Who Goes To Hell

A recent survey showed that most people do not believe in hell. There seems to be many reasons for this, but the main one is that they believe that a loving God would not send people to such a place. The truth is that the Bible states that there definitely is a hell and that God does not send people there, we send ourselves there.

So, who is it that will go to hell instead of going to heaven? No one in his right mind would want to go to hell. Yet, the Bible says that many will choose to spend eternity there. How and why will so many people make that choice? The Bible tells us that also.

It Is For Those Who Reject Jesus

The Bible is very clear on this. 1 John 5:12 (NIV): “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” This passage is not talking about physical life, but rather eternal spiritual life.

If we do not have life, then we must have death. Remember the definition of death. It means separation and in this case it is the separation of our spirit from God. If we are separated from God when we die a physical death, where is a place that we can go? There are only two places that we can spend eternity, in heaven (with God), or in hell (without God).

Other passages tell us that it is a place of punishment for rejecting God’s gift of salvation. II Thess. 1:8-9 (NIV): “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.”

It is For Those Who Reject God’s Way of Life

Hell is for those who rebel against God and His way of life, the Bible says 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.’”

Other passages spell it out even more clearly. If we reject God’s way of living while we are on the earth, we cannot expect to enjoy God’s heaven where His way of life is the norm.

Listen to what the Bible says. Rev. 21:8 (NIV): “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

If you want to live your life here on the earth indulging in these practices, don’t expect to get to heaven when you die. Your time on earth is to prepare you for your eternal destination. Don’t expect God to magically change how you think and want to live after you die. God created you as a free creature. He will not take that freedom away from you. If you reject God’s way of living here on earth, don’t expect anything to change when you die.

If you want to enjoy an eternity in heaven, you must learn and want to enjoy living in the manner that God originally designed you to live. This is why we are alive on the earth. God has done all He can to get you to know the truth. Deep down inside, you know that those practices of Rev. 21:8 are wrong and against God’s desires for you. If you have rejected the natural desire of living according to God’s desires, it is not God’s fault, it is your own decision.

Those Who Never Hear of Jesus

There are many people who never have the chance to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. What Happens to them? Remember, God has created in each one of us a desire to seek Him. He has also provided for us a wonderful place to live, that we call earth, that just screams out that it was made by a loving God. All we have to do is to open our eyes to see that there is a God that loves them.

Missionaries have found some of these people. I remember one missionary that presented Jesus to a tribe of people for the first time. And their response was: “Thank you for telling us the name of our God.” They had rejected all the demons and false gods around them and sought out the loving God that created the world around them.

Will people like this escape Hell? God is so merciful, that yes, I believe they will. Hell is only those who reject the evidence around them and refuse to accept the idea that a loving God created them. If people reach out to the God that created them and try to follow Him, they will find Him.

Only those who harden their hearts against this evidence will find themselves in Hell. Why send missionaries then? Because they will save many who have not accepted the evidence that God has given to them. Missionaries will reveal God to those who have not been able to see Him in the world that God created for them.

What Is Hell Like?

It is very difficult for us who live in a physical world to really understand what an existence without God is really like. But look at the evidence. God is all around us. Everything that we have was created by God for our enjoyment. And even though people continue to reject Him, He still gives us everything we need to enjoy life. What kind of an existence will it be to be in a place where nothing is created for our enjoyment?

The Bible tries to give us some idea. In fact, it gives us several different descriptions for us to think about. Some say that they contradict each other. But the truth is that each tries to show us how terrible hell will be for us.

Some passages say that it will be a punishment. II Thess. 1:8-9 (NIV): “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.”

Others try to show us how terrible that existence will be. Look at Isaiah 66:24 (NIV): “And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” Even Jesus quotes this Old Testament passage to describe the terrible conditions in hell. He says is Mark 9:48 (NIV): “where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’”

Add to this the fact that hell is a place where God is not and you will begin to understand how terrible this place will be. However, you will never fully understand it because it is beyond our comprehension. Just understand that it is a place where you do not want to spend eternity.

Satan Will Send Us To Hell

No, God will not send us to hell. But if we follow Satan, he will send us directly into hell. Listen to what the Bible says. Luke 12:4-5 (NIV): “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.”

But you cannot blame Satan if he leads and send you into hell. It is your own choice when you choose to follow him. And remember, if you reject Jesus, it will be very easy for Satan to fool you into following him. And without Jesus as your Lord and Savior, this is exactly what will happen. This is why Jesus warns us about Satan.

Will Satan Rule In Hell?

Some think that Hell is a place where Satan and his demons rule over all sinners. In fact, some who have died, gone to hell and returned (because they were revived by doctors or though the prayers of Christians), recall that they were being tortured by demons. This does happen now, but that is not the final fate of those who reject Jesus and His salvation.

Satan will be in no position to torture anyone because his fate is the same as every person who rejects God’s salvation through Jesus. Rev. 20:10 (NIV): “And the devil (Satan), 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.”

Where Will You Spend Eternity?

The choice is yours. And you do make that choice whether you believe it or not. You either choose to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior or you automatically choose to reject Him. And if you die still rejecting Jesus, you seal your fate. And your eternal fate is hell. If you have not made your choice, go to How To Live Forever and make it now.

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