Hell is Real
Heaven and Hell are Literal Places
The idea of there being an actual “heaven” and “hell” encourages believers and non-believers because they are places that supposedly represent our eternity. It is amazing to vision a place of eternal life with no sickness or aging, in the presence of God and other loved ones. Heaven does exist according to the Bible, and is the destination of the believer in Jesus Christ at the completion of life here on this earth. What is not amazing is the fact that there is a place for those whom God chooses will not inherit everlasting life, which is known by all of us as hell. It is not metaphorical nor is it mythological. In fact, it is real in ...view middle of the document...
Jesus Speaks of Hell as a Literal Place
There is no way of avoiding the conclusion that Jesus firmly accepted that there was a counterpart to heaven for those who were condemned before God “ (Guthrie p.888). It is clear that Guthrie believes that there is an eternal and literal hell. Therefore, because Jesus stated it, and Guthrie supported it, shows that it must have a certain importance about it. In Mark chapter nine verses forty-two through fifty, Jesus is talking about the importance of understanding of the implications of a sinful life and where it will lead. In the following passage, the usage of the word ‘hell’ is interpreted as the Greek word ‘Gehenna’ and Jesus says, “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out” (Mark 9:43). It can be construed from this statement that Jesus is adamant about the reality of the conditions in hell. It can be assumed that Jesus is not telling one to literally remove their hand, but is speaking about the horrifying reality of hell. He is using his figure of speech so that those who are listening can understand that theoretically speaking. Not having one of your hands would be better than spending eternity in hell. Clearly, hell is an eternal existence that would be far worse than a missing limb.
Even Jesus states the reality about hell and describes it. It is a terrifying reality to think about a place that has a “Fire that never goes out” (Mark 9:43), with “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Mark 13:42, 50). Neither Satan nor his demons rule hell, or perform any acts of destruction from there. It is a place of eternal torment, where souls and demons reside in an eternal fire. There is no end or rest to the horrific torment they receive. It is as Guthrie states, “the message is unmistakable that hell and torment are inseparable” (Guthrie p. 889). Hell was not intended to be understood as a complete end to existence for the non-believer. Guthrie states, “ those who dislike the whole idea of eternal punishment either regard both heaven and hell as mythological or else dismiss the sayings by assigning them to church tradition” (Guthrie p. 888).
For support, Matthew chapter twenty-five verse forty-one states “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels”. Furthermore, Jesus says that those who are not accepted by the Lord will be condemned to an ‘eternal fire’. In addition, in verse forty-six, he states, “They...