Bible Verses About Hell: 21 Eye Opening Scriptures

by Pamela Rose Williams on May 29, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

Is Hell a real place? If Hell is real, how can a loving God send people there? Is there escape from Hell even for people who have committed unconscionable crimes? These are all questions that can be answered in the Bible. Hell is not only described as a literal place, but the concept of Hell – eternal separation from God — is also explained as the wages of sin (Romans 6:23). The Old Testament alludes to Hell but it is really Jesus’ teaching in the New Testament that gives a clearer picture of its reality. Actually, when Jesus taught on earth He taught more about Hell than Heaven. Hell is a place that many, even some Christians, refuse to believe, however because the Bible teaches about Hell we must believe it to be real and true. Here are 21 eye opening Bible verses about Hell.

Bible Verses About Hell

... because the Bible teaches about Hell we must believe it to be real and true.

The word Hell is translated from several different words [1]

Hebrew: sheol

Translated “pit” (3 times)

Numbers 16:33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.

Job 17:16 Will it go down to the bars of Sheol? Shall we descend together into the dust?”

Translated “grave” (31 times)

Genesis 37:34-35 Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, “No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.” Thus his father wept for him.

1 Samuel 2:6 The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.

Translated “Hell” (31 times)

2 Samuel 22:5-6 “For the waves of death encompassed me, the torrents of destruction assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

Proverbs 23:13-14 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.14 If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.

Hebrew: Valley of Hinnom

A picture of Hell; misery and punishment

2 Chronicles 28:1-3 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done, but he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He even made metal images for the Baals, and he made offerings in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom and burned his sons as an offering, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.

Jeremiah 7:31 And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind.

Greek: hades (translated from the Hebrew sheol)

Translated “Hell” ten times and “grave” one time

1 Corinthians 15:55 (KJV) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Greek: tartaros

Translated “hell” meaning eternal torment”

2 Peter 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;

Greek: gehenna (from the Hebrew Valley of Hinnom)

Translated “hell” meaning place of everlasting torment

Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Hell is the place of torment for the lost (unsaved). Because everyone has sinned no one deserves to live with the Holy and righteous Heavenly Father (Romans 3:10; 3:23). But God is a loving Father and He offers salvation from death to all, and for those that reject the offer, God’s justice will be executed and the wage of sin will be paid in Hell.

Torment will be physical

Luke 16:24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’

Jude 12-13 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.

Revelation 20:10 And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Torment will be mental

Luke 16:25 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’

Torment will  be spiritual

2 Thessalonians 1:5-9 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,

Torment will be just – at different degrees

God’s judgment will be less for some

Matthew 11:20-24 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

God will have greater judgment for some

Luke 11:32 The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

God’s judgment will be double for others

Revelation 18:5-6 for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.

Escape from Hell is offered to everyone

To learn more about how you can escape Hell and instead spend eternity in Heaven with God when your time on Earth is done, read the following articles:

Come to Jesus

10 Bible Facts about Heaven

What Does the Bible Say Heaven is Like?

Sources:

[1] In my study of Eschatology (the doctrine of end times), translation study was done in the King James Version of the Bible. Some differences may be seen in other Bible versions. Some references from Bible Doctrines for Today (Pensacola Christian College, A Beka Books, 1996) were used for this article.

The Holy Bible, King James Version

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”



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Patricia May 29, 2012 at 7:33 am

Hi,
Your article was very interesting, but it wasn’t clear if you are conveying to the people, that they will have a chance after physical death to be save and live an eternal life in Heaven. We don’t after a second chance once we die physical, that scripture refer to spiritual death while we can repent and receive salvation in Jesus while we live now. For if we should die in sin our soul will be lost and we will be destroyed not burn forever, keep reading till the end of chapter 20 in Revelations. Also when Christ gets ready to return whatever condition He finds us in we will remain, Revelations 22:11.
Thank you for the article and May God continue to shine His light upon you. Have a Bless day<3

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Pamela Rose Williams May 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm

hello Patricia, You are absolutely correct. We will not have another chance to accept the gift of salvation that is freely offered to all once we die the physical death. When we die in an unsaved (lost) state we will go to Hell and eternal life is no longer a possibility for us. Thank you for clearing that up.

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Anita Rodriguez May 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

I want to learn more,it is very good. Thx!

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Michael May 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I’ve bn so blessed by ur various articles. However allow me to offer
1:The OT verses “Sheol” isnt all refering to Hell.
2:That some will suffer more in Hell?I believe the scriptures tell only that whatever those ungodly nations went through was nothing compared

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Pamela Rose Williams May 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Hello Michael, Help me to correct a possible error. Please share with me what Old Testament verses using “Sheol” do not refer to Hell? I am willing to learn and be corrected Biblically when necessary. Let me dig out my study notes regarding “different degrees” and I will share more in another comment. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to those OT verses that do not speak of Hell when using “Sheol”.

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Jack Wellman May 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Pam, from what I know about the Hebrew word sheol, I believe that sheol is a name for the state of death. Sheol is a noun. It signifies the state into which one comes as a result of the process of death. There is a state of life and there is a state of death. The Hebrews had a name for this state into which the death process is constantly bringing men and women, and that name was sheol. So although sheol is not actually a place of torment it is a state of being dead. Now the soul is not in sheol, only the body is. We can conclude though that a person who has reached sheol will be then go to the place of torment or to a place of eternal bliss, that is with God and wherever God is, whether in Paradise before Christ died or after He died, to be with Christ, either way, heaven is not so much a place as it is a Person and the Person of Christ. I hope this helps.

By the way, this knowledge of hell ought to make people who are not saved think about their eternal destiny because God’s mercy is not relevant without a place of God’s wrath. I also believe that there will be varying degrees of torment in hell, according to what each has done in this life apart from Christ. All the more reason to witness to people with boldness and urgency.

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Pamela Rose Williams May 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Hi Jack, it was early this morning when I responded above and after review I remembered that I had already talked about the other translations of the word “sheol”. I thank you for your comment and appreciate your teaching.

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Pamela Rose Williams May 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Hi Michael,

To your first point: I have looked back over this article and I ask that you read it over again. We agree not all instances of sheol in the OT are translated Hell — in fact some are translated “pit” and others “grave”. Also, I see my brother Jack has given a great definition also. Thank you for that Jack.

