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Unsuitable for young children. Could be upsetting for others, but this is straight from your bible.

The word Hell is not in the bible, but the concept of a place of torment for those who reject God provision of Jesus Christ to forgive their sins is.

Does the bible teach that God sends people to Hell? Not really, because it is a choice each of us makes whether to accept Jesus Christ payment for our sins, or to reject God’s provision. If we reject him, we condemn ourselves to an eternity outside the presence of God.

No one really knows what that actually means, but the picture is clear in scripture that it will not be a pleasant experience. God wants everyone to take him up on his offer of salvation. He loves each of us equally no matter what we have done in our past.

Matthew 18:12-14; What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. – Jesus

2 Peter 3:9; “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

 

HELL / Gehenna

Gehenna, (/ɡɪˈhɛnə/; גיא בן הינום‎ Ancient Greek: γέεννα), from the Hebrew Gehinnom (Rabbinical: גהנום‎/גהנם‎) “The Valley of Hinnom”

The Valley of Hinnom was a place just outside Jerusalem. In that valley was a place called Topheth where children were sacrificed to Baal and Molech by being burned alive.

David Kimhi and Rashi, medeevil Jewish commentators, said that Topheth is from the Hebrew word toph, meaning a drum. They reasoned that drums were used to drown out the screaming of the children who were being sacrificed by the priests of Moloch.

2 Chronicles 28:1-3; “Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He followed the ways of the kings of Israel and also made idols for worshiping the Baals. He burned sacrifices in the Valley of Ben Hinnom and sacrificed his children in the fire, engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.”

2 kings 23:10; “He desecrated Topheth, which was in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, so no one could use it to sacrifice their son or daughter in the fire to Molek.”

Jeremiah 32:35; “They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molek, though I never commanded—nor did it enter my mind—that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.”

So, although the word Hell, is not actually in the bible, the place that is depicted by the word certainly paints a picture of what the bible describes as the second death.

 

THE SECOND DEATH

Revelation 19:20; “But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.”

Revelation 20:12-15; “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 gave up 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 they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. [Greek pyros].”

Revelation 21:7-8; “Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving,… they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

 

ETERNAL PUNISHMENT

The word translated “eternal” in the New Testament can be translated “age to come” or “agelong”. Some argue that this does not mean forever, but in light of other scripture it is pretty clear “forever” is a proper translation. Also, the age to come is an age without time and the word is used both for those who are apart from God and those who are with him.

Matthew 13:49-50; This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Jesus

Mark 9:43; “If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out” – Jesus

Jude 1:7; “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”

Matthew 10:28-31; Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” – Jesus

Revelation 20:10; “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.”

Matthew 25:41, 46; “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… Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” – Jesus

These last two scriptures Rev. 20:10 and Matthew 25:41, 46 are very sobering. They speak of a torment that will never cease. They speak of a place that both Satan his angels and those who reject God will all go together.

There are those who diminish the concept of Hell but I think that is a dangerous endeavor. Whatever Hell is, it is not portrayed as a pleasant place to spend eternity. We have no idea how much God protects and influence our lives even as we reject and ignore him. There is a day coming when some will be completely removed from his presence and protection.

 

WHO GOES TO HELL?

Revelation 20:12-15; “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. … and each person was judged according to what they had done. … Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Luke 10:16; “The one who listens to you listens to me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” – Jesus

Matthew 10:32:33; Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” – Jesus

Luke 12:9; “But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.” – Jesus

John 12:47-48; If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.” – Jesus

Matthew 16:24-26; “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their lifef will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” – Jesus

Romans 6:23; “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 3:23; “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 3:10-13; “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away”

Romans 5:12; “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.”

1 Corinthians 15:21-22; “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”

 

HOW CAN YOU BE SAVED FROM HELL?

Rejection of Jesus Christ is what keeps us from God. We are all sinners who need a savior who is Jesus. He alone paid the price for us. We cannot earn our way to God by trying to be good because in God’s economy we are not. We are tarnished by sin and that sins needs to be dealt with. We have already eaten our meal and the bill is coming due, only we don’t have enough money to pay it.

Romans 10:9; “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Ephesians 2:8-10; “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Acts 4:12; “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

We cannot clean ourselves up. God does that by giving us his Spirit. We give our lives to him and he does his work through us and he sets us free from sin.

Romans 8:1-4; “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.”

Romans 6:23; “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

ROMANS 3:23-25; For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.

ROMANS 5:8; But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

 

God knows your heart and everything about you. He is not disappointed in you, he wants to care for you if you will let him. Ask him into your life to be your Lord. Give him every aspect of your life to do as he wishes and he will transform your life.

The God of heaven is loving and merciful, desiring for you to know him for all eternity. He respects your free will to choose because love is not forced, it is your choice.

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Robert J.

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