Hell is No Myth
Our Lord spoke of “Hell”
“...the fire that never shall be quenched.” Mark 9:42-48. When He did so, He was warning of stark and horrible reality. He was no waster of words; hell is real!
Neither Christ nor His ministers speak of hell in order to frighten people into religion. They speak of it because it is a fact. Just as a sensible father warns his child not to touch the stove because it will burn him, even so, true preachers earnestly warn people to avoid hell because it burns – everlastingly. In each case the fear of harm is intelligently and reasonably used to encourage godly behavior.
Never did Christ, nor do His ministers, stoop to the use of any dishonest alarms to turn men to righteousness. When Jesus warned of hell we know He was not deceiving His hearers. He was speaking of reality.
We Shall Live On Forever
If there is no life after death, then the doctrines of Heaven and hell have no meaning. But through all centuries of recorded history mankind has not been able successfully to escape the conviction that there is a life for all beyond the grave. Many have tried to escape it, and to deny the fact, but the conviction still prevails.
Life hereafter is more, however, than simply a universal human conviction; it is revealed in the Bible. In His Word, God has revealed and established the certainty of our continued, conscious existence after death. Our Lord Himself unmistakably proclaimed this truth. “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John 5:28-29.
There Is No Second Chance
The Bible holds no promise of salvation in the world to come. There is no second chance hereafter. “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” II Corinthians 6:2. Today salvation is available for all through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. But death closes forever the door of opportunity.
It Is The Sinner’s Doom
What is hell? It is that place beyond the possibility of relief where souls suffer the torment of their sinful character forever. Christ defined hell as “the fire that never shall be quenched.” Mark 9:43. It is the place where evil passions unsatisfied continue to burn unceasingly. Sin makes hell inevitable.
Many who have been warned against losing their souls forever have replied that a just God could not send anyone to an endless hell, and that no one sin nor any accumulation of sins could merit endless punishment. In this reply, two commonly held but serious fallacies are evident.
First, it is not God who sends anyone to hell. God’s infinite love has provided a way through the death of His Son to save all from hell. They who reject the way of salvation, and they also who neglect it, truly send themselves to hell. All will be without excuse.
Second, hell is not primarily a punishment for sin. It is the endless projection of a sinful life. It is not primarily punishment for sin or sins, though in hell all will certainly receive just retribution for their sins. It is the native and ultimate environment for all that is evil.
come to Jesus today. He died for you. Ask Him to put out sin’s fire in your life, to deliver you from its bondage, and to prepare you for an eternal abode with Him in Heaven. He sent His Son to die for your redemption. Repent, forsake your sins, and believe now in Him.