The L.A. Times had HELL in Column One on Wednesday — more papers should have it: preachers are no longer preaching it because people don't want to hear about it.
The pope said in 1999 that hell shouldn't be seen as a fiery underworld but as separation from God; Billy Graham, who taught it 30 to 40 years ago, says today that you can have hell in this life and the next but doesn't know whether there's fire in hell or not; leading feel-good sermon-giver Robert Schuller says he doesn't want people to become Christians to escape hell. His take: "Why threaten people with God's stick when dangling a carrot is enough to close the deal?" The article finishes with an example of one of the few who still preach hellfire and brimstone. The hell, you say.
God is not a monster. Satan is. Satan would like to see us all fry in hell forever. That's his punishment (Revelations 21:10) although he will not fry because he's immortal but he will be tormented forever. Not us.