Hell?

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when it came to hell… 31% [of evangelical Christians said] they were unsure what to believe…”

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/survey.reveals.diversity.of.beliefs.among.evangelicals/27360.htm

and…

Many evangelicals are ashamed of this biblical doctrine, viewing it as a blemish to be covered up by the cosmetic of divine love.  But this dishonors God’s Word.

https://www.equip.org/articles/the-doctrine-of-hell/

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Five biblical passages unequivocally describe hell as eternal conscious punishment:

Mat 25:41 & 46Mark 9:42–48 2Thess 1:5–10 Rev 14:9– 11;  and  Rev 20:10, 14–15

https://www.equip.org/articles/the-dark-side-of-eternity-hell-as-eternal-conscious-punishment/

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Why Should Someone Believe in Hell?

[First,] Jesus spent more time talking about hell than He did about heaven…  In His famous story of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), He graphically portrayed the finality of eternal torment in hell…  [Second,] the concept of choice demands that [Christians] believe in hell.  Without hell, there is no choice… [because] the unrighteous [who,  by definition , hate God] would be incarcerated in heaven against their wills, which [for them] would be a torture worse than hell… [because they] would be stripped of freedom [for eternity] and forced to worship God against their will…  [Third,] common sense regarding justice dictates that there must be a hell. Without hell, the wrongs of Hitler’s Holocaust [and countless other murderers, whether of millions or just of one person whom God made in His own image] would never be righted…  It is also crucial to recognize that not all existence in hell will be equal.  We may safely conclude that Hitler’s torment in hell will greatly exceed the torment experienced by a garden-variety pagan.  God is perfectly just, and each person who spurns His grace will suffer exactly what he or she deserves (see Luke 12:47–48cf.  Prov. 24:12Matt. 16:27Col. 3:25Rev. 20:11–15).”

https://www.equip.org/articles/why-should-i-believe-in-hell-/

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Almost all the biblical teaching about hell comes from the lips of Jesus…  That Jesus used the most awful symbols imaginable to describe hell is no comfort to those who see them simply as symbols [rather than symbols pointing to eternal realities]  [T]here will [also] be no cruelty [in hell].  It is impossible for God to be cruel.  Cruelty involves inflicting a punishment that is more severe or harsh than the crime.  Cruelty in this sense is unjust.  God is incapable of inflicting an unjust punishment.  The Judge of all the earth will surely do what is right.  No innocent person will ever suffer [in hell, partly because God is  perfectly just  and partly because there is  no such thing  as an ‘innocent person].

https://www.ligonier.org/blog/hell/

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In 2 Thessalonians 1:5–12, Paul paints a picture of what believers and nonbelievers can expect at the return of Jesus.  Those who have not believed the gospel can expect only eternal affliction from God as they suffer the divine vengeance for their sins (vv. 5–8).  Importantly, this does not mean the absence of God’s presence.  Many popular evangelical conceptions of hell in our day hold that hell is merely a state of being away from the Creator.  There is some truth in this in that hell entails experiencing the absence of God’s blessing.  However, hell is not the absence of God’s presence Verse 9  indicates that eternal ‘destruction‘ is “from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.”  The ESV inserts an “away” before the first “from,” but the “away” is not in the original Greek, and commentators argue that Paul means that the impenitent will suffer the wrath of God in the presence of God [delivered]from [or by] the hand of God.  This must be so, for God is present everywhere in creation, even in hell (Ps. 139:7–12).  Hell is not the absence of God, for the wicked would love nothing more than to have no contact whatsoever with the Lord.  Instead, hell is a place of direct encounter with divine holiness in the absence of God’s grace.  Thus, the reprobate experience God’s presence as punishment.

