Man is a Eternal Being. He belongs to the same class as God. If he dies a criminal, then he enters Eternity as an eternal criminal. There must be a prison; the criminals must be segregated. If they were permitted to roam indiscriminately through Eternity, they would demoralize the New Heavens and New Earth.
We have jails, State prisons, and Federal prisons for time criminals who break the law of man. Who can raise a protest against God if He has a prison in which are incarcerated the men and women who violate the laws of Heaven, and who are eternal criminals? The universal human believes in some kind of Hell and place of confinement for punishment after death, and this testimony is not easily ruled of of court. There is no type of testimony so convincing to a jury and judge as the testimony of universal consciousness. There must be some basis of fact for this universal belief.
All primitive peoples believe that Good people go to some kind of Heaven and that Evil go into confinement. We may believe in a literal Lake of Fire and Brimstone or that the term is only used to illustrate the torture and misery of confinement and separation from God. Man does not go to Hell because of what he does, but because of what he is. Man goes to Hell on purely intellectual grounds; he can evade it if he wishes. He goes to Hell today in the face of modern civilization with his eyes wide open, and because he prefers Hell to Heaven. He goes there, because he has served Satan, and because He prefers Satan as his god to the God and Father of our Jesus Christ. Sin is more attractive to him, and Hell, is more desirable than Heaven is.
Source: E W Kenyon.