|Imagine yourself in the military, and you place some land mines because you need to take out an incoming enemy tank. As you lay down the mines, do you make sure to put little orange flags on top of each one so the enemy knows where they are? Of course not. You want them to have no knowledge of your trap, so you can eliminate your target. If you want the enemy to detonate the land mines, you need to hide them.|
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
-2 Peter 2:4
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Removing the fear of hell, which is what many major "Christian" ministries are doing today, will blind people to the need of a Savior. Even preachers like Billy Graham and Robert Scheuller are trying to teach that all will come to Christ in their own way, no matter what pagan religious practices they hold.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Some other people are teaching that you only go to hell (or a similar type of punishment, like purgatory for example) for a limited time, and then will be redeemed later, but that is not taught anywhere in the Bible. God's Word teaches that we have this life, and this life alone before judgment:
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
It should be no surprise, especially after seeing so many new-age versions of the Bible, that the concept of hell is debated in the end times. Here is a list showing different Bible versions, and how many times they mention the word 'hell':
We, as Christians, must understand that an existence in hell without God is far worse than any death or torture we may endure, and that should be a motivating factor for us to win the lost to Christ, but it is also a helpful tool to help people understand they are lost. The concepts of a hell, and a coming judgement, are what really bother/irritate the average non-believer. This is the "preaching" that most people say they don't want to hear. However, Christians do not stop preaching the Gospel and warnings of the coming judgement simply because people don't want to hear it. Just as God handles us, we don't tell everyone what they want to hear, but rather, we tell them the truth whether they want it or not.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.