To your second point: What I call different degrees of torment — Throughout the Bible we see that God deals justly “an eye for an eye”. He has never given punishment that unjustly fit the crime. Never more than deserved or less than deserved. This is the pattern and we should believe that God will continue this pattern. God is still on the throne and He still makes decisions. He is holy, loving and just.

God is also full of grace and that is why it is so important for us as Christians to be telling others about the opportunity we have for salvation. With greater opportunity comes greater judgment.

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Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms May 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

I’d like to add that there is a trend in bible other than the KJV of taking out important words that God had inspired & preserved in the KJV for us. Hell is one of those. See how many times Hell is mentioned in this sample of versions:
54 times in the King James Version (KJV)
32 times in the New King James Version (NKJV)
14 times in the New International Version (NIV)
13 times in the New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 times in the Revised Standard Version (RSV)
0 times in Young’s LITERAL Translation

This is from my post http://www.halloffamemoms.com/2010/09/1413-saturdays-many-bible-versions-satans-mo-part-2/ . I wish more bible believers would study the facts behind the modern versions vs. the KJV. It might very well be life changing. You can see all my KJV Q&A Series here if you’re interested in enough info to kick off a study that may change your understanding forever http://www.halloffamemoms.com/category/blog-series/king-james-bible-series/

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Pamela Rose Williams May 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Hi Tracy, I have been enjoying your KJV series, thanks for this excerpt.

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Tracy May 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

Thanks for reading it and for telling me, Pam :)

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Jayla June 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

look, im a child (11yrs old) and im just wondering that in hell do you ALWAYS burn in the pit of flames?? cause i seen a video on Youtube and it said that in hell they burn you, cut your “parts” off, and LOTS more! it also said that the torment is so horrible that the people jump off the cliffs of hell! is that true???? cause my grandma told me that in hell you burn in flames for eternity and she said that you only BURN but i dont know what’s true or not so may you please give me some answers and thankyou for your help :)

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Jack Wellman June 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Jayla, You Tube is NOT a good place to get your biblical knowledge about anything in the Bible. The Bible is the only true source of knowledge for God IS truth. No, there is nothing in the Bible about a person’s parts being cut off or that there are “cliffs of hell.” These are all false. Your grandma has more accuracy and is right in the fact that hell is eternal torment and it is unending. Your grandma got it right because I bet she reads the Bible. I would never trust any teaching on You Tube unless they are quoting Bible verses. Hope this helps Jayla. Hey, this is all the more reason to witness to others that do not know Jesus so that they don’t end up in hell.

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Jayla June 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Thank you Mr. Wellman for your help and my grandma does read the bible alot so i should have listened to her. And thank you and i hope god blesses you and your family with the most wondrous things! :)

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Pamela Rose Williams June 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Hi Jayla, I just wanted to encourage you in your pursuit of Jesus. You sound so much older than 11! I am so proud of you for all you are doing. Read your Bible and especially the verses the Pastor Jack pointed out and you can know Jesus as your personal Savior.

You do not need to know even one Bible verse to go to Heaven — you just need to know Jesus. Have you read about how to Come to Jesus? You can read it here:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/come-to-jesus/

Blessings to you sweet girl and I am so happy you stopped by and even asked lots of questions. I am also very thankful for Pastor Jack he is truly a man of God and we are so blessed to have him here at WCWTK.

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Adam Cornelison January 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Hi Jayla,

Bless you’re heart. It sounds like God really gave you a heart for Him. :)

I agree with Pastor Jack and Mrs. Williams for the most part. Just some small differences. But the main think is that you respond to the Holy Spirit when It comes to your heart and let’s you know that it is time to ask Christ into your heart. Sometimes we like to rush things. Do it on our own or think that we can choose a time to do it (like at a altar call at a church service or concert or camp), but before you can accept Christ as your Savior and be “born again” like He told Nicodemus about, you’ve got to wait on Him. He’s got to call you to repentance first and believe me, you’ll know it when He does if He hasn’t already.

Also we really need to understand that word “repentance”. And I’m no Bible scholar or even a Sunday School teacher, but I know that word has been changed to mean something it was never intended to over the years.

Though repentance does mean “a genuine turning away from your sins”, there is part of the definition that has been lost over the years and it makes a big difference. Repentance is also and more applicable to being saved, “a recognition of your condition outside of Christ that brings forth a broken heart over your sins and a desire to confess them and ask forgiveness”. Now you’ll not find that in the dictionary. I’m trying to come at it from your age level if you will.

When the Holy Spirit comes to you and “convicts you” and you ask God to forgive you of your sins and believe on Christ with all your heart and desire Him to be the Lord of your life, that’s when He comes into your heart via the Holy Spirit. And when He comes in, He never leaves. It says that once He saves us, He writes our new name on a small white stone and seals it into our hearts until the day He comes or calls for us.

It’s not dependent on the number of scriptures that you have memorized our how good you know the Bible or how often you stop and pray, but when He moves into your heart you will feel the urge to do all these things. And to do many good deeds as a representative of Him.

Once you are saved His Holy Spirit will guide you in all things that He needs you to do. Just stay sensitive to the “wooings” of the Holy Spirit. That means the butterflies in your stomach or heart when He is instructing you to do something for Him. :)

God bless you baby. I believe He is going to use you in a mighty way. :)

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Jayla June 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

And Mr. Wellman may you please check out my website which is called the learning of Christ for children.com And i know your not a child but i just want to have your opinion on it thanks :)

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Jack Wellman June 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

What a wonderful website. No, I am not a child but I hope that I am child like for Jesus said that “whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 18:4). Its so awesome. Nicely done. I wrote one book for parents about children called “Teaching Children the Gospel, How to Raise Godly Children” so I found it highly interesting and loved the website.

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Jayla June 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thank you so much! It is an honor for you as a pastor and a book writer to say that you love my website! Thank you so much :) And may i also ask you is that do you have to know alot of bible scriptures to go to heaven? Is it true that if you dont know alot of scriptures is it true you automatically go to hell???

