What Does The Bible Say About Hell?

What Does The Bible Say About HellWhat does the Bible say about hell?  Does it actually exist?  Does the Bible say that there are people who will be sent there?  Would it even be fair for anyone to be sent to hell? The truth is that those are some very tough questions.  Hell is not an easy subject to discuss, because if you ever take much time to think about it you soon realize that the very concept of hell is absolutely terrifying.  But considering the fact that Jesus talked about hell more than anyone else in the Bible, we should not be afraid of addressing the subject.  The reality is that the Bible does teach that hell exists and that there are people who are there right now.

That is not an easy reality to face, but the truth is that we have all violated God's laws. That is why Jesus had to come to die on the cross as a payment for our sins. Because we are all guilty. We can all either turn to Christ and have our sins forgiven, or we can pay for our own sins. Those who invite Jesus Christ into their lives go to a place known as heaven when they die as we covered in our previous article entitled "What Does The Bible Say About Heaven?", while those who reject the Lord Jesus go to a place of punishment known as hell when they die.

Those are the only two options.  Everyone on earth has a choice to  make, and the Bible is abundantly clear about the consequences of those choices.  John 3:36 is one example of how incredibly clear the Scriptures are on this point.....

"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."

Another example of this clarity is found in 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10.....

God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 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 and from the majesty of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

The truth is that the Bible is super clear on this.  We have the choice of either turning to God and being saved or rejecting Him and going to a place where God offers no protection.  In Matthew 23:33, Jesus even warned the religious leaders of His day that they were in danger of hell.....

"You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?"

Perhaps this seems way too harsh to you.

After all, is it really and truly fair that some people are going to hell instead of heaven?

Why does God not just let everyone into heaven and make everyone happy?

Those are fair questions.

So what are the answers?

Well, one principle that is abundantly clear in the Bible is that God seems to really value the idea of meaningful choice.

Apparently God felt that it was very important to create humanity with free will and to hold us responsible for the choices that we make.

After all, what kind of world would it be if mankind did not have free will?

In such a world mankind would be just be a bunch of robots.

Robots are great for getting jobs done, but they have one huge problem.

They cannot love.

In order to have real love, you have to have real choice.

God decided to create us with the ability to love, and therefore also with the capability to make real choices.

Real choices mean being able to choose to do good or to do evil.

So what should God do about that evil?

After all, if there never were any consequences for evil, what would that say about God?

This is a key point.

Take a moment and imagine the following situation in your mind.....

Imagine that someone in your family was just raped and horribly tortured by an incredibly sadistic, twisted and perverted serial killer who had been doing the same thing to other people for decades.

What would you be feeling if that actually happened?

Would you be angry?

Would you be crying out for justice?

Would you want to see that killer punished?

Would you want to see that killer sent to the electric chair or locked away for life?

Well now imagine that the serial killer has been captured by police and will stand trial for his crimes.

You feel (perhaps naively) that at this point you are finally going to get some real justice.

However, at the trial, the judge quickly dismisses all the charges and says the following to the serial killer: "Well, you did make a few little mistakes, but I'm willing to let them slide.  You seem like a good guy.  Let's go hit the bars. I need a drink. Case dismissed!"

Now how would that make you feel?

More importantly, what would your opinion be of that judge?

You would not think highly of that judge at all, would you?

Why?

Because that judge would not be just and would not be worthy of an ounce of respect.

The reality is that evil deserves to be punished, and any judge that refuses to punish evil is a wicked judge.

The same applies to God.

Either he must punish evil, or He is not just.

For example, what if God said the following to Hitler: "I see that you killed 6 million Jews, but overall you seem like a good person.....come and let me show you around your mansion."

Do you think that God would say that?

Of course not!

Anyone who believes that God is like that is totally delusional.

In the Scriptures we read that God is a God of perfect love AND a God of perfect justice.

Wickedness deserves to be punished, and God is most certainly going to punish it.

So where does that leave us?

Well, the reality is every person is going to face the justice of God some day.

Are you prepared for that day?

Most people really do not like to think about that because they do not want to be accountable to God or to anyone else for their actions.

But we are accountable to God.

Most of us prefer to believe that we do not deserve any punishment.

In fact, those who are truly guilty rarely think they deserve their punishment, while those who know what the guitly have done usually feel that they deserve even greater punishment.

Just take a trip to any prison some time and ask the inmates there if they feel that they got what they deserved. What you will find is that the vast majority of the prisoners will not admit that they truly got what they deserved.

