UNDERSTANDING 2 : The purpose for hell

 WHY do we need to understand the purpose for hell? 

If you don’t know the purpose for hell then you might believe that God enjoys hurting people or causing them sorrow.

God did not prepare the punishment for Satan and the fallen angels with mercy and grace in mind.  The mercy and grace we enjoy, even when we are in our sins, leads many to believe that there is no pit, lake of fire, torment etc.  The idea that this kind of eternal punishment could last forever is inconceivable.  But Satan and the fallen angels are eternal beings.

In Matthew 25:41 Jesus announced that the everlasting fire was prepared for the devil, (Satan), and his angels.  It wasn’t made with humanity in mind. Isaiah 5:13-14 says that hell has enlarged itself because of people who have chosen disobedience.  God is love, and has a place that He has prepared with humanity in mind. 1 Cor 2:9