Sadly, I think many so-called American “Christians” are headed in that direction. We have a problem with a God who would eternally and personally pour out His wrath on sinful man in hell. So we cope with that by making Satan the ruler of hell and we have skits and plays where Satan and his demons drag people into hell kicking and screaming. If you have read Revelation lately then you will note that Satan, the beast, and the false prophet have actually been thrown into hell prior to the Great White Throne Judgment. Who threw them in? God did. If Satan and his demons are already in hell then who throws those who are not in the book of life into the lake of fire? God does. Scripture is quite clear that God’s wrath is personal, which is why you read phrases like “the wrath of God” and “the wrath of the Lamb.”
“Ok, so I can cope with God throwing people into hell, after all He is just, but can’t hell just exist?” “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17). Nothing exists that God has not first made. Furthermore, nothing that God has made can continue to exist apart from being sustained and held together by Him. Not only did God create hell but He also sustains it. We appreciate a personal God when it comes to redemption but when it comes to wrath and judgment the God of most evangelicals looks more like the disinterested uninvolved god of deism who has created a clock-like universe and a clock-like hell that exist and function apart from divine intervention.
Jonathan Edwards paints a sobering picture of hell, “God aims at satisfying justice in the eternal damnation of sinners; which will be satisfied by their damnation, considered no otherwise than with regard to its eternal duration. But yet there never will come that particular moment, when it can be said, that now justice is satisfied.”
What does this mean? Why is this important?
I think this serves as a sobering reminder that we serve a just God, a holy God, and a wrathful God. At the same time, we live in a world filled with rebels, with enemies of God, who are storing up wrath for themselves and not just for the Day of Judgment but for eternity. Brothers let us live and breathe the Gospel. Oh that we would be like Paul, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:2).
 Jonathan Edwards, “A Dissertation Concerning the End for Which God Created the World,” in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, 2 vols. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1834), 1:121.