But most of them did indeed get what they deserved, and some day each of us will stand before God and He will judge us.

Are you ready?

Does the Bible tell us anything about this coming judgment?

Well, the Scriptures do inform us that not everyone will receive the same judgment:

In Matthew 11:20-24 we read this.....

Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. "Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."

So will your judgment be the same as that for Satan or for the person standing next to you?

No, it will not.

Remember, God is perfectly just, and we can trust God that all of His judgments will be completely just.

But the truth is that unless you have accepted God's pardon for your sins, you will face punishment.

In Revelation 20:10-15 we read about that future day when those who do not belong to Jesus Christ will be judged.....

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gaveup the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

The Bible says that getting thrown into the lake of fire is the final destination for all those who reject God.

The portion of Scripture above even tells us that death and hell (Hades) will be thrown into the lake of fire.

If a person does not want to be cast into the lake of fire is there any way to avoid that?

Yes.

As we mentioned previously in this article, God is a God of perfect love and a God of perfect justice.

The truth is that God loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you on the cross.

Jesus Christ took your punishment on Himself at the cross.

Jesus paid for all the sins of mankind as He suffered and died on the cross.

Being fully man, Jesus could die for the sins of all men.

Being fully God, Jesus could die for an infinite number of sins.

That is why the cross is so central to the Christian faith.  It was the ultimate sacrifice and it was full payment for our sin.

The sacrifice on the cross satisfied God's justice, so now God can offer you forgiveness of your sins and eternal life as a free gift.

A free gift.

Although it was not free - it cost Jesus dearly.

Will you reject a gift that cost so much?

In our previous article entitled "What Does The Bible Say About Salvation?" we explained how a person can accept that gift of eternal life.

All people need to do is to pray and invite Jesus Christ into the lives and God will forgive their sins and will give them eternal life.

Eternal life!

In fact, I John 5:11-13 tells us that we can know that we are saved and have eternal life.....

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Yes, the Bible does say that hell is very real and that many people are headed there, but you do not have to go there.  God has made forgiveness of your sins and eternal life with Him available as a free gift.

Please do not take that offer lightly.

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  • Tony

    “but whoever rejects the Son will not see life” “They will be punished with everlasting destruction” “…he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” These quotes indicate to me death, not eternal punishment in hell which is reserved for the devil and his fallen angels. How can you conclusively say in spite of these quotes nonbelieving humans, sinners, will be punished in hell for eternity when scripture clear says they will die and not live – mus’nt they live eternally to be punished eternally?
    In Revelation 20:10-15 we read about that future day when those who do not belong to Jesus Christ will be judged…..and it says “The lake of fire is the second death.” Why does eternal torment and punishment for sinners trump all these other quotations from the Bible?

    • Ravish

      I had to answer this. I’ve been studying Hell for sometime, and the words that describe it. This verse cannot be used with the annilation theory as destruction doesn’t have to mean dead and gone, and often times mean’s torn up but not killed.

    • Timothy Smith

      Then shouldn’t we live eternally to be rewarded in Heaven for eternity?

  • http://www.gospel-mysteries.net/hell.html Barry

    Jesus himself warned about hell in passages such as Matthew 5:29 and Luke 16:19-31, and this proves that it really does exist.

  • checkem

    If jesus died for our sins, how come he is alive?
    And why did god give satan a whole world after his revolution against him and why does he let him stay around to ***** with us?

  • Missy

    Jesus died a physical death on the cross, and on the third day arose again, and lives to this day at the right hand of God, the Father.
    As to your second question, I found a site that you can see a complete answer.
    http://www.gotquestions.org/Satan-god-world.html

    I pray that the veil lifts and you receive the answers.

  • Eddie

    Hey just curious what happens to people who never knew about Christ? They might have lived as good or bad so how will they be judged. Also is there salvation for Jews whom denied Christ and is there salvation for Muslims whom believe in Christ as a prophet?

