Rebellion in Hell
I found this on an atheist site.
We all know that fundamentalists use hell as an instrument of fear to keep people from leaving religion. This is my rebuttal, let’s assume they are correct and hell really exists. Even that will not work as punishment system, why? Because how may people will go there? Let’s say half of human population that is 3.5 billion people. Do you really think those 3.5 billion will just accept that and will not rebel against whoever manages hell? People are good in organizing ourselves against any common enemy – we all hate oppressive regime in the real world. Heck, 3.5 billion rebels in hell will topple whoever rules there.
The author has some misconceptions about what we believe but he brings up an interesting idea; is it possible that the residents of Hell will try to rebel?
Bible history and prophecy both show that humans are prone to rebellion. In order to put an end to rebellion God had to destroy most of the human race with a flood and soon after that to confuse their languages. At the end of this age the Antichrist will lead the whole world in a rebellion which will end when Christ returns to begin his thousand year rule of the earth. At the end of the thousand years there will be one final rebellion.
And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them.
Every past attempt to rebel against God has failed and every rebellion that is prophesied in the Bible will fail. Any attempted rebellion by those who are in Hell is also doomed to failure because they will be rebelling against an omnipotent God.
But will the inhabitants of Hell want to rebel?
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.
And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Before being condemned they will see God when they stand before his throne to be judged. An incident in the life of the prophet Isaiah shows the effect seeing God has on people.
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
God is light and in his presence we will see ourselves as we really are. When he saw God Isaiah realized how sinful he really was. But he only saw a vision of God; what will be the effect of actually seeing God himself?
We can find the answer by comparing two statements in the Bible.
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
All who are in two places, Heaven and earth, will finally be reconciled to God; all who are in three places, Heaven, earth, and under the earth, will bow to Jesus Christ and confess that he is Lord. Because they have seen how sinful they are, those who are condemned to Hell will realize that they deserve their punishment and will confess that Jesus Christ is their Lord even though it is too late for him to be their savior.