Is There a Hell, and if So, Why?

So I am Not my Brain. I am an Eternal Soul. So What?

Our previous article, on “You are Not Your Brain”, explained the evidence for you as an eternal soul. Your existence

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continues beyond this mortal body. What you do in this life has eternal consequences. You will be held accountable.

  • This means that you are an immortal soul. And everything you say and do has eternal consequences.
  • You are either growing nearer to God each day, or further apart from Him.
  • What you DO in this life will have eternal rewards, or eternal punishment
  • For those saved by grace through faith, what is done in this life will be rewarded

[Quote Jesus and scripture on this]

  • What is done in this body in terms of evil, will also have consequences
  • Gods justice demands it
  • “Vengance is Mine”, says the Lord. I will repay. To every killer, murderer, and wicked evil person that does wicked evil things in their life. God will repay – you can be sure of it.

If there is a Heaven, Does there Have to be a Hell?

Every single person is immortal. Although they have a body which will deteriorate and pass away, their soul will live on. Their destination: to be with God, or not. As eternal souls, we are headed for eternal life with our Maker, or eternal life apart from Him.

One or the other.

Why Can’t God – Who is Love – Just Welcome all into Heaven?

One must remember that God is absolutely holy. He cannot have sinful creatures in His presence, or in Heaven with Him. The Bible says our God is a “consuming fire”. In Him there is no darkness at all. So sinful creatures cannot abide with Him in Heaven. All who are sinful must be separated from God and cannot be allowed to enter His home, Heaven. The place or abode where souls go, away from the presence of God, we term “hell”.

How then are people to be saved, and enter into His presence? In His mercy, God has made a way. He himself too on human, flesh, became a little baby 2,000 years ago, and became one of us. He fulfilled His Law like none of us could, living a perfect sinless life. The He offered Himself up in our place, as a “living sacrifice”, the “lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”.

You see, God cannot excuse sin. He must punish it, because He is a God of justice. The so the price for mankind’s sin had to be paid. But God is also rich in mercy, “not willing that any should perish”. SO how was God to be both aa God ofJesus Resurrection justice, and a god of mercy at the same time? By becoming one of us, being tempted in all sorts of ways just like us, but never transgressing the Law He laid down. Then offering up Himself in our place taking our punishments, bearing our sentence. He died in our place so that we could have a way back to Him. 

But could the grave hold Him? NO. Why? Because “the wages of sin is death”, and Jesus the Messiah knew no sin. As the Bible says, it was not possible for the grave to hold Him. So, as the Scriptures foretold, and as He himself predicted, He ROSE on the morning of the third day. He conquered death, and became the first of a new creation.

Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but
the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”

God knew you would not be able to keep the Law in its entirety.  And it says that if you fail in only one tiny part of the aw, you are guilty of all.  “All have fallen short of the glory of God”.  But in His love, and mercy, He decided to come down and do what we could never do ourselves: keep the Law in its entirety, then give Himself up in our place to take our punishment.  Thus God  is both Just and the Justifier of many. As it says in Isaiah:

Isaiah 53: 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, 
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

How do you take part in this new creation? You must be Born Again,

Jesus explained to Nicodemus, and religious leader at the time, that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God”. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. To be eligible for Heaven, Jesus said

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“you must be born again”.

Although He desires all to be saved, not all will choose Him. Many will love the life of the flesh, and willfully choose to live a life of lust and pleasure – not realizing that their life is short, and but a vapor compared to eternity. In the flesh there are spiritually dead, and when their body dies, they have no spirit with which to enter into the Kingdom of God.

To be “born again” you must believe that Jesus in the one and only Son of God, that He died and rose again for your redemption, and you must receive Him into your heart. You must be born again spiritually by asking the Lord to come and take up residence in your heart, giving your life top Him:

John 1:12 KJV   But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:

Although He is not willing that any perish, He will not violate our own free will. Because without a free will, there can be no possibility of love. And God is love, and would like us to love Him too.

What Jesus Said About Hell

  • Quote Jesus
  • He was using language and images that were horrible — all to warn people that Hell is a rality, and you do NOT want to end up there

We are Eternal Beings, Destined for Eternal Life, or Eternal Death

One or the other.

Those that love God and are called according to Hs purposes are destined to go to Heaven to be with Him and other believers forever. Those that reject God, and refuse His offer of eternal life during their earthly existence, are drifting day by day away from His love. While others who have believed and received Him into their hearts grow daily to be more like Him.

When we die, this process continues. Those that choose God go to be with Him in His Kingdom, while that those have rejected Him will continue to reject Him – even after this earthy existence ceases.

To quote C.S. Lewis, those that seek God cannot fail to find Him. And in the end, there are only two kinds of people: those that say to God “thy will be done”, and those to who God says “thy will be done”. God does not send anyone to “hell”. Hell was never meant for humankind – it was make for the evil one and his fallen angels. But those that choose to side with evil will wind up there is they choose to do so.

If God is Love, How Can there be a Hell? Why Not Save Everyone?

God’s Character is Love, but it is also Justice and Mercy

He is a “consuming fire” awesome to behold

No one can see God and live. Jesus is the image of the invisible God that we are allowed to see.

Although God is love, He must punish sin. Our God is totally holy, and evil cannot stand in His presence. He love to do mercy, but His charcater also demands that He punish sin.

