(Proverbs 9:18 KJV) But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
Have you ever had someone say, “God would not expect that of me”? Or perhaps you have had someone ask, “How could a loving God do that?” Both are based on a view of God that has been molded by our culture instead of the Bible. Our idea of love is Hollywood lite. The older generation’s understanding of the holiness of God is based on Father Knows Best and Leave It to Beaver. I am not sure where the youth of today get their understanding, maybe Spongebob Squarepants.
God is holy. He is in this for keeps and for eternity. Since He is holy He has an understanding of evil that we cannot grasp. That means there are consequences for our decisions. “Hell” (7585) (KJV) or “Sheol” (7585) (NASB) is very real.
So? God is very patient. Think of Him as a modern steel radial tire. There is a lot of redundancy built in and a genuine tolerance but eventually it blows or just goes flat. The warning is clear. Don’t ignore it.