There are many religions that want to make people believe that the afterlife is a blessed state for every one. Some even go as far as to say that God will annihilate all that will go to hell.
The truth is: God expresses many times in the Scriptures that the place called hell, or hades, or Gehenna, is a place of torment for all eternity. He also says that many people will be there forever.
We need to understand that God is righteous. He created the world, and man on it, to serve Him and glorify Him. Man chose to serve himself, and God threw him out of His Paradise. After the fall, every human being comes into this world enslaved to Satan and sin. We all come short of the glory of God.
If God wouldn’t have taken the initiative in selecting some of us according to His election of Grace, nobody would be saved. We all deserve to die and go to hell, because there is no good deed that we can do to get right with God, being, as we are, in the state of corruption that Adam left us.
The Bible reveals to us who God is, and also who man is. God is holy, and righteous. Man is wicked and born in sin. Man is corrupted, blind and spiritually dead. Man can do nothing to get out of his condemnation; he is bound for hades and then, the lake of fire, the second death.
This picture is terrifying and it would be hopeless if God wouldn’t have sent Christ to die on the cross for the sins of some people. So, there is hope for some, who God loved in Jesus Christ.
Those are the ones who love God above all things, because God loved them first. Those are Christ’s sheep who hear His Voice and follow Him. Those are who believe the truth and shun away from Satan’s lies.
God’s people are the only ones who benefit from the sacrifice of Christ. He prayed for His people; He did not pray for the world. He told His people that all who believe in Him have everlasting life, but those who do not believe are condemned already and will not see life, but the Wrath of God abides on them. (John 3:36)
These unbelievers will know one day that hell is real.