Is Hell Real?

I am often asked to share about the reality of hell, yet I write these thoughts with a sense of caution, knowing the great passion this topic brings to our minds. Let me first say that I believe there is a flood of false doctrine being advanced lately by people who do not understand the justice of God. They would rather believe in the wisdom of man and philosophies that depend upon frail foundations, more than Biblical Truth. Men try and tell us “that God is too merciful to punish souls forever… that all mankind, however wicked and ungodly… will sooner or later be saved”. We are being asked to embrace what is called “a kinder theology” and treat hell as a pagan fable. But this is not Biblical Truth… and it is not a “kinder theology” if it leads to deception. We must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). 

Foundation:

This question of whether hell exists, lies at the very foundation of the Bible. The Message of the Glory of God, His moral attributes, His justice, His holiness, His purity, are all involved in our true understanding of hell as a real place, with real eternal significance. The Scripture has spoken plainly and fully on the subject of hell. If words mean anything and if our Christian faith is to be interpreted fairly, then hell is real and there are people who will be cast into it!

The same Bible which teaches that God sent Christ to die for sinners, also teaches that God hates sin, and must from His very nature punish all who cleave to sin by refusing to embrace the salvation He has provided.

God knows I find it difficult to speak about the realities of hell; but without speaking about hell, we cannot speak clearly about the Cross or its message to humanity. I would gladly and boldly share the truth of salvation through Christ to anyone, even the very worst of sinners. I would willingly say to the vilest and most wicked or the richest and most prestigious of our society, “Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” (Mk. 1:15)(Acts 8:37)(Acts 16:31)

“But God forbid that I should ever keep back from mortal man what Scripture reveals about hell as well as heaven…that men may be lost as well as saved.”  (Quote by Rev. J.C. RYLE )

The Facts Remain:

  1. Hell is real! The Bible speaks more about Hell then Heaven. (Mt. 23:33)(Mt. 5:29)
  2. Hell is fearful! It is a place of torment and punishment. (Lk. 16:28)(Mt. 13:42) Hell is a place of real intense suffering, ‘weeping and gnashing of teeth’.
  3. Hell is eternal! (Mt. 25:41)(Mt. 25:46) “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

Salvation is the Free Gift of God - to All who Call Upon the Name of the Lord! (Eph. 2:8-10)(Rom. 10:13)

The hope of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Mt. 4:17) is that Jesus died for sinners and bore the just penalty for their sins! Now God offers a full and free pardon, forgiveness of sin and salvation from sin… for those who repent and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ as their Savior! (Rom. 5:7-11)(1 Pe. 3:18)(Jn. 6:47)(Acts 3:19)(2 Cor. 5:21)

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