The lake of fire is the final destination of all who have rejected God. At the Last Judgment, the devil, his angels and all the people who do not go to Heaven will be thrown into the lake of fire. God sent Jesus to save us from the lake of fire.
Is it really a lake of fire?
The lake of fire is a spiritual place. The Bible says that at the Last Judgment all the dead will rise and God will judge everyone. All those who have rejected God will be condemned and expelled from His presence forever. The place where they will be driven out is called the lake of fire ( Revelation 20: 14-15 ).
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The Bible uses the image of a lake of fire with sulfur to show that this place away from God is terrible, full of suffering ( Revelation 20:10 ). Other images that the Bible uses to describe the horror of this place are:
- Worms that do not die – Mark 9: 47-48
- A place of crying and gnashing of teeth – Luke 13:28
- Darkness – Matthew 25:30
This does not mean that it is really a lake of fire and darkness and worms. The lake of fire is a spiritual reality , impossible to describe. These images serve to help us understand what people will feel there: pain, despair, terror. The lake of fire is a place of destruction.
Why did God create the lake of fire?
The lake of fire was created to punish the devil and his angels, who rebelled against God ( Matthew 25:41 ). But when we sin, it also becomes our destiny. Sin separates us from God and the lake of fire is total separation for all eternity. Since everything good comes from God, total separation from God only brings pain and suffering.
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God does not want anyone to go to the lake of fire. He loves us and created each person in a special way. But God does not compel anyone to love him. If we want, we can sin. But the punishment for sin is our separation from God ( Romans 3:23 ).
We all sin and cannot pay the price of sin. But God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to pay the price for us (
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but have eternal life.
). Now whoever accepts Jesus as their savior is no longer condemned! The saved will live with Jesus in Heaven for eternity. But if someone doesn’t really want to be with God, God gives him what he wants – an eternity without God.