Is Hell Real?

What Does the Bible Say About Satan?

We have all been to a funeral or seen a post that includes condolences that look like this…

“I am sure he is in a better place.”

“Now she is looking down on us.”

“She is dancing with Jesus now.”

or even…

“Have a beer up there for me buddy…”

I find it intriguing that people who are self-proclaimed atheists, or even those people who use God and Hell as references in their every day speech, are so quick to believe in Heaven, but could care less to believe that Hell exists.

I once heard a pastor say, “The best evangelists in the world would be those people who are in Hell.”

Just this last Sunday, the pastor at a church we visited described a funeral he officiated for a 20 year old man who died in a car crash while driving drunk.

At the funeral, the man’s family searched for words of comfort and assurance that he was now in heaven.

Knowing that God is the final judge, the best thing the pastor could say to the family was, “I am sure God will judge him fairly…”

Yikes!

Do you know with utmost certainty what will happen to you when you die?

Why are we so quick to believe in a glorious place called heaven that we certainly don’t deserve, and yet, we deny Hell as a possibility for the majority of everyone we know that was “a good person”?

The Bible, and Jesus, mentions Hell twenty-three times. I suggest we use those references as a starting point to understand what Hell is and who goes there.

I have always loved story time. Fiction is fun, but my favorite kind of stories are parables. Basically, a dumbed down version of a complex subject so that we can grasp the highlights in an easy way.

Jesus was the best at this and one of his parables was about a Rich Man and Lazarus.

In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus explains that riches don’t equal salvation.

Wealth, material things, other religions, and even modern medicine can’t save us from the inevitable.

Jesus describes Lazarus as a beggar with sores on his body. Lazarus dies with nothing to his name and is taken to heaven.

“Taken” in this sense means that his soul did not die with his sick body.

Wait just a minute…

His soul… His consciousness…

If you don’t believe in the Bible right now, or in God, or in Hell, do you believe in science?

How does science explain consciousness?

When you say you know something “in your heart” or “in your mind”, are you referring to your soul?

What I am getting at is the fact that we all have a will, or a mind to make choices.

Beyond death, our Creator will judge us for those choices.

Jesus explains in his parable that our souls are conscious after death.

He also talks about the Rich Man who is in a fiery place and he adds to that by saying that there is no escape. Hell is for eternity.

Jesus even ends the parable by explaining that we have everything we need right now to make a decision and he has given us plenty of time to consider our eternal destiny.

Hell is real. Satan is real. Satan is laughing at our ignorance and celebrating when we deceive ourselves to believe otherwise.

The Bible describes Hell as a fiery place that is apart from God for eternity.

So, who will go to Hell then?

Is Hell a place reserved for the most evil people?

If I am “mostly” a good person, can I get a pass for the things I have done wrong and escape the fiery inferno?

From Jesus’ parable and his ministry throughout the gospel, we learn that the only way to salvation is through Him.

This is a black and white issue. There is no in between.

If we refuse to repent and accept the offer of eternal life that Jesus provides, our eternal choice will be Hell.

How about ending this on a more delightful note…?

What are the conditions of salvation? Are there any?

What does it mean to be “saved” or “born-again” through Christ?

You can actually learn this today.

If you are viewing this on a computer or other device, you already have access to everything you need to know about the saving grace of Jesus.

As I have said before, the Bible is the one true source of instruction for everything in our lives.

This includes how to repent and how to live a life that pleases God.

After all, He made you in His image. So I ask, why let Satan take you forever when God already made you for His own?

My next post will be about What Does It Mean To Be “Saved”?, and how you can make the choice to trust in Jesus right now.

We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we do know that Hell is real.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

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Posted by Satan's Apple – Finding Truth Among the Lies on Thursday, September 5, 2019