DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Recently, I read about a new book that claims God won't send anyone to hell. The reason is because God loves the whole world, and therefore everyone will be saved and go to heaven. Do you think he might be right? —N. M.G.
Dear M.G.: Although I haven't read this particular book, the idea that God is so loving that He could never send anyone to hell isn't new; it's been around for centuries. (The theological term for this idea is "universalism" — the belief that all humanity will be saved.)
But this is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible makes it very clear that hell is real; in fact, it's just as real as heaven. You might be surprised to learn that Jesus said more about hell than anyone else in the Bible, and constantly warned us against going there. Some day, He said, God will judge the world with perfect justice. When he does, "he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels'" (Matthew 25:41).