Shocking Biblical Truths about Hell
Do you believe in hell?
I recently listened to preaching podcast about end times.It was discuss in a four series in one month. One of the series there was entitled Dark Night. And it is about hell. So I was excited to listen to it because I know that my picture of hell is so overrated feed by media and cartoons. I want to know the biblical truth about it,that what they say about hell was really supported in verses and told by Jesus.
Warning: This article was about to shatter all our false beliefs in hell. Hell is really true. We really cannot ignore or take it lightly.
To get the whole picture of hell and why it exists is this: God is holy; he cannot stand and hates sin. Be of little as lying or as big as a murder. “And one called out to another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory." (Isaiah 6:3).In bible, if a word is repeated twice or thrice it means it was so important. That’s how holy God is. Holy in Greek word is “qodesh” which means set apart. So therefore, heaven is His Holy place and there is hell where sin was present everywhere. So let’s dive into the shocking truths about hell.
God is also in Hell. Satan’s the not boss.
He is omnipresent, creator of the universe. Of course he is present there. So the misconception that Satan was pictured as the one who calls the shots in hell sitting on a throne with his big fork is so untrue. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. “(Psalms 139:7-8).”Sheol” is a Hebrew word means underworld, hell. The citizen of heaven experienced God’s grace but in hell they experienced God’s wrath.
If the people in hell are going to vote who want them out of hell, it’s God. Remember When Adam and Eve sinned they hide when God called them? Why? Because now that they have eaten the forbidden fruit that opened their mind in the knowledge of good and evil, they know that disobeying God is sin. In human nature, we know in our hearts the weight of sin, that’s why we have conscience. And the presence of God in hell brought pain on the people there. They want to “hide “and not see Him.
The people who are in Hell chose to be there.
Torment and torture are sometimes used interchangeably. In hell it was described as a torment .But as it was discussed in the preaching, they are very different words. Torture means to cause someone to pain while torment is self-inflicted pain. In the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus (the beggar not the one who was raised from the dead by Jesus) in the book of Luke, it was clearly illustrated there their state after life. The Rich Man went to hell and Lazarus went to heaven.
Notice the plead of the Rich Man: “Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.” (Luke 16:24), the Rich Man didn’t ask Abraham to get him out of hell. He knows that his predicament was his choice. He missed the chance to change while on Earth.
It’s our decision to whether go to heaven or to hell. Because we have given the gift of “Free Will”. We all have the time on Earth to repent and surrender life to Jesus. This conversation strikes proof on this:
“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ Luke 16:27-29
How come God let this happen, you might ask? He is a loving but also a “Just” God. He doesn’t want any sin go unpunished. Here on earth we have laws on so many crimes. We cringe when we heard a guilty criminal got acquitted in the crime he commits. God too greatly cringe and burned in anger for every sin we do, be it as it may seem good to say as white lies.
God is gracious and merciful. Even though we all deserve to be in hell for the sins we commit: “For the wages of sin is death… He finds a way for us to be saved – “… but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
One more thing, I also agree not to look at Jesus as just our ticket to heaven. God knows what’s truly in our hearts. He longs for a relationship with us, not religion. Sincerely repent out of love for Him, that He gave his only son Jesus. We are the one who was due to pay the eternal death as penalty for our sins, Jesus obeys His Father and his life was the payment. Jesus’ blood washed the impurity for us to be holy again and be with the Holy God in heaven.
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