Golden Banner News Paper
Column Title: Let’s Think Together
Article Title: The Eternal Hell
Columnist: Cleb B. Calimutan
Date: February 8, 2012
The term hell comes from the Anglo-Saxon word helan or behelian which means “to hide”. In the Scripture the idea of hell (infernus) which is called Gehenna is an eternal fire a punishment for the mortal sinners after death together with the demons. The torments is forever and ever (Rev.14:11) with everlasting pain and suffering, where the worms are not going to die and the fire shall not be quenched (Mk.9:47-48).
Some people objected the idea of hell for according to them God is a merciful one whose love is infinite and so how can this very good God create a hell where souls are punished in eternity. But they overlook the individual freedom given by the Almighty to us where man can choose freely his end. We are neither animals nor plants that exist without the free choice of volition. And so a person can freely reject God’s love forever and ever hence it is unimaginable thing to bring the person to heaven which he does not like, for he chooses hell to be his final destiny. Consequently hell is made for those people who might reject Gods love in eternity.
Now, God is life and so hell is death, it is a second death for it is the death of the soul in the absence of God’s grace. God is love and wherefore the rejection of this love means the soul in hell will suffer the groans of hatefulness; they are all enemies in that dungeon fighting each other in eternity and none of them shall repent from their sins for in their hearth there is the absence of love and humility. God is happiness, and so in hell where the people abandoned the eternal happiness will live in sadness and rejection, it is not an easy like; you don’t like it really.
Moreover, the pain of the senses poena sensus arised from the pleasure of the flesh in sinning, hence there is this eternal fire penetrating deep into the soul of the person where he can recall every single enjoyment of sin he made before, which now turns into a painful experience.
The Church teaches:
- God is not only infinitely good, He is infinitely wise, just, and holy.
- No one is cast into hell unless he has fully and entirely deserved it.
- The sinner perseveres forever in his evil disposition.
- We must not consider the eternal punishment of hell as a series of separate of distinct terms of punishment, as if God were forever again and again pronouncing a new sentence and inflicting new penalties, and as if He could never satisfy His desire of vengeance. Hell is, especially in the eyes of God, one and indivisible in its entirety; it is but one sentence and one penalty. We may represent to ourselves a punishment of indescribable intensity as in a certain sense the equivalent of an eternal punishment; this may help us to see better how God permits the sinner to fall into hell — how a man who sets at naught all Divine warnings, who fails to profit by all the patient forbearance God has shown him, and who in wanton disobedience is absolutely bent on rushing into eternal punishment, can be finally permitted by God’s just indignation to fall into hell.
Hell is a spiritual dimension it cannot be located here on earth it is a different state prepared by the Lord to those who decide to be with it in eternity. The judgment of God is perfect and without error for the Lord knows all that we do here on earth; every moment a decision is called for whether our next action helps us to be in heaven or it will push us to hell.