My blog about hell is going to anger some people, it’s going to shock some people and I knew that as I started studying hell. Let’s face it no one wants to accept that hell is real. Churches a lot of times don’t preach to much about it because they’ll lose some members of their congregation. God led me to this study for a reason. I wanted the truth and I got it. The only thing I used was my Bible and my concordance and I can already hear people grumbling about taking verses out of context to suit my needs. The words that Christ spoke are in red and there is no benefit for me to take what He said out of context. I don’t want to be held accountable for that. So I didn’t use other writers opinions because they weren’t really useful. I wanted the truth and I got it.
Hell translates three different words. Sheol, Hades, and Ghenna. Sheol occurs 65 times in the Old Testament and in the King James version is grave 31 times. Hell 31 times and pit 3 times. The general idea is the place of the dead. This does not mean that the grave is all that’s involved. Hades is the New Testament equivalent of Sheol. It occurs 11 times in the New Testament and except 1 Corinthians 15:15 it is rendered hell by the King James version. The revised version does not translate it as and leaves it as Hades. In some passages this intermediate state between death and the resurrection is associated with suffering. Matthew 11:23 Luke 16:23
Gehenna or the valley of the Hinom was the place where Jews apostatized (To abandon one’s religious faith, a political party, one’s principles, or a cause) and worshipped Moloch (1 Kings 11:7). It was later converted by Josiah to a place of abomination where dead bodies were burned (2 Kings 23:13-14). It thus became a symbol and was used by the Lord to indicate burning and suffering. It occurs 12 times in the New Testament and denotes the eternal state of the lost after the resurrection.
Let’s first focus on something Jesus spoke about, (Luke 16: 19-31)I’m sure everyone knows this story but let’s look at it from another angle. We all know that Lazarus was a lowly beggar who was covered in sores and was eating out of garbage cans and suffering. There was also this other hip cat who was filthy rich. He wore the finest robes, never wanted for anything, Now you know what happens but I think a lot of people fail to see what Jesus was telling us. Sure, Lazarus was rich in spirit while the rich guy was poor in spirit. Read verse 23-24 out loud for me. Where was the rich guy? Why was he there? Verse 25 answers that very question. Despite being poor Lazarus still served God, he kept the Lord’s commandments while the rich guy just focused on money and what was pleasing to his flesh. The rich guy is pleading to Abraham to let him go back and tell his brothers about hell but Abraham was like dude, if they aren’t going to believe Moses or the prophets surely they won’t believe one who’s risen from the dead. That speaks volumes to me because the beggar was denied a second chance to accept salvation so why have the rules changed? Jesus rose from the dead! He is our link to eternal life yet we reject him so why should we be any different than the beggar?
Read John 24-29. Verse 29 And those who have done good, into the new life; and those who have done evil, to be judged. What is evil? If you read the ten commandments that is our guide to a life that is pleasing to God. In order to have eternal life you have to repent while you’re still breathing. It doesn’t say that those who have done evil will get a second chance, Again use the the rich man’s story as a focal point. He was condemned to hell without an opportunity to repent and ascend from hell to heaven.
In Mark 9:45 Jesus tells us that if your foot is a cause of trouble to, let it be cut off; it is better for you to go into life with one foot than to have two feet and go into hell. Whatever is causing you to sin remove it from your life! What is sin? Lawlessness and sin is what separates us from God. You don’t have to be a serial killer to be cast into hell. Rejecting God, continuing to sin even when you know it’s wrong. There are missionaries all over the world teaching the message of Christ yet we continue to follow our sin nature, or we are shackled by this idea that God is merciful and loving so we surely won’t be judged and cast into hell. Wrong! You must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. If you aren’t you will be judged accordingly. Let’s break for a little bit so we can digest what we’ve learned and continue this in another part.