5 Truths about Hell
It's easy to avoid the topic of Hell because it's an uncomfortable topic to talk about. Did you know that Jesus talked more about Hell than anyone else in the Bible? He didn't avoid the tough conversations, and He knew the gravity of eternity.
We all will die, and there are two places we will either end up: Heaven or Hell. Last week I wrote a blog post titled 5 Truths about Heaven. This week we'll look at 5 Truths about Hell.
Before we look at the truths of Hell, we need to know how the Bible describes Hell.
Hell is described in the Bible as 3 words:
- Abyss -- a bottomless pit; the underworld; the primal deep; the realm of the dead (Psalm 71:20; Luke 8:31; Revelation 9:1, 3, 11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1, 3).
- Hades -- the underworld; a land of darkness; a prison (Job 10:21; 26:5; Psalm 30:9; 115:17; Luke 8:30-31; Matthew 11:23; 16:18; I Peter 3:19; Revelation 20:7).
- Gehenna -- a fiery place of eternal punishment where body and soul are judged (Matthew 13:42, 50; 25:41, 46; Mark 9: 43, 45, 47). Gehenna originally referred to a valley of the son of Hinnom, lying south of Jerusalem where children were sacrificed to the god, Molech, as they walked through fire (2 Kings 16:3; 21:6; 23:10; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Joshua 15:8; Isaiah 31:9).
Hell is a fiery, dark, and bottomless pit where there is eternal judgment for those who don't believe in Jesus and continue to live like they want to live, dishonoring and disobeying God intentionally.
My Pastor and friend in Orlando, Mike Osborne, preached a sermon in 2012 titled, "Is There Really a Hell and Is It Forever?" He said there are 5 things Jesus said about Hell.
- Hell is a place of separation from the gracious presence of God (Matthew 13:41-42).
- Hell is a place of utter darkness and gloom (Mark 8:12; Jude 7, 13).
- Hell is a place of conscious, extreme sorrow and regret (Luke 16:22-24, 27-28; Revelation 20:10).
- Hell is a place of fire (Matthew 5:22; 13:43-50; Mark 9:43; Luke 16:24; Hebrews 10:26-27; Revelation 14:10-11; 20:10, 14).
- Hell lasts forever (Mark 9:43; Matthew 25: 41, 46; Isaiah 66; Jude 7, 13; Revelation 20:10).
Now that we know the truth about Hell, how should Christians respond?
- We must have great sorrow for unbelievers (Romans 9:2; Ezekiel 3:11), pray for them and share our faith with them (Luke 24:19).
- We must be thankful for the gift of grace God has given us (Ephesians 2:8-10).
If you haven't confessed your sins and wrongful actions to Jesus, do so today. He is the only One Who has the power to forgive sins. He is the only One Who can get you into Heaven because He took on our punishment for our sins by dying on the cross. We will be with God in Heaven if we believe in Jesus. We will be in Hell with Satan and his demons if we don't believe in Jesus.
Choose this day who you will serve. Choose Jesus.