"What is Hell?": An Article

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  1. Kalns macrumors regular


    May 16, 2006

    But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8

    No one really wants to talk about hell, but it exists as a defi*nite part of the eternal plan of God. Hell is not the devil’s playground, nor is hell someone’s punishment on earth. God created hell, a real place where real people will spend a real eternity. One of the primary dangers of false religions is their denial of this place. On the other hand, hell’s existence has been a primary motivation in the lives of great Christian leaders. General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, vowed he would close his training schools if he could send his workers to hell for five minutes. One of America’s leading pastors, Dr. Jack Hyles, often says he works hard winning souls because he believes that his father went to hell. It would be impossible to identify the missionaries who have chosen to spend their lives in a foreign culture because they believe that lost people will spend eternity in hell if they do not believe the gospel.
    Liberal theologians often mock the biblical doctrine of hell. They say it is an ancient superstition, yet the existence of hell is well documented in the Word of God. When we under*stand the nature of hell, we begin to see why the Lord “is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). The real*ization of the nature of hell moved the rich man to concern on behalf of his family (Luke 16:27, 28). As we better under*stand hell, we will have a deeper burden for our lost loved ones. Though we find it hard to pray for them now, it will be impossible to cease interceding for them if we knew the fate that awaits them after death. A full awareness of hell would lead us to make every effort to present the gospel to the lost.
  2. Kalns thread starter macrumors regular


    May 16, 2006
    The Bible uses several terms to identify the various purposes and descriptions of hell, First, note that there is a difference between “hell” and the “lake of fire.” When the unsaved die they go immediately to a place called hell. Later, the Bible in*dicates that those in hell are given up and cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14). Even though they seem to be different places, the inhabitants are the same and the punishment is the same. The place of judgment for the unsaved is called the Great White Throne and the lake of fire follows it. Everyone without Christ will enter the first punishment, and no one who enters the first hell can escape entering the second (Rev. 11:15).
    Sheol/grave. The common word for hell in the Old Testament is “Sheol” which means “the grave” where people go when they die. In the King James Version, Sheol is translated “hell” thirty-one times and “pit” three times. When both saved and unsaved died, they were said to go to Sheol, the place of the departed dead. The Hebrew word “Sheol” was translated into Greek as hadees (hades). Hades or Sheol is the place the Old Testament unsaved went. Jesus, in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, said that Lazarus had gone to a place called “paradise” (Luke 23:43), and “Abraham’s bosom” (Luke 16:22). Two people died, the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), but in their afterlife they were treated differ*ently.
    Hades. The rich man went to hades at death and was tor*mented in flames (Luke 16:24). The punishment of hades is (1) burning, (2) separation/loneliness, (3) conviction by mem*ory, (4) thirst, (5) falling, and (6) stench. The rich man could look across “a great gulf fixed” (Luke 16:26) and see where the saved were located. However, the Scripture is silent whether the saved could see the torment of the unsaved. The one thing the rich man could not do was escape his torment. He could not even send a warning to his family.
    Gehenna. This word appears only twelve times in the New Testament and is translated “hell.” The Lord Jesus used this term eleven times. The name is probably related to the Valley of Hinnom. During the reign of Ahaz, Israel participated in the worship of the false god Molech. In his attempt to please Molech, Ahaz actually engaged in human sacrifice, sacrific*ing his own son to the fiery god (2 Chron. 28:1-4). Archaeolo*gists have learned that Molech was represented by a golden calf, being the religion of Canaan. The idol had the head of a bull, with outstretched arms. A fire burned in his hollow stomach and a child was sacrificed on the arms.
    This practice was stopped during the reforms of Josiah (2 Kings 23:10), then the valley became a dumping ground for the city of Jerusalem. During the time of Jesus it was used to burn garbage. Hence, the Lord used the word gehenna to de*scribe the place of eternal punishment because it was a place of filth and stench, a place of smoke and pain, a place of fire and death (Matt. 5:22; 18:8, 9; 23:33; John 5:36).
    Lake of fire. John refers to hell in terms of a “lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15). Some have suggested this is nothing more than a metaphor to describe a place of suffering, but since the Bible uses flames to describe its torment, there is no reason to think the cause of suffering will be otherwise. Also, human language limits a perfect identification of the horrors of hell, as it also does when we seek to describe the glories of heaven. Only in this aspect can the “lake of fire” be consid*ered a metaphor. It is as if John were saying, “Hell is so horrible I cannot completely describe it. Hell is like a vast sea covered in flames and that is only the beginning of the pain and suffering I saw there.”
    Second death. The lake of fire is also called the “second death” (Rev. 20:14; 21:8). In the Bible, death always speaks of separation, not cessation of existence. The idea behind death is not annihilation but rather the concept of eternal separa*tion from God. Physical death is the first, where a person suf*fers because he is separated from his loved ones. The second death is the separation of a person from God.
    Eternal retribution. Hell is also described as a place of eternal retribution or eternal punishment. Speaking of the unsaved, Jesus said, “And these shall go away into everlasting punish*ment: but the righteous into life eternal” (Matt. 25:46). The idea of punishment here is one of eternal duration. Eternity is incomprehensible as it confronts the human mind. We can*not comprehend limitless time, but hell will last as long as heaven, for the Scriptures describe these opposite concepts as “everlasting punishment” and “life eternal” (Matt. 25:46).
    “Everlasting punishment” is used throughout the Bible to identify “duration without end.” Eternal retribution would be horrible if we only thought of it as lasting a million years, but because it is eternal, a million years of time could be re*moved from its duration without in any way affecting the time of its duration. The worst part of hell is that its inhabit*ants know it will never end.
    “Eternal” is described by the Hebrew word olam in the Old Testament and the Greek word anon in the New. Both words are linked to God; he is called the “eternal God.” Therefore hell lasts as long as the duration of God. Eternity is begin*ningless and endless; it cannot be measured. It has no past, no future, no parts. Eternity is an infinite circle; we are born in the center of the circle and will die physically in the center of the circle, but remain there forever.
  3. Kalns thread starter macrumors regular


    May 16, 2006
    Someone described hell as a perpetual party with drinking, cursing, riotous living, and sexual freedom. Because a minister will condemn these actions does not mean they will be present in hell. As a matter of fact, a party is the farthest idea of the teaching of the Bible on hell. Others try to deny its existence, while still others attempt to redefine hell so as not to make it so bad. Regardless of the ideas of man, a real and lit*eral hell exists.
    Fire. The first torment a person encounters in reaching hell is the torment of burning. Jesus said his angels “shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnash*ing of teeth” (Matt. 13:42). John the Baptist identified hell in terms of an “unquenchable fire” (Matt. 3:12). The rich man in hell acknowledged, “I am tormented in this flame” (Luke 16:24). While it is wrong to say all the torture in hell comes from the flame, it would also be wrong to explain away the literal flames of hell.
    Memory. Abraham said one word to the rich man in hell that probably caused even greater torment than physical suffer*ing: “Remember” (Luke 16:25). For eternity, the memories of lost people will function perfectly. They will remember all their injustices and sin. They will remember every instance when they rejected the convicting of the Holy Spirit. When we find ourselves inconvenienced in the midst of a problem, the problem is only complicated when we remember the op*portunities that were ours to avoid the pitfall.
    Thirst. The inhabitants of hell will also be tormented by one of the most painful sensations known by man, thirst. The Bi*ble portrays the picture of a man in hell pleading for a single drop of water and being refused (Luke 16:34). Few of us have ever lived a single day without drinking something. If we were to try, many would give up. Try to imagine what it would be like to live for a week without water. The thirst of hell is in contrast to the offer of Jesus Christ, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink” (John 7:37).
    Separation. Hell is also referred to as “the second death.” The biblical idea of death is separation. Part of the torment and misery in hell will be the “great gulf” (Luke 16:26) that separates men from their Maker. Much of what God does for us is taken for granted. Although he provides for us daily in many ways, most will never recognize God’s goodness to us until it is too late. In hell, God is absent forever. Some people glibly say they anticipate meeting their friends in hell. They are seriously mistaken in their idea of hell. Many Bible scholars believe a wall of separation will surround each indi*vidual so that people are alone and isolated. It may be significant that the Bible never identifies two talking together in hell, as people will fellowship in heaven.*
    Darkness. Besides referring to the night, darkness has a moral description in the Bible. There is intellectual and spir*itual darkness that leads to hell which is described as “outer darkness” (Matt. 8:12; 22:13). The angels that sinned were re*served in “chains of darkness” (2 Pet. 2:4). The fear that comes when walking on a strange street in thick darkness is one of the torments that will last forever. The result of dark*ness is “cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 25:30).
    Hopelessness. Hell is not a temporary place to pay for evil. Hell is the eternal abode of the unsaved. Sooner or later, the inhabitants of hell will realize they are in hell to stay. There will be no escape. Abraham told the man in hell, “They which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us” (Luke 16:26). Without hope, life is not worth living. In hell men will exist eternally without hope.
  4. pseudobrit macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2002
    Jobs' Spare Liver Jar
    Hell is seeing another Godforsaken religious thread opened in the Political Forums.
  5. Kalns thread starter macrumors regular


