What is Hell?

According to the Bible, you have two options to choose from when it comes to deciding where you will spend your life after death. One option is heaven. The other is Hell. Interestingly enough, while there seems to be an increased belief in a place called hell, most people don’t believe that they are headed there. Instead, they believe that hell is reserved for only the most hardened of criminals and other “evil” elements of our society. But God’s Word judges people by a different set of criteria which is by His Standards of the Ten Commandments. God has written His law in the hearts of every man and He will judge us by the law (Romans 2:15). You are not sent to hell for being a bad person any more than you are sent to heaven for being a good person. We all deserve to spend eternity in hell because we all fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:22-23).

While God clearly says that those who reject the salvation offered through his Son, Jesus Christ, will spend eternity in this place of torment, he repeatedly gives each person ample opportunity to choose life — abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven (2 Peter 3:9). If you haven’t made that choice yet, or if you have decided and want a better understanding of what your nonbelieving friends will have to face, consider these facts about hell from the references of scripture below.

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)


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Biblical Answers on Hell
here is hell? What is the location of hell?
Is hell real? Is hell eternal?
How is eternity in hell a fair punishment for sin?
Are there different levels of punishment in hell?
Did Jesus go to hell between His death and resurrection?
Where did Old Testament believers go when they died?
What does the Bible say about soul sleep?

  1. What is hell like?Hell is a place of unending, isolated torment (see Luke 16:19-31).
  2. What is the worst punishment of hell? Hell’s worst punishment is everlasting separation from God’s presence (see 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)
  3. Who will go to hell?Those whose names do not appear in the Book of Life are destined to everlasting punishment (see Revelation 20:11-15).

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