A Letter From Hell

 

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“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. ~ Luke 16:23-24

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldst send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.” ~ Luke 16: 27-28

 Tonight, while reading this letter, someone’s mother, father, sister, brother or dearest friend will slip into eternity only to meet their decision in hell.

 Imagine receiving a letter like this from one of your loved ones. Written by a young man to his God fearing mother. He died and went to Hell… Let it not be said of you!

A Letter From Hell

Dear Mom,

I am writing to you from the most horrible place that I have ever seen, and more horrible than you could ever imagine. It is BLACK here, so DARK that I cannot even see all the souls I am constantly bumping into. I only know they are people like myself from the blood curdling SCREAMS. My voice is gone from my own screaming as I writhe in pain and suffering. I cannot even cry for help anymore, and it is no use anyway, there is no one here that has any compassion at all for my plight.

The PAIN and suffering in this place is absolutely unbearable. It so consumes my every thought,  I could not know if there were any other sensation to come upon me. The pain is so severe, it never stops day or night. The turning of days does not appear because of the darkness.  What may be nothing more than minutes or even seconds seems like many endless years.  The thought of this suffering continuing without end is more than I can bear. My mind is spinning more and more with each passing moment.  I feel like a madman, I cannot even think clearly under this load of confusion. I fear I am losing my mind.

The FEAR is just as bad as the pain, maybe even worse. I don’t see how my predicament could be any worse than this, but I am in constant fear that it MIGHT be at any moment.

My mouth is parched, and will only become more so. It is so dry that my tongue cleaves to the roof of my mouth. I recall that old preacher saying that’s what Jesus Christ endured as he hung on that old rugged cross. There is no relief, not so much as a single drop of water to cool my swollen tongue.

To add even more misery to this place of torment, I know that I deserve to be here. I am being punished justly for my deeds. The punishment, the pain, the suffering is no worse than I justly deserve, but admitting that now will never ease the anguish  that burns eternally in my wretched soul.  I hate myself for committing the sins to earn such a horrible fate,  I hate the devil that deceived me so that I would end up in this place.  And as much as I know it is an unspeakable wickedness to think such a thing, I hate the very God that sent his only begotten Son to spare me this torment. I can never blame the Christ that suffered and bled and died for me,  but I hate him anyway. I cannot even control my feelings that I know to be wicked, wretched and vile. I am more wicked and vile now than I ever was in my earthly existence. Oh, If only I had listened.

Any earthly torment would be far better than this. To die a slow agonizing death from Cancer; To die in a burning building as the victims of the 9-11 terror attacks. Even to be nailed to a cross after being beaten unmercifully like the Son of God; But to choose these over my present state I have no power. I do not have that choice.

I now understand that this torment and suffering is what Jesus Bore for me. I believe that he suffered, bled and died to pay for my sins, but his suffering was not eternal. After three days he arose in victory over the grave. Oh, I do SO believe, but alas, it is too late. As the old invitation song says that I remember hearing so many times, I am “One Day Too Late”.

We are ALL believers in this terrible place, but our faith amounts to NOTHING. It is too late. The door is shut. The tree has fallen, and here shall it lay. In HELL. Forever lost. No Hope, No Comfort, No Peace, No Joy.

There will never be any end to my suffering. I remember that old preacher as he would read  “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: And they have no rest day nor night”

And that is perhaps the worst thing about this terrible place. I REMEMBER. I remember the church services. I remember the invitations. I always thought they were so corny, so stupid, so useless. It seemed I was too “tough” for such things. I see it all different now, Mom, but my change of heart matters nothing at this point.

I have lived like a fool, I pretended like a fool, I died like a fool, and now I must suffer the torments and anguish of a fool.

Oh, Mom, how I miss so very much the comforts of home. Never again will I know your tender caress across my fevered brow. No more warm breakfasts or home-cooked meals. Never again will I feel the warmth of the fireplace on a frosty winter’s night. Now the fire engulfs not only this perishing body wracked with pain beyond compare, but the fire of the wrath of an Almighty God consumes my very inner being with an anguish that cannot be properly described in any mortal language.

I long to just stroll through a lush green meadow in the springtime and view the beautiful flowers, stopping to take in the fragrance of their sweet perfume. Instead I am resigned to the burning smell of brimstone, sulfur, and a heat so intense that all other senses simply fail me.

Oh, Mom, as a teenager I always hated having to listen to the fussing and whining of the little babies in church, and even at our house. I thought they were such an inconvenience to me, such an irritation. How I long just to see for a brief moment one of those innocent little faces. But there are no babies in Hell, Mom.

There are no Bibles in Hell, dearest mother. The only scriptures inside the charred walls of the damned are those that ring in my ears hour after hour, moment after miserable moment. They offer no comfort at all, though, and only serve to remind me of what a fool I have been.

