Do You understand what Hell is?
Often people will say things like;
The party will really start when I get to hell, or
Thats where all my friends will be, or
other similar statements.
These kind of statements really just reflect an ignorance of what hell is really like!
In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus tells the story (a story not a parable, Jesus never used names in parables) of a rich man who died and went to hell. In verses 21-24 we see the first words of the rich man.
The rich man also died and was buried, 23and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side.
24“The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames.’
Imagine an eternity of being thirsty and nothing to drink. No there will be no beer in hell!
As I reread the passage above it says to send Lazarus over here to dip his finger in water, perhaps there will be plenty to drink but apparently the man in torment has no way of getting it to his tongue. That would be even worse.
But at least I will be with my friends!
What is it that makes your friends your friends?
Unlike English which just has the word love, in the Greek there are four different words that break it down further. One of those words is Phileo which means a brotherly kind of love. It’s because of this phileo love that your friends are your friends. Hell however will be the complete absence of God and since all love comes from God the only thing you will feel for your friends is hatred.
It will be an eternity of regret, anguish, fear, and torment. Sounds like a party to me!