As makes clear, we know little about Hell. And as I thought about it, it occurred to me we also know little about Heaven. Nonetheless, many of us still speak as if we knew more.
I suppose that we are too proud, too proud to even admit our ignorance to ourselves. Yet The Book of Job tells us how God allowed Satan to inflict enormous misery upon Job, and throughout it all Job suffered patiently — at least with more than most men could manage.
Job wanted his suffering to end, but he also wanted to know why he was being made to suffer. He thought himself a good and just man. Job did not understand why God would allow him to be condemned to such pain and sorrow. Nonetheless, Job never cursed God. Instead, he wished for a redeemer, someone who could stand between Him and God.
At the end of the book, we find out that Job almost got his wish. God spoke to him, but God did not explain. Instead, God pointed to all He has done that Job did not understand, and Job found the presence of God humbling.
What is Heaven? Heaven is where we will see God, an Infinite Being we cannot begin to understand. And He will love us for all eternity? How can we begin to understand what that will be like?
What is Hell? Is Hell that place where we will never see God? That would seem to be the case. After all, is it not the people who want nothing to do with God who go to Hell? Then what is the consequence — where is the punishment — when God grants those who hate Him their wish?
We are finite beings. We don’t want to ever die, but don’t we have trouble conceiving of infinity or eternity? In Heaven we will adore an Infinite Being. He will be our Father, and we will be His children. In Hell, will we only have that which is finite? Because of our own choice, will we be orphaned and empty?