    • jimmy

      Eddie, I want to offer you something that i once heard concerning the Muslim belief that Jesus is a prophet of God…the bible teaches us that if a man proclaims to be a prophet and he says something that does not come to pass then that prophet is false…well if the Muslims accept Jesus as a prophet then they must examine what Jesus said about himself…Jesus told us he was the Son of God as well as the true prophet of God…and the Muslims even believe the same thing about a man that says he is a prophet of God just like the Bible teaches…so what we have is this…if Jesus is a true prophet of God but not the Son of God then he becomes a false prophet by definition…in other words he is either a prophet and the Son of God or he is a false prophet…the Muslims have to either accept him as the true Messiah or reject him altogether as a prophet of God…they can not have it both ways…so in other words…believing Jesus was a prophet is not enough to get into Heaven…we must believe that he is the one and only begotten Son of the living God…

    • Shelby

      Those who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ are not conemned to hell. neither are children who are unable to understand the word. if someone were to die young, or die without the privledge of knowing his word, they would not be sent ot hell.

    • Timothy Smith

      Romans 1:21-21 might be a help with the first part of your question. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are WITHOUT EXCUSE. (NIV)

  • NZL

    Please visit this site also…perhaps some of your questions will be answered about those who do not know about Jesus Christ.

    http://azerworks.blogspot.com/2011/03/dead-for-23hours-taken-to-heaven-hell.html

    http://insightsofgod.com

  • clint

    The bible says that everyone will hear the gospel. That’s one issue I used to wonder about as well. The jews were Gods chosen ppl but the bible clearly says you cannot enter the kindom of heaven without receiving the Lord as your personal savior. As far as being a muslim goes it is a religion. It is not christianity though, and the only way for a muslim to enter the kingdom of heaven is to turn his/herself over to christ and become a christian

  • wilson

    If anyone of you have read our Lord ‘s Holy Words of Life (Our Holy Bible)and many times over, you will find the answer very clearly stated. God Created our world, 1st man decieved by satan, man punished but given a chance to prove himself, descendents deviated, punished by Great Flood, man started all over again, descendents deviated to sin Again ! , God Chosed Abraham and promised a New World for his descendents provided they keep to the righteous way, again they went to the way, punish..thrown to Egypt, taken back to Promised Land by Moses, sinned Again, God sent more Prophets to guide them but still they prefer a sinful lifestyle, Finally God Sent Jesus Christ (hwho is part of Himself) to come as in a human form to speak to the chosen race : just repent Your sins and come back to The Father our Creator by Jesus paying for our sins with His own Life upon the Cross. Came back after three days and Told His Disciples to spread The Good News to the four corners of this world. He said ” The harvest is plenty but helpers are few…meaning He wants us also to spread the Good News to all we meet. Tell me : which part of this planet have not Christian missioneries ? It is up to you who want too or reject Christ our Savior. I have personally gone through many ups and downs. that ‘s why I now speak so boldly. Christian FaithIs the Only one to even ask you to Love your enemy. any other is doubtful.

    • sean

      I am a believer and follower of Christ, the one problem I have though is that I agree with the Buddhist philosophy. Technically they are atheists, some worship the Buddha, but that is wrong, Siddhartha actually told his followers he was just a man and not to worship him. Anyway, I don’t understand how Christians claim that Christianity is the only faith that says to love your enemy, Buddhism preaches the same thing, except most Buddhists actually follow it, not only their enemies but all life. We are lucky to be saved by grace, we dont have to love all the time because we are forgiven anyway through Christ. A good tree produces good fruit, a bad tree can’t produce good fruit, so how is Buddhism from the devil? I guess I shouldn’t be concerned because I am already saved, I just don’t believe in condemning others.

      • Noel

        I can understand where you are coming from. I don’t think that it’s so much a condemnation as it is that there is only one way to God and that is through His son Jesus Christ. Salvation is a priveledge and should to recognized as such always. There’s a lot more to the Buddhist religion than love and respect. If you compare all of what Buddhism is and entails in comparison to Christianity you may see what I mean. Study to show thyself approved :)

      • Matt

        Hey Sean, my brother, you should be concerned about your salvation, don’t be worried about condemning others my friend because they are deceived if they trust in Buddhism and not in Jesus, I know that you have a good heart and you can still love everyone but remember that Satan can appear as an ‘angel of light’ 2 Corinthians 11:14, he is the master deceiver, if something seems so peaceful but it is not from God…….then it is from Satan, he is very clever and very intelligent and very deceiving. The Buddhists follow their ways because Satan has them deceived, he doesn’t bother them because they are already under his thumb, he has them fooled, but Satan will always try and lure true Christians away from the truth and true worship because they know and recognise who the true God is, and they know and recognise who Satan is and the tricks and deceiving masquerades that he can display. Do not let your guard down brother! Do not let the seemingly peaceful alluring statements from Buddhism rule your thoughts over the wisdom and truth and teachings from Jesus Christ! Do not be fooled brother, throw all Buddhism books away and know what your enemy is capable of!

