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Is Hell A Real Place???


Or ... is this life on earth the only Hell that there is?

     "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." (Ps. 9:17)

     Hell ..., is there really such a place? About the only time you ever hear the word "hell" spoken is when someone is cursing.  It doesn't seem to get mentioned much in churches anymore.   Think about it; when was the last time you heard your minister preach a message on that horrible place of the damned?
 
     According to the Scriptures, Jesus preached more about Hell then he did about Heaven.  This is because he loved his listeners and didn't want them to go to that terrible place.  However, the popular teaching for today is that God is too loving to send anyone to Hell.  To preach otherwise would be considered negative and judgmental.
 
     Then there are also those of you who believe that this life on earth is the only "Hell" that anyone will ever experience.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  Hell is a real place; and unfortunately, many people are going there because they have not been properly warned about it.  The same Bible that tells us about the wonders of Heaven speaks also about the misery of Hell.  If you are going to believe in one, you had better believe about the other.
 

     In looking at this subject of Hell, there are two things that I want you to sincerely consider:

      ONE - JUST HOW BAD IS HELL?
 
     Some people mockingly claim that Hell is going to be a place where they will have one big continuous party with all of their old "drinking buddies".  However, they will be in for a drastic surprise the very moment they enter there.  Think about some of the things that will be missing in Hell that we have in this life.
 
     There will be no water in Hell.  The Bible tells us about a man in Hell who begs for just a drop of water that he might cool his tongue. (Luke 16:24)  Consider: this man still had a craving for water, but he could not get his thirst quenched.  In Hell a person will still have the appetites of the flesh, but they will never get them satisfied.  The cravings will still continue for the drunkard, the dope addict, the homosexual, or the child molester, etc.  But none of these will be able to indulge in their sin.
 
     There will be no friends in Hell.  No parties or happy reunions.  No sympathy or love for others.  Everyone will be too obsessed with their own suffering and pain to care about anyone else.  Jesus described it as a place of darkness where there will be "weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matt. 8:12).
 
     There will be no rest in Hell.  Again, the Bible tells us that Hell is a place of continuous torment.  Those who go there will have "no rest day nor night." (Rev. 14:11)  Some of you may get very tired working a long shift; but you can always look forward to finally going home and getting some rest.  There will be no chance of that in Hell.  Maybe your tombstone will say "rest in peace"; but if you are in Hell, you will never rest again.
 
     There will be no hope in Hell.  This is probably the worst thing about Hell.  There will be no chance of ever getting out of that terrible place of torment.  Think of the mental despair that one will experience.  After a thousand years there will still be thousands and millions and billions of years to come of suffering and torment.
 
     Oh dear reader, don't be so foolish to fall for the lie that people in Hell just burn up and cease to exist.  Don't you realize that if God can keep a "burning bush" from being consumed, he can keep people in Hell from burning up?  Jesus referred to Hell as a place of "everlasting punishment" (Matt. 25:46)
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      TWO - JUST HOW BAD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO GO TO HELL?
 
     At first, no human being was supposed to go to Hell.  It was originally "prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matt. 25:41)  However, Jesus tells us that the vast majority of people are going to Hell instead of Heaven.  "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matt 7:13,14)
 
     Many of you have the idea that only the "very bad" will go to Hell.  You think that only such people as violent criminals and atheists deserve to go there.  After all, you claim that you believe in God; but so do the devils (James 2:10), and look where they're going.  Maybe you never have robbed any banks or murdered anybody, but according to the Bible you are still an unrighteous sinner in God's sight, and deserve to go to Hell (Rom. 3:10, 23).  You might even be very religious; (been baptized, attend church faithfully, perhaps even sing in the choir); but those things won't keep you out of Hell.
 
     How bad do you have to be to go to Hell?
     The Bible says that if you have broken just one of God's commandments, you are guilty of breaking them all (James 2:10).
 

     Maybe some of you are thinking: "Well, then, how good do I have to be to go to Heaven?

     The answer is: You can't be good enough! (lsa. 64:4)  The only thing left up to you is to admit that you are a helpless, guilty sinner, and then depend on someone else to save you from Hell.  That someone else is Jesus Christ; God manifest in the flesh.   He shed his blood as a payment for your sins so that you could have everlasting life.
 

     Won't you trust him today?  Don't put it off any longer.  You might die and be in Hell tomorrow!
     Remember, you don't have to believe in Hell in order to go there!  "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ... ?" (Heb. 2:3)

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