Is God in Hell, Too?Posted: June 18, 2009
Since earth was corrupted when sin entered into it, why was heaven not corrupted when the devil first rebelled?
Since God is everywhere at once, is He also in hell? If so, why?
There is a lot we are not told about heaven, angels, and the devil, and I hate to speculate. Traditionally, however, satan was expelled from heaven for rivalling God, along with 1/4 of the angels, who became demons (see Matthew 25:41, 2 Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6).
Biblically, Jesus said that He saw satan fall from heaven (Luke 10:18), and Paul called him “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). After Adam and Eve fell from innocence, God largely withdrew himself in actual presence (Genesis 3:23-24). Earth is satan’s realm now, where his devices find fertile soil in carnal men. But on occasion God steps in to perform miracles, typically in answer to prayer, and communes with believers through his Holy Spirit who is sent to dwell with the enlightened human spirit.
Is God in hell? Psalm 139:8 says, “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” It is debatable how much Christian doctrine we should take from the Psalms, but I tend to think that God, by definition, is present wherever He wants to be. There seem, in fact, to be multiple levels of his presence: when Moses led Israel, God certainly was aware of everything that was going on in the camp. But at special times He would appear upon the earth, covering himself with a cloud (see Exodus 19:9). At those times, no unsanctified man could stand in God’s presence and live (Deuteronomy 5:26, Hebrews 12:29).
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