There are still a lot of people who, in spite of believing in God, that don’t believe in hell. They can’t believe that a loving God and Father would send souls, His children, to the fiery furnace of hell. What they know and believe is that God is love and has unconditional love and forgiving. They don’t believe that God can punish souls by burning them in the oven for eternity.
While some of their beliefs are true such as the “loving God”, “forgiving”, and “unconditional love”, but God can, and will, punish souls in the end of time.
If you believe in God, especially if you’re Christian, you must believe in hell.
Jesus has taught about hell in the gospel. In fact, there are lots of verses that supports that there is a hell, even describing it word for word.
Here are Bible verses that teaches about hell:
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” – Matthew 23:15
“And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.” – Matthew 18:9
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” – Revelation 1:18
“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” – Luke 16:23
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” – Revelation 20:14
These are only some of the verses in the Bible that supports hell. There are still plenty of verses that I didn’t include here. And note that the three verses are in red letter, meaning they were spoken by our Lord Himself.
Verses Luke 16:19-31 is one great example/description of hell.
Like I mentioned in my past post, a topic or teaching that is mentioned repeatedly in the Bible means that it is given importance.
Hell was not only mentioned repeatedly, but taught by our Lord Jesus Himself. What can be more real than that?
I understand that there are people outside Christianity who doesn’t believe in hell. But what is saddening is that there are “Christian” denominations that teach that hell is not real. For example is the Jehovah’s witnesses. They teach that hell is not real. Souls who will not be saved in the end will only be dead, going back to inexistence, and not the punishment in the torment of fire in hell. They thought that it is too brutal to burn someone forever.
We may want to think that God is a forgiving God with unconditional love. But sadly, someday, He will punish souls.
And, you may ask, what would put God in so much anger to put souls in hell?
There is a verse in the Bible that reads:
“Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.” – Proverbs 1:24-31
There are other verses that tells who are going to hell:
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:8
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord..” – Deuteronomy 18:10-12
And of course, God hates idol worshipers because God is a jealous God (Deuteronomy 6:15)
However, do you know that we are ALL going to hell? We, the entire humanity, is already sentenced for second death. We are all doers of the sinful acts mentioned above and therefore deserves hell. Who among us didn’t lied? And Satan is the father of lies.
But there is an escape from hell. There is only ONE escape and ONE Stairway to Heaven; and that is Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
There are only two places that we will be after we die: heaven or hell; no purgatory nor limbo.
If you want to know more about escaping the wrath of God. Please read the page Get Saved!