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Jayla June 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm

oh and sorry if i’m annoying you when i keep asking question Mr Wellman :(

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Jack Wellman June 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm

No, this is false. The main thing that you need to know is that you have placed your trust in Jesus to save you and have placed your faith in Him that He died for you. That is one of the most important things. No one goes to heaven for knowing a lot of Bible verses or no one goes to hell for not knowing Scripture for even the Devil can quote Scripture. We go to heaven when we place our trust in Jesus Christ and go to hell when we reject His free offer of grace for eternal life. It is never works oriented by reading a lot of verses. My favorite memory verses are Act 4:12, Romans 10:9-13 and 1John 1:8-9.

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Rick June 26, 2012 at 6:44 am

could i have your opinions on this site?-http://www.helltruth.com/
It has entirely changed may perspective on hell being everlasting.

p.s-do you know ancient greek?It seems that way from the article.

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Rick June 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

it has entirely changed MY perspective on the TORMENT of hell being everlasting

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Jack Wellman June 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Thank you Rick for your comment and your link you provided for your belief that hell is not eternal. I can not speak for Pam but I find this doctrine troubling and let me explain why. The same word eternal is in the Greek aionas ton aionon, which is translated “forever and ever,” occurs 18 times in the Greek New Testament. In 17 of them, the phrase means without end, extending into infinity.

Also worth examining is Rev. 14:11: “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.

The Greek in Rev. 14:11 is only slightly different. In the table above, “forever and ever” is translated from the Greek, aionas ton aionon, which is literally “ages of the of ages.” In Rev. 14:11, the Greek is aionas aionon which is literally, “ages of ages.”

When Jesus spoke about the differing degrees of this punishment, He said in Luke 12:46-47, ” The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows.” Now do you think that Hitler and Stalin and Manson just get annihilated? Just the same as any one, perhaps a very good person who did few sins? This contradicts the Master-Servant parables in all of Jesus teachings. This coming of the master is at an hour or day when no one expects it, just like Christ’s Second Advent when He judges the world.

“And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever” (Rev. 19:3). This smoke rises up forever and ever. If they are extinguished, then why does this smoke rise forever and ever? Again, God has said that each man (person) is judged according to their works which they did and so Hitler gets the same punishment as the best person who ever lived but didn’t get saved? The ax murderers get the same punishment as the little old lady next door? This is not consistent with Jesus’ teachings and His book, the Book of Revelation (this was not John’s book, but given directly to him by Jesus – see Rev 1).

Believing something doesn’t make it true. Only the Word of God is the unshakable, dogmatic truth.

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Rick July 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

I’m sorry if it seemed that i believed that sinners get annihilated immediately.-http://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=amazing%20facts%20hell&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CE0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazingfacts.org%2Ffree-stuff%2Fbible-studies%2Fstudy-guides%2Fctl%2Fviewmedia%2Fmid%2F453%2Fiid%2F2-11%2Flng%2Fen%2Fsc%2Fr.aspx&ei=j98PUKG3J8XJrAf62ICYAg&usg=AFQjCNHXLcXR6EZ1gCGULOdGPtqno-QCww
So Hitler say,would be tormented more harshly and longer than someone who just committed a few sins during their life.And rev. 14:11 say that those who took the mark of the beast will be tormented for ages.NOT forever.And rev.19:3 is referring to one person.
I’m not completley sure that hell is just a state of being so could you try and build up a strong argument as you did before?It would help a lot.Sorry if i am inconveniencing you.:(

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Gary August 25, 2012 at 4:35 am

Rick, I think you are not considering what these phrases meant to the original hearers. “Ages of the ages” was Greek but a Hebrew idiom, similar to king of kings or lord of lords, indicating the highest amount, the nth degree. That is, ages that go on and on. I think it’s important to not ONLY read the words (they’re super important, obviously) but also realize the images the authors are conveying with those words. And that image is one of forever.

Similarly, when Jesus talks about the fire NEVER being quenched and the worm NEVER dying, that gets across a pretty clear image: forever. To put it another way, if Jesus and the biblical authors did not have “forever” in mind, they could scarcely have picked more misleading metaphors.

Regarding Rev 19:3, I don’t think that is referring to a single person, but rather Babylon (see chap 18), an analogy for the mass of unbelievers; but even if she was literally a single person, if God is ONLY love and not justice, where is His love for this one person? How could a loving God (using, for example, typical Jehovah’s Witness thinking) torture that one person forever?

No, the reality is that God is just as well as loving; His love being shown by the fact that He provided a way for us to be saved from His justice. And it seems you consider yourself to be a relatively good person, certainly better than hitler. But if you are honest you know that you have lied, stolen, committed adultery and murder in your mind, etc. Rev 21:8 says people like you and I deserve our part in the lake of fire. For the current purposes, I don’t care whether it is forever or not; you and I deserve to be thrown into eternal torment.

I pray you seriously think about what YOU deserve. You know all the “little” sins you’ve committed with nobody else knowing about them… Except God. Little in man’s eyes, not God’s. Once you accept that, I think you’ll find the idea of the eternity of hell is no longer such an unbelievable doctrine.

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Rick July 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

Also Isaiah 47:14-“Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor a fire to sit before it”

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Adam Cornelison January 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

We also forget one important verse of scripture regarding who goes to hell and that there may be some in whom God spares from the fire.

Exodus 33:19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Also it’s reference by Paul in Romans 9:15. Seems to me that God is saying that we ourselves better not say “woe is you” and tell people they are going to hell for God knows the very condition of their heart, and maybe moreover what got them there. I ran across a young lady on youtube who is Luciferian or Satanist and do you know why? It was a Christian church that she was raised in where she was OPENLY molested at the hands of the parishioners and pastor for years on end. They told her she had a demon and that was their way of punishing her or it. News flash, this was not a Christian church at all. It was more likely a “family” church and if you know who the Illuminati is you know who I’m referencing when I say a “family” church. But the rampant sexual abuse was done in the very name of Christ. And when she wasn’t physically rescued from it after praying in earnest for God to supernaturally stop what was happening to her, she turned on Him angrily and guess who was waiting to receive her? The very one who was behind her torment.

This young lady is now chock full of demons and curses God. And God may cast her away. But I’m thinking that God will look upon the circumstances of how she got to where she was. WHO was responsible for getting her there, and I think maybe He will account it to satan directly moreover than to her. For the demons that she is full of, is not her. And she is not the demons that inhabit her. She is one of the broken ones. And as vile as she speaks of God I would pray that He shews her mercy on that day or brings her near Himself at some point in her life. And comfort and correct her regarding the evil that was perpetrated against her in His Holy Name. “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” I think that should tell us that we have no idea what is going through God’s mind at any point and we are sitting in our Pharisee and Sadducee’s chairs when we condemn even the vilest. We must recognize the source and realize I believe that God is going to hold to account the perpetrator of the idea, much more than the vehicle it was carried out in.

