HELL THE ETERNAL ABODE OF THE UNSAVED But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8 INTRODUCTION No one really wants to talk about hell, but it exists as a defi*nite part of the eternal plan of God. Hell is not the devils playground, nor is hell someones punishment on earth. God created hell, a real place where real people will spend a real eternity. One of the primary dangers of false religions is their denial of this place. On the other hand, hells existence has been a primary motivation in the lives of great Christian leaders. General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, vowed he would close his training schools if he could send his workers to hell for five minutes. One of Americas leading pastors, Dr. Jack Hyles, often says he works hard winning souls because he believes that his father went to hell. It would be impossible to identify the missionaries who have chosen to spend their lives in a foreign culture because they believe that lost people will spend eternity in hell if they do not believe the gospel. Liberal theologians often mock the biblical doctrine of hell. They say it is an ancient superstition, yet the existence of hell is well documented in the Word of God. When we under*stand the nature of hell, we begin to see why the Lord is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). The real*ization of the nature of hell moved the rich man to concern on behalf of his family (Luke 16:27, 28). As we better under*stand hell, we will have a deeper burden for our lost loved ones. Though we find it hard to pray for them now, it will be impossible to cease interceding for them if we knew the fate that awaits them after death. A full awareness of hell would lead us to make every effort to present the gospel to the lost.