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Is there a hell, and if so what does the Bible teach about hell?
We live in a day and age were people only want to hear what is pleasing to their ears, but this does not change the reality of what God has spoken.
Our authority in life should ultimately be the Scriptures and the Bible most certainly does teach about a very real place of punishment for those who reject Christ Jesus as their Saviour and Lord and this place we call Hell.
Punishment for sin is something that you will find is a persistent teaching of the Bible and the doctrine of judgment is as extensive as the Canon itself.
Here are some related passages:
- Genesis 2:17; 3:17–19; 4:13
- Leviticus 26:27–33
- Psalms 149:7
- Isaiah 3:11
- Ezekiel 14:10
- Amos 1:2–2:16
- Zechariah 14:19
- Matthew 25:41, 46
- Luke 16:23–24
- Romans 2:5–12
- Galatians 6:7–8
- Hebrews 10:29–31
- Revelation 20:11–15
So yes, Jesus taught more about hell then about Heaven and the most descriptive and conclusive utterances came from His lips about Hell. Hell is the final destiny of unbeliever a place of future punishment for the lost, unrepentant and wicked dead.
It is harshly described as a furnace of fire, eternal punishment, eternal fire, outer darkness, the place of weeping and torment, a place for the devil and his Demons, the lake of fire, everlasting separation from the Lord, there is the loss and absence of all good, separation from all that is pure, holy, and beautiful and subjection to continuous torment.
- Matthew 3:12; 9:43,48; 12:32; 13:42, 50; 25:41, 46; 8:12
- Revelation 14:10–11; 21:8
- 2 Thessalonians 1:9
There is the word “Sheol” which is found in the old Testament and is a Hebrew word that is translated by the Greek word “Hades” which is found in the new Testament and is often translated as Hell, but I think it should maybe rather have been translated as Pre-hell as it is the place before one is sentenced to Hell, however there a many similarities. Sheol is mostly translated as “the pit, the grave, the place of the departed dead”.
- Genesis 37:35
- Job 7:9; 14:13; 17:13–16
- Psalms 6:5; 16:10; 55:15
- Proverbs 9:18
- Ecclesiastes 9:10
- Isaiah 14:11; 38:10–12, 18
Then there is another Greek word “Gehenna” that is found in a number of New Testament texts which I would think is correctly translated as Hell and denotes the eternal fires and is the final destination of eternal damnation for those that have rejected Christ Jesus.
- Matthew 5:22, 29–30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 33
- Mark 9:43, 45, 47
- James 3:6
There is also another Greek word that has been used to designate Hell or “the lower regions” is “Tartarus” (2 Peter 2:4) and is a classic word for the place of eternal punishment.
Revelation 20:15 (NIV)
15And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
This word Hell is certainly not just a metaphor to describe the a place of suffering as the Bible uses flames to describe its torment.
There are many similarities and thus I don’t think it is necessary to start ‘splitting hairs’ as I am doing above as it just makes it too complicated for most Christians and does not really change the essence of what is taught. The bottom line is that we need to understand that Jesus came to save the word and for those that chose to reject such a great salvation, they need to understand that God is not condemning them to Hell (John 3:17), but rather they are themselves choosing to be eternally condemned to the lake of Hells fire. If one still does not believe after this in Hell then tragically they are in for a rude awakening to the worst punishment and pain that they could imagine, so search the Word of God carefully.
Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the only way back to the father?
With a resounding yes!
We read in the Holy Bible where Jesus said in John 14:6 (NIV):
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
For Him to say these words either he was telling the truth or he was a liar or a lunatic. And those are the only three options that we can choose from. Obviously he was not a lunatic, as even people in the secular world quote many of His words. The Muslims declare that Jesus was a prophet of God and that prophets do not lie. Therefore it only leaves us with one option, and that is to believe that he was telling the truth and thus surrender our lives to his Lordship.
Can Jesus Christ still heal today?
