In the story of the rich man and Lazarus, in Luke chapter 16, there are actually two beggars. One begged in this life; the other begged in the next.
Christ’s teaching on hell verifies the extreme difference in eternity for the righteous and the ungodly. This teaching is not a condemnation of wealth; it is a condemnation of any person who rejects Jesus Christ.
Christ’s teaching also confirms that the believer’s before Calvary were carried by angels into Paradise. After Calvary the righteous go to heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21-24; Revelation 6:9-11).
Hell is a place of eternal torment. When the unsaved go to hell, they are in a conscious state (Luke 16:23-28; Deuteronomy 32:22; 2 Samuel 22:6; Isiah 14:9-11).
Hell is a place without mercy. It is a place with no escape. When a person chooses to go to hell by rejecting Jesus Christ, all the prayers of 10 thousand saints cannot save them.
Souls are immortal in hell and heaven (Luke 16:22-32; 1 Peter 3:4; Luke 20:38; 2 Corinthians 5:8).
Hell is located in “the lower parts of the earth” (Psalm 63:9; Ephesians 4:8-10; Matthew 12:40).
Hell was made for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).
Hell is not to be confused with the lake of fire. In this life the ungodly die and go to hell, where they wait until they are brought to the Great White Throne for final judgment before God and sentenced to the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20; 20:10, 14, 15).
I hope this clears up any misconception whether hell is areal place or not. “Don’t choose to go there!” God is a Mighty God! He sent His only beloved Son to take the penalty for yours and my sins on a cross and then rose to sit on the right hand of the Father. He loves you more than you could ever image, choose life!