And He will NOT violate our sacred will, our power to choose. He has provide more than enough “reasons to believe” – in general revelation, and through God’s word – so that every creature can choose. Because without choosing, there can be no love. Robots don’t love – free creatures do.

And He wants your love.

After all, that is why He came as a little child, born in a manger, and lived a perfect life to take our place, and bear in His earthly body the sins of all humankind. so that “whosoever” would believe would inherit eternal life. He that beleives is no condemned, but he that beleives not is condemed already, becsue the “wrath of God” rests on him. God sent not his Son (himself) into the world to condemn the world, but rather to save it.

God’s Will is for ALL to be Saved, But Not All Will Choose Him

Johns 3:16  For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten
 Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life.

When He says in His Word “whosoever”, that means whoever chooses to believe in His One and Only Son Jesus. 

The fact is, He desires that ALL be saved. But alas, all will not WANT be saved. Some will CHOOSE not to be saved, even though He reaches out to them, even though He knocks on the the door of their heart over and over again. Some will reject Him, as this passage in Romans state. 

Romans 1:18-23 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,
who [d]suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 
19 because what may be known of God is [e]manifest [f]in them, for God has shown it to them.
 
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and [g]Godhead,
so that they are without excuse, 
21 because,
although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful,
but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
 
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible 
God into an image made like [h]corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

The Fact is, MANY Do not Want to be Saved and be with the Lord

Wide is the path to destruction

Narrow is the path to life

 

What About the Case for Purgatory? Is that Likely?

Where does the concept of Purgatory come from?

Is it Biblical? Is there such a place?

How strong is the case for such a place, where after you die, your soul goes there to be “purified”, so that you are fit to enter Heaven and the presence of God?

What About a Second Chance after you die to repent, and beleive?

  • The argument for no second chances – “all are appointed to live once, and then comes judgement”
  • Jesus parable of the rich man and Lazarus. This was an illustration that there was no second chance for the rich man. Which is why he pleaded for his brotyhers to be warned.

The Case for a Second Chance

  • Is there any scripture to support this?
  • What about the passage that talks about Jesus “descending to hell”, and preaching to the lost?

Conclusion – I wouldn’t count on a “Second Chance”

Do All People Go to Heaven?

  • Argument for all people going to heaven
  • Argument against all people going there
  • Which wins?
  • No – scripture clearly states that even though God desires that all be saved, not all will be. He will not violate our own free will, without which love would be impossible.
  • Narrow is the way to life, and broad is the path that leads to distruction

 

Is There Eternal Torment,  or is One Just Destroyed?

Is there eternal torment in Hell, or are the Wicked eventually annialated?

  • Many scriptures point to hell being eternal, just as heaven is eternal
  • And just as those in Heaven have eternal life, so those in Hell have eternal “death”

The Case for Those in Hell Being Destroyed

  • The Bible talks in many places about “eternal distruction”
  • Isn’t this a contradiction? How can something be eternal, and at the same time destroyed?
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The Case for Those in Hell Being in Eternal Torment

  • The Bible also speaks about punishment, and that it is forever and ever
  • How C.S. Lewis framed the issue – those that are eternally growing into more and more life, vs. those in hell that are growing to be less and less human — until after millions of years, there is almost nothing left

So What Does All This Mean for Me Personally?

It means that you now know the truth.

And you are responsible for what you know.

You must choose: life with your loving Maker, or eternal separation from Him and all His saint.

Which will you choose?

Accept God’s Free Gift and Be Certain That You Will Go to Heaven!

If you died today, would go to Heaven?  Did you know that you can be sure you can?  Jesus said “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be; if any man serve me, him will my father honor.” (John 12:26)

What is Heaven Like?

God has done and will do everything possible to save us and provide eternal life to his creatures.   He is all loving, but also all pure and righteous and holy.  He cannot tolerate evil and wickedness, and thus must punish sin.  Yet He loves His creation and desires to save everyone if possible.  How did He accomplish this?  But being BOTH the Just and the Justifier for all, and taking the penalty for sin in our place. 

Indeed, He loves each of us so much that ‘He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever puts their trust in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16 paraphrased).  The ultimate LORD paid the ultimate price for sin, dieing once for all mankind for all time.  He died for us so that we didn’t have to die – so that by trusting in Him, we could inherit eternal life.

Are you  a follower of Jesus, and do you know Him?  If you do, then you have everything to look forward to – in this life, and in the life to come!  You were made for a purpose, and receiving the Lord into your heart and walking daily with Him will help you come to realize His purpose in your life and fulfill it.  If you don’t have a relationship with your Creator, you can!  Here is a link to Billy Graham’s web site that can show you how you can accept the Lord into your heart, and begin a right relationship with Him…

Go To Steps to Peace with God ==> http://www.billygraham.org/SH_StepsToPeace.asp

Sources:

Psychology Today – Dec 21, 2011 – “Does the Soul Exist? Evidence Says Yes”, Robert Lanza, M.D. : https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/biocentrism/201112/does-the-soul-exist-evidence-says-yes

Catholic365.com – Oct 8, 2020 – Steven Hemler – “Near-Death Experiences: Evidence for a Soul?” https://www.catholic365.com/article/11763/neardeath-experiences-evidence-of-the-soul.htmOct

The Epoch Times – June 23, 2014 – “How Common are Near Death Experiences? NDEs by the Numbers” https://www.theepochtimes.com/how-common-are-near-death-experiences-ndes-by-the-numbers_757401.html