A lot of churches today don’t talk much about Hell anymore. No one wants to hear or think about it. I don’t like telling you about it. Isn’t it just a scare tactic Christians use to get people to join them? I’d like to believe this, but there are over fifty verses in the Bible that mention Hell directly, and several other references to eternal damnation, fire, and torment. The good news is that the word salvation alone is referenced over 150 times, and instances of God’s love and help are nearly countless! No body has to go to Hell!
Below are some verses that talk about Hell. I am including these as a warning to all who read. This life is not a playground where “he who dies with the most toys wins.” What we do with the knowledge of God and His Plan of Salvation is of the utmost importance!
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)
“Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.” (Matthew 18:8,9)
(Note: Jesus is using a near absurdity here to make a point and demonstrate the utter importance of getting rid of anything that would keep one from living right, thus missing Heaven and being condemned to Hell. Although amputation would be preferred to eternal punishment, that is not what would save us anyway, but rather “amputating the sins of the heart.”)
“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: …And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:41, 46)
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16)
“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)
“Verily, verily, (truly) I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:24, 25, 29)
“…The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power…” (II Thessalonians 1:7a-9)
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed…Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved…That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (II Thessalonians 2:8a, 9-10, 12)
(Note: this is referring to the coming Antichrist who will deceive all who do not believe the truth of the Gospel.)
“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. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (II Peter 3:10-12)