There are probably thousands of articles written pertaining to the existence of Hell and the very attributes that open a path to it.
Hell is referred to in the New Testament 162 times, of which Jesus spoke of around 70. However, Jesus mentioned Heaven in at least 192 verses. So it isn’t as though hell took precedent when Jesus spoke of the two. But, the thoughts of hell, the possibility of so many souls ending there in spite of the pronouncement that the road to perdition is wide and many choose to follow it doesn’t seem to sway their choice. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Mt. 7: 13 -14).
In one of my articles I alluded to hearing a blood-curdling scream during a 3 AM prayer session. I quickly went outside and looking from the porch could neither see anything out of place, nor hear even a whimper from persons or animals. Everything was peaceful. Returning back to my little altar I made for prayers and immediately was told 3 AM is when the most evil occurs, and the scream came from the depths of Hell. Pray for the souls in Purgatory rounded out the message.
Have you ever heard something so imposing that it left an imprint on your brain that always remains? That scream was imbedded on my mind so deeply that at will I can not forget the very depth of pain that I was allowed to hear from Hell. That incident happened over 60 years ago and has left me with a memory of what it must be like in hell.
Each of us should remember and teach others that hell is real, it is permanent for those who choose to go there, and when anyone decides to turn from God and decide hell is for them, there is no returning back to God!
“God predestines no one to go to hell, for this, a willful turning away from God (a mortal sin) is necessary, and persistence in it until the end. In the Eucharistic liturgy and in the daily prayers of her faithful, the Church implores the mercy of God, who does not want any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” CCC 1037.
Ralph B. Hathaway, January 2021