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Robert Driskell June 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Rick,

I checked out the website and would like to offer my viewpoint, if I might. I find it difficult to deny the reality of ‘eternal punishment’ when taking into consideration the words of Jesus Himself:

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 45:41 ESV).

“And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 45:46 ESV).

The website you referenced has some other questionable teachings. Remember, the Christian’s source of truth is the Bible, illuminated by the Holy Spirit. We should read and study the Bible prayerfully, so as to know the truth and avoid lies.

Yours in Christ,
Robert

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; July 17, 2012 at 7:03 am

After hearing all of your responses i’m not sure about hell being just a state of being.However Satan’s fate is recorded in ezekiel 28:18- By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching.There are many other sites that claim that hell is just a state of being- which are included in the site i linked.
I also did some research on this subject and found out that the idea of eternal hellfire didn’t exist a couple of centurys ago.
I’m not sure what to believe anymore….

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Rick July 17, 2012 at 7:05 am

Forgot to add my name…

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Robert July 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

Hi Rick,

Here, in abbreviated form, are the verses that convince me that hell (or whatever name we assign it) is a real existence, separated from God and His love [which would make it more miserable than we can imagine] for those who have rejected God and His Son.

“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Daniel 12:2 ESV)

“…and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.” (John 5:29 ESV)

“…having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.” (Acts 24:15 ESV)

“And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:46 ESV)

“They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might…” (2 Thessalonians 1:9 ESV).

From these verses, we can gather these teachings:
Both the godly and the ungodly will be resurrected (Daniel 12:2; John 5:29; Acts 24:15), but their destinations will be different. The ‘just’ and ‘righteous’ who have ‘done good’ will see the ‘resurrection of life’ and ‘eternal life’ or ‘everlasting life’. However, those who have ‘done evil’ and are ‘unjust’ will ‘go away to eternal punishment’ or ‘shame and everlasting contempt’ or ‘eternal destruction’ [notice the use of adjectives signifying a never-ending time span]. Second Thessalonians also indicates that the ungodly will exist ‘eternally’ separated from the presence of the Lord.

I’m not sure about ‘hellfire’, although Revelation does mention the ‘lake of fire’. The stress should be put on the fact that those who reject Jesus Christ will be eternally separated from the presence of God. Since God is love, this will mean being separated from any kind of love, mercy, goodness, kindness, or hope. This is something that, for most of us, is hard to imagine, since even in the worst times and situations some kindness or hope still exists. There will be none of those things in hell. Regardless of the details, the Bible is clear that dying apart from a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ is a miserable prospect.

Hope this helps and sorry to be so long-winded, but this is a very important subject. God bless you, Rick.

Yours in Christ,
Robert

Pamela Rose Williams June 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Hi Rick (and Jack and Robert)

I will reply to both of your comments here.

I have studied Greek in seminary and have taught it at a high school level — I am in no way an expert but have been happy to learn what I have as it helps me in my Bible study. I use some tools along with my Bible when I want to know the underlying original language before it was translated to English. I use a Strong’s concordance (link here: http://www.eliyah.com/lexicon.html) and an Interlinear Bible (link here: http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G166&t=KJV) both of these tools are very helpful.

That being said, I too have checked out your link above and find some very troubling things there as they do not line up with the Bible. I recognize it as a certain doctrinal belief of a certain denomination but since I cannot confirm it I will not give the name.

Pastor Jack’s explanation of the roots of the words used in his cited Bible references is very good and I would not change a thing, only to say that I am an English teacher and my understanding of the word “everlasting” means that it lasts forever.

I like how Robert cited those verses in Matthew 25 also and I know that the “everlasting fire” link on that web site attempted to explain away “everlasting punishment” as not lasting forever because it is punishment and not punishing. To this I say, someone is not understanding the English here.

The word “everlasting” in both Matthew passages comes from the Greek word aiōnios (as Jack mentioned) and it means “without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be”.

So just to be clear, let’s look at another Bible verse that uses the same word aiōnios:

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

So I must conclude that if I believe in everlasting life, then I must also believe in everlasting punishment. I must believe it ALL or believe NONE of it otherwise how would I know was was truth and what was error? Since I believe the word of God is the source of ALL truth, I believe it is ALL true.

Everlasting is everlasting and that means it is for always and forever.

This is how I let the Bible prove the Bible after carefully and prayerfully considering what God has said. Holy Spirit helped me with this and therefore my opinion is based upon His enlightenment. Thank you for your comment and for causing me to study to show myself approved.

Remember that “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:19-21)

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Rick July 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

I agree that the website in question had some questionable teachings.I would like to add that the verse in matt.25 said punishment not torment.So the unsaved would be tormented temporarily and then would go to nothingness- Malachi 4:3.
Jesus never actually said that they would be tormented.He told us to fear God who can DESTROY both body and soul in hell

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Adam Cornelison January 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Mrs Pam I think John 10:28 draws a distinction between those recipients of eternal life (at the Great White Throne Judgment) and the rest (the unbeliever) which will perish. The different degrees of torment come into play here. The fire is going to burn those cast in. Some I believe immediately, others slowly. Based on their works. Let us realize as well that many times scripture is describing the eternal nature of the fire, rather than the eternal nature of the one who is being cast in to the fire. With the exception of the Beast, False Prophet and Satan or the Unholy Trinity that is going to receive eternal punishment in torment. But remember their nature. They are ethereal beings to begin with. They are not mortal to start with yet the fire, even though it’s in the spiritual realm, seems to be prescribed the same physical characteristics. With the exception of needing a constant source of fuel it seems (physically speaking anyway) but then again, it is portrayed as a physical process on a other than physical plane.

