Hell is real!
Scripture reading for February 28th: Mark 9:30-10:12, Psalms 44:1-7, Proverbs 10:19
Hell is not a subject that many like to talk about. Some believe it is a scare tactic that Christians use to brow-beat people into becoming believers. A Pew research poll in 2008 found that only 59 percent of 35,000 respondents believed in a literal hell. This is down from 71 percent in 2001! (74 percent said they believed in heaven.) It is time that people look to the Bible and what Jesus taught to determine the validity of their beliefs!
Jesus warned those He spoke to about their need to avoid hell at all costs. “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hand to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye that to have two eyes and be throne into hell, where “their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.”” (Mark 9:43-48)
Jesus taught that hell was real. It was a place of fire that burned eternally. It was a place of worms eating flesh and weeping and gnashing of teeth. It was a place to avoid, even if you endured life here maimed, crippled or blind! Jesus had also taught them that the road to hell was broad, and many people were on that broad road. (Matthew 7:13) The road to life was narrow, with only a few people on it. In fact, Jesus is the only way to find life and avoid the broad path to destruction in hell! (John 14:6)
Man has an inner knowledge of eternity put into his heart by God. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) He knows that he is an eternal being and will face a judgment. We should not hesitate to talk with people about their eternal future and their preparations to avoid hell. The Holy Spirit will work with us as we share. God wants none to perish in hell, but all to come to salvation through repentance and belief of the truth. (1st Timothy 2:3-6)