People may think of God as being evil for sending people to hell, but in actuality, he is a God of love and justice. Is it wrong to send a murderer to hell? The Bible says that he that hateth his brother is a murderer (1 John 3:15). No of course not. It's not wrong to send a murderer to hell. It's what they deserve. And according to scripture, if you've hated someone so much that you wish they were dead, then in actuality, you are a murderer.

But, because God does love us, he sent Jesus to pay for our sins so we could escape hell and go to heaven. The burden of salvation now lies upon humanity to save his own skin from hell because the way has been made. It is up to him to believe and be saved. So in actuality, many people send their own souls to hell. Wouldn't you agree?

Think of it this way. If your college teacher did everything he could to help you get a good grade in the class; like he would give you tutoring sessions, he gave you grade curves, and made the tests and quizes very easy, and yet, you never did the work to pass the class, is it wrong then for him to give you an F? Did he give you the F, or did you give yourself the F?

The bottom line is that though we may not agree with God about hell, yet we can agree that such a place is real, and it would be foolish to curse God and die.