Spend a lifetime telling God to be quiet, and he will do just that. In hell, God honors our request for silence. Hell is not a correctional facility or reform school. Its members hear no candid sermons. They do not hear the Spirit of God, or the voice of God, or the voice of God’s people.
In Ezekiel 33:11 God says, “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.” It is not God’s will that any should perish, but the fact that some do highlights God’s justice. God must punish sin.
Thanks to Christ, this earth can be the nearest you come to hell. But apart from Christ, this earth is the nearest you’ll come to heaven. John 3:16 says “whoever believes in him shall not perish. . .” God makes the offer but we make the choice. What is your choice?
From 3:16 – Max Lucado