Hell: A Controversial Subject"What about hell?" or "Is there fire in hell?" and similar questions are on the minds of many. This unpopular subject cannot be ignored, although it makes people uncomfortable and anxious. It is probably the hardest of all Christian teachings to accept.
Some teach "universalism" - that eventually everybody will be saved and the God of love will never send anyone to hell. They believe the words "eternal" or "everlasting" do not actually mean forever. However, the same word that speaks of eternal banishment from God is also used for the eternity of heaven.
Others teach that those who refuse to accept Jesus Christ as Savior are simply annihilated, they no longer exist. The Bible does not seem to offer convincing evidence to support this view. The Bible teaches whether we are saved or lost, there is an everlasting existence of the soul.
Some believe God gives a second chance. But the Bible says "Now is the day of salvation" (II Corinthians 6:2). We invite people to accept Christ right now, for we do not know when we will pass into eternity.
The Bible teaches there is hell for every person who willingly and knowingly rejects Christ as Lord and Savior. Many passages could be quoted to support that fact.
"But anyone who says, 'you fool!'
"The Son of Man will send out his angels,
and they will weed out
"Then death and Hades were thrown into the
lake of fire.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,
"It is better for you
Will a loving God send a man to hell? The answer from
Jesus and the teachings of the Bible is, clearly, "Yes!" He
does not send man willingly, but man condemns himself to
eternal hell because in his blindness, stubbornness,
egotism, and love of sinful pleasure, he refuses God's way
of salvation and the hope of eternal life with Him.
A dungeon horrible on all sides round;
Our Patient Merciful God
The Bible and the Gospel speak of God's great mercy for us ...
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“Enter his gates with
thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him
and praise his name.