Is Hell A Real Place?
I wanted to share this with to you today. It is a topic that is close to my heart. There are many that believe that Hell is NOT real. My friends when you die there is more to this life than becoming "worm food." There IS something after you die. If you do not believe that Hell is real, please be sure, because dead is dead.... there are no second chances. Below are some points that I would like to make.
Hell is Permanent
In Luke 16, we find a rich man asking Abraham to send someone to hell with a drop of cool water for his tongue. Abraham responds that there is a chasm or gulf that is permanent and impassable. It prevents passage back and forth between heaven and hell. Once a person makes their choice of heaven or hell, and slips into eternity, there is no changing their mind. Their destiny is fixed.
If you die without choosing to make Jesus your Lord and Savior, you are forever locked in torment and anguish in hell.
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Hell Is A Real Place
In Revelation 1:18 Jesus appears to John on the Isle of Patmos and declares that He holds the keys to death and hell. While there is debate over whether Jesus actually descended into hell in the three days between his death and resurrection, the Revelation passage makes it abundantly clear that Jesus has personal experience with hell. It may be simply because He was part of creating it, or because He has been there.
Hell was never created for man. It was created to be the place where Satan and his demons would suffer for all eternity in response to their rebellion. It was only when man chose to rebel against God that hell became an eternal destination for man.
Hell = Anguish & Torment
In Luke 16:19-31 we read the story of the rich man and Lazarus. In short, Lazarus was poor and needy, while the rich man was rich. Lazarus begged at the gate of the rich man, but was ignored. Both Lazarus and the rich man died and went to their eternal destinations: Lazarus to heaven, the rich man to hell or hades.
In this dramatic passage, Jesus uses the words torment, anguish, and flame to describe hell in these verses. The rich man called out to Abraham to send him some relief from his torment, which included flames.
It seems that, according to this passage, those who are consigned to hell can see the joy and comfort of those in heaven. This hints that part of the torment of hell is a knowledge that you made the wrong choice about your eternal destiny, and are constantly presented with what you missed in heaven. Regret. It is a horrible thing here on earth, and even more so, in hell.
Unrelenting torment and anguish. Inextinguishable fire and flame. Truly, our worst day here in earth will not even begin to compare to the ‘best’ day in hell, should one choose to go there.
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Jesus Offers a Way Out
In John 14:6, Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. He went on to tell us that it is ONLY through Him that anyone comes to God. All other ways are futile. No amount of good works or being good will get you into heaven. God lives in heaven; therefore, if anyone desires to live forever in Heaven, they must go through Jesus because He holds the only way to heaven. The sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross to pay what you and I owed for our sin and rebellion is our only entry key into heaven.