We have all at least heard about the book turned movie Heaven Is For Real. Indeed, Heaven IS for real! Since that is fact, the opposite is also true, Hell is for real…..
No, for real…it is…
Hell is eternal judgment against unrighteousness where those who are condemned to it suffer torment forever. You might say, “Why would an all-loving God condemn people to eternal torment?” And you are at least half right, God is all-loving. However, He also despises evil, sin, and everything that is contrary to His word. And as much as He is all-loving He is also an impartial and JUST God. Hell is JUDGEMENT against unrighteousness thus affirming that God is fair and just.
You might then say, “Well, that does not seem like justice to me.” But in saying that, you put an Almighty being in subjecting to your reasoning. You are a part of His creation and He is the Creator. He is the Potter and we are the clay. Have you ever stopped and realized that maybe God’s idea of justice is a little more developed than yours? Your perspective is taken from the brief amount of time that you have been fortunate enough to live in. Meanwhile, God is dealing with the justice of every single being (both spiritual and physical) since the beginning of time!
Others might say, “Well, if God is so holy and righteous why did he create evil?” God created man with a free will. Man CHOSE to disobey God which resulted in sin and the destruction that is still present in today’s world.
Another might say, “Well, that’s YOUR God and I don’t care about all of that. When I die, that’s it. I just cease to exist.” Well, MY God says in HIS Bible that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. So yes, He is my God, but regardless of what you say and do now up until death, His word declares that you WILL acknowledge Him as God (Philippians 2:10-11).
No matter which way we may try to go to run away from the conviction of our own sin, the end result of everything we do is judgment. The judgment for unrighteousness (i.e., hell) is constantly described as eternal fire and torment. Christ consistently said there would be a weeping and gnashing of teeth in reference to hell. All unrighteousness will be judged! You will give an account of every single thing that you do!
The wise would then say, “Oh wow! Well, what can I do to escape such a punishment?” And I would say to them the work has been already done! Christ has taken the punishment we ALL rightful deserved. He took on our sins and died our death! Now He promises eternal LIFE to those who believe on Him and devote their lives to Him. Belief takes action! Faith without works is dead! You can’t say you believe in Christ and not bear any fruit! Don’t be like those in Matthew 7 that said “Lord, Lord have we not done this and that in your name?” And God says to them depart from me, I never knew you. Or those referred to in Matthew 15 who draw near to Him with their mouth and honor Him with their lips but their heart is far from Him. Let Him transform you! Put off the old self completely and be transformed into a new being by His restorative blood!
I’ve said this before and will say it again. There are only two destinations for every one of us. Yes, Heaven Is For Real, but Hell Is For Real, too. Make up your mind, choose Life!
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:19-24)