By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.
“The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
At Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells of two men that died. The beggar being obedient to God went to a place of comfort, but the rich man because of disobedience went to a place of punishment and torment. The Bible says, “And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom” (Luke 16:23).
Hell is a very serious subject, but recently Rob Bell wrote the book “Love Wins,” in which he questions what the Bible teaches about hell. The Dothan Eagle, March 28, 2011, carried this account from The Associated Press, Raleigh, NC, which stated, “What does hell mean to you? Is it an endless nightmare for sinners and unsaved souls, as mainstream Christianity has taught for centuries? Or is hell here on Earth, in the distractions, addictions, and emptiness of daily life?”
The article referred to some who agreed with the book, and others who disagreed, but the important thing is what God said about it as recorded in the our Bibles.
Usually the same people who don’t believe what the Bible says about hell do believe in heaven. If we believe the Bible as God’s inspired word we must believe both. You cannot believe in heaven if you don’t believe in hell. Jesus taught much about hell and His teachings are clear. Hell is a real place “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mathew 25:41). Hell is an eternal place of darkness, fire, and pain. In hell there is no rest, relief, or hope.
Indeed God is a God of love, but also a just God who must punish the disobedient and will reward the obedient. If we love God we will obey and live for Him in this life, and live with Him eternally in heaven and escape hell.