How we understand hell is one of the most important subjects of all in terms of our picture of God. Is hell a place of literal burning fire? For those suffering in hell, how long does it last? Any human subjected to a lake of fire would be instantly consumed. Does this mean that God performs a miracle to sustain the “wicked” in order to punish them? Our own sense of justice and compassion does not lead us impose those consequences even on the worst tyrants and murderers. Fortunately, the bible gives us much evidence on which to base our opinion about hell.