Hell is a real place with real people in it.

That is not what we want to be at the center of our attention. We prefer things like success, peace, love or heaven.

Jesus said there was such a place as hell. "And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell" (Mk 9.45).

Jesus said it was not a place to be desired. "In hell, where he was in torment...[the rich man said]...I am in agony in this fire" (Lk 16.23ff).

Jesus said that those sentenced to hell will not escape the judgment brought against them. "You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?" (Mt 23.33).

Jesus said to fear God. "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell" (Mt 10.28).

Hell is real. It is not a place people will enjoy, or where they will find rest. Those condemned to hell will absolutely spend eternity there. We should fear God, who will bring these things to pass. The way of escape is only in this life, and only through Jesus. We preach Him!