Is Hell forever?

Is man's punishment for sin eternal?

This question cannot be answered by human reasoning, but by biblical revelation. Before we answer this, we need an understanding of what "sin" is before an infinitely holy God. Sin is missing the mark. It is unrighteousness, iniquity, transgression, lawlessness; therefore sin cannot be tolerated and must be punished. Romans 6:23 teaches, "The wages of sin is death." Sin is actually an affront to the character of God. If God does not justly punish sin, He will be untrue to His character.

The Word of God reveals eternal punishment for sin in vivid and unmistakable language: "punished with everlasting destruction" (2 Thessalonians 1:9); "go away into everlasting punishment" '(Matthew 25:41); "have their part in the lake of fire which burneth with fire and brimstone forever and ever" (Revelation 21:8). This is not only eternal punishment, but conscious eternal punishment: "the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night" (Revelation 14:11); "suffering (present continuous) the vengeance of eternal fire" (Jude 7). The greatest proof of "eternal punishment" for sin is offered in the infinite sufferings of Christ for sin. The rejection of Christ has eternal consequences. If we could fathom Christ's sufferings for sin, we could fathom the eternal punishment of men in their sins. Impossible!

A. Hull