Is an eternal hell cruel?
Playing with Words – Torture or Torment?
22 “Now[a] the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.[b] The[c] rich man also died and was buried.[d] 23 And in Hades,[e] as he was in torment,[f] he looked up[g] and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side.[h] 24 So[i] he called out,[j] ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus[k] to dip the tip of his finger[l] in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish[m] in this fire.’[n] 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child,[o] remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish.[p] 26 Besides all this,[q] a great chasm[r] has been fixed between us,[s] so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 27 So[t] the rich man[u] said, ‘Then I beg you, father—send Lazarus[v] to my father’s house 28 (for I have five brothers) to warn[w] them so that they don’t commix] into this place of torment.’