Were it not for the futility of them Mom, you might otherwise rejoice to know that there is a never ending prayer meeting here in Hell. No matter, there is no Holy Spirit to intercede on our behalf. The prayers are so empty, so dead. They amount to nothing more than cries for mercy that we all know will never be answered.

Please warn my brothers Mom. I was the eldest, and thought I had to be “cool”. Please tell them that no one in Hell is cool. Please warn all my friends, even my enemies, lest they come also to this place of torment.

As terrible as this place is, Mom, I see that it is not my final destination. As Satan laughs at all of us here, and as multitudes join us continually in this feast of misery, we are constantly reminded that some day in the future, we will all be summoned individually to appear before The Judgment Throne of Almighty God.

God will show us our eternal fate written in the books next to all of our wicked works. We will have no defense, no excuse, and nothing to say except to confess the justice of our damnation before the supreme judge of all the earth. Just before being cast into our final destination of torment, the Lake of Fire, we will have to look upon the face of him who willingly suffered the torments of hell that we might be delivered from them. As we stand there in his holy presence to hear the pronouncement of our damnation, you will be there Mom to see it all.

Please forgive me for hanging my head in shame, as I know I will not be able to bear to look upon your face. You will already be conformed into the image of the Savior, and I know it will be more than I can stand.

I would love to leave this place and join you and so many others I have known for my few short years on earth. But I know that will never be possible. Since I know I can never escape the torments of the damned, I say with tears, with a sorrow and deep despair that can never be completely described, I never want to see any of you again. Please don’t ever join me here.

In eternal Anguish, Your Son / Daughter, Condemned and Lost Forever

Dear soul,

This doesn’t have to be your fate. The very fact that you’re reading this says there’s time to accept the Lord Jesus as your Savior.

Yet, if you don’t believe in the Lord you’re going to hell. There’s no pleasant way to say it.

The Scripture says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  ~ Romans 3:23

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” ~ Romans 10:9

Don’t fall asleep without Jesus until you are assured of a place in heaven.

Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life, first you must believe in the Lord. You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven and put your trust in the Lord. To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life. There’s only one way to heaven, and that’s through the Lord Jesus. That’s God’s wonderful plan of salvation.

You can begin a personal relationship with Him by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:

“Oh God, I’m a sinner. I’ve been a sinner all of my life. Forgive me, Lord. I receive Jesus as my Savior. I trust Him as my Lord. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

If you have never received the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior, but have received Him today after reading this invitation, please let us know. We would love to hear from you. Your first name is sufficient.

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How Do I Escape Hell?
We have had another question that we feel is related: The question is, “How do I escape Hell?”  The reason the questions are related is because God has told us in the Bible that He has provided the way to escape the death penalty of our sin and that is through a Savior – Jesus Christ our Lord, because a PERFECT MAN  had to take our place.   First we must consider who deserves Hell and why we deserve it.  The answer is, as Scripture clearly teaches,  that all people are sinners.  Romans 3:23 says, “ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  That means you and me  and everyone else.  Isaiah 53:6 says “all we like sheep have gone astray.”

Read Romans 1:18-31, read it carefully, to understand the sinful downfall of man and his depravity.  Many specific sins are listed here ,but these are not even all of them.  It also explains that the start of our sin is about rebellion against God, just as it was with Satan.

Romans 1:21 says, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”  Verse 25 says, “They exchanged the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator” and verse 26 says, “They did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God” and verse 29 says, “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.”  Verse 30 says, “They invent ways of doing evil,” and verse 32 says, “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”  Read Romans 3:10-18, parts of which I quote here, “ There is none righteous, no not one … no one seeks God …all have turned away … no one who does good … and  there is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Isaiah 64:6 says, “ all our righteous acts are as filthy rags.”  Even our good deeds are soiled with bad motives etc.  Isaiah 59:2 says, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”  Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death.”  We deserve God’s punishment.

Revelation 20:13-15 clearly teaches us that death means Hell when it says, “Each person was judged according to what he had done…the lake of fire is the second death…if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

How do we escape?  Praise the Lord!  God loves us and made a way of escape.  John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

First we must make one thing very clear.  There is only one God.  He sent one Savior, God the Son.  In the Old Testament Scripture God shows us through His dealings with Israel that He alone is God, and that they (and us) are not to worship any other God.  Deuteronomy 32:38 says, “See now, I am He.  There is no god beside me.”  Deuteronomy 4:35 says, “The Lord is God, besides Him there is no other.”  Verse 38 says, “The Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below.  There is no other.”  Jesus was quoting from Deuteronomy 6:13 when He said in Matthew 4:10, “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.”  Isaiah 43:10-12 says, “ ‘You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.  Before Me no god was formed, nor will there be one after Me.  I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from Me there is no Savior…You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘that I am God.’ “

