The first 2 posts are accurate.
I will catch some flak from some who insist that there is NO grace in Hell but that is not a technically accurate belief. God is actaully present in Hell through the presence of His creative grace that permits the damned soul to exist.
All created beings exist by the grace of God’s will and permission. In Hell the soul has rejected God utterly but that does not impose a status of “non existence” on the damned soul. The soul is in fact created but immortal. It exists because God wills it so. The damned soul retains its creative grace and lacks any power or ability onto itself to “unmake” itself. Thus the creative grace is permitted to be remain in hell.
It is God’s will and His Justice that a damned soul MUST continue to exist to receive its earned punishment. A damned soul is stripped of all sanctifying grace and has no means to love ever again. It can only spiritually sense its depravity and have eternal remorse and self loathing for its pitiful condition. But such a soul stripped of all sanctifying grace would never change its decision to reject God and would consciously remain in Hell if given the choice to leave since it can only relate to itself as its own god.
Since existence is infinitely superior to non-existence it becomes ironic that Hell is actually both an Divine act of Mercy and of Justice. If Hell did not exist an immortal soul seperated from God would cause itself to suffer infinitely greater than it suffers in Hell (as impossible as that is for a human mind to fathom). As unimaginably terrible as Hell is God does govern Hell’s conditions, extents of His punishments. If God had not created the mercy of Hell all of creation would shudder in horror and repulsion at the spiritual screams of despair and loathing that a single human damned soul seperated from God for eternity would emit. The only thing imaginably worse would be the scream of despair of the highest fallen angel.
Basically a soul spiritually dead in hell stands face to face with God in the knowledge that He created it and the soul only exists by the goodness of God’s sustaining created grace. But without sanctifying grace it can never know or commune with God or relate to God except through envy, loathing, hatred and contempt. It is said that those in Hell are given glorious images of God, the saints, their old friends who repented and insights into what God had intended for them in heaven as part of their punishment.
Bottom line: No one ever wants to go to hell.