Bill Wiese, The Man Who Went To Hell
Regardless of the arguments people have formed against the Bible’s teachings, every person on earth will one day know the truth about hell. Yes, hell is real. Denying its existence, or believing that good people don’t go there will not change the outcome for so many. If we do not believe in an eternal hell, we call Jesus a liar since He spoke of hell in 46 separate verses. Watch: Is Hell A Scare Tactic?
Hell is real and many people are going there. Why? Because rejecting the only way of salvation God has provided in Jesus Christ leaves no other place for humans to go. Hell was not prepared for mankind but for the devil and his angels. Saying no to heaven is saying yes to hell. There is no third option for the human soul.
We Will Live Forever Either In Heaven Or Hell
- If hell is symbolic, how do we know which parts of the Bible are literal?
- If there is no hell, we would not value our salvation. What did Jesus save us from?
- If there is no hell, there would be no consequences for our actions.
- If there is no hell, there would be no urgency to share the Gospel.
God Gave His Only Son
We can understand there is a repulsion to an eternal place of torment. At the same time, we must understand that God gave the most precious thing He had to keep us out; His own Son! Watch: What The Cross Accomplished
Also, do we reject what Jesus said because it’s offensive? Do we risk our own eternity and believe our own opinion as truth?
Most people believe in Heaven, but not nearly as many believe in hell. Could it be because people do not want to be held accountable for their sins? Another issue seems to be that many cannot reconcile a loving God with a God who would allow eternal torment. God is not only love, but He is holy and just, and our sin deserves eternal punishment.
Jesus Spoke About Hell More Than Anyone Else
Jesus said, “Where their worm dies not and the fire is not quenched, where they are cast into outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt.13:41,49; Mark 9:43-47; Luke 12:46-47). He mentioned everlasting fire, damnation and punishment (Matt.18:8, 25:46; Mark 3:29). There are at least 150 verses in the Bible about hell. I think after we read some of them it will become obvious to us.
In Matthew 25:46, Jesus said, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” The word for everlasting and eternal are the same word, “aionios.” Just as Heaven is a location, and everlasting, so is hell. The same thing is stated in John 5:29-30; Mark 16:16; Daniel 12:2 and Acts 24:15.
The Rich Man In Hell
Revelation 14:10-11 says, “and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night.” Where are they being tormented if there is no hell?
In Luke 16, Jesus spoke of the rich man, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments…for I am tormented in this flame…” This was not a parable for two reasons; first, no other parable has a name in it, and this has three names. Second, Jesus said in verse 25, “But Abraham said…” If it was a parable then Abraham really didn’t say it, which would make Jesus a liar. He said that “Abraham said.” It had to be a true story for Jesus to make that statement. Watch: The Rich Man In Hell
I Saw The People In Hell
Jesus said in Matthew 13:41-42, “The angels shall gather…them which do iniquity; and cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” How can one gnash his teeth if he doesn’t exist, or if there is no hell? Where are they gathered to? Psalm 26: 9 says, “Gather not my soul with sinners.”
Look at Luke 12:46, where Jesus mentions that servant. He will, “Cut him in two, and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.” Where are they appointed to if there is no hell? Watch: The People I Saw In Hell.
Why did Jesus say in Luke 12:4-5, “Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell.” His statement is clear that there is something which lies ahead which is worse than dying physically! Jesus said to Judas, “It had been good for that man if he had not been born.”
Jesus also said in Matthew 18:6, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” In other words, there is something coming after that is worse than drowning. Listen to: The Coming Judgment
Even the agnostic British philosopher and social reformer Bertrand Russell said, “There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character, and that is that he believed in hell….Christ certainly as depicted in the Gospels did believe in everlasting punishment…” (Robert A. Peterson, Hell on Trial, pg. 4)
If there is no hell, why did Jesus Christ die a horrific death on the cross and rise from the dead? To save us from what?
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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell