Bad News – Part 1

Most of the world is going to hell.[1] That’s right, most of the world will face eternity in the unquenchable fires of hell in never ceasing torment. And they will face it in full awareness.

I don’t care whether you believe in hell or not. I don’t care if you believe that after we die we face annihilation never to know another thing – or for that matter to even be. I don’t care if you believe that when you die, you will be re-incarnated and have another life to live to pay karma for your good and evil acts.

Well, actually I do care. Because hell is real. It wasn’t made for men[2], but most men are going to be cast into hell anyway. We don’t face annihilation when we die. Most men will be cast into hell where their worm never dies[3] and the smoke of their torment ascends forever, and they’ll never have rest from it[4]. Finally, it is appointed unto men once to die, and after that face the judgement[5], so you can forget reincarnation and karma.

That’s bad news. Agree or disagree, it doesn’t matter. God said it, and that settles it[6].

Argue if you will, but there is only one way out of it.

There are several counter-arguments that I have encountered over the years. Perhaps two of the most common ones I hear (other than the whole “there is no god, so there is no hell” argument) are the idea that you can somehow earn your way into heaven, or that God “is love, and everyone will be saved, no matter what.”

If you hold to either of these views, I’ve got bad news for you.

First, if you hold to the idea that you can somehow earn your way into heaven by doing good works, please give it up. You’re not going to make it that way[7]. Have you ever told a lie? Even a “white lie?[8] Were you ever irritated at someone so much that you called them an idiot, a fool, or something similar[9]? Have you ever even so much as looked at a woman who was not your wife with lustful intent[10]? (And don’t think that just because that woman is a pattern of ink printed on a page or a pattern of pixels on a screen that she doesn’t count!) If so, you’ve broken God’s holy law, you’ve sinned against him, and… guess what? That’s right, you’re going to hell. But, remember, I did say there is one way out of it.

If you think that you can still make up for your sin by doing good deeds, you can’t. Forget that idea. That’s not the way into heaven[11].

Second, if you hold to the idea that everyone will be saved, regardless of what they’ve done, or what they believe, then clearly you haven’t been paying attention. Yes, God is love. Yes, Jesus came to save sinners. Yes, he died on the cross for the sins of the whole world. Yet Jesus himself speaks of hell and the consequences of sin more than anyone else in the whole bible! Just read a few of the end notes below. Hell is real, it is eternal, the punishment is real, and for those condemned they are conscious and awake and can never find respite. Those are not my words, they are God’s words. Jesus, his holy angels, the apostle Paul, and the writer of Hebrews spoke them.

But there is an escape. More on that next time.

[1] Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”

[2] Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'”

[3] Mark 9:48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’

[4] Revelation 14:11 “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

[5] Hebrews 9:27 “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,”

[6] Not “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it,” by the way. My belief in or interpretation of what God has said has nothing to do with whether it’s settled.

[7] Matthew 5:20 “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

[8] Revelation 21:8 “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

[9] Matthew 5:22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”

[10] Matthew 5:28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

[11] Romans 3:20 “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”

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