Hell and Everlasting Punishment
Part 16: Pain
Four times in the story of the rich man in Hell we are told of the torment he suffered: "And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments...; I am tormented in this flame... thou are tormented... this place of torment" (Luke 16:23-25,28). In Revelation 14:11 we read, "And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever..."
People in Hell will have no respite from pain- it will be day and night forever and ever. Here people who suffer pain can get relieft through drugs and sleep. There will be no end to their pain of body and soul. R.A. Torrey said, "Friends, hell is the hospital of the incurables of the universe, where men exist in awful and perpetual pain."
"There will be no one in Hell to whisper, 'I love you'. There will be no one to care, no one to bear, no one to share your eternal heartache and heartbreak."
JOHN CALVIN: John Calvin refers to Hell as "this gulf of perdition" and declares that "no description can equal the severity of the Divine vengeance on the reprobate, their anguish and torment are figuratively represented under corporal images; as darkness, weeping, and gnashing of teeth, unextinguishable fire, a worm incessantly gnawing the heart."
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM (1563): "His (God's) justice requires that sin, which is commited against the most high majesty of God, be also punished with extreme, that is with everlasting punishment of body and soul."
WILLIAM W. ORR: "Hell will be terror, without one mitigating feature. Pain, without the slightest chance of alleviation, will be unbearable. the flaming torment will be so severe that one will beg piteously for a drop of water to cool his tongue. Suffering of the body will be so terrible that the sinner will grind his teeth in agony. Coupled with this will be anguish of spirit in the realization that Hell could have been avoided. Conscience will stab and nag and acuse forever. Perhaps the doomed sinner will recall the day he rejected the call of the Spirit for the last time."
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon