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Does the Bible Teach Us There is a Place Called Hell?

Psalms 5: 4-7  4 You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;
       with you the wicked cannot dwell.

 5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;
       you hate all who do wrong.

 6 You destroy those who tell lies;
       bloodthirsty and deceitful men
       the LORD abhors.

 7 But I, by your great mercy,
       will come into your house;
       in reverence will I bow down
       toward your holy temple.

God will not remember our sins

Everybody loves Raymond

    I love the sitcom, "Everybody loves Raymond".  I watch it on reruns every chance I get. One episode I recently watched is where Raymond's mom and dad pressure Raymond to attend church.  They try making him feel guilty for not attending church.  Raymond's dad, Frank, even goes so far as to tell his grandchildren that their dad (Raymond) was going to hell for not going to church. Let it be made clear, THE BIBLE DOES NOT TEACH THIS!  It is a man made law we are forcing on people that has nothing to do with salvation.
    I did not find this episode of "Everybody loves Raymond" funny at all.  It was a good description of the sad shape America finds itself in today.  Unfortunately, it is a good description of many Americans what this episode was making fun at. Most Americans today are just like Raymond in real life.  Most Americans do not give God the time of day.  Most Americans do not attend church.  Most Americans do not have a personal relationship with their Savior. 

Psalm 10: 4  4 In his pride the wicked does not seek him;
       in all his thoughts there is no room for God (NIV)

    The Bible does declare this: A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL SAVE US!  We need God's Spirit living in us.  We must be born again.

John 3: 6-8  6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Where are All The Bible Believers?

    It saddens me to hear of recent poll results of America's society.  More than two out of every five adults (41%) believe that when Jesus Christ lived on earth He committed sins.  More than half of adults (55%) say that the devil, or Satan, is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.  In 2006, 45% of born again Christians deny Satan's existence.  Where do these beliefs come from?

Poll Shows Many Americans Do Not Believe in Hell!

    I was watching the 700 Club today, and the first part of the program is CBN News (Christian Broadcasting News).   It reported that the latest poll shows only 32% of Americans believe there is such a place called hell.  I find this very interesting because over 80% of Americans when polled state they are Christians, and over 40% declare they are "Born Again" believers.  Then why has so many Americans strayed from what is truly taught in all of scripture?  The entire Bible says hell is a real place.  

Jesus Christ himself declares hell is a real place and he warned us about it!

The disciples wrote these words of Jesus we read:

Matthew 23: 33
33Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Luke 12: 5  5But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Nightline airs debate between Atheists and Christians

   On 5/8/2007 the ABC news show "Nightline"had in their main segment a report on a debate between two atheists and two Christians. Kirk Cameron, star of TV fame "Growing Pains" of 13 years ago and TV Evangelist/author Ray Comfort took on two strong personality atheists.  The program did not show enough of the debate to show any clear winner or loser, but it was interesting to see the differences between the two sides.  I definitely would want to be on the side of the Kirk and Ray because of the amount of peace and love they showed, never attacking the other side and their views.
   
    What sadden me and lead me to write on this debate, was Nightline lead-in to the debate.  They first showed the work of Kirk and Ray in their Evangelism ministry and their web-site "www.WayoftheMaster.com.   They then gave equal time and showed one of the atheist's web-site.  It terrified me.  People of all ages, young and old,  willingly  declared and denouncing their belief in the Bible.  They were declaring their hatred for Jesus Christ.  They were declaring they do not fear God and were daring Him to send them to hell.  The saddest part was when  this site showed a girl who looked to be about thirteen. She was a beautiful sweet girl with a tiny voice.  It broke my heart when they showed her say on this atheist's site, "I'll see you in hell!"  It was a voice that reminded me of my own daughter when she was that age. Why would anyone want this? 

All through Scripture Hell Is a Real Place

    We can and many do choose not to believe in a place called hell. We hope there is a place called heaven, but we pray there isn't a place called hell.  Again I ask, "Why are so many Americans choosing not to believe the Bible?"  The truth be known, many Americans, have bought into the idea that truth is relative and there is no absolute truth. We pick and choose the parts of the Bible we want to believe.  Not many Americans choose to believe all of the Bible anymore.  It is even worse in Europe and Canada.  The Bible teaches we are given the freedom to choose to believe God's Word.  But do we get to pick and chose?

Hidden Treasure Moments:

Psalm 12: 6 6The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

        God's words are true and we can count on Him.  The verse above is one of those special hidden treasures found in scripture.  It is prophetic as well as true.  When silver goes through the process of purification, it goes through the furnace to take out all of the impurities.  Our Lord went through this process for us at the cross.  Jesus shed his blood seven times, in seven different ways, so we could be purified and made righteous with God. 

    The seven ways Jesus shed his blood:

1) His body was whipped beyond recognition.
2) The crown of thorns pierced his head.
3) His left hand was pierced.
4) His right hand was pierced.
5) His left foot was pierced.
6) His right foot was pierced.
7) A spear was plunged into his side to make sure he was dead.

       Over and Over again, God is showing us the cross and Jesus in the Old Testament.  In the book of Numbers chapter 19, God gives Moses the requirements for the Red Heifer sacrifice.  God himself foretells the requirements the Messiah would have to accomplish for mankind when he came.

Numbers 19: 1-8  1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron: 2 "This is a requirement of the law that the LORD has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish (symbolizes Jesus who never sinned and is perfect) and that has never been under a yoke. 3 Give it to Eleazar the priest; it is to be taken outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence. (In the New Testament, Jesus was taken outside of the walled city of Jerusalem to be sacrificed.)  4 Then Eleazar the priest is to take some of its blood on his finger and sprinkle it seven times (Again, Jesus shed his blood seven times in his death for our sins)  toward the front of the Tent of Meeting. 5 While he watches, the heifer is to be burnedóits hide, flesh, blood and offal. (The crucifixion of our Lord is real, He literally is put to death.) 6 The priest is to take some cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet wool and throw them onto the burning heifer.

       I must pause here to reflect on what we just read.  The cedar wood symbolizes the cross, hyssop symbolizes faith, and scarlet wool symbolizes mankind's sins.  To God, our sins are scarlet red in his sight--He sees them clearly.

Isaiah 1: 18 18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

       Throughout the Old Testament God is declaring we can be forgiven of our sins.  We can be made righteous in God's eyes.  Our sins will never be used against us because we can be made whiter than snow. 

 7 After that, the priest must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water. He may then come into the camp, but he will be ceremonially unclean till evening. 8 The man who burns it must also wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he too will be unclean till evening.

       When Jesus died on the cross, because he bore our sins as his own, he was unclean in God's eyes. 
Just think, God saw his own son Jesus as unclean at this time.  Jesus first had to be punished by his own Father for the sins he bore as his own --SO WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO!

1 Peter 2: 24   24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

 
    Just before evening, Jesus was laid in the tomb
and for three days Jesus spent time in hell for the just punishment for our sins.  In my book, "I See Him!...I See Him! God's WORD to Witness By, I reveal the verses and present the evidence from both the Old and New Testaments that Jesus spent 3 days in hell for our sins.  There is so much to learn in this Chapter found in the book of Numbers about our Lord Jesus, but I am going to cut it off here.  I just wanted you to see a glimpse of what God is showing us in scripture.  The word of God is painting us pictures, and God is a Master Painter.

Do You Question There Is a Place Called Hell?

        From Genesis to the Book of Revelation the word of God declares there is a place called hell and there will be eternal punishment for sin.   In my book, "I See Him!...I See Him! God's WORD to Witness By", I go into great lengths using the Bible and showing the many passages of scripture on the subject of Hell and Eternal Punishment  Why do I do this? Because the Bible is a book of warning for those who are perishing.  The Bible teaches WE ALL START THERE! We all are guilty of sin and all deserve punishment. No one escapes the first curse of God that came from the book of Genesis.

Genesis 3: 19  19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

      Let it be made clear, there is more written is scripture warning us of eternal punishment and hell than there is on the subject of heaven.  God loves us so very much, and that is why he warns us not to ignore the salvation that can be ours.

Hebrews 2: 3 3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord

    Found in Chapter 14 from my book and titled "Job: Only God is God and I am man!" are descriptions of eternal punishment.  Look at the picture God is painting about hell in just one book of the Bible-- the book of Job.

From the Book of Job: Hell (It is a real place!)

    As I pointed out earlier, No one wants to speak about hell.  Many choose to believe there is no hell and hope that there is a heaven.  Where do we get this belief that there is no hell?  Is it from Godís teaching or is it manís teaching?  Is it only hope and a means for us to justify our lives for the way we choose to live them?  According to scripture, hell is a real place.  In Job we can learn what it is like.  From all being guilty of sin and admitting to it, we learn what we all have earned (I include myself for I am guilty).

    At the end of chapter 10 verses 20-22 in the book of Job, you get a small picture of what hell is like.

20 Are not my few days almost over?
       Turn away from me so I can have a moment's joy
(That is what a lot of us are telling God to do!)   

21 before I go to the place of no return (hell),
      
to the land of gloom and deep shadow, 

 22 to the land of deepest night,
       of deep shadow and disorder,
       where even the light is like darkness."

    How scary is this description? Look at the key words- A place of no return, gloom and deep shadows, deepest night, shadow and disorder, and where even the light is like darkness.  Job is seeing a place after death that no one in his or her right mind would want to go.  Look at this as more than a warning.  Look at this as Godís love for you that he does not want anyone to perish that he does warn us.

    Again in chapter 18, some more insight of what hell will be like. Please read the entire chapter in your bible.  It warns that unbelievers are on the wrong path and there are traps ready to seize them.  When the trap does finally snare one at their death, terrors will make him or her afraid from every side and Satan, ďthe firstborn of deathĒ will be there to devour the unbeliever.

Verse 5:  5Yea, the light of the wicked (all have fallen short of the glory of God and therefore are wicked) and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

 Verse 8: 8For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.

Verse 9: 9The gin (trap) shall take him by the heel, and the robber (Satan- he is a robber of our joy) shall prevail against him.

Verse 10: 10 A noose is hidden for him on the ground;
       a trap lies in his path.

Verse 11: 11Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

Verse 13: 13It shall devour the strength of his skin:
      even the firstborn of death
(Satan) shall devour his strength.

Verse 14 14His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, (What are you confident in that you are relying on? I pray it is God.) and it shall bring him to the king of terrors. (Satan is waiting) 

Verse 17: 17 The memory of him perishes from the earth;
       he has no name in the land.
 (God says to me the land is Heaven and unbelief will make us miss out on our destiny).

Verse 18: 18He shall be driven from light (God is the light) into darkness (hell), and chased out of the world. (The sinner is going to be banished from Heaven).

Verse 21 21Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, (I cannot stress enough all have fallen short of Godís glory and therefore all are evil) and this is the place of him that knoweth not God. (Do you know God? I pray you do!)

Chapter 18 is a very frightening description to me what is going to happen to unbelievers in Jesus Christ.  I am being very bold here.  Using all of scripture, we know this is the fate for those who will not accept Godís free gift for salvation.  If the word of God showed another way to be saved, I promise I would tell you about it.  I cannot find it.

Book of Job: Fate of all sinners (mankind)- We all start here!

    The fate of all sinners (everyone who ever lived or will live start here) is described in chapter 20. I do not want to be counted with the unrighteous sinners and I pray that you will not want to be either. There is a way out and God prepared it for us, as you will see later. Please read chapter 20.

Chapter 20: Verse 5:  5That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

    Above, God is telling us the joys of the earth last for only the time you are alive and at death, they cease. This is a simple truth.  Sin can be very pleasurable, it is not always painful, but its time is short. There is so much more God has planned for those who become children of God!

Verse 7: 7Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he? (Unforgiven Sinners will perish forever and we will ask where are they.)

Verse 10: "His own hands must give back his wealth." (NIV) (We only have our wealth while on this earth. At death we must all give up what God has given us).

Verse 11: 11His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.  (The unbelieversí sins remain with them forever. The wages for sin is death.... we all die...why? It all began in Genesis chapter 3).

Verse 17: 17He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter. (A good description of missing out on heaven. Heaven is Godís desire for us. )

Verse 18:  18That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.  (We cannot take our property with us at death. What does a man profit if he loses his own soul? There will be no rejoicing.)

Verse 20-21: 20Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.

 21There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods (Verses 20 and 21 state we cannot buy our way into heaven, our wealth will not get us there nor will it last...Can man save himself?)

Verse 27: 27The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; (God will expose our guilt and we will know we are unrighteous for we all fall short of the glory of God.) 

Verse 29: 29This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God. (The fate of the wicked will be judgment for their sins.)

    Again, chapter 20 clearly warns the fate of all who are unrighteous in Godís eyes. How can one be counted amongst the righteous? God does have a plan, as we will see.

    Now that we have seen through Job how God deals with sin and also that there is a real place of eternal punishment called hell, the book of Job deals with the judgment of God.

The Good News of the Bible!

    This is the reason I have written my book.  It is to share the good news of Jesus Christ with all who are seeking  I have the love of Jesus Christ in me, I do not want anyone to perish.  I want all to know the peace of God that comes by knowing where one will be spending eternity.  We can know for sure.  In fact, we get to choose.  God offers us a free gift, and we get to choose whether to accept or reject his gift.  We get to choose if we want to live forever with God in heaven.
    
I love the book of Job.  I tell my friends, "If the book of Job was the only book of the Bible I had ever read, I could still learn from it all of what the Bible teaches.  Everything is found in the book of Job.  

Job: Only God is God and I am man!

    From another excerpt in my book:

    Sandwiched between the story of Job who goes from riches to rags, health to illness, joy and peace to great suffering and agony and then in the end, restored back and is blessed by God doubling all that he possessed (as a believer, I will receive this and more in heaven) are the messages of creation, wisdom of God, sin and accountability, judgment for the unbeliever, redemption; Jesus, the cross, salvation and resurrection; Godís answer to evolutionists, and even dinosaurs. In this one old book written well before the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, Job trusted in him- he saw him as his Intercessor. He had faith in God and knew that he would redeem him. Job foresaw things only a man of faith could know of God.  Many Scholars place the Book of Job as possibly the oldest book in the Bible.

    There is so much to see in the word of God.  So much evidence to have faith in the absolute truth of the Bible.  I pray you will get my book as a help for you to study God's word on your own.

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