It’s a scary thought to be sure. Hell. We don’t really want to think about it. Many people say it doesn’t exist, or that they certainly will not be destined for eternal damnation.
I was reading an interesting article about the Bible’s references of Hell in its text. According to what I read, there are more than 30 references to the existence of Hell in the Old Testament alone. Further, Jesus spoke more of Hell than Heaven. This reference in the Gospel of St. Mark (13:41-42) is particularly disturbing:
“The Son of Man shall send his angels and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
Key to note in this passage is that we are responsible for our actions that may lead others to sin, as well as our own sins. To me, this is another reason why we should not be complacent about the disturbing secularization of society today. And if we care about others, we should speak up when we see their errors. We should not cause others to sin. (In particular, legalized abortion is an affront to the Almighty Giver of Life. And now it is further institutionalized in the mandatory Healthcare law.)
St. Faustina was an early 20th century Catholic Nun from Poland. (The great and Blessed Pope John Paul II canonized her in April 2000). A truly blessed and holy Saint, Faustina left an invaluable legacy in her diary writings that expressed her inner-soul’s journey, and her relationship with our Lord Jesus.
Our Lord permitted her to visit Hell in 1936. She wrote of this vision in her diary. Here are some portion of her account:
“Today, I was led by an angel to the chasms of hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kinds of torture I saw:”
1] the loss of God;
2] perpetual remorse of conscience;
3] one’s condition will never change;
4] fire will penetrate the soul without destroying it – a terrible suffering since it is a purely spiritual fire, lit by God’s anger;
5] continual darkness and a terrible suffocating smell, and despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own;
6] constant company of Satan;
7] horrible despair;
8] hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies
“These are the tortures suffered by all of the damned together, but that is not the end of the sufferings. There are special tortures destined for particular souls. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings, related to the manner in which it sinned. There are caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another….
Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout all eternity, in those senses which he made use of to sin….
…most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a hell.”
Please, let us all contemplate this warning.