Eternal LIFE is a reward reserved strictly from the giver of all life, Christ Jesus. Again, the torment is going to be eternal for those ethereal beings that CAUSED all the people to fall away in the first place. Not asking you to assume to know the mind of God short of what we have in scripture but if I may, do you think His wrath is going to fall harder on the criminal, or the one who is responsible for the drive to commit the crime to begin with? No answer required. Just food for thought. :)

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Manuel July 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I believe if people get to hear about God’s love and not ”DANGERS OF HELL” people will change for the better. I used to believe in the existence of hell and it scared me a whole lot. I don’t think God will want anyone to worship him out of fear. This hell business has gone on for far too long.

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Jack Wellman July 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Thank you Manuel for your comment. I can not speak for Pam who wrote this but Jesus is the One Who spoke about hell…can we call Him a liar? He spoke about hell nearly 10 times more than He did about heaven. The Good News is useless unless we first tell people of the bad news of hell. The Good News is that He died to keep you from going there. It is not out of fear that we obey God for Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” John 14:15

It is not “fire insurance” but assurance of salvation and love is equal to doing His will. Hell will go on for too long, yes, but it is for those who refuse to place their trust in Jesus and obey His commandments and this love is what motivated Him to die so that we wouldn’t have to die separated from Him. What happens to Hitler then? Or Stalin? or….of all the millions who they killed, do they deserve heaven?

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Pamela Rose Williams August 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Thank you Jack, this is a very appropriate response.

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Gary August 25, 2012 at 4:50 am

Jack and Pamela make the point very well. I will just add that it’s not always wrong to fear. If you are fearing something where it is not appropriate (e.g. What people might or might not be saying behind your back, or what people of a different race might do to us), then by all means we should get rid of it.

But fear of things that are actually dangerous is a good thing, “Attachment disorder,” for example, is a very serious problem where little kids do not have a healthy fear of strangers and corresponding trust in their parents. We should not come to God for (as Jack says) fire insurance,” but it’s right to “fear God” as we are told many times in scripture.

I’ve heard people talk about how “fearing” God does not mean being afraid of Him. I agree it is much more than that, but surely it is not less. If we are still dead in our sins and t respasses, then we SHOULD fear God, and fear the hell that he created. Why did John say “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last”? (Revelation 1:17 ESV)

A God that is not to be feared by those under His wrath is a very impotent god indeed. Certainly not the God of scripture.

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Pamela Rose Williams August 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

Thank you for adding to the conversation Gary.

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; July 16, 2012 at 8:29 am

Are ALL the verses about hell listed hear?

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kevin October 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I am new here because I started to look for articles on hell and found this discussion. Though being a believer for over 20 years I just started to study scripture from “scratch” by putting all previously held ideas aside to see what God wants to show me. A movie is being released soon called Hellbound written and directed by the guy who wrote Monumental and professes to be a Christian. I saw the movie trailer and it is a doosie! Hell is called into question and all mainstream teachings. I have decided to put my studies aside to dive into the hell topic and I think I am confused; though praying. I have to say that reading greek and aramic which is quite easy these days online makes me question at least some ideas that have to be considered. Translations often times take certain key words from the original language and it can be clearly seen that other meanings behind the word would have been better fits. Some of the scriptures in the greek can give the impression that hell is or could be a reflection of not torment but refinement. 2 Peter 2:4 has always been taught as a depiction of demons being tormented in “hell” but the word for angel can be translated and used to discribed the messengers of God (people) who sinned and were refinement through the fire of God’s wrath. The main teaching that God’s people do not go through the wrath of God is not what I have read over the last year. Which really is just refinement much like Job’s experience. I am not saying that hell does not exist in terms of eternity but maybe it is not in terms of what we have always held unto as typical. This has burdened my heart because I do not want to teach or share a false teaching which God takes very seriously. All I am saying is that I have opened myself to the fact that all of our typical teachings might just have men’s traditions mixed in and it gets passed on as truth. Any insight? I could use some pray on this as well. God bless

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Gary October 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Kevin, please do not confuse passages about earthly and temporal (time-based) tribulations vs. eternal judgment. Believers will NOT go through eternal judgment, but we may (and, in fact, do) go through earthly trials. Much of what is used to “prove” the pre-trib rapture, I believe, is mis-appropriating God’s promise to believers to not go through eternal torment. I sometimes wonder what people truly and deeply suffering for their faith today in North Korea or muslim nations would think about our modern, western idea that Jesus will rapture His church out of all trouble.

Also, I don’t know what you have been taught as “typical”, but I urge you to not just read specific verses but look at context and the overall image presented by Scripture. Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example, can pull out individual verses and argue them all day long. However, I submit that if you look at the overall presentation of both OT and NT (and especially of Jesus), you get a picture of hell very much like the “traditional” teaching on the subject.

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Paul October 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

More versus.

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Adam Cornelison January 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Hi, I read your article. I agree with the scriptures but your interpretation is a bit askew. The fiery pit is a real place where satan, the beast and the false prophet will be cast into to be tormented eternally. But notice that even though those that followed after the beast were thrown into the pit, only those three were among the tormented eternally.

The scriptures were spun (not the words themselves but rather the interpretation of those words) by the Catholic Church when they made “Christianity” the official religion; forcing all pagans to convert though at the tip of the Roman’s swords. They found that there was much unrest among the pagans who outnumbered them greatly and so they decided to weave paganism in with scripture to ease the transition. Eternal torment was one of these. The doctrine (false) of eternal torture of the unsaved masses is from the Greek religions. Or Athenian religions. Hell, as the CC describes it is basically the Hades of Greek mythology. And Hades was the “torturer of souls” in the fiery underworld. Not only did allowing the pagans to bring in some of their traditions make it easier (less danger of causing an uprising), the greedy CC figured out that they could make itself rich by offering to get peoples’ loved ones out of hell if they paid them tribute. And this was gladly done.

In truth the scriptures point to not eternal torment (save that of the unholy trinity) but what many people today call “annihilationism”. This group often meets with much scorn, although they are more scripturaly accurate on hell than most of our protestant churches’ beliefs.

There are many scriptures that support it that I’m too lazy to type out. Needless to say, I will try to briefly offer support for the claim I make and present a link to a bible study about it. I think the most obvious verse on annihilation is from our Savior in what is arguably the most popular verse in the scriptures: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not PERISH but have eternal life.”

That word perish translated from the Greek word “Appollumi” is to “destroy”. The first few letters App (if I’m not mistaken) marks the severity of the verb that it’s describing which is to “destroy”. You wind up with “utter destruction”.

