Starbuck asked what happened to the Christian doctrine of hellfire. Here’s a short response.
There is definitely a hell. No one on earth knows exactly what it will be like. The Bible refers to it in terms of “Gehenna” (a burning garbage dump outside the walls of Jerusalem), a lake of fire, and “outer darkness, where men weep and gnash their teeth.” All of these are metaphors, I think, though the last of those is probably very descriptive.
For centuries Christian imagery of hell …
You’ve got questions about Christianity—and that’s good. We Christians have questions for you. In these pages we’ll focus on some particular questions between us. I welcome your feedback.