https://tabletalkmagazine.com/daily-study/2020/03/the-bliss-for-the-righteous/

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The person who rejects God does not know the real horrors of hell.  This may be because he does not believe hell exists, or it may be because he convinces himself that it would be tolerably preferable to heaven.  But whatever he believes or does not believe, when he chooses against God, he is wrong about God and about hell.  He is not, at that point, preferring the real hell over the real God.  He is [willfully] blind to both.  He does not perceive the true glories of God, and he does not perceive the true horrors of hell.  So when a person chooses against God and, therefore, de facto chooses hell — or when he jokes about preferring hell with his friends over heaven with boring religious people — he does not know what he is doing.  What he rejects is not the real heaven… and what he wants is not the real hell, but the tolerable hell of his imagination.  When he dies, he will be shocked beyond words.  The miseries are so great he would do anything in his power to escape [but] it is  not in his power  to repent [when in hell, just as it is in  no one’s power to repent  when on Earth]… What sinners want is not hell but sin.  That hell is the inevitable consequence of unforgiven sin does not make [hell] desirable [to unrepentant sinners].  [The reality of hell] is not what [unrepentant sinners] want…  [What they want is to continue in their sin and their hatred of God while they are on Earth even more than they want to avoid the reality of hell for eternity, where they will no longer have the option to repent]…  The reason the Bible speaks of people being ‘thrown‘ into hell [Rev 20:15] is that no one will willingly go there once they see what it really is.  No one standing on the shore of the lake of fire jumps in.  They do not choose it, and they will not want it.  They ha[d] chosen sin [while on Earth].  They ha[d] wanted sin.  [But t]hey [did] not want the punishment [when they still had the option to repent of their sin].  When they come to the shore of this fiery lake, they must be ‘thrown‘ in…   I thank God, as a hell-deserving sinner, for Jesus Christ my Savior, who became a curse for me and suffered hellish pain that He might deliver me from the wrath to come.  While there is time [while living here on Earth], He will do that for anyone who turns from sin and treasures Him and His work [to save them from the inevitable consequences of their sin] above all.

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/how-willingly-do-people-go-to-hell

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I don’t think God categorizes [i.e. prioritizes, by way of a hierarchy, people’s] sins.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/09/oprahs-next-chapter-joel-osteen-homosexuality-sin-video_n_1193263.html

[Unfortunately for those who believe that lie, God says  otherwise .]

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Hell is not a subject that most of us love to discuss.  But discuss we must.

http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2014/01/on-hell-1.php

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The Importance of Hell

We must come to grips with the fact that Jesus… the pre-eminent teacher of love and grace in history… said more about hell than Daniel, Isaiah, Paul, John, Peter put together.  Before we dismiss this, we have to realize we are saying to Jesus…  ‘I am less barbaric than you, Jesus — I am more compassionate and wiser than you.‘  Surely that should give us pause!  Indeed, upon reflection, it is because of the doctrine of judgment and hell that Jesus’ proclamations of grace and love are so astounding.

http://www.redeemer.com/news_and_events/articles/the_importance_of_hell.html

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… the Bible clearly teaches an everlasting state of punishment for those who reject the gospel…. this book is extremely valuable for refuting error and promoting a sense of urgency in evangelism.

http://www.logosapologia.org/?p=1725

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Purgatory: Is There a Second Chance to Believe After Death?

Short Answer: No

http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4220121/k.AEE8/Is_There_a_Second_Chance_to_Believe_After_Death.htm

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GOD’S LOVE AND GOD’S WRATH

http://s3.amazonaws.com/tgc-documents/carson/1999_Gods_love_and_wrath.pdf

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Rescuing Hell: Defending the Doctrine of Eternal Punishment

http://mannsword.blogspot.com/2012/09/rescuing-hell-defending-doctrine-of.html

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Biblical Images of hell

http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2012/10/images-of-hell.html

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Review of Love Wins by Rob Bell

http://jwwartick.com/2013/02/13/love-wins-1/
&
http://jwwartick.com/2013/02/20/love-wins-2/
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http://jwwartick.com/2013/02/27/love-wins-3/
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http://jwwartick.com/2013/03/06/love-wins-4/
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http://jwwartick.com/2013/03/13/review-of-love-wins-by-rob-bell-chapter-5/
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http://jwwartick.com/2013/03/20/review-of-love-wins-by-rob-bell-chapter-6/
&
http://jwwartick.com/2013/03/27/lw-bell-7-8

and…

Universalism vs. Matt. 25:46

http://carm.org/matt-2546-and-universalism

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