Another place in John he writes about Christ talking about how He gives “eternal life” to his sheep. That is a clue that He is talking about “life” as opposed to the quality thereof. If you are being tormented day and night unceasing for all eternity then as low a quality of life as that is, you are still in the strictest sense of the word “alive”. Otherwise you couldn’t feel the torment.

In scripture where He talks about “if you right eye offendeth thee… for it is better to go into eternal life missing an eye than for you whole body to be cast into the “eternal fire”. Now, that is often used as a “see, see” or proof of eternal torment. But let’s do a simple breakdown of the last few words. “rather than your whole body be cast into the eternal fire”. When using the word “eternal” in that sentence, you have to apply the “eternal” to the correct word it is describing. In this case it is NOT describing the body as eternal which is being cast in; rather if we give it a close look we can see that what is being described by “eternal” is a quality or description or characteristic of the fire itself.

If your foot was separated from you for a sin you committed and cast into the flames leaving you limp; that foot is no longer attached to you. You can’t feel it as it is no longer attached to you. And if eternal torment is part of the lost’s “reward” so to speak, what is the point of burning a foot, an eye or a hand eternally when it is cast away and no longer part of the offender? Why would God burn a indestructible foot that for all eternity that will never consciously feel the burn or never affect again the person it was once attached to?

Because if we apply it to the body that is thrown into the fire, then we must equally apply it to the appendage that is cast in alone.

Also Christ’s distinction between his sheep who he bestows eternal life upon; and those who in no eternal life exist, perishes when they are brought before the Judgment throne from being thrown into the fire.

Regarding the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, it is one that our Lord used in a entire chapter FULL of parables. Now what is a parable? It’s a story with a hidden meaning as to veil the truth in allegory. It was with parables He was able to keep the leaned from the knowledge he bestowed upon the disciples. No PARABLE is to be taken literally. And it is a parable that if literalism is attributed to it, does not work at all. It’s not something wherein we can cherry pick “this part He was talking in the literal and this other part He was talking about in a figurative way”. He makes it clear what a parable is through it’s telling.

This was a prophetic warning about the last days as well as a prophecy concerning Himself. He was Lazarus in this parable. The rich man, or men, was the Pharisee and Sadducee. If God annihilates you, then His eternal judgment rests upon you. No more shall you be raised to life. The seal of destruction was placed and you are done for. The great guff that was between “Lazarus” and the “rich man” is that of LIFE. He “lifted his eyes in hell (SHEOL or the grave)”. Here’s were the literalism comes in. If you are in the grave, you are dead. Period. You cannot open your eyes for there is no life in you. Also you have no consciousness to carry on a conversation with another if you are in the grave. It’s symbolism at it’s best. And it did veil the the true point he was trying to get across for ages to come. Though there are churches that have propagated the confusion by continuing to teach and preach the eternal torment narrative.

Don’t get me wrong, Hell is a real (in another dimension) place. And in that place the Beast, Lucifer (satan) and the false prophet WILL be tormented day and night for all eternity. But God will utilize the same fire to destroy those He deems and those who rejected His Son. Keep in mind the fact that eternal life is bestowed upon us at the Great White Throne judgment when we receive our reward (lest we are worthy and given it at the day of our Lord’s return that we might escape the coming destruction), whereas the other three mentioned are all ethereal beings from the beginning. They are fallen angels. Angels who life is not taken from as their life was bestowed upon them at creation.

If you really want to have your mind blown, read the parable of the ten virgins from the standpoint of the rapture precluding the 7 year tribulation period. I’ve heard it preached on all my life that the 5 wise virgins were saved and the 5 foolish virgins was unsaved. But remember that thing about biblical symbolism in parables. A “virgin” is one that is made pure by the blood of Christ. So it’s not talking about getting to go to heaven or going to hell. It’s about the ones that are “not found worthy to escape” as though they are saved, they bare no fruits. Christ sees no resemblance of Himself in them when He looks upon us. It is the foolish virgins (that show no love, compassion or any of the prescribed attributes of the redeemed as per the new covenant Christ prescribed), that are given up to the fire. Where there is much weeping and gnashing of teeth. This is often said to be in reference to eternal torment. But if you apply to the time of Tribulation as the setting, it is talking about the judgment that God the Son is going to level against an evil world for 3 1/2 of the 7 year Tribulation period prior to the Antichrist taking full power for the last 3 1/2 years before he is cast down and chained up for 1000 years when all is made new.

His elect bride will be caught up with Him before He carries out judgment against the world. This seven years is also referred to as the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. The 5 foolish virgins will be made pure by the fiery purging process during that time so that they may be made ready to be received into the Kingdom of God. Weeping and gnashing of teeth is going to be Christians who are left to the refinement when they realize that they will not join their brothers and sisters for the Wedding celebration as they had no “oil” in their “lamps”. Oil is works, lamps or vessel is “the body”. They had no “good works” in their “body” when Christ came like a thief to steal away His bride.

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Chase January 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Regarding the quote you used in Mathew, I believe you have a typo. You write:

Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

In many translations however, him which you have in lowercase is actually capitalized, which indicates the writer was talking about God and not Satan. This is very important, because the way you have translated it, the passage seems to indicate that the Devil will destroy the souls of the damned during his time in hell. It completely changes the meaning of the text which was designed to indicate that God will destroy the souls of the damned in hell.

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Mark February 12, 2013 at 6:24 am

Though I am Christian, this belief in hell is one thing that I can’t accept. How could a God of mercy, love, forgiveness, whose absolute love surpasses human ability, give a sentence of eternity for crimes of a comparatively short 60 or 80 years? If I would not throw my child into a pit of fire if he had lost his way, how can I accuse God of such an atrocity? Or attribute Him with such weakness that He created a broken system he cannot fix. Would a loving, just, merciful God not accept the loving prayers of Jews, Hindus, Muslims, or Buddhist, and instead send them to torture? Truly this cannot be so, for I would worship Hitler before such a god; at least Hitler only made the Jews suffer a furnace for perhaps a minute or two. The God I love and worship loves all his children equally. Everyone should pay for their crimes and faults, be responsible for our actions and thoughts, but how could God lack the very reason He bestowed on me to see the punishment must fit the crime. Many denominations (of which I’m not affiliated) have interpreted the bible in a way that does not accept hell, so though I don’t know as much of the bible as some of the people posting here, I know there are other ways to look at this. I’ve talked to many people who have distanced themselves from their faith, or even become atheists, and the top reason is usually they can’t believe in hell. It is a real shame, and I think this type of interpretation does more harm than good, not to mention is contradictory. I think Matthew 5:23-25 shows that, though the punishment may be severe, it is not permanent. Also, it is not the external gift that is important, but giving him our whole hearts, and the gift of peace with our brothers.

