Do not go to hell!
Damnation, hell, eternity, life after death, and the salvation of the soul. Take it seriously so you donít lose your soul
As far as hell is concerned, many people think that it does not exist. They think that it is only an invention of our imagination, that its threat does not need to be taken seriously. They think that it is better not to think about it at all, because they will eventually learn what really happens when they die so thereís no need to bother about things that have no answer. They also discuss with pleasure many spiritual issues that are not essential for the salvation of their soul (female priests, whether God can create a stone so large that He Himself cannot carry it, etc). They may try to dismiss discussions about what happens after this life by thinking about many such trivial issues.
But does hell truly exist, after all? Is there life after
death? Jesus, who taught much about
Heaven -- for example, by saying ďIn
my Fatherís house are many mansions.Ē (John
14:2) Ė also often spoke about
hell. He mentioned both places in his lessons, so we should
think about whether they are true. How can anyone be 100%
sure that the next verses are not true? They indicate that
our actions have eternal consequences and that how we live
our lives is crucial. If we live our life unrepentant, we
will not inherit the
- (-15) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
- (,15) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves and makes a lie.
- (Rev 21:3-8) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
DO WE HAVE HOPE? When we established on the grounds of the previous verses that wrongdoers will go to hell, the next question is: Can we rescue ourselves from this and go to Heaven? Is there hope for a person who has lived deep in sin, led an immoral life, practiced homosexuality or other sins? Is there any answer to this and what the Bible says about it? We look at this issue in the light of the next examples:
Turn to God! Yes, we have hope. Even though we have filled our lives with the pleasures of this life -- fornication, playboy life, witchcraft, or sins in general when looking for satisfaction -- it is good to understand that all sins can be forgiven and we can receive eternal life. Even though sinful activities lead us to damnation, our future will immediately change if we turn to God through Jesus Christ, confess our sins and confess that we have been away from Him. We can receive forgiveness of our sins in the same way as the prodigal son in Luke Chapter 15, who squandered his wealth on a reckless life but later returned to his father. Take the same action. Turn to heavenly God and give Him your life. Tell Him that you want to follow Him with all your heart and that you want His will to come true in your life:
- (Luke , 18-20) And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before you,
19 And am no more worthy to be called your son: make me as one of your hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Life in Jesus Christ. You should understand that the foundation for the forgiveness of our sins is that Jesus died for us. The Bible clearly teaches us that only by believing in Jesus can we enter into Heaven, only through Him can we receive forgiveness of our sins, and only through Him can we hope to approach God the Father. If we turn to Jesus, we will receive these wonderful gifts immediately. Turn to Him and do not reject the gift of eternal life that He offers to you. Then, you may spend eternity with God, and the ďheavenly satisfactionĒ and life in Heaven will certainly be better than anything you have experienced in this life:
- (John 14:6) Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.
- (John 5:40) And you will not come to me, that you might have life.
- (Acts ) To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins.
- (Acts ,39) Be it known to you therefore, men and brothers, that through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins:
39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
The prayer of salvation: Lord, Jesus, I turn to You. I admit that I have sinned against You and have not lived according to Your will. However, I want to turn from my sins and follow You with all my heart. I also believe that my sins have been forgiven by Your atonement work and I have received eternal life through You. I thank You for the salvation You have given me. Amen.
REJECTING GRACE. Since everything has been prepared for us, and we can enter Heaven only by the grace of God and through Jesus Christ, it also affects our life. It means that we must also turn to God and receive grace. We must turn to Jesus Christ so that we can be saved and go to heaven. Only by receiving Him in our lives can we enter Heaven one day.
But what if we reject the grace of God and faith in Jesus? What if we take no notice of Him and the coming life? Will any consequences follow? Do we condemn ourselves for eternity?
The answer is that if we reject Jesus and the gift of eternal life, then we must pay for our own sins. If we live on earth without God, we will spend our eternal lives in hell Ė a place from which there is no escape Ė because we simply turned our back on the one and only possibility to be saved and to enter into Godís paradise. We have rejected our only possibility to get to Heaven. God wants to save everyone, but we can reject His gift of salvation. Therefore, do not turn your back on Godís call but turn to Him today. It is the best decision you will ever make:
- (1 Tim 2:3,4) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
- (John 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.
- (Eze ,32) Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? said the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, said the Lord GOD: why turn yourselves, and live you.
Letís look at the next quote as well, because this is well illustrated in it. The text tells how we can reject grace again and again and finally pay for it in damnation because we have not cared for grace. It is an indication of how it can happen to us if we take no notice of the coming life and eternity.
Therefore, do not turn your back on Godís grace, but turn to Him in time so that you will not regret the choice you made. You can change the decisions you make now, but once you have crossed the line between life and death, it is no longer possible. You cannot change your place. This is why you must allow yourself to be saved now, so that you will not regret your decision:
"Why was I given the chance? Why had I been equipped with an immortal soul? Why did I not care about it? Oh, how my own neglect pierces me so dreadfully and I still know that I cannot and will not die. But to live a deadly life is worse than ten thousand deaths, and I still could have been helped once but I did not want to! Oh, this is the gnawing worm that never dies. Once, I could have been happy; once I was offered salvation but I rejected it. If it had happened only once and I would have rejected it, even that would have been unforgivable foolishness, but it was offered to me a thousand times, and I resisted it as often (so lousy I was). Damn the sin, which with its deceitful enjoyment enchants mankind to eternal destruction! God called me often but I resisted Him as often. He reached out his hands but I did not care. How often did I go against His commands, how often I resisted His reprimands! But now, the situation has changed, for now He follows my accident and mocks the ruin that has come for my part. He could have helped me then, but I did not want His help. Therefore, these eternal pains are just a reward for my own deeds and I am condemned to suffer." (John Bunyan, Nškyjš taivaasta ja helvetistš [Visions of Heaven and Hell], p. 67)
Heaven or hell? To which place are you going?
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life
Grap to eternal life!
Heaven or hell? To which place are you going?