"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
2 Peter 3:10
Does Hell Exist in the Bible?
Author:
Christopher J. E. Johnson
Published: October, 2011
Updatd: Sept 18, 2015

Imagine yourself in the military, and you place some land mines because you need to take out an incoming enemy tank. As you lay down the mines, do you make sure to put little orange flags on top of each one so the enemy knows where they are? Of course not. You want them to have no knowledge of your trap, so you can eliminate your target. If you want the enemy to detonate the land mines, you need to hide them.
It would be a logical tactic by Satan to try to hide the knowledge of hell. The tank driver can NOT BELIEVE in the land mine all he wants, and he will still get blown up if he doesn't know where to look for danger, just as the unbeliever can NOT BELIEVE in hell all he wants, and he will still end up there if he doesn't know that Christ's Salvation is the only way to save him from that destination.

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
-Matthew 23:33

God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
-2 Peter 2:4

The word 'hell' is mentioned 23 times in the New Testament alone, and Jesus Christ spoke of it many times. When Christ says that he has "the keys of hell," (Rev 1:18) the average person reading the clear teaching of scripture will understand there are keys that Christ holds to a REAL place called hell.

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
-Daniel 12:2

Daniel shows us the basic concept that most of us Americans have learned since childhood: There is a heaven and a hell. The real propaganda comes from the mainstream media heresy that if you're good, you go to heaven, and if you're evil, you go to hell. The truth is that if you're RIGHTEOUS, you go to heaven. If you're not, you go to hell. Mankind cannot acheive righteousness on his own because it is no longer possible for mankind to obtain righteousness apart from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
-John 14:6

Men don't get to heaven by being a good people. We're all on our way to hell for our sinful nature. Mankind can only be Saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, who paid the price of man's sin for him, and offers redemption as a free gift if only mankind will accept it.

Removing the fear of hell, which is what many major "Christian" ministries are doing today, will blind people to the need of a Savior. Even preachers like Billy Graham and Robert Scheuller are trying to teach that all will come to Christ in their own way, no matter what pagan religious practices they hold.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
-John 3:36

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
-Matthew 7:13-14

Graham and Scheuller's position is a complete denial of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and deceive millions with a false gospel. What was the point of Jesus telling us to go into all the nations and preach the Gospel (Matthew 28:19-20) if everyone's going to get to heaven in any way? There IS a hell, and we are destined to pay the eternal penalty for our sin unless we have the Lord Jesus Christ take our punishment for us.

Some other people are teaching that you only go to hell (or a similar type of punishment, like purgatory for example) for a limited time, and then will be redeemed later, but that is not taught anywhere in the Bible. God's Word teaches that we have this life, and this life alone before judgment:

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
-Hebrews 9:27

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
-Matthew 25:46

Jesus Christ taught us the trip to hell is EVERLASTING, that is, never-ending, eternal hell, and that thought is so frightening to men, that many create false doctrines to try and soften the concept of hell, thinking that if they don't believe in hell, they will not have to be judged for their sin. Again, if the tank-driver doesn't believe in land mines, does that mean he will never hit one?

It should be no surprise, especially after seeing so many new-age versions of the Bible, that the concept of hell is debated in the end times. Here is a list showing different Bible versions, and how many times they mention the word 'hell':
Version "Hell" #
KJB 54
NKJV 32
NLT 17
NIV 14
ESV 14
NASV 13
ASV 13
RSV 13
DBY 12
HNV 0
YLT 0
As you can see, not only is hell is slowly being removed from all the modern versions, some of them don't mention it AT ALL! The devil has a carefully thought-out plan to try and eliminate Christ's warning about hell from public knowledge, and his working to eliminate it from his new-age modern bible versions is just one step in the process.

We, as Christians, must understand that an existence in hell without God is far worse than any death or torture we may endure, and that should be a motivating factor for us to win the lost to Christ, but it is also a helpful tool to help people understand they are lost. The concepts of a hell, and a coming judgement, are what really bother/irritate the average non-believer. This is the "preaching" that most people say they don't want to hear. However, Christians do not stop preaching the Gospel and warnings of the coming judgement simply because people don't want to hear it. Just as God handles us, we don't tell everyone what they want to hear, but rather, we tell them the truth whether they want it or not.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
Matthew 28:19-20

Hell is real. Hell is terrifying. God hates sin, and hell is the place He has reserved for those who choose sin over truth and life because God cannot allow unrighteousness into His Kingdom. We are saved by grace, not of works, but we need to repent of our sin. The judgement is approaching fast, so we should do everything we are able to avoid the land mines, and help others do the same.

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
-Matthew 13:41-43


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