Is Hell Real?

I hear people talking about and joking about hell all the time. Some even look forward to going to hell because “all my friends will be there as well.” I wonder if they really mean this. If they knew what hell was all about, they certainly would not mean it.

I also know a lot of people who do not believe in hell at all. They don’t believe that a loving God would send anyone to such a terrible place as hell. Of course, they are right. God would never send anyone to hell. But as we will see, hell is a real place and people send themselves there.

How We know About Hell

I used to say that we can find out about hell only in the Bible. And the Bible does say a lot about hell, as we will see. However, lately I have seen (and read some of them) books and stories written by people who have actually been there and have come back.

I know what many are saying: “This is just their imagination working overtime.” If this is true, they have a very vivid imagination. However, I have listened to others whom God has allowed to look into hell and then come back to tell us that it is like.

What Is Hell Like?

Of course, if you do not believe that the Bible is God’s Word to us, you are not going to believe what it says about hell. But ask yourself this: “If hell is real, what is the possibility of me going there?” The Bible describes hell in many different ways. No matter what description is used, we need to think about what hell is like.

Everything that we have and are is given to us by God. Hell is often described as a place where God is not. If that is the case, what will there be in hell. The answer is: there will be nothing. And that will be a very lonely place. But the Bible describes Hell as something quite different.

The Bible Says a Lot About Hell

The Bible describes hell as something much worse than just emptiness. Jesus said in Matthew 13:50 that Hell was a: “fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (NIV)  And again He describes it as a place “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:48 (NIV) That does not sound like a very nice place to me.

Again, Jesus said in Matthew 25:41 (NIV) “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” In other words, it is a place that wasn’t even designed for us. What kind of a place is that?

Jesus tells us specifically who will go there in Matt. 13:41. “The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.” (NIV) “But,” you say “we all sin and do evil. Will we all end up there?” No, God has provided for us a way to escape this destiny, as you will see.

Why Is Hell Necessary?

Think about it. If everyone alive on the earth went to heaven, what would heaven be like? It would be no different than living on the earth. For me, this would certainly not be heaven. This means that if heaven is going to be heaven, then some people simply cannot be there. There cannot be any evil in heaven if it is going to be heaven.

Who is going to make this decision? Each one of us would have a different idea of who to include and who to exclude. So it cannot be up to any one of us. Thus, it is God who will make that decision. And He has already done it. God has made the decision as to what is evil and what is not. God decides if we are evil or not. It is not up to us. After all, it is God’s heaven.

God Has Provided A Way Of Escape

So, how can we be assured that we will go to heaven when we die? I know, many say that we simply need to be good enough. But how good is good enough? Who determines it? Surprise? God does! And He has made it very easy for us.

Romans 10:9 says: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (NIV)  God is merciful. All we have to do is to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we will escape and will be able to spend eternity in heaven with Him.

That is all we have to do, accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior? Does it sound too simple? For some, it does. However, it really isn’t. God does not want any evil in heaven. And remember God determines what is evil and what is not. If we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and live as He wants us to, God will change us into someone who is good enough to get into heaven.

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