    • Matt

      Good post brother!! The bible, or the truth in a nutshell!! You could not have said it any better than that!!

  • http://y-jesus lovely

    these things are so mixed up and i am having a hard time understanding

    • Noel

      what kind of things are confusing? :)
      Maybe I can help

  • Mya

    I have been attending a seventh-day Adventist Church but in the past I have attended a Baptist Church. Does an individual have to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit in order to go to heaven? I do believe that the Lord has died for my sins and he has risen again. I believe in my heart these things but I feel that there has to be more to this than that in order to be saved. Also can a person lose their salvation?

    • Noel

      I believe that a person can lose their salvation. The Lord continually speaks about those who will endure to the end with Him, those people will be saved. Which infers to me that there is a possibility that one can revert back to his/her old ways. He also speaks about how much worse it is for one to know Him and then turn they’re back on Him than if they never knew Him at all, which gives the same inference. But not only that, I know that as a human being and a Christian it is a struggle everyday to keep myself on the right path and in the right mindset because of my flesh. I believe that it is possible for ANYONE to revert back to their carnal ways and therefore lose their salvation.

      • Kaya

        I do not believe that anyone can loose their salvation because they didn’t earn it to begin with. No one deserves salvation, it is a gift from our loving Father. He loves us so much he sent his son to die in our place. You can not loose what you did not earn. No amount of deeds can get you to heaven. Taking the gift of salvation is not a magic wand to remove your sinful ways, it is payment for them. You will struggle everyday with doing God’s will and obeying Him. The difference is that He’s there with you every step of the way. We are His flock, sometimes we get a little lost, sometimes we disobey, but so long as you are truly repentant he will forgive. One day we will no longer have that fight, but that will be when we are in our new bodies in heaven. While we live in this earth, there will always be temptation.

    • Kaya

      No, you do not have to be baptized to go to heaven. All that you have to do is accept Jesus as your savior, and believe that he is God’s son and died on the cross for your sins. There is no other way to heaven. A lot of people but so much into what denomination they are. The truth is that sometimes religion can get in the way of your relationship with Christ. No amount of good works or religious ceremonies or tithe or how often you go to church can save you. Only Jesus can save you. The reason that some churches ask that you be baptized is to show your obedience to God. Once you’ve accepted Jesus, you wish to do his will, allow him to work through you, that is the reason for baptism, but it is not a requirement.

      • Ava

        I THINK U SHOULD RESEARCH THE BIBLE BETTER. I’M PRETTY SURE IT DOES SAY THAT U HAVE TO BE BAPTIZED TO MAKE IT TO HEAVEN. THIS IS WHAT WASHES THE SINS AWAY AND MAKES U CLEAN AGAIN. WHICH OBVIOUSLY IF YOUR WILLING TO DO THIS THEN YOU ARE ACCEPTING JESUS AND GOD WHICH IS THE SAME AS BEING SAVED. I WOULD THINK THEY GO HAND AND HAND. U ASK JESUS TO FORGIVE U THEN U GET BAPTIZED.

      • Mike

        Amen Kaya. The only thing that I would add is “repenting of your sins” is an important part of the salvation process. Many people say they “recieved Christ” because they prayed a prayer at one time in their life but never repented. Their lack of “good fruit” shows that they are going through the motions and there was never any real heart change. If you truly recieve Christ your behavior will change and you will “wish to do His will”, just like you said. (Listen to “True and False Conversions” at livingwaters.com). I do agree that Baptism is a matter of obedience but not salvation.

    • Shelby

      once saved, always saved. (baptist belief)

  • Mrs.S

    Where in the scripture does it say people are in hell RIGHT NOW like you stated above??

  • Bonnie

    Mrs. S

    The story of the rich man condemned to hell can be found in Luke 16. Evidently though there is an unbreachable abyss between the two realms those in hell can see the glory they forfeited. The rich man begs for water and is refused not because Lazarus, whom he abused was unwilling to help him but because there is no help, no hope and quite obviously no water in hell. I find it amazing that we deny hell as a reality. Jesus spoke of it often. Just as the rich man who confesses that he did not believe in it asks that
    righteous dead go and warn his family not to come there! Hmm! It’s sort of like a crisp breeze, you can’t see the rushes of air but it makes them no less a reality. God bless you Mrs. S.