He can heal any person from anything whether it be an ailment, disease, broken neck, loss of a limb, death or anything else.
Nothing is impossible for God.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus Christ is known by some as the greatest teacher that has ever lived, that He was a man who was good and holy in all areas of life.
We, however, believe over and above that He is wanting to have a relationship with you and I, because he is the Son of God who came to earth, lived a sinless life, died on a cross, and rose three days later in order that we may have our sins forgiven.
The punishment that we should have taken for our sins, Jesus chose to take upon Himself at the cross. If however, we choose not to receive this amazing free gift of salvation, we will have to pay for our own sin and this will never be good enough because our blood is impure. The result will be that we will be forever separated from God and will spend eternity apart from Him.
If we however, confess and turn from our sin by asking Jesus Christ to forgive us of our sins and to control our lives, we will be adopted by God into his eternal family.
This is the greatest relationship that we can ever have and it begins at the cross.
Will Faith Alone Save Me? What About Good Works?
The Scriptures are clear that “works” will not save us, as Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8–10:
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Many passages make it clear that we are saved by faith alone, but our faith should always accompany good deeds. Hence we need to understand that good works are the “fruit” of true faith. As James clearly put it, “faith without works is dead”. Good works is a response to what God has done for us, thus good works are the result of our faith in the finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross for us.
We need to, however, also be aware of Scripture such as:
2 Corinthians 5:10
10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Why did they swear by putting their hands under people’s thighs?
We see this taking place in:
Genesis 47: 29
29When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt,
This way of swearing was called “the body oath” and its significance came from the part which would be considered the vital part of life and early Jewish commentators connected it with the rite of circumcision.
Why was Jacob so mad at Simon and Levi?
Shechem sinned against the Israelites by defiling their sister, Dinah, and committing sexual sin with her, as can be seen in Genesis 34:7. Thus, in seeking revenge they did not ask for Shechem to be punished, but rather went and discussed the possibility of inter-marrying with these unbelievers: but only on condition that all the males were circumcised. This was extremely deceitful and while all the males were weak and in pain from the circumcision they went and murdered them.
Several things were wrong:
- They should have insisted on Shechem’s death and not practised deceit instead.
- Their revenge extended to the entire town and they plundered the dead and took the women and children captive.
- They were gratified because of their revenge, by misusing the sign (circumcision) of God’s covenant with the Jews.
Why did God send the plagues in Egypt?
2You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. 3But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, 4he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. 5 And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
There were 3 reasons for the plagues:
- To show God’s almighty power.
- To bring Israel out of Egypt.
- To execute judgment against Egypt and their gods (Exodus to 12:12)
Why did God touch Jacob’s thigh while they were wrestling?
Firstly, because Jacob would not let God go. Secondly it was to be a constant and permanent reminder that God was all-powerful.
3In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel;
as a man he struggled with God.
4He struggled with the angel and overcame him;
he wept and begged for his favor.
He found him at Bethel
and talked with him there—
Why did God change Jacob’s name?
Jacob means the supplanter or crook, and so because he struggled with God and was not willing to let God go, God changed Jacob’s name to Israel which means God-fighter or God’s Prince. His descendants from there on would be called Israelites in honour of Jacob prevailing with God.
Where did Cain get His wife?
Adam’s wife was Eve which means “life giver” because all other people came from her womb. They had numerous sons and daughters and there was surely enough time to have many more as we read in:
4After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.
Therefore Cain must have married his sister and Hebrew tradition seems to suggest that this was the case and would be the only obvious conclusion.
Did Mary the mother of Jesus have other children?
I agree with the Roman Catholic Church that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was born and the fact that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit is confirmed in the following Scriptures:
14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
18this is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: his mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the holy spirit.
As Protestants, we disagree with the Roman Catholics where they state that Mary remained physically a virgin for the rest of her life, which is rather ridiculous and unfounded as Joseph went on to marry her and have children with her. No man is going to marry a woman just for her to carry on being a virgin.
