How can it be a place of darkness if there are eternal flames there?
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Hell is described in the Bible both as a place of darkness and also as a place of eternal flames. This does not seem to make scientific sense. How can a place be totally dark and have flames?
There are many verses describing Hell in the Bible. Most of the descriptions of Hell are spiritual descriptions. They warn us of the state we will find ourselves in - if we disobey God and do not accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
But maybe these are also physical descriptions of Hell.
= = = = = = = Let’s listen to just those descriptions of Hell which describe it as a place of flames and a place of darkness.
Is it possible that Hell could be a place that has eternal flames but also has eternal darkness? Well, I have learned and I say that nothing is impossible with God.
In recent years, I am sure you have heard scientists talk about the possibility of existence of Black Holes in the universe. In fact, some scientists claim that the existence of Black Holes has already been proven.
There is a mysterious gravitational pull between all matter in the universe. A force created by God and barely understood by man. And modern scientists claim that black holes are places in the universe where a lot of matter has accumulated together, where stars have collided and have attracted other stars with their gravitational pull. And it’s a continuing process. As more stars and even entire galaxies get pulled toward a black hole, its gravitational power increases tremendously, attracting and pulling in even more stars and galaxies father away.
Now stars are like our sun. A star is a ball of flames. A star consists of plasmatic material which has the properties of a hot liquid and the properties of a hot gas. This plasma is constantly stirring, bubbling up and down, rotating. So if a star is hot, a black hole is extremely hot. Hotter than our sun!
And the gravity in a black hole is so strong that all the matter is constantly being compress into a smaller and smaller place. Maybe scientists say that all that matter in a black hole is being compressed into the size of a nickel or even just a pinhead. And hence it gets hotter and hotter.
So here we have this black hole which is a concentration of hot burning flames, this plasma. And yet why do scientists call such places in the universe, Black Holes? Because the scientists claim that the gravitational pull is so strong in a black hole, that light cannot escape.
So here we have a black hole, a place where it is extremely hot, due to the flames of the plasma. And yet it is dark! Light cannot travel even one inch!
So if scientists conjecture that Black Holes exist in our universe, then describing Hell as both a place of eternal flames and eternal darkness is not so farfetched, is it? So these verses about Hell may be describing a physical place not just a spiritual condition.
Isn’t that interesting? Think about it.
While Hell is described as a place of darkness, Heaven is described as a place of eternal light and happiness. A friend of mine gave me this simple description of heaven and hell.
Imagine person standing out in the middle of the universe, who accepts God as his Lord and Savior, he faces and sees God and he sees light and warmth and happiness. There is no darkness there. Now imagine the same person turning away from God, turning his back upon God. Now all he sees is darkness (looking away from God, facing away from the source of all light) and he then feels this tremendous heat on his back side! Like flames that are constantly burning and hurting by never consuming him. By rejecting God as his Lord, he feels the eternal flames of Hell!
It’s a simple decision. Face God and see the wonderful light or turn your back on God and see nothing but darkness and feel the heat. Feel the flames of Hell! It’s our simple choice! And if a Black Hole can exist where it is extremely hot but where no light can escape, then certainly Hell can exist as described in the Bible.