DID GOD MAKE HELL?
John 1:3 says, “All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.”
God alone has the power to cast someone into hell (Luke 12:5).
Jesus holds the keys of death and Hades (Revelation 1:18).
WHY WAS HELL MADE?
Hell was “prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matt. 25:41.
In 2 Peter 2:4, “God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell…. to be reserved unto judgment.”
WHO ELSE WILL BE IN HELL?
“Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels, ” Matt. 25:41.
Also in Psalm 9:17, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
WHAT IS HELL?
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelations 21:8)
“This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:49-50)
Hell in the Bible is a place of future punishment and the final destination for unbelievers. It is described in Scripture using various terms such as eternal fire, outer darkness, a place of weeping and torment, the lake of fire, the second death, unquenchable fire. The most terrifying reality of hell is that it will be a place of complete, unending separation from God.
-Punishment in Hell Is Eternal (Isaiah 66:24; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43; Jude 7; Revelation 14:11)
-Hell Is a Place of Separation from God (2 Thessalonians 1:9)
-Hell Is a Place of Fire (Matthew 3:12; Matthew 13:41-50; Revelation 20:15)
-Hell Is for the Wicked (Psalm 9:17)
-The Wise Will Avoid Hell (Proverbs 15:24)
-We Can Endeavor to Save Others from Hell (Proverbs 23:14; Jude 23)
-The Beast, False Prophet, Devil and Demons Will Be Thrown into Hell (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10)
-Hell Has No Power Over the Church (Matthew 16:18; Revelation 20:6)
THE GOOD NEWS?
The good news is that people can avoid Hell. By God sending his son to die on the cross and wash away our sins, we are able to avoid Hell and enter into Heaven in the presence of God by accepting Jesus into our hearts (John 3:16; 3:36; 5:24)
As Christians, we are called to be “salt and light” to the world. We are to lead by example. I have always felt that shoving Christ down someone’s throat is not the way to bring people to Christ. Christians sometimes get a bad reputation for “bullying” people into Christianity. People are afraid to come to Christians with their problems for fear of shame, shunning, etc. That shouldn’t be the case. We are to be “Christ-like” in all we do. When Christ walked the earth, he did not only hang out with the people who were his disciples and thirsting after God, he hung out with prostitutes, adulterers, liars, etc. so that he could lead by example. Your actions say way more than your words ever could. So live life like Christ! You never know who is watching. Make them wonder what sets you apart. Make them wonder why you have a spark that others don’t. Live like Christ and keep others out of Hell!