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The Reality of Hell

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"Depart from Me, accursed ones, into eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels." Matthew 25:41

If we take these words of Jesus seriously, then we must accept the fact that hell is a reality. From this text we learn that hell was not originally created for man but for the devil and his demons. Of course, all who join his rebellion against the will of God deserve to be destroyed in this Lake of Fire.

Many find it hard to believe that Jesus talked more about hell than any other subject. It must be because He doesnít want anyone to end up there. The Bible says that God desires all men to come to repentance and be saved from the wrath to come.

Hell is called the "Lake of Fire" - "a furnace of fire" - "a devouring fire" - "a bottomless pit." It is a "place of torments" - "where they cry for mercy" - "where they weep" - "where they gnash their teeth" - "where they have no rest" - "a place of outer darkness." Hell is where "sinners go" - "liars go" - "drunkards go" - "swindlers go" - "immoral persons go" - "homosexuals go" - "unrighteous go" - "unbelievers go" - "those whose name is not written in the Lambís Book of Life go" - "those who reject or neglect salvation go" - " a place where God wants no man to go."

Sin cannot simply be forgiven, it has to be dealt with. The Bible says that any person who sins must die. (Ezek.18:4) The Bible says that without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness for sin. The shedding of animal blood cannot take away sin, only the sinless, righteous sacrifice of a holy Savior can. That has been provided in Christ Jesus. For those who will not receive that sacrifice, the Bible asks, -"How can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?" (Heb.9:22) For those all that remains is a "terrifying expectation of a fiery judgment." (Heb.10:27)

Sadly, in our time there are few who believe that hell is real and of those who do, even fewer believe the Bible description of it. Jesus said, -"If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell." (Matt. 5:29) Many allow wishful thinking to deceive them, but if the Bible is true, and if Jesus is the living Truth, then hell is a reality.

 

 

 

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