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Jack Wellman February 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Matthew 5:23-25 has nothing to do with God’s judgment. You want to read the truth about judgment of God? Read Rev 20 and 21. It sounds pretty permanent to me. Do you believe in anhiliation then? Does Hitler and Stalin and…etc, deserve the same anhiliation as the very nice neighbor who lived next door? I don’t think that is justice. God will meet out all justice perfectly.

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Adam February 15, 2013 at 1:08 am

Jack my brother, the challenge that abides herein, “Do you believe in anhiliation then? Does Hitler and Stalin and…etc, deserve the same anhiliation as the very nice neighbor who lived next door? I don’t think that is justice.”

In truth my brother this seems to make the case for annihilation, rather than challenge it.

For the converse of this question is of the same effect. Do you think it is just for the very nice next door neighbor to suffer the same torture as Hitler? For the judgment of the dead according to their works speaks more to annihilation than does eternal torment. For if eternal torment is meted out to all unbelievers, then their fates are the same. And even if eternal torment was established in the question as the answer; even if the nice next door neighbor who died in unbelief’s degree of torment is metered, that torment, to whatever degree is still being carried out endlessly forever more.

Did that example make sense?

Now if you look at it from an annihilation stand point, it kind of makes more sense and seems more equitable. Remember I established that the speed in which you are burnt up, therefore tormented in the process, is set based on the works that were done while alive.

So, even though even Hitler is EVENTUALLY completely consumed the same as the nice neighbor; you can draw a difference of sentence in the time it takes each to be annihilated. So, whereas in dealing with eternity a million years is a bit trivial, but for the sake of argument if Hitler is tormented in the “slow burn” day and night for his murders and the like; our next door neighbor John’s torment may be all but non-existent. Say that through God’s mercy, He allows him to be consumed instantly. The end result is the same ultimately, but the length of time it takes to get there is where the penalty is metered.

A temporal illustration might be:

John and Hitler are both sentenced to death for a particular crime or series of crimes. However, the crimes John committed were not torturous. There was not the malice that existed as there existed in the other’s crimes. Say John found himself in a situation that he didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to get out of. But he until that point or even after the particular set of circumstances wherein he offended, was a very kind soul. Helped feed the homeless, gave of himself, was a man of peace, etc.

So John is sentenced to death by a single bullet to the head at point blank range.

Hitler on the other hand is sentence to death by tar and feather and quartering. Where-in the death sentence is slow and tormenting. Heaping him with great pain as he slowly dies. John on the other hand, really doesn’t know what hit him. In an instant he invariably ceases to be. His body is not racked with pain for days or weeks on end until he slowly bleeds out or what have you like Hitler’s is. He is simply gone in an instant. The life that was in John was snuffed out like a flame but quickly. The life in Hitler is ever so slowly being snuffed out, where time is taken so that he suffers while carrying out his sentence.

Or John is thrown into a raging inferno that consumes him immediately, while Hitler is bound and thrown into a section liken to a large camp fire. Hitler is still going to catch on fire and eventually die, but his is going to be with much greater suffering.

Let us never forget God says He will shew mercy on those whom He will she mercy.

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Sam Waddell February 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm

This is needed so much today. Most of America or at least many are now Biblically Illiterate. Even many calling themselves Christians are picking and choosing what Scriptures the want to believe and what they don’t. A message about hell will make God’s love and salvation more desired. No matter what is said today the Lord Jesus spoke about this subject more and more descriptively than anyone else in scripture.

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Jack Wellman February 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Again, spot on the mark sir. When we share the gospel, we can not withhold the truth of the bad news…that the wrath of God is upon all sinners who have not trusted in Christ and repented of their sins and confessed them to God. The good news is not effective unless we first tell them of the bad news…that dying apart from Christ is not a good choice. Jesus is love yes, but above all things, I believe He is holy.

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Sam Waddell February 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

There is no point for Jesus death unless there is an eternal hell. Nor would He have needed to die if there were other ways of salvation. He is the only way, John 14:6. God is calling every one to repent and believe in His Son. Repentance is not to earn but to turn. Christ earned our salvation but we must turn and believe in order to receive it for ourselves.

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Jack Wellman February 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Well said Mr. Waddell. In fact Jesus spoke much more about hell than He ever did heaven. Jesus believes in hell and so we know that Jesus can not lie and so hell is real. Your point about Jesus’ death is spot on my friend. Well said. Why did He have to die otherwise if there was no hell. Thank you sir.

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Adam February 15, 2013 at 1:28 am

I don’t think anybody here who comes from the position of annihilationism is arguing by any means that there is not a hell to shun. That there is nothing to fear. Quite the contrary. However Christ’s death is not rendered of no effect if the mechanics of hell be eternal torment or annihilation. It is still a place to be shunned. I agree with you on the idea that Christ is not the only way however. I will say regarding repentance it’s more than just turning. Repentance is a grieving over our sins. That is brought on by the Holy Spirit’s conviction. Some have repentance as an earnest turning from our ways. But this isn’t biblical. It’s part of the salvation process when the appointed time comes in the person’s life. God bless you my brother.

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Adam February 15, 2013 at 1:32 am

A phrase came out wrong that I wanted to amend. I’m agreeing with you in you coming out against those that say that Christ is not the only way. I was not aligning myself with those who are ecumenical. You are absolutely correct in your indignation as to there being multiple ways to the Father.

