We hear so many stories about Hell, and based on these stories, Hell is a place full of fire and brimstone. It’s a place where people are tortured for eternity. But what does the Bible say about Hell? Read on to find out.
The Bible’s Perception of Hell
Translated from the Hebrew word Sheol and the Greek word Hades, “Hell” is used in many instances in the Bible. In the Old Testament, Sheol is often described as a place of darkness where the dead go. It’s a place where there is no returning from.
The Bible’s perception of Hell boils down to three things:
1. Hell is a place of fire.
In Matthew 25:14, Jesus says, “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.’” Revelation 20:15 further added that Hell is a lake of fire.
2. Hell is a place of suffering.
In Matthew 8:12, Jesus says, “But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” This shows that Hell is full of anguish and torment for those who are condemned.
3. Hell is an eternal place of punishment.
In Mark 9:43, Jesus says, “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.” This indicates an everlasting torture for those who are sent there.
Who Gets Sent to Hell?
The Bible clearly states that Hell is reserved for those who reject God and His offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. In John 3:18, Jesus says, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
While it is clear that those who reject God’s offer of salvation will be condemned to Hell, It is important to note that even those who have accepted Christ as their Savior could still be sent to Hell if they continue to reject God and practice sin. Jesus warns about this in Matthew 10:28, when he says, “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.”
Each of us must make a conscious decision to accept or reject God. Those who choose to reject Him will face the ultimate penalty—eternal separation from God in Hell. It is an incredibly serious decision that none of us should take lightly.
But what about those who have never heard of Jesus? Unfortunately, there are still people on Earth who have never heard of God and His offer of salvation. And yet, the Bible is very clear that God is just and fair; He will not send anyone to hell if they have never heard about His Son. In Romans 10:14, we read, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
However, this does not mean they will automatically go to heaven. Jesus’s second coming will be the ultimate judgment day, and all will receive their appropriate reward or punishment, depending on how they responded to God’s offer of salvation. Those who have never heard of Jesus Christ will surely receive a fair hearing on that day. On that day, they will be given an opportunity to accept or reject the offer of salvation and be held accountable for their choices.
Until then, it is our responsibility as Christians to share the Gospel with those who have never heard it so they may have a chance to accept God’s offer of salvation. After all, no one deserves to spend eternity in Hell, so we must do what we can to ensure that everyone is allowed to know the truth.
What Sins Will Surely Bring Us to Hell?
Aside from rejecting Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Bible lists several other sins that will result in condemnation to hell. These include:
Idolatry pertains to the worship of false gods or anything that takes the place of the one true God in our lives. This can include things like money, power, or fame. In Exodus 20:2-3, we read, “I am the Lord your God…You shall have no other gods before me.”
This commandment is very clear – we are to worship and serve God alone. Those who choose to worship false gods or anything else in place of the one true God will be condemned to Hell.
Blasphemy refers to any form of speech or action that dishonors God or His name. This can include swearing, taking the Lord’s name in vain, or making light of His Word and teachings. In Leviticus 24:16, we are told, “Anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD must be put to death. Therefore, those who blaspheme God or His name are subject to eternal condemnation in Hell.
Another sin that will result in condemnation to Hell is murder. This is defined as the unlawful killing of another human being. Exodus 20:13 says, “You shall not murder.” Even if a person claims to have committed the act in self-defense or as an accident, it is still considered murder and will be punishable in hell. It doesn’t matter who the victim is or what they have done; taking another human life is an abominable crime that will cause a person to suffer eternal damnation.
Adultery is the act of engaging in sexual activity with someone other than your spouse. Leviticus 20:10 states, “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.”
Adultery is seen as a major offense in the Bible and is punishable by death in some cases. However, it is important to note that Jesus taught a different approach to adultery. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:27-32), Jesus says that even looking at someone with lustful intent is already considered adultery. This shows that God desires us to remain faithful not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually.
Another sin that will lead to eternal damnation is lying. Exodus 20:16 says, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Lying and deceit are abominations in God’s eyes, and those who routinely indulge in such behavior will be condemned to Hell.
These sins listed above are some of the most serious offenses in the eyes of God and will surely bring about condemnation to Hell. We must remember that God does not take sin lightly and is a righteous judge who will punish those who willfully break His laws. Thus, we must strive to remain obedient to Him at all times so that we may receive His mercy and grace.
What Should We Do When We Commit a Sin?
We are all sinners by nature. Still, we should take responsibility for our sins and make every effort to repent. We must admit that we have done wrong and ask for God’s forgiveness. When we do, He will forgive us and give us the grace to turn away from our sins (Romans 6:1-14).
Repentance is not just about saying sorry, but rather a change of heart and mind. We must be willing to put God first in all areas of our lives, asking for His guidance and direction. This means that we need to be obedient to His commands and be willing to change our behavior to be more in line with God’s will.
We must also rely on the Holy Spirit for help and strength. The Holy Spirit can convict us of our sins, show us how to repent, and give us the power to do so (John 16:7-11).
Finally, we should share our burden with a trusted friend or pastor. Confessing our sins can be hard, and having someone else to talk to can help us process what has happened in a healthier way. As we confess our sins and accept God’s forgiveness, He will give us the strength to move forward (James 5:16).
While it can be very challenging to make amends for sins, God’s mercy and grace are available to us. As we humbly come before Him with repentance, He will forgive us and help us to turn away from our sinfulness so that we can live in a way that pleases Him.
Why Do Some People Find It Hard to Repent?
Repentance is easier said than done. This means that even though they know it is the right thing to do, a person may still struggle to repent.
One reason that some people find it difficult to repent is because of fear or shame. They may be scared of admitting their mistakes and owning up to their responsibility. If they confess their sins, they may worry about being judged or ostracized by others. Some people may feel a sense of guilt or shame for their wrongdoings and be unable to forgive themselves. This can make it hard for them to repent and ask for forgiveness from God sincerely.
Another reason is that some people are in denial about the situation. They may deny that their actions were wrong or that the consequences apply to them. In some cases, they may not even be aware of what they have done wrong and thus cannot take responsibility for their mistakes.
Finally, some people may be resistant to change and thus unwilling to repent. They may have already been comfortable with their current lifestyle and are reluctant to make any changes, even if those changes will lead to a better life.
No matter the reason, it is important to acknowledge that repentance is difficult and may require help from others. It is okay to ask for support, whether in the form of guidance from a spiritual leader or advice from a close friend. Through prayer and support, you can find the strength to repent and begin your journey toward a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
What Are the Things We Must Do to Avoid Being Sent to Hell?
There are several things we must do to avoid being sent to Hell. The most important one is to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and follow His teachings, by living a life of obedience to God’s Word. We must also repent of our sins, confess them before God, and seek forgiveness.
Additionally, the Bible tells us that we should be kind and loving to our fellow man and demonstrate mercy and grace. We should also seek to live a life of purity, avoiding any sort of worldliness or immorality. For example, we should avoid drugs, alcohol, and sexual immorality. We must also be obedient to God’s laws and be mindful of our thoughts and actions.
Finally, we should seek to worship God faithfully in all aspects of our lives. This means that we should read the Bible, attend church regularly, and pray often. We must also stay away from things that could cause us to stumble into sin or temptation. Only through living a life of faithfulness to God can we avoid being sent to Hell.
Hell is a place where there is no light, God is absent, and there is everlasting fire. This is the biblical view of Hell. To avoid Hell, we must all repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus Christ. While it might sound easy, it requires commitment and dedication. But by living a life of faithfulness to God, we won’t ever have to fear eternal damnation because of our sins.