  • Thomas

    Are hades and hell one and the same? I believe that the dead wait in hades(Hebrew :sheol/grave or dirt-pit), until the final judgement at Jesus second coming when they shall rise again or be condemned to hell for their sins.(John 5:28) Could somebody correct me if I’m wrong?

  • anita

    I KNOW I READ MANY YEARS AGO OR HAD VISION ABOUT JESUS BEING SENT TO HELL BY GOD AND THEN BRINGING LAZARUS OUT??? WHERE IN BIBLE …DOES ANYONE KNOW SPECIFICALLY???

  • chisofly1

    Are you guys saying that you have to be CHRISTIAN to go to heaven ??? …

    I’m also confused about how you get to heaven .. what does it mean when they say you can get into heaven with the faith of a mustard seed?

  • Kathy C.

    Hi,

    The question is not whether hell is real or not. The real question is “What is Hell?”. In all my years studying Greek and Hebrew, and in all my years studying hell, my answer is yes,hell is real, however hell is the grave. There is not one scripture that talks about burning forever in fire. The word hell 99% of the time is the word “grave”. God is giving everyone an opportunity to have eternity and if they refuse they will be destroyed forever in the grave. John 3:16 says that if you believe in Him, you will have eternal life, but those who not, will “perish”, – The reason why Jesus talked about it so much, is because he was talking to the Jews. The Apostle Paul never preached on a hell fire. Ezekiel says that one day Satan will be destroyed and his ashes scattered. So why would go destroy Satan and make everyone burn in hell for eternity? I actually have fear for those who teach this.

    • Thomas

      The following verses mention Hell fire – Matthew 5:22,Matthew 18:9, Mark 9:43.

    • Abec

      I agree 100% the hebrew and greek words have been mistranslated almost all the bibles are mistranslated.There are bibles correctly translated but I will not mention them this will give something to study.

  • Jarupong

    ” Being fully man, Jesus could die for the sins of all men.

    Being fully God, Jesus could die for an infinite number of sins.

    The sacrifice on the cross satisfied God’s justice, so now God can offer you forgiveness of your sins and eternal life as a free gift. ”

    Ohhh that was deep. Wow, I’m so proud to say that I’m a Christian.

    PS: there is a small typo 5 lines down after you talk about Hitler. “So where does the leave us? ” I’m pretty sure you meant “So where does that leaves us?”

    Hey I understand, it’s a very long and frightening article.

  • Charlie

    It is not biblical to teach that hell is burning right now and that there are people there. We are not immortal, we as mortals, die. God will resurrect the righteous to go into the new earth with him, and the wicked to burn along with Satan on earth when it is reduced to destruction.

    Watch David Asscherick: “the good news about hell” .

    Who gives and studies the following scriptures with detail:

    Revelation chpts 16, 20,21
    John 5:28
    Jeremiah 4:23
    1 thessalonians 14:15
    1 corintians 15:52
    1 thessalonians 1:8
    2 thessalonians 2:8
    Jude 1:7
    Malachi 4

  • Katelynn

    Finding a blog with well presented info is always great, so thanks for blogging

  • http://facebook.com AGBAVOR BENJAMIN

    I wish you the best to continous spreading the word of God.plz i also need a bible plz

  • Jennifer

    To Kathy
    Kathy – Hell is the complete opposite of God. Since Fod is life hell is death. Since God is love hell is hate.in Isaiah it talks about worms and maggots all over the body. Anything and any character apart from God is hell. The best thing to look up is on YouTube 23 minutes in hell. He will give you all the biblical scripture tou will need to what hell looks like.I have a friend that told me her experience to hell, and this man. They are pretty close in saying the same message of what he’ll looks like. Also revelation talks about fire, psalms talks about fire,
    Charlie – our bodies die, but our souls are for eternity. They never die. So yes there are people there now. You don’t get a second chance. This is it. You have a choice to accept or reject Jesus.
    Ava- no you don’t have to be baptised to get heaven. Bapitism is an outward sign of an inward commitment. Baptism doesn’t wash away your sins, only the blood of Jesus. Baptism doesn’t make you clean, only the blood of Jesus.

  • Wittness

    For the wages of sin are death.
    For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them* has been forgotten.
    *them = their sins
    so if you believe in hell then you are slapping God in the face.
    WHAT image does the word “hell” conjure up in your mind? Do you see hell as a literal place of fire and brimstone, of unending torment and anguish? Or is hell perhaps a symbolic description of a condition, a state?

    For centuries, a fiery hell of excruciating torments has been envisioned by religious leaders of Christendom as the certain destiny for sinners. This idea is still popular among many other religious groups. “Christianity may have made hell a household word,” says U.S.News & World Report, “but it doesn’t hold a monopoly on the doctrine. The threat of painful retribution in the afterlife has counterparts in nearly every major world religion and in some minor ones as well.” Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Jains, and Taoists believe in a hell of one sort or another.

    Hell, though, has acquired another image in modern thinking. “While the traditional infernal imagery still attracts a following,” states the aforementioned magazine, “modern visions of eternal perdition as a particularly unpleasant solitary confinement are beginning to emerge, suggesting that hell may not be so hot after all.”

    The Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica observed: “It is misleading . . . to think that God, by means of demons, inflicts fearful torments on the damned like that of fire.” It added: “Hell exists, not as a place but as a state, a way of being of the person who suffers the pain of the deprivation of God.” Pope John Paul II said in 1999: “Rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy.” As to the images of hell as a fiery place, he said: “They show the complete frustration and emptiness of life without God.” Had the pope described hell in terms of “flames and a red-suited devil with a pitchfork,” church historian Martin Marty said, “people wouldn’t take it seriously.”

    Similar changes are taking place in other denominations. A report by the doctrine commission of the Church of England said: “Hell is not eternal torment, but it is the final and irrevocable choosing of that which is opposed to God so completely and so absolutely that the only end is total non-being.”

    The catechism of the United States Episcopal Church defines hell as “eternal death in our rejection of God.” A growing number of people, says U.S.News & World Report, are promoting the idea that “the end of the wicked is destruction, not eternal suffering. . . . [They] contend that those who ultimately reject God will simply be put out of existence in the ‘consuming fire’ of hell.”

    Although the modern-day trend is to get away from the fire and brimstone mentality, many continue to adhere to the belief that hell is a literal place of torment. “Scripture clearly speaks of hell as a physical place of fiery torment,” says Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A. And the report The Nature of Hell, prepared by the Evangelical Alliance Commission, states: “Hell is a conscious experience of rejection and torment.” It adds: “There are degrees of punishment and suffering in hell related to the severity of sins committed on earth.”

    Again, is hell a fiery place of eternal torment or of annihilation? Or is it simply a state of separation from God? What really is hell?

  • Jimmy

    Only humans are capable of love and free will? I see plenty of animals capable of love and free will. In the olden times, hell was considered to be underground, as a hot and fiery place. Now that science has once again proven that no such place exists beneath the earths crust, christians will once again change their lore to suit their agenda.

  • Brian

    have to disagree with what was said. For most Christian sects has some level of paganism embedded in them, whether it is Catholicism, Baptist, and Pentecostals. Most Christians are living there lives the same way as before. To the point where you can’t tell who’s a true believer or who’s not. Christian’s today want have their cake and eat it to, but don’t want to accept the consequences for living as a sinner does. Our creator in the Old Testament and new show us what he requires, how we are to worship him and how not to, what to eat and what not to. I could go on with this, but just like in the Old Testament we want to do it our way and not God. And we believe that he will be okay with whatever way we decide to do things as long as we claim it’s for Christ. I’m reminded of a scripture, 1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. The word of God gives direction on how pray, serve and live etc., but all I see in most churches is things that we’re being done in the pagan religions. But only a few seem to notice it. Everyone is so sure that they’re going to make into heaven, but the Bible says that many who claim to know Christ and serve him will be rejected by him. Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”.

  • Maxine Does

    HOw can you burn forever? Even a cremation leaves one forever gone thru the fire! And if everyone either goes to heaven or hell after death, why would there be a resurrection?

  • JP

    What if you are a moral, charitable, kind benevolent Hindu who has lived a better life than their christian neighbour who has cheated, stole and had affairs but asked God for forgiveness?
    Does the Hindu deserve eternal suffering in Hell due to their choice of Hinduism over Christianity? This is a yes or no question. Also, if you are born into a society which is not Christian isn’t that a part of God’s plan, as he is omniscient, so doesn’t that mean that he decided your fiery fate to begin with? Please explain. Final thought, how could Jesus’ death on the cross be a sacrifice when he knew he would rise again? What exactly did he sacrifice? He knew he was the son of God, he knew what would happen, this does not seem like a real risk to me.

  • Louis

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah6eu01q8Ng&feature=plcp
    Watch there is not Hell people just misread the bible

  • Guy

    All people who are not Gentiles, prepare. For your soul is at sake this moment. Do not waste time, God is coming soon. You may be hit by a bus the day you FINALLY decide to confess and become clean. Don’t waste another second. As quickly as possible, come to the faith. Otherwise…well, otherwise, let’s just say you won’t be happy with some of the choices you made.

  • annonmous

    Hell & Heaven does exist .Hell is for those who do suicide by accident or not .I did pills once for toe pain ,but didn’t doing any help . Is was winter . I was sweating . God ,Jesus came to me in the night from Heaven beaming above me or down near me & said to me ,”See those thing in & under the trees . They are waiting for you to take the last pill & take you to Hell .Now you know it will be suicide if you take it .The choice is yours & vanished . Later , At another time period I saw parts of Hell some .Those same creatures that look like storks with human arms under the wings brought 2 ppl. there . A bad angle said to the bird , this one there & the other there . They were tied up on a like a tank wheel .At the end of one was a dicer for layer after later too slowly for the 2nd dice & so forth . The other was fire at the end Going way to slow towards it ,as they were tied or handcuffed like an “x”.The wall were 2 layers one taller then the other the outer one smaller that they walked on back & forth after being tied by them .Another part of hell is those thing like the movie : Fire in the sky . They walk the person to a cave & hand cuff them like a standing “x”.as there is a cave like room inside it . Hand cuffed at the rim frame enterance .A male was I ved as 2 little females on the same hard bed .One on each side of him . They looked old & starving . Then every 17 or 20 minutes the pain will stop & hell , then same ways . Nail to the hip ,or under the toe,or the hip .I’m guessing where ever ppl. would have pain on earth gets nailed there for a sertin-crime .Another was a dark like nursery of babies in cribs carried by a hairy 2 legged beings or creature . There is a dim light on the rt. wall .They wonder if they will ever go out to see the light .Then that one creature left at the u-turn as the cribs are on the rt. on the u-turn . The babies were like with souls like adults , but can’t move .There are also starving ppl. who hates good ppl. & tries to send ppl. to hell to attack the good . Maybe they are Demons also ? .Heaven is 1st a light around the dead body if they are making it there .To keep the evil spirits from taking you as you sleep in peace waiting to go to Heaven . Need to wait until my enimie dies in some yr. later since I’ve judged harshly ,silently to others . I forgave him bec. he was willing to see if he can shoot me instead of liquidate me . So he made it 1st .I was at the end of the line (I’ll tell the rest later) . Later .

    • annonomis

      Yes there is a hell & a Heaven . If you don’t know, say you don’t know . The visions I seen , & the evil spirits I see a lot & me seeing at least 4 bad Angels , & bed creatures that only people who can see spirits of a dead dog , or a dead guy in a store in line while he’s at a table seeing it as it vanishes wondering if if he already dead or just someone in the future is going to die there ,or if I seen A guy get out of a truck w/no one w/him & suddenly a gloomy woman like she is waiting for something ,& regrets being dead ,Then vanishes ,as the guy comes back & when he opens the door ,no one is there . I told my sister about it years later & she said , maybe he killed her & put the body in the truck one day to move her some where .And if I went to Pee out side in the dark in my yard facing the curved dark road where no one can see me & I see them walking pass the the mail box & gets angry that I can see them & runs after me in a floating fashion like he is going to attack me or go inside so I ran to the light near my home at the the where my brother , and another person is there trying to find the key still .Then it vanishes . Another time , I saw so many other spirits evil creature beings all over every where that might of looked like the one , or different w/no ears but a whole w/robes also . I don’t know why they are every where , some times I’ll see them in that form . Another is a black robe figure at a distance watching me some times , but I sense him every day & ignore him . God told me to ignore them ,& have faith , & patience .There are other stories also .Like when I almost died from taking one last pill if I’ll taking one winter sweating . Then God says in the dark sky ,”Do you see those things in & under the tree ,those creatures or if I sense them .I said yes . Then Jesus said ,they are waiting for you to take the last pill so they can take you to hell . Now that you know that it would be a suicide ,now you have a choice . It’s up to you .”Then the feeling of his presence was gone .

