Although no one wants to discuss topics pertaining to life after death, they are topics that must be discussed. Many people question the validity of hell. What is hell? Is it a physical location? How do you know if you are going to heaven or hell? These are some of the most common questions surrounding the afterlife. Perhaps the most common, however, is in regard to the eternity of hell.
Is hell for all eternity? The Christian Bible clearly states that hell is eternal punishment. There are several other phrases that the Bible uses to describe this place of eternal torture including darkness, weeping, torment, anguish, and most importantly, eternal separation from God.
In this post, we will take a closer look at what scholars, pastors, and theologians believe about the eternity of hell and all it entails. We hope that this post will open your eyes to the reality of hell but also the incredible gift of salvation and an eternity in heaven.
What You Need to Know About Hell
Discussions about hell and similar topics are often things that most of us shy away from. After all, who wants to think about what will happen to them after they die. For individuals who have not accepted the gift of salvation, the reality of the afterlife is quite bleak. Quite honestly, it is horrific.
It is important to have these challenging discussions regarding life after death so that you are armed with the knowledge of the life to come. Although hell is a horrific reality, we have all been offered a way out of this eternal punishment.
Is Hell a Real Place?
Although this topic is greatly debated by various religions and cultural leaders, the Bible is incredibly clear about the fact that hell is, in fact, a physical location. While some religions believe that hell is simply a state of being or a figment of the imagination, we know that hell is the final destination for individuals who refuse to accept the gift of salvation.
Within the pages of the Bible, we find several passages that describe the physical components of hell. These mentions include the following:
- Everlasting Lake of Fire
- Torment & Anguish
- Eternal Separation from God
- Unbearable Noise
- No Water or Food
- Fire & Brimstone
You can find more information on the reality of hell here.
Can You Ever Leave Hell?
Hell is described numerous times as eternal separation from God. Unfortunately, this means that once you enter hell, you can never leave. While some religions believe that hell is simply a temporary, transitional stage of the afterlife, we know that this is not the case. This can be a harsh reality check for people who have not yet accepted God’s gift of salvation and an eternity in heaven.
What Is Hell Like?
We all have questions about topics that we do not understand. Heaven and hell are perhaps the most mysterious topics known to man. This leaves many people with unanswered questions about what hell is really like.
Within the pages of the Bible, we find important information regarding hell, heaven, and the afterlife. Here are just a few many passages that you can read to learn more:
- Ezekiel 26
- Matthew 12:40
- Ezekiel 31
- 1 Samuel 28:14-15
- Revelation 20
- Matthew 25
- Amos 9
- Psalm 139:25
- Ephesians 4:9
- Numbers 16
- Mark 9
- Psalms 11
- 2 Thessalonians 1
- Isaiah 33
From the Bible, we learn more about what hell is really like. In addition to the descriptions mentioned previously of darkness, weeping, noise, and torment, we can assume that hell is a very hot place. In hell, there will be no relief from the unbearable heat and there is no access to food or water.
However, more horrifying than all of these very real details is the fact that hell means eternal damnation and separation from God forever. In hell, there is no opportunity for second chances or redemption. For this reason, it is important to share the hope of heaven and the truth of the gospel while we are here on earth.
Heaven vs. Hell
It is quite clear that hell is a truly awful place. But there is good news! Although we are all sinful and deserve an eternity in hell, there is another option. Through the gracious gift of salvation, God forgives us of our sins and allows us to spend eternity by His side in heaven.
Heaven is everything that hell is not. Heaven is beautiful, peaceful, and full of the glory of God. In the Bible, we can learn more about heaven. Some of the facts that we learn through scripture include the following:
- God’s dwelling place is Heaven. (Psalm 33:13)
- Heaven is known as the Father’s House. (John 14:2)
- Heaven is where Christ currently dwells. (Acts 1:11)
- Christians go to Heaven when they die. (Philippians 1:21-23)
- Heaven is paradise. (Luke 23:43)
So, will everyone go to heaven? Unfortunately, God can not let anything less than perfection into His presence. While no one is perfect, we are all offered the gift of salvation. When we commit ourselves to Christ, we are granted forgiveness of our sins. Through Jesus’ death on the cross, we are seen as worthy of an eternity in heaven.
Why Does Hell Exist?
If God offers each person an eternal life in heaven, why does hell have to exist? As we mentioned previously, God is perfect. He is a loving God, but he is also just. Because of this, he cannot let anything sinful or unholy into His presence. This is why hell is an awful reality for people who do not place their trust in God while they are alive.
Learning More Heaven & Hell
Most of us have many unanswered questions regarding both heaven and hell. While some of the answers will remain a mystery until we die, there are many resources available with which to educate yourself.
Although many trusted theologians, pastors, and religious leaders have published extensive information on these topics, it is important to first look to scripture. However, books, movies, and lectures on the afterlife are beneficial for expanding your knowledge of the topic.
One of the greatest places to learn more about hell is Soul Choice Ministries. Founded by Bill Wiese, Soul Choice Ministries is on a mission to educate the world on the harsh reality of hell and the promise of an eternity in heaven. This mission was born when founder Bill Wiese had an out-of-body experience in which he witnessed the horrors of heaven.
Bill Wiese believes that by sharing his story, and similar stories of other individuals around the world, that he can bring awareness to this topic that is harshly avoided in almost every social circle.
In addition to sharing the reality of hell with unbelievers, Bill Wiese believes that fellow Christians need to educate themselves on the topic of the afterlife. Through seminars, lectures, DVDs, books, and more, Bill hopes to encourage Christians to share their faith and the gift of salvation with increased fervor.
Books About Hell
Many books have been written about the topic of hell both in recent times and in times past. Some of the most highly regarded books about hell include the following:
- 23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese
- Hell on Trial: A Case for Eternal Punishment by Robert A. Peterson
- The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
There are, of course, countless other books written about hell from a variety of perspectives. It is important to note that not every book that covers this topic will be based on Biblical truth. Because of this, you must carefully read any book on this subject while balancing it against the truth found in scripture.
While the reality may be bleak, the eternity of hell is something that we must understand and share with the world around us. Spending the afterlife in hell is something that each one of us deserves. However, with God’s gift of salvation, it is not the future that awaits us all.
By acknowledging your need for a Saviour and putting your trust in God, you can avoid hell and spend eternity in heaven in the presence of God. Heaven is a place where there are no tears, no sadness, and only peace. Unlike hell, time fades away in heaven as we will bask in the presence of our Father.
If you are unsure of your salvation, or ready to place your faith and trust in God, talk to a trusted friend or local pastor. To learn more about heaven and hell, take some time to read the various Bible passages mentioned throughout this post, or visit Soul Choice Ministries.
Do all religions believe in hell? While not every religion believes in hell, most religions have a similar concept or belief. You can learn more about what various religions believe about the afterlife here. However, we know that the Bible contains the truth. It is good to know about the views of other religions so that we can educate others on the Biblical truth. However, it is also wise to stay rooted in the truth found within the pages of Scripture.