I once wrote a letter, asking for advice on
a matter, and failure to receive an answer was the answer. By the same token, a person who fails to accept Christ and the
promise of Heaven, freely offered, chooses hell automatically.
For example, think of the rich man and Lazarus who Jesus told of. Even if that rich man is not in hell
yet, but rather is in "hades," if there is such a place (which has been described as "the place or state of
departed spirits"), it’s a fiery waiting room, and that rich man is still wanting a drop of water for his tongue
But to continue,
concerning those who choose hell by refusing Heaven; those who killed all of Christ’s apostles except John, are there.
From the beginning of time until the moment you’re reading this, those who die without Christ are in one place or the
other, while those who have accepted Him, are with Him just as that thief on the cross beside Jesus, who heard Him say, "Today
shalt thou be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). The words "Heaven" or "paradise" are apparently
interchangeable. Paul was "caught up into paradise" (2 Cor. 12:4) and Rev. 2:7, Christ says He will give "to
eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."
Call it what you will, but it’s only a matter of time until the Great Judgement Day, after which angels
will throw sinners into the hell (Matthew 13:41-50)…the hell that’s spoken so much of in the Bible, and especially
in the Book of Revelation (20:10, 20:14-15, 21:8). As for Heaven, Revelation 21:27 states that "…there shall
in no wise enter into (Heaven) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie; but they
which are written in the Lamb’s book of life."
Good or bad, it‘s ours to choose. Pray for those who haven’t. Because they have, by default.