Don’t Be Afraid of Hell

Anonymous asked:

Does hell really exist? If I don’t believe in Jesus as Savior and I die, have I committed the “unpardonable sin” and have chosen hell as my eternal home?

I answered:

If you believe in Jesus and His word, then you have to believe Hell is real. Jesus talks about Hell a hand full of times in the Bible. If the pleasant stuff in that Jesus said was true, then the unpleasant things have to be true too. For Jesus to be the savior, He must be saving us from something. 

Paul describes Hell this way: “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” – 2 Thessalonians 1:9.

People who don’t accept the offer of an eternal relationship with Jesus through the covenant of His blood, your eternal destiny is outside of the presence of God. To be outside the presence of God is to be in Hell. Many see the existence of Hell as a vengeful act by a mean God, but it is not that. It is God respecting someone’s choice to not want a relationship with Him.

The good news is that you don’t have to wonder if you are going to Hell or not. If you believe in Jesus, you aren’t. If you believe in Jesus, this world is the closest thing to Hell you will ever experience. Your eternal home is the full, unveiled presence of God.

There is no reason to fear Hell. If you believe in Jesus, it doesn’t have any effect on you. The emotion that thinking of Hell should engender in believers is thankfulness, because we aren’t going.

 

-Matt from The Bridge

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