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Is Hell in the Bible?

Quick Answer: Is Hell in the Bible? While some deny the existence of Hell, the concept is present in Scripture. Hell is described as the place reserved for fallen angels and those who have rejected the Gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 14:10).

Diving Deeper: Hell is a controversial topic today. Some have tried to argue that Hell is a symbolic place in Scripture and that a loving God would never have people go there. However, Scripture is clear that Hell is a reality for all people who reject Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 25:41, Revelation 14:10). In fact, there are more verses about Hell than Heaven in the New Testament!

Jesus often refers to Hell using the term Gehenna (Mark 9:43), which was a garbage dump outside of Jerusalem where trash was burned. Similarly, in Revelation, Hell is referred to as the lake of fire or the lake of sulfur (Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10). Hell is also described as a place away from the presence of the Lord (2 Thessalonians 1:9) and, conversely, a place in which unbelievers are tormented in the presence of the Lord (Revelation 14:10).

There are a few important truths to keep in mind when discussing Hell. First, God does not want anyone to go there (2 Peter 3:9; Titus 2:11). Jesus came to rescue us from death and to impart eternal life to us (John 10:10) in order to rescue us from Hell. Second, as much as God does tell unbelievers to “depart” from Him (Matthew 25:41), strictly speaking, God is only honoring their decision to reject Him. God does not “send” people to Hell, but He does honor their decision to refuse Him.

Lastly, no believers will go to Hell. God has forgiven and cleansed us of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9, Hebrews 10:14) and has made us new and righteous (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are His children and have passed from “death to life” forever (John 5:24).

Let’s Make It a Conversation!
1. Do you believe in Hell? Why or why not?
2. Why do you think people have a difficult time understanding Hell?
3. React to this statement: God doesn’t send people to Hell, but He honors their decision to reject Him.

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