There Must Be A Place Called Hell

Some people can’t understand why there is a place called hell. Why does it have to exist? People become easily offended that God would send a basically good person to eternal torment in hell. Many people are actually angry at God because they cannot reconcile this issue. They create a God who is only loving, and do not grasp that He is Holy and just and will not tolerate sin. God hates sin because He sees the horrible effects of sin on the human race. His desire is to protect and bless us, but our sin limits Him at the very least. Since God is just, He must punish us for our sins, just as a good judge in our land must punish the criminal.

Why should God just let you or anyone else into Heaven? Do you really think you are good enough? The truth is that most people believe they are good enough.

They compare their “goodness” to others basing their belief on interactions and observations. Their standard of good is subjective to the outward behavior. They don’t consider what exists in the heart. A person’s thoughts, intents and attitudes are also considered sin.

The Bible says in Romans 3:23, the wages we all deserve for our sin is death. God punished Jesus instead of us, because that is how loving He really is.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

If we will be truthful and examine ourselves we must admit that we are all guilty of lying, cheating, selfishness, being easily angered, being hateful, and unforgiving. So many people don’t go to Church, don’t read the Bible, don’t feed the poor, and don’t live morally clean lives, all of which God commanded us to do!

Why should a perfect God allow us access to a perfect place? We would corrupt it like we have done here on the earth. Revelation 21:27 reads, “But there shall by no means enter it anythingthat defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Here is an analogy:

If I gave you a glass of pure, mountain spring water but put one drop of sewage in it would you drink it? No, you wouldn’t.

God will not permit even one small iota of sin in His presence (James 2:10).

Proverbs 24:9 states that even one foolish thought is a sin. If we commit one sin, just a foolish thought, we would not be allowed into heaven. That’s a pretty high standard.

The reality is that we are a glass filled with sewage. Isaiah 64:6 describes, “all our righteousness are as filthy rags.” Not one of us is worthy of Heaven.

Romans 3:12 says, There is none good, no not one.

Job 15:16 says, Man, who is abominable and filthy, who drinks iniquity like water. 

That’s how bad we really are. We drink sin like water.

We cannot enter heaven the way we are because we are also not compatible with a Holy God. Nahum 1:5 states that we would be consumed in His presence with our sinful nature. God’s nature is different then ours. He has a Holy nature, and we have a corrupt nature.

Hell is so horrible because it is absent of God’s goodness. Good only exists because of God. If you don’t want Him in your life, there is a place prepared without Him or His goodness. To be clear, death does not mean cease to exist. It means separation from God. You are an eternal being and will live forever in either heaven or hell.

You also need to realize that the same God you accuse of being cruel is the same one who sent His Son to suffer horribly on a cross to die in your place, in order to keep us all out of hell. He made a way of escape by paying for our sins, and then offering us the free gift of eternal life.

Jesus paid the penalty of death for us. Our part is to turn from a sinful lifestyle, and give our heart and life to Him. If we refuse then we will pay the price for our sins, which is eternal suffering in hell. Stop complaining that there is only one way to heaven, and be grateful He made a way where there was none. If you want to live at His house, you do it His way! Make the right choice.

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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell