“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
It is tempting for human beings to pick and choose the parts of the Bible they like and kind of ignore the rest. Everyone wants to believe in heaven; that God is watching lovingly over us; and that there is meaning to our lives. Jesus gives us all those things, but He also told us there is a hell.
On November 23, 1998 a man named Bill Wiese had a prophetic experience where he was sent to hell for twenty-three minutes. (Google “23 Minutes in Hell” to hear him tell the story.) Near the end of this dramatic experience the Lord spoke to Him about why this had happened: “Because many people do not believe that hell truly exists. Even some of My own people do not believe that hell is real.” (23 Minutes in Hell; pg 33)
To not believe in hell puts one at greater risk of ending up there. This would be the most tragic thing that could happen to any of us. We need to believe in hell, fear God, and make sure that we cling to Christ and His salvation so that we stay off the wide road that leads to destruction.