    May 16, 2006
    “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15). Peoples from all na*tions, races, religions, and families will be in hell. The only thing that will keep a man out of hell is faith in Jesus Christ. The following chart identifies the known inhabitants of hell.
    God established hell to punish those angels that rebelled against his authority (Matt. 25:41). Though God is not de*sirous of sending people to hell, men leave no choice when
    1. Satan Rev. 20:10
    2. The Antichrist 2 Thess. 2:8
    3. The False Prophet Rev. 19:20
    4. Demons 2 Pet. 2:4
    5. Judas Iscariot Acts 1:25
    6. Base Sinners Rev. 21:8
    7. All Sinners Rev. 20:15

    they continually reject the gospel. Even the man who has never heard the gospel preached has rejected various other attempts by God to point him to salvation. If the man would respond positively to these appeals, God would provide a gospel preacher to lead him to salvation.
    1. Power and plan of God reflected in nature Rom. 1:18-20
    2. Conscience Rom. 2:15
    3. Providence John 1:7;
    James 1:17
    4. Glory of God Ps. 19:1
    5. Moral absolutes reflected in laws Rom. 2:1, 2

    None has a valid excuse for rejecting the gospel. God has offered eternal life to all who will receive it (Rom. 6:23). If we are unsure we possess eternal life, we should ask God to save us. Understanding the doctrine of hell should motivate us to do everything to get eternal life and win lost people before it is everlastingly too late.
  6. pseudobrit macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2002
    Jobs' Spare Liver Jar
    Oopsie. So sorry to break up your machine gunning.
  7. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    i reckon you were in the crosshairs anyway. :)
  8. pdham macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2003
    seriously Kalns this is not the point of this forum. If a topic comes up that involves Christianity then by all means I expect you to contribute. But you aren't winning any friends or helping your position by continuing to begin threads that you know will deteriate into... well, into the the last three threads you started.
  9. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    I thought this was a discussion forum. Perhaps your banning should be permanent this time.
  10. adrianblaine macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2006
    Pasadena, CA
    Wow, that's a lot of fire and brimstone. While I can understand what you are trying to do, in my experience, focusing on the negative tends to not win people over. Scare tactics ultimately don't work in the end, because people end up doing it for the wrong reason, and therefore are putting on a show.

    My views on hell are very, very different. God is described as being pure love, how than he punish those he loved to eternal damnation? In my mind, and with so many descriptions, hell means any kind of separation from God. So to me, "eternal hell" simply means eternal separation from God, and I believe that to means simply you will not live eternally with God in heaven. "For the wages of sin is death." Eternal sleep, not eternal punishment.
  11. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Hell is waiting for Jesus 2,000 years and he still hasnt showed. Thats Hell. Or better yet Hell is waiting for your Savior thousands of years only to find out he came and went a couple thousand years ago.
  12. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    Well I didn't want to be the first to bash or anything but this is in the Religion thread. I agree with the others that, What is the point of doing this?

    There is one thing I dislike about very religious Christians and that is when they try whatever means to convert you. Absolutely no respect for other religions though I'm an atheist but believe in various teachings from each religion and keep an open mind whenever I get encounter by Christians who invite me to their church. I don't believe in Hell nor do I believe in Heaven.

    Anyways, I'm ending the little rant here because religion is one thing that can not be argued. There is no point because we won't get anywhere by flaming, etc.
  13. Kalns thread starter macrumors regular


    May 16, 2006
    22Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?"

    He said to them, 24"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.'
    "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'

    26"Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'

    27"But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'

    11Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
  14. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    The Harry Potter books say that there is a platform nine and three quarters, a train named the Hogwarts express, a mass murderer named Voldemort, magic wands, and a boy with a scar on his forehead. Is that all true? How can you disprove it? Why should I believe what the Bible says, just because it says that God said it?
  15. Kalns thread starter macrumors regular


    May 16, 2006
    7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools [a] despise wisdom and discipline.
  16. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    get your own blog and stop annoying everyone here with all this religious ********.
  17. Kalns thread starter macrumors regular


    May 16, 2006
    18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

    16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  18. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
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