You may have heard that hell is just a temporary place where bad people go when they die, before they are annihilated. Is this a true statement about hell? There are actually a number of popular beliefs about hell, many not found in the Bible. What lies are your believing about hell?
The first lie is that Hell is temporary.
Jesus said in Matthew 25:41, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
He told us that men are going to the same place as the devil. The next verse further defines the word “everlasting.”
Revelation 20:10, “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
Everlasting means, forever and ever.
Matthew 25:46, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
The same word for everlasting is used to describe heaven and hell. The same Greek word is Aionios. That word is also used in Romans 16:26 where it describes an everlasting God.
Revelation 14:10-11 also says, “their torment ascends up forever, and they have no rest day nor night.”
The second lie is that the fire of hell is not literal.
Luke 16:23, “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments…send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”
If it were a metaphorical fire, why would water suffice?
Revelation 9:2, “And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.”
How would the sky be darkened by metaphorical fire?
Isaiah 33:12-14, “And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”
This verse tells us they are literally burning forever. The word everlasting is the same word used to describe God in Psalm 106:48.
John 15:6, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”
Psalms 11:6, “Upon the wicked he will rain fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest. Fire and brimstone are not metaphorical substances.”
The third lie is that one is in hell now.
Luke 16:23, “And in hell the rich man was in torment.”
This is the current hell, not the lake of fire because it used the word, Hades.
Isaiah 14:9-10, “Hell from beneath is moved to meet thee at thy coming. The lake of fire will not be beneath, but in outer darkness.”
Matthew 25:30, “And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Ezekiel 32:21, “They shall speak out of the midst of hell.”
The word for hell is Sheol, which is the current hell down deep in the earth. See also: Ezekiel 26:20 and Numbers 16:32.
Isaiah 38:17-18,”Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for thy truth.”
More verses that speak of those down, in the lower parts of the earth:
Psalms 55:15; Psalms 63:9; Psalms 88:4-6; Proverbs 15:24.
Another lie is that everyone will eventually be saved out of hell.
Luke 16, “Jesus spoke of the rich man, he said, you cannot cross over.”
People cannot leave hell.
Luke 13:24, “Strive to enter through the straight gate, for many will seek to enter in and shall not be able. He will say, ‘I do not know you, Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.”
These are not entering heaven, ever.
Jesus also told the Pharisees that He was leaving for heaven, and they could not come there.
John 7:33-34, “where I am, you cannot come.”
John 8:21, “you will die in your sins, where I go, ye cannot come.”
Matthew 23:33, “How can ye escape the damnation of hell.”
Hebrews 6:8, “whose end is to be burned.”
Philippians 3:19, “their end is destruction.”
Their end is not bliss in heaven, but destruction in hell.
The fifth lie is that there are many ways to escape hell.
John 14:6, “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes unto the Father except through me.”
Acts. 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
2 Thessalonians 1:9-10, “Those who obey not the gospel shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.”
1 John 5:12, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passé from death to life, because we love the brethren.”
Luke 13:3, “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
1 John 4:3, “and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.”
If you have not received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are on the road to hell. If you haven’t repented or turned from your sin, you are on the road to hell. If you don’t love your brothers, you are on the road to hell. If you deny Jesus came in the flesh, you are on the road to hell.
There is only one way to go to heaven; there is only one name that saves. There is only one God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Examine the scriptures and ask God to show you the truth about Jesus Christ. Don’t be deceived by those who use persuasive, false arguments.
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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell