EWTN Catholic Q&A
Hell: Complete Separation from God
Question from Andrew on 03-14-2017:

A friend of mine once said: "hell is the complete separation from God. How can you be completely severed from a relationship with God but still be in a relationship? That seems like it breaks the law of non contradiction. Also, if I can never not be in relationship with God, then can I really choose to be in relationship with him or not?"

I was not so sure how to answer his question. How would you respond?

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 04-09-2017:

Dear Andrew,

God keeps even the souls in hell in existence. Otherwise they would not exist. But they exist as enemies of God, not friends.

Dr. Geraghty