As far as serious subjects go, its hard to get much more serious than when talking about Hell. If Hell is real, then it should definitely be a scary and saddening thought. Thinking of anyone suffering in a place of eternal torment is heart-wrenching. Hell is not pleasant to think about.
Out of that discomfort with the thought of Hell, modern opinions are changing. While 74% of Americans believe in Heaven, only 59% believe in Hell. Rob Bell recently released a book called Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. In his book, Rob proposes that Hell is nothing more than the evils we commit in this life and that no one will actually be separated from God in Hell forever. Instead, Bell proposes that everyone will one day be reunited with God because God's love will win everyone over (Bell has claimed that's not what he necessarily believes, but that's hard to accept given the way his book lays this out).
So is Hell real? Is it just some old myth that we have outgrown? Is it foolish and silly for a modern and educated person to believe in such a childish thing? Was Hell simply made up to scare people into religion? Does the existence of Hell mean that God is evil and cruel?