    • annonomis

      Part 2 . So the Angle that was a witness of my life like everyone has one . If male you’ll have a male .Then I was there in the ground for some years in peace , this is my feature .Then when it was my time to go in line My soul was picked up by him ,then at the grave a huge grey -blue-male huge creature waist up & tries to grab me & him ,& barely makes it . He said congratulation , you’ve made it . Then I was at the end of the line .A huge angle was at the front of the line . I was half the size of his big toe while he wore sandal’s & a white robe .Then the line got small enough for me to go through the gate .I saw male Angles w/wings next to the one’s they were witnessing there lives with a crystal like thing .And female ones also across the females . The Angles were at the right side of the line in there own line across from each person , but next to each person also .So they weren’t to far a way from each person .I was scared at 1st because I thought I might fall from the cloud ground .I no one could barely move there body .Then later ,it was the Angle that took me up there finally came back to move me in the middle of the line .My legs were so soar like I was standing years for each person to be judged .Like 36 years was like 4-6 months when done seeing your life from the Crystal that has your life in the top light of the crystal .Be hind me was a rich guy not humble nor fear God . I was shocked .Then it was my turn . I had to walk to the right of the fall some where no one sees me or hear us while sentencing .Jesus was sitting down . on His left , was hell or hell like . On his right side was a gate with another male Angle that was tall . He said I was going the wrong way , in telepathy so I went left . Then I saw the guy who might of killed me .He was going to liquidate my faces so my heart would blow up ,before I get off the train.Up there , I didn’t remembered how I died or if he killed me , but had the sense he was the one I’ve forgave ,because he was willing to ask the Asian guy next to the next door who does thumbs up or thumbs down if you were that close to him .If at a far a way door from me ,they won’t have a pistol ,but across from you will be a line of bad guys w/assault -rifles in case you ran of the train to blend in w/those they let to live .They don’t choose , they just kill ,most bad guys at most 95 % of the train doors , I think .He asked ,the Asian & he had one .He made that look like well , you wanted me to get a pistol , lets get over w/it .He shot me in the for-head . They one says ,is he dead . While I was in the pile . The other says .liq. him just in case .All you feel is pressure ,no pain ,if shot first .Well up there in Heaven , he was planting flowers on my path . Jusus said being sky & the air if was air ,this time ,said to me ,”Don’t acknowledge him . This one is still being tested .He looked at me w/rage ,jealousy,& hate ,like look ..Then he fell from the ground to Earth some where . Maybe Hell that Hell is I know .They tried pulling my leg once to fall to hell w/them . My brother wouldn’t help pull me away . Just sat & watched w/his girl friend at the time while I was calling for his help . I’ll tell more later .

  • TS

    People are in Hell right now, really. So when people die they either go to Heaven or Hell at the point. Wow, I thought that when people died they were dead waiting on one of the resurrections from the grave. So if people die and go where ever. Does that mean that at the time of their resurrection, they are taken out of Heaven or Hell and put back into the grave dead and then resurrected to life? How would that work. Revelation 20 starting in verse 4 is the first resurrection of the Saints and God’s first fruits. In verse 5 it says that the rest of the dead do not live again until the thousand years were finished. I’m not fully understanding your Biblical logic on dead people being alive in Heaven and Hell and then being resurrected in the future. Also, Hebrews 11, the faith chapter, goes through a lot of well known people of the Old Testament, including Enoch. Twice in Hebrews 11 Paul says that these all died not receiving the promises or promises given to our earthly father Abraham. Anyway, I found you from watching your YouTube video concerning Christmas and it’s pagan roots. Also Sunday worship was part of that. So if your keeping Sunday as your sabbath then you would be breaking the 4th commandment. Also Easter is pagan too. So keeping Easter or Ishtar the pagan god of fertility (bunny rabbits) and Spring as Christ’s resurrection is wrong. The Bible does not condemn people for being deceived. The Second resurrection, covered in Revelation 20 starting in verse 11, is the people that Christ died for. This would be Christ and the Passover symbolism of saving the sick or sinner. Anyway I’m going on and on. Oh one last thing concerning Christ’s return and his 1000 year reign here on earth. Three things take place. Of course Christ’s return, the resurrection of the Saints and Satan being bound for that 1000 year period. Bye

  • Sara

    People cannot be in hell right now. The reason why is that no one goes there according to the Bible until judgement. If you are going to talk about these things you need to at least talk about them correctly. Right now all that have died are in the ground waiting for the book of life to be opened. Once it is your name will either be in it or it won’t. If your name is not in the book of life you will receive punishment and then hell which is not a place of eternal forever and every torment. Rather it is a fiery furnace of destruction. Where you will burn and cease to exist.