Ask a Pastor Column
Presenting Biblical answers to tough questions
September 9, 2021
Q: Does Hell have to be eternal? Couldn’t it just be a temporary ‘time out’?
A: There are two reasons why an eternal punishment for sin is necessary. The first reason that hell is an eternal punishment is because sin does eternal damage. We like to justify our sins and cast them in a harmless light. But the reality is all sin is an eternal offense against God (Gen. 4:10; Matthew 5:21-48). It also causes deep and lasting harm to the sinner (Ezekiel 18:30-32), the victim of the sin (Exodus 22:23), society in general (Genesis 6:5), and God’s creation (Romans 8:20-22). The only just...