Hell is a Real Place

Two reposts about hell:


#1:   So Hell Isn't Real?


So there's this popular preacher who says that hell isn't real, that it's a fantasy.


It's no wonder he's popular.


Do you know who wasn't popular?




Jesus and those who were faithful to Him!


Because people don't like being told the truth when it infringes on their lifestyle and on the things they want to believe.  

The Truth is offensive ... but it's the Truth that saves!


I wonder what Bible that preacher is reading!  Because it's not the one I have.  Want to know what mine says about hell?

Matthew 10:28:  "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."

Matthew 25:41, 46:  "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.' ... Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9:  "He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord ..."

Matthew 13:49-50:  "This is how it will be at the end of the age.  The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Jude 7:  "In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion.  They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire."

Revelation 20:15:  "If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire."

Revelation 21:8:  "But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars - their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  This is the second death."

Romans 6:23:  "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life."

John 3:16-18:  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."



You might not like the idea of hell.  You might not want to believe in the idea of hell.  But your feelings and opinions will not change the reality of hell!  

Denying that there's a hell doesn't make it less real; it just ruins your chance of being saved from it.  Because if you don't believe in it, you'll see no reason to seek the Lord and the salvation He offers.  

If you don't recognize and admit that you're drowning, you'll never reach for the Life Preserver!

The thing is ... God doesn't threaten us with hell, as in "If you're not good, you're gonna go to hell."  He warns us of hell, as in "This is where you're headed if you don't accept My help getting off that path.  Please, take My hand, the salvation I offer.  I don't want you to perish!"   

He's trying to rescue us from hell, not threatening to send us there.




And #2:  "Yes! Jesus Did Talk About Hell!"



If someone says that Jesus never talked about hell or that He never talked about it being an eternal condition, they are not being true to the Bible.

Jesus did indeed talk about hell.  And He talked about hell being an eternal place of punishment.

But He didn't talk about hell to scare us or threaten us.  He talked about hell to warn us, to save us, to rescue us from the fire.  



"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."  (Matthew 10:28)


"As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  They will throw them in the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 
(Matthew 13:40-42)



"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'... Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."  (Matthew 25:41,46)


In Matthew 5, Jesus tells of various things that could land someone "in hell."  (People who continue to do these things with an unrepentant heart show that they are not true followers of Jesus, and therefore they will eventually find themselves in hell.)  And in the concordance, this use of "hell" means "a state of everlasting punishment."


In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells a story of two men.  Upon their deaths, one went to "Abraham's side" and the other went to hell.  And between those two men "a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us" (verse 26).  Once those men died, their fate was sealed.  One went to heaven and the other to hell, with no chance of crossing over.  No second chance to change their minds.  
            [This contradicts those who say that we can still make a decision about Jesus after we die.  But even if you wanted to believe that death isn't the "deadline," why take the chance of being wrong?  When the Bible doesn't clearly say anything about being able to make a choice after we die?  The consequence of being wrong is far too great!  If you're wrong and there is no chance to change your mind, you pay for your procrastination with your eternal soul!]  



Jesus most definitely talked about hell, about it being an eternal place of punishment.  But He didn't talk about it to threaten us or scare us into "being good."  He was warning us of the reality of it, of our need to accept His help getting of the path to hell.  The path that we are born on.  (For more on this, click here.)

Jesus warned us about hell and He told us how to keep out of it.  With His death, He paid for our ticket out of hell.  But we have to accept it.



"Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."  (John 3:15-18)


"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life."  (John 5:24)



Don't let anyone convince you that Jesus never talked about hell or never said it was a permanent place.  And don't let anyone tell you that He was using hell as a threat to keep people in line.

Warning us of hell and paying the price for our sins to get us out of hell are the greatest acts of love ever done!  


Previous "end times" post:  Where There is Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth

Next "end times" post:  A Pre-Trib Rapture is the Most Merciful Option.

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