The word “hell” makes a lot of people bristle. They don’t like the idea of hell. They don’t think it is right that God would send anyone there. Others will laugh about it and say that it will be one big party. Still others envision hell as a cartoonish place with the devil sitting on a throne and holding a pitchfork. A lot of people will laugh off the very idea of hell. It is one big joke to them. But hell is no joke.
Most of the biblical teaching on the subject of hell came from Jesus Christ himself. Of the 1,870 verses in Scripture recording the words that Jesus spoke, 13 percent are about judgment and hell. And more than half of the parables Jesus told relate to God’s eternal judgment of sinners.
Jesus spoke more about hell than everyone else in the Bible put together. Some would not expect Him to speak about hell, because He was the personification of love and compassion. And He was. That is exactly why He spoke of hell and spoke of it often. He doesn’t want anyone to go there. The same Jesus who tells us about heaven with all of its glories also tells us about hell with all of its horrors. He never would have said these things if they were not true.
John Lennon sang, “Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try. No hell below us. Above us only sky. … ” We can imagine all we want, but hell is a real place. And we need to know what the Bible says about it.
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