Why Is Hell Dark If They Have Fires?
The Bible uses a lot of pictures to give us an idea of what heaven and hell are like. Fire means burning and pain. Do you remember having a fever? You felt you were burning up, but there was no flame. Darkness means loneliness. Can you imagine anything more lonely than sitting by yourself in total darkness? What God is telling us is that hell is a terrible place. We certainly don't want to go there.
[Jesus is speaking] "And many ... shall be thrown into outer darkness. They will be put in the place of crying and pain." (Matthew 8:12)
Luke 16:28; Revelation 20:15
Note to Parents
Children hear conflicting descriptions of hell. They hear that hell is a dark place (Matthew 8:12) and yet a lake of fire (Revelation 19:20). (They may also have heard that it is cold.) Instead of grasping the meanings of these metaphors, the child is taking the images concretely.
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