Is Hell Real?

Is Hell Real?: The thought of a place where a person goes for an eternity of suffering and torment is beyond comprehension. But the Bible says there is such a place and therefore, it is something to be dealt with. Come to think of it, the Bible mentions Hell more times than it mentions heaven. That makes the topic even more serious.

The subject can’t be dealt with within a few hundred words in this blog post, but we can go over some basic facts. The great Christian author C.S. Lewis once penned this about Hell:

There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than this, if it lay in my power.”

I feel the same way. Hell is unthinkable for me, but I do believe God, so therefore Hell is a part of my belief structure.

God created everything

God created all things, which means all places. And, if He includes it in His Word, it must be important. For starters, God is holy, perfect and magnificent beyond description.

No one has ever been face-to-face with God and lived to tell about it. Even Moses talked to God through a burning bush, something he could understand and relate to. He heard God’s voice, that’s all.

Because of God’s absolute perfection, sin cannot be in His presence. Even the smallest of sins, a little white lie or a tiny fib, would mean immediate annihilation.

The topic of Hell is not popular, even among Bible believers, but it’s there for a reason. Theology gets “reformed” by Biblical scholars, who sometimes dismiss the seriousness of passages that deal with the destruction of man and an eternal lake of fire. Think of the contrast, our sins and God’s holiness and perfection.

Is Hell real?

Hell is a part of God’s justice. He established the Ten Commandments so that people could live in right relationship with Him. But the commandments are impossible to follow and only one sin breaks the relationship.

Perfection does not exist side-by-side with imperfection. Therefore God sent His own Son into the world to follow those commandments and live a perfect and sinless life. Knowing that man could not look Him(God) in the eye, He made His son human, so that we may get closer and understand the extent of His love for us.

To do away with Hell would mean doing away with Jesus and His mission. It would mean that God’s word would be compromised and put into question everything the Bible states. God cannot tolerate evil, so His plan of salvation for man includes the unthinkable as well as the gloriously unimaginable.

Jesus warns us about Hell

Jesus warned of Hell:

The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.

They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:41-42)

Still, we want to think of Jesus as being meek and mild. We can easily gloss over His overturning of the tables at the temple, or His heated verbal confrontations with the Pharisees.

Eliminating Hell eliminates the necessity for the crucifixion of Christ, and certainly His resurrection. It shreds all Biblical truth. Jesus rose from the dead so we have a path to avoid Hell. If there is no Hell, then Jesus did not have to suffer and die.

Believing in Jesus allows us to avoid Hell

By believing in Jesus, man can avoid this dreadful punishment. God saves us from that ghastly fate. Jesus took the ugliness of our sins, and suffered the punishment for us.

For all of eternity He had been with His Father, but on the cross God the Father turned His back on His son and Jesus cried out:

Why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

He slowly suffocated to death, taking the brunt of our sins. The beauty and glory of God is that He desires to reach out to us and pull us from the flames of Hell. That’s quite a contrast. The suffering of Christ and the amazing love of God.

We were created to live forever. The great Christian C. S. Lewis explains it this way:

Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live forever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only 70 years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live forever.

Perhaps my bad temper or my jealousy are gradually getting worse—so gradually that the increase in 70 years will not be very noticeable. But it might be absolute Hell in a million years: in fact, if Christianity is true, Hell is the precisely correct technical term for what it would be.”

We send ourselves to Hell

Another point for consideration is that God does not send people to Hell. They send themselves. Rather than accepting God’s provision, they chose to live by their own rules. God not only takes us out of Hell, He takes Hell out of us, by cleansing us from all unrighteousness and molding us to the image of His son.

The opposite of light is dark. There is the light of God, and then there is the darkness of separation from God. We make the choice to come into the light or to reject it. Man’s sinful nature likes to hide in the shadows, but he is never out of God’s sight. Rejecting God just doesn’t make sense.

Hell is a real place and a necessary element. The opposite of Hell is the glory of God.