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Robert February 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

All,
It would seem to me that Jesus’ words are clear and succint in this matter, “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 45:46 ESV).
Why does this so difficult to accept? We speak of different degrees of punishment, but how much worse can being separated from God be? To be separated from life, from love, from hope, from joy, from peace…from anything good…no relief and no possibility of relief.
We are not the judges that set the standards for salvation. We are not the judges that set the limits of the consequences for our sins. I understand that it is difficult for us to reconcile God’s love with His justice, but that does not mean we have the right to teach OUR beliefs if they do not match HIS truth. Our responsibility is to live the Gospel, and to share it with others. God bless you all.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Robert February 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

Ooooops. Second paragraph, first sentence should read: Why IS this so difficult to accept? (loose nut on keyboard)

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Adam February 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Amen brother. Though we be divided over the specifics let us be unified in spirit. For we serve the same God. The same Yahushua. May we never trade kindness and love for the brethren for zeal.

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James March 7, 2013 at 10:59 pm

We can talk about burning quickly or swiftly, or about annihilation, about agonizing refinement, or about eternal torment – as defining Hell. At least most of the contributors to the column admit that Hell exists, and that villains and the unredeemed go there. And lest we make any bones of contention, “unbeliever” doesn’t just refer to a nice guy who did right in life. Unbelievers are people lost in darkness. They’re alcoholics, adulterers, porn addicts, drug abusers, murderers, the hateful, the judgmental, the hypocrites, the uncompassionate wealthy, and the violent poor. Unbelievers need God. How could they be nice guys without Him? If they were so great, God would not need to send His son to redeem them.

Anyway, we should all alike recognize that in all these cases of Hell, the outcome is tragic (as in extinction and oblivion), or intensely painful for however long. Anyone who has burned his hand on a stove or suffered burns from a house fire knows that being burned for a minute is as bad as being burned forever. You just don’t think about time when you’re burning. You’re totally absorbed in the present.

Even if Hell were temporary, it would be awful and miserable and sorrowful for anyone to go there.

You guys are my brothers, and I don’t want to be a teacher. But sometimes we need to remember we’re talking about Hell and not just a concept or an etymology. This place exists, and it sucks to put it in today’s argot.

I will pray for you all, for God to enlighten you as to your purpose, and for Him to put practical ways to bear fruit in your paths. Our lives are temporary. Our outcomes are eternal. Let’s remember that if we can be with God forever, it is possible that we can be separated from Him for that long, too, whether that’s in flames or in a lonely wasteland. Please pray for me, too, that God will give me the strength to keep pursuing Him despite sickness and misgivings about what I must accomplish in life.

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Charles -Australia March 30, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I hear all of you about ‘hell’, but can you tell me why a loving and merciful God (especially after Christ died for our sins to allow us to avoid the full wrath of God) would want anyone to suffer excrutiating pain in some hell… I wouldn’t (not even to my worst enemy) and I am not God… so God must be even better than me.
Thanks Charles.

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Jack Wellman March 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Thank you Charles for your honest comment. Although I am not the author of this fine article and I may be out of place for commenting but I know hell is hard to grasp and you are right….God is better than we are and has more understanding for I am a simply clay pot and can not question the Potter. I know that God doesn’t send anyone to hell and desires that no one perish but that all come to faith in Christ for eternal life. We all have free will and we freely choose to believe in Christ or we reject Christ and when we do, we doom our fate for all eternity. It is not so amazing that we are saved by grace and escape the torments of hell….but that anyone is saved and that He makes a way for any that put their trust in Christ. I assume you have Charles. If so, that’s awesome. The reality of hell is all the more reason that we must be passionate about telling others about Jesus Christ Who took God’s wrath upon Himself.

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Kelly Uknow May 21, 2013 at 12:52 am

I lived a unchristian life until Hell inspired me to become a Christian, Oh god i will be your slave, I will do as you ask but please do not send me to the eternal torment of hell fire
i pray

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Jared December 9, 2013 at 5:53 am

Hi, I was very intrigued about your lessons on hell. And I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but in some of the verses it says that those that don’t believe in God are the only ones that go to hell. People that intentionally live wicked lives are among that group as well. Did you ever catch that grasp when reading and breaking down these verses? Thank you for your time.

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Jack Wellman December 9, 2013 at 8:43 am

Hello Jared. Let me say that all who refuse to believe in Christ will be destined for hell in the sense that they have refused to repent, confess their sins, and trust in Christ. Even the Devil and his demons believe in God so it is more than just not believing but not bending the knee to Christ and repenting from their sins and trusting in the Savior. Does this make sense sir?

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Derek July 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm

The Devil and his demons KNOW God exists. They don’t believe in Him, because they don’t have to. They know. Doesn’t this make your answer to the question a bit flawed? I think Jared is saying people that don’t have faith go there.

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Jack Wellman July 15, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Thank you Derek. Yes, it is those who don’t have faith that go there and you make a great point. I do know that the demons and the devils believe but they have never repented and trusted in Christ (which are both necessary) so what I should have more clearly said is that even the Devil and the demons know that God exist but so do humans (Rom 1 & 2) and Paul said that “they are without excuse” but it takes repentance and faith in Christ or trusting in Him to be saved. Thanks Derek.

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Veronica July 23, 2014 at 12:28 am

Peace be with you all. May Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit in us give us light to understand scriptures and to be free from lies and easy preaching.

I would like to add couple of things to this interesting article. Ephesians 6:10 pictures a realm in which there are evil forces and beings who are beyond the physical world but affects us all. They are organized pretty much like an army being Satan the top one commander. ( the most beautiful angel created by God who commit the sin of pride and envy with no regret) and if one reads revelation 20 it clearly says that hell was created originally for these evil beings ( including the trinity of evil – the beast, the anti Christ and satan – they try to imitate the trinity of God) hell was not created for humans. Humans go there bc of free will. It is simple. If one doesn’t want to live eternally with God ( and that is a choice) so then there is no other place to be than with the evil angels who also rejects God. God wants to save all humanity and that is why Jesus was necessary. No human being can live with a holy God if is not covered by the blood of someone perfect and holy like Jesus was and is. We as humans sin wit our thoughts. Our spoken words and our actions. So unless a Holy God gives mercy and grace it is impossible to achieve holiness.
Today’s churches are do corrupted and money hungry. And preaching an easy gospel that is taking many Christians to hell with the lack of correcting their people. Jesus saved the prostitute from being stoned but told her GO AND SIN NO MORE. meaning once I saved you don’t go back to your old ways. Repentance if true will show the fruits of a new born a new person. Please read Hebrews and Romans and free yourself from bad teaching. There is no better preacher than the Bible itself and God. May God bless your heart in Jesus name. I want to see everyone in heaven.

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