I rarely speak on hell, because I believe overall, it’s the goodness of God that draws men to repentance (Rom 2:4). But that passage isn’t the only one in the Bible. There are many sides to a truth coin. Just because good exists, doesn’t mean evil doesn’t. Thus, the devil and hell’s fury is a reality we must confront.
Despite all of the modern, scriptural gymnastics people do to erase hell from existence, it still does. You can Greek it, tweak it, or plainly deny it, but Jesus spoke of a literal hell 38 times, 18 of which involved eternal, tormenting fire.
People who attempt to straw-man hell by posing it as “You’re saying God desires to burn people forever,” manipulate the argument. They lean upon carnal, emotional perspectives, rather than God’s clearly revealed ones.
Bottom line: Hell wasn’t created for us. Let me say that again: God didn’t create hell for us. It was created for Lucifer and the angels who rebelled against the Lord (Matt 25). But we too are eternal beings, and the byproduct of our rejecting the antidote of Jesus’ shed blood is being unable to enter fully into God’s Holy Presence. In our fallen nature, we’d literally die in the glory.
There’s only one geographical alternative to heaven. If we don’t want to be citizens with Jesus, we by default become citizens of another destination. That’s ONE of the reasons Jesus suffered so much. He became sin so ours could be erased, that we might be transformed from fallen creatures to glorified with Him.
See, the fire of God is destructive to a fallen body, but glory to a raised one. To the dead, it is a torturous flame. As for the living, we become Phoenixes rising from the ashes, glowing symbols of His passion. In short, the fire’s nature doesn’t change, but ours can.
Jesus wants every human being to be saved (2 Pet 3:9, 1 Tim 2:4, 4:10). He’s done everything on His end to prove and make provision for that – to the point of dying in agony. So if people join the devil in hell, it’s because they willfully step over Christ’s dead body to do so.