Hell, a place, a curse word, an adjective. Not many preachers today talk about the reality that there is an actual hell. The way many pastors/preachers and parishioners, and the unsaved live, they don't believe there is a hell either. They don't believe that a loving God would send people to hell. There is a false belief that everyone goes to heaven. There is a false belief there is no heaven or hell. The Bible refutes all of these seriously erroneous assumptions.
"Jesus accepted all, He ate with sinners, and He approves of any lifestyle." Where did this belief come from? Jesus clearly warned that a person who sins will NOT inherit eternal life, but eternal damnation. Many preachers don't talk about hell giving excuses like "it scares away members, people don't want to hear about hell. 'Hell fire and brimstone' preaching is not relevant in today's culture". This could not be further from the truth. The truth is if you don't have a saving faith in Jesus Christ, you should be afraid, actually you should be terrified, because Jesus described hell as very horrible place. We can't understand or really know how bad it is unless we actually die and go there. Then it is too late. There is no second chance like many falsely believe, that there is a way to get out of hell. Many make fun, making stupid statements like, "Send me to hell, I'll be okay". Really? Jesus made some very chilling statements about hell. In some instances He said it was better for a man to NOT HAVE BEEN BORN rather than going to hell.
This is not a message that will lead to happy feelings. It's not meant to. Jesus died so that NO ONE has to go there. It is a CHOICE. You can choose to believe and follow Jesus or you can choose to believe and follow Satan into the hell that was prepared for him and his angels. God never meant for humans to go to hell, it was for Satan and his angels. But if you want to follow Satan, you will suffer the same consequences as him. God doesn't force us to choose. It may feel that way, many say, "why can't God just accept me for who I am and let me in heaven anyways?" God is a HOLY God, heaven is a HOLY place, no sin or evil can be there. Just think about the earth now, with sin running amok, What difference would there be in heaven if sin was allowed to be there? That is the POINT, heaven is paradise, no pain, pure pleasure beyond our imagination, NO EVIL!!
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO DO HIS COMMANDMENTS AND THEIR NAMES
ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE
THAT THEY MAY HAVE THE RIGHT TO THE TREE OF LIFE
AND ENTER THROUGH THE GATES OF THE ETERNAL CITY OF GOD
WHERE THERE IS NO MORE DEATH, OR PAIN, OR SUFFERING
Many will say To Jesus in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name,cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I, Jesus Christ, will declare to them, I NEVER KNEW YOU! Depart from me you workers of lawlessness!
CURSED ARE THE UNBELIEVING, LAWLESS,FORNICATORS, IDOLATERS, ADULTERERS, HOMOSEXUALS, THIEVES, THOSE WHO COVET, DRUNKARDS, VERBAL ABUSERS, EXTORTIONERS, SEXUAL IMMORAL, MURDERERS, LIARS, SORCERERS, CHILD ABUSERS, THE COWARDLY, HYPOCRITES THESE WILL BE CAST INTO THE FURNACE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE THAT SHALL NEVER BE QUENCHED, WHERE THERE IS NO REST DAY OR NIGHT, THEIR THIRST WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED THERE WILL BE WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH
Only God can help a person to truly change. It is the supernatural, mystical help of Jesus Christ that is available to anyone who will believe.
The Good News is there is going to be a Day of Judgment, and God will judge everyone who has ever lived, His wrath is going to poured out on all the wicked and ungodly. Believing in Jesus saves us from the righteous wrath of God. But that is not all, He gives us a new heart and mind NOW, and we receive some of His blessing from heaven NOW and are equipped to be able to live a life that is holy and acceptable to Him NOW.
1. Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is real, He lived and died and rose from the grave.
2. Believe that you are a sinner, repent-turn from your sins and realize and accept you need Jesus.
3. Confess that Jesus is your Lord and God
4. Find a local Bible preaching church that does obey the commandment for water baptism for the remission of your sins and to identify yourself with Christ.
This is just the first step to a lifelong journey of growing in truth and love with the God who created this earth and everything in it, including every human being that has ever lived.
Bible verses related to this post: Revelation 22:14-15, 1 Corinthians 6:9, Mark 9:45, Revelation 21:4, Revelation 21:8, Revelation 21:27, Matthew 7:22-23
Erica Harris is a God Gifted Christian Coach, Counselor, providing insights and truths from the Word of God, The Bible.