Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense can mean both love and hatred depending on the context. If you think about this for a bit, you can see in our language how we can have a smoldering hatred or a burning love, as well as many other examples. So fire is love, either love of the neighbor and to the Lord, or love of oneself that, if unchecked by conscience, leads to hatred of any that oppose.
Love of the neighbor and love to the Lord are the loves that reign in heaven and those who try to make those loves the ones that govern his life, gravitate toward heaven. The mutual love of all these inhabitants gives to heaven a warm and springlike atmosphere. But in hell, the mutual dislike and hatred from the unchecked self love that the inhabitants there have inside themselves are the fuels of the fires of hell. There is no Devil prodding people toward the flames, the flames originate inside each and every person there, and reach out toward all around them. The atmosphere of hell is generated by its inhabitants.
(Odkazy: The Apocalypse Explained 504 [1,2,15])