Hell: is it a real place or a myth?
23 Jan'19 5
HELL: IS IT A REAL PLACE OR A MYTH?You are welcome to another edition of Insights from God's Word, a Bible study programme that is committed to sharing God's Word by allowing the Bible to speak for itself.
In this edition, we continue with our series on The Truth About Hell. In this study, I want us to consider the topic: Hell: is it a real place or a myth? One of our Bible students sent us a question that is very similar to our topic for today. His question reads as follows: "there is this common belief that there is nothing like hell or heaven. For everything we do, we receive its reward on this earth before we die. Where do we fix this in our discussion?"
Friends, I believe this question ties in very well with our topic for today. Many are those who believe that there is nothing like heaven or hell, and that death is the final end of mankind. The Bible however presents a different position from this viewpoint. The Bible portrays both heaven and hell as real places. The Scripture is clear on the fact that heaven is the place where God and His host of angels dwell (see
Besides heaven, the Bible also presents hell (Gehenna; a place of burning) as a real place. Sometimes, the Bible utilizes expressions such as 'hell fire', 'lake of fire', 'furnace of fire' and 'the lake which burns with fire and brimstone' to describe the condition of hell. Friends, hell is the place where the wicked of all ages will be made to finally pay the penalty for their transgression against the commandments of God. Outlined below are some Scriptural evidence about the reality of hell:
i) "4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into HELL; yea, I say unto you, Fear him" (
ii) "... whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of HELL FIRE" (
iii) "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the LAKE WHICH BURNETH WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE: which is the second death" (
iv) "The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth" (
v) "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE" (
Beloved, these texts above, together with several other similar texts from the Bible make it very clear that hell is a real place. But then, the million dollar question that I believe has been on the hearts of many who contemplate the subject of hell is this: Why is there the need for such a horrible place as hell? From
From the text above, we clearly learn that the purpose of God in bringing about hellfire is to basically destroy Satan and his host of evil angels. God did not design that any human being should perish in the fires of hell (see
Friends, even though we may go through some consequences for our sins here on earth (such as people who go to jail for murder or those who are killed by the AIDS virus as a result of their immoral behaviour), the Bible's clear teaching is that in God's executive judgement, the unrepentant will face the full penalty of their sins in the fires of hell (see
Beloved, from today's study we have proven from Scripture that the subject of hellfire has scriptural basis. We have also studied that even though the Bible talks about hellfire, that place is not meant for any of us (
Exhortation: Friends, it's great to know that hellfire was not planned for any of us. However, as we have noted earlier from Scripture, people who reject the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross (
It is encouraging to learn that the Bible refers to the final punishment of the wicked in the fires of hell as the strange act of God (
In our next study, we will consider the topic: When will the wicked burn in hell? Is it right after death or sometime later in the future? The Bible Study references for this study are
Stay blessed and keep shining for King Jesus.
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