Hell Is Not Empty

Originally posted 11/12/2009.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Judith 16:20-21: “Woe be to the nation that riseth up against My people: for the Lord Almighty will take revenge on them, in the day of judgment He will visit them. For He will give fire, and worms into their flesh, that they may burn, and may feel forever.”
Job 24:19-20: “Let him pass from the snow waters to excessive heat, and his sin even to Hell. Let mercy forget him: may worms be his sweetness: let him be remembered no more, but be broken in pieces as an unfruitful tree.”
Psalm 108:6-7: “Set Thou the sinner over him: and may the devil stand at his right hand. When he is judged, may he go out condemned; and may his prayer be turned to sin. May his days be few: and his bishopric let another take.”
Sirach 7:19: “Humble thy spirit very much: for the vengeance on the flesh of the ungodly is fire and worms.”
Matthew 7:21-23:

Not every one that saith to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven: but he that doth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven, he shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day: “Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in Thy name, and cast out devils in Thy name, and done many miracles in Thy name?” And then will I profess unto them, “I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity.”

Matthew 13:41-42: “The Son of man shall send His angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 22:13-14: “Then the King said to the waiters: ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.'”
Matthew 25:31-46:

And when the Son of man shall come in His majesty, and all the angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the seat of His majesty. And all nations shall be gathered together before Him: and He shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left. Then shall the King say to them that shall be on His right hand: “Come, ye blessed of My Father, possess you the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave Me to drink: I was a stranger, and you took Me in: Naked, and you covered Me: sick, and you visited Me: I was in prison, and you came to Me.” Then shall the just answer Him, saying: “Lord, when did we see Thee hungry and fed Thee: thirsty and gave Thee drink? when did we see Thee a stranger and took Thee in? Or naked and covered Thee? Or when did we see Thee sick or in prison and came to Thee?” And the King answering shall say to them: “Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me.” Then He shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: “Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave Me not to eat: I was thirsty and you gave Me not to drink. I was a stranger and you took Me not in: naked and you covered Me not: sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.” Then they also shall answer Him, saying: “Lord, when did we see Thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to Thee?” Then He shall answer them, saying: “Amen: I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to Me.” And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.

Luke 13:23-24: And a certain man said to Him: ‘Lord, are they few that are saved?’ But He said to them: ‘Strive to enter by the narrow gate: for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter and shall not be able.'”
Luke 16:19-31:

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and feasted sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. And no one did give him: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in Hell. And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom: and he cried and said: “Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.” And Abraham said to him: “Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you, there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you cannot, nor from thence come hither.” And he said: “Then, father, I beseech thee that thou wouldst send him to my father’s house, for I have five brethren, that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torments.” And Abraham said to him: “They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them.” But he said: “No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will do penance.” And he said to him: “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe, if one rise again from the dead.”

John 8:24: “Therefore I said to you that you shall die in your sins. For if you believe not that I am He, you shall die in your sin.”
John 17:12: “While I was with them, I kept them in Thy name. Those whom Thou gavest Me have I kept: and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition: that the Scripture may be fulfilled.”
St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, applies Psalm 108 to Judas in Acts 1:20: “For it is written in the book of Psalms: Let their habitation become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein. And his bishopric let another take.”
Rom 9:27: “And Isaiah cried out concerning Israel: ‘If the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved.'”
1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the Kingdom of God? Do not err: Neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers: Nor the effeminate nor liers with mankind nor thieves nor covetous nor drunkards nor railers nor extortioners shall possess the Kingdom of God.”
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9:

And to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with the angels of His power: in a flame of fire, giving vengeance to them who know not God and who obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who shall suffer eternal punishment in destruction, from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his power…

Jude 1:7: “Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities, in like manner, having given themselves to fornication and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire.”
Revelation 20:9-10,15: “And there came down fire from God out of Heaven and devoured them: and the Devil, who seduced them, was cast into the pool of fire and brimstone, where both the beast And the false prophet shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. … And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the pool of fire.”

Bishop St. Ignatius the Martyr of Antioch before 107 [Epistle to the Ephesians 16 in PG 5:567AB]:

Those that corrupt families shall not inherit the kingdom of God. If, then, those who do this as respects the flesh have suffered death, how much more shall this be the case with any one who corrupts by wicked doctrine the faith of God, for which Jesus Christ was crucified! Such an one becoming defiled [in this way], shall go away into everlasting fire, and so shall every one that hearkens unto him.

The same illustrious martyr says [Epistle to the Philadelphians 3 in PG 5:700A]: “If any man follows him that makes a schism in the Church, he shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.”

Bishop St. Justin Martyr of Caesarea in 151 [Apology 1:8 in PG 6:337C]:

And Plato, in like manner, used to say that Rhadamanthus and Minos would punish the wicked who came before them; and we say that the same thing will be done, but at the hand of Christ, and upon the wicked in the same bodies united again to their spirits which are now to undergo everlasting punishment; and not only, as Plato said, for a period of a thousand years.

The same man of God says [Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 45 in PG 6:573A]: some are sent to be punished unceasingly into judgment and condemnation of fire.”

Bishop St. Polycarp the Martyr of Smyrna (Doctor of the Chaldean Catholic Church) in 155 [Martyrdom of St. Polycarp 11 in PG 5:1037B]: “You threaten me with fire which burns for an hour, and after a little is extinguished, but are ignorant of the fire of the coming judgment and of eternal punishment, reserved for the ungodly. But why do you tarry? Bring forth what you will.”

Bishop St. Irenaeus the Martyr of Lyons in 181 [Against Heresies 1:10:1 in PG 7A:549B552A]: “that He may send “spiritual wickednesses” [Eph 6:12] and the angels who transgressed and became apostates, together with the ungodly, and unrighteous, and wicked, and profane among men, into everlasting fire.”

Archbishop St. Gregory I the Theologian of Constantinople (Doctor) on 1/6/381 [Oration 40:36 in PG 36:412A]:

I know also a fire which is not cleansing, but avenging; either that fire of Sodom [Gen 19:24] which He pours down on all sinners, mingled with brimstone and storms, or that “which is prepared for the Devil and his angels” [Mt 25:41] or that which proceeds from the face of the Lord, and shall burn up his enemies round about; and one even more fearful still than these, the unquenchable fire which is ranged with the worm that dies not but is eternal for the wicked.

Bishop St. Ambrose the Great of Milan (Doctor) [On Repentance 2:4:27 in PL 16:504A]: “For I suppose that even Judas might through the exceeding mercy of God not have been shut out from forgiveness, if he had expressed his sorrow not before the Jews but before Christ.”

Local Council of Quiersy in 853 [Chapter 3 in DS 318]: “Omnipotent God wishes all men without exception to be saved [1 Tim 2:4] although not all will be saved. However, that certain ones are saved, is the gift of the one who saves; that certain ones perish, however, is the deserved punishment of those who perish.”

St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelic Doctor) [On Truth I, q. 6, art. 2:11], “Now, in the case of Judas, the abuse of grace was the reason for his reprobation, since he was made reprobate because he died without grace.”

Pope Pius II of Rome on 11/14/1459 condemns the following proposition [Errors of Zanini de Solcia in DS 717B]: “That all Christians are to be saved.”

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