55“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
What does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit?
To understand this properly we need to look at the Scripture:
31And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
The word “blasphemy” comes from the Greek word “blasphemia” which means speaking evil against God.
Now the work or role of the Holy Spirit is to do the following:
- To convict us with regard to sin and righteousness (John 16:8–13).
- To lead or guide us into all truth.
- To point us to Jesus who is the truth (John 14:6).
From this we see that if a person rejects the work of the Holy Spirit as stated above, he will be guilty of resisting the work of the Holy Spirit who points us to Jesus and he is basically rejecting Jesus who is the only way to salvation, thus meaning you will not have the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ.
Will our pets go to heaven?
There is no Scriptural reference of pets going to heaven, as animals were created differently to men.
25God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth,b and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
7the LORD God formed the mand from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Mankind was created in the image of God and He gave us a spirit which was not given to animals. Because animals do not have a spirit, they cannot enjoy God like we do.
Now I do not know what happens to animals when they die although I do have my belief about what happens. However, this question will be fully answered when we get to Heaven and remember we will be filled completely with unspeakable joy and happiness so don’t need to worry about this issue.
What is the mission of the church?
I would say that it is to share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with the whole world as we find these commandments in Matthew 28:18–20 and Acts 1:8.
After this, the mission and ministry of the Church should be as follows:
21They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. 23Paul and Barnabas appointed eldersa for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
Here we see that Paul and Barnabas’ ministry can be summed up in 3 basic areas:
- Acts 14:21 evangelizing the unsaved.
- Acts 14:22 edifying the believers.
- Acts 14:23 establishing new churches.
As a Christian do you need to go to church?
19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. It comes across to me as a command as I read this Scripture, and not as a suggestion, making the answer very clear.
We cannot encourage one another if we never come together, and God has placed the five-fold ministry in different congregation in order to mature the church and to impart truth into people’s lives. This impartation cannot take place through reading of the Word, as God has assured us that we will always remain inter-dependent or else we will all become selfish, self focused and need no one
Is tattooing or marking our bodies wrong?
An important New Testament Scripture to consider is found in 1 Corinthians 6:12
12“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
This means that we ought to be one with Christ and that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit and we ought not to mark or mar our bodies in any way that detracts from the reflection of the sacred dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.
If your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit why would you contemplate ruining your testimony and possibly your health for a tattoo?
What is the role of women in the church?
These are written out of the Jewish and Greek background where women held a very low position in society. Women were more regarded as things than as people, and they were something that was possessed like property which is owned and not appreciated. In many of the Greek temples women served as sacred prostitutes and plied their trade on the city streets.
Then came the New Testament where women were elevated to a position of honour and respect in the kingdom of God.
Here are some examples that one can have a look at:
- Mary of Nazareth was chosen to be the mother of Jesus Christ.
- Mary Magdalene, a woman, was the first to see the risen Lord.
- Priscilla, who was the wife of Aquila, was a teacher in the early church. She also led Apollos to the truth about Christ Jesus and this account can be found in Acts 18:26.
- The Evangelist Philip had 4 daughters who were all prophetesses and this can be seen in Acts 21:9.
- Phoebe served as a deaconess in the church and this can be found in Romans 16:1.
These are but a few examples of women in leadership positions within the church. However, I believe that the central message regarding women’s roles within the church can be summed up in the letter we read in Galatians 3:28:
28“There is neither Jew nor Greek, salve nor free, male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Sadly much of the church today read the top passages and it becomes a barrier to their understanding of the role of women within the church setting.
If it were not for godly Christian women the church might not even be here today and most certainly it would be in a much worse state than what it is today. To disallow or hinder women from ministering in the church in any capacity would be to outrightly reject Galatians 3:28 which is very clear that we as men are no better than any woman. Our focus should not be on the sex of the person, but rather on what they can impart into our lives.