God exists in three Persons, a concept we can neither fully understand nor explain, which we call the Trinity.  This fact is understood throughout Scripture, but not explained.  The plurality of God is understood from the very first verse of Genesis where it says God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.  Elohim is a plural noun.  Echad, a Hebrew word used to describe God, which is usually translated “one,” can also mean a single unit or more than one acting or being as one.  Thus the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one God.  Genesis 1:26 makes this clearer than anything else in Scripture, and since all three persons are referred to in Scripture as God, we know that all  three persons are part of the Trinity.  In  Genesis 1:26  it says, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,” showing plurality.  As clear as we can possibly understand who God is, Whom we are to worship, He is a plural unity.

So God has a Son who is equally God.  Hebrews 1:1-3 tells us He is equal to the Father, His exact image.  In  verse 8 , where God the Father is speaking, it says, “about the Son He said, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever.’ “   God here calls His Son God.  Hebrews 1:2 speaks of Him as the “acting creator” saying, “through Him He made the universe.”  This is made even stronger in John chapter 1:1-3 when John speaks of the “Word” (later identified as the man Jesus) saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning. ”  This person – the Son – was the Creator (verse 3): “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.”  Then in verse 29-34 (which describes Jesus’ baptism) John identifies Jesus as the Son of God.  In verse 34 he (John) says of Jesus, “I have seen and testify that this is the Son of God.”  The four Gospel writers all testify that Jesus is God’s Son.  Luke’s account (in Luke 3:21&22) says, “Now when all the people were being baptized and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form, like a dove, and a voice came from heaven saying, ‘You are my beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.’ “  See also Matthew 3:13; Mark 1:10 and John 1:31-34.

Both Joseph and Mary identified Him as God.  Joseph was told to name Him Jesus “for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21).  The name Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) means Savior or  ‘the Lord saves’.  In Luke 2:30-35 Mary is told to name her Son Jesus and the angel told her, “the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.” In Matthew 1:21 Joseph is told, “what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”   This clearly puts the third Person of the Trinity into the picture.  Luke records that this also was told to Mary.  Thus God has a Son (Who is equally God) and thus God sent His Son (Jesus) to be a person to save us from Hell, from God’s wrath and punishment. John 3:16a says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.”

Galatians 4:4&5a says, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law.”  I John 4:14 says, “The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.”  God tells us Jesus is the only way to escape eternal torment in Hell.  I Timothy 2:5 says,” For there is one God and one Mediator between God and man, the man, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for us all, the testimony given at the proper time.”  Acts 4:12 says, “nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other Name under heaven, given among men, by which we must be saved.”

If you read the Gospel of John, Jesus claimed to be one with the Father, sent by the Father, to do His Father’s will and give His life for us.  He said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man comes to the Father, but by Me (John 14:6).    Romans 5:9 (NKJV) says, “Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him…we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son.”  Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.”  John 5:24 says, “Most assuredly I say to you, he who hears my word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment but is passed from death to life.”

John 3:16 says, “he that believes on Him will not perish.”  John 3:17 says, “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him,” but verse 36 says, “whoever rejects the Son will not see life for God’s wrath remains on him.”  I Thessalonians 5:9 says, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

God has provided a way to escape His wrath in Hell, but He provided only ONE WAY and we must do it His way.  So how did this come to pass?  How does this work? To understand this we must go back to the very beginning where God promised to send us a Savior.

From the time man sinned, even from creation, God planned a way and promised His salvation from sin’s consequences.  2 Timothy 1:9&10 says, “This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus.  See also Revelation 13:8.  In Genesis 3:15 God promised that the “seed of the woman” would “crush Satan’s head.”  Israel was God’s instrument (vehicle) through whom God brought to all the world His eternal salvation, given in such a way everyone could recognize Him, so all people could believe and be saved.  Israel would be the keeper of God’s Covenant Promise and the heritage through whom the Messiah – Jesus – would come.

God gave this promise first to Abraham when He promised He would bless the world through Abraham (Genesis 12:23; 17:1-8) through whom He formed the nation – Israel – the Jews.  God then passed this promise down to Isaac (Genesis 21:12), then to Jacob (Genesis 28:13&14) who was renamed Israel – the father of the Jewish nation.  Paul referred to and confirmed this in Galatians 3:8 and 9 where he said: “The Scriptures forsaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’  So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham. ”   Paul recognized Jesus as the person through whom this came.

Hal Lindsey in his book, The Promise, put it this way,  “this was to be the ethnic people through which the Messiah, the Savior of the world, would be born.” Lindsey gave four reasons for God choosing Israel through whom the Messiah would come.  I have another: through this people came all the prophetic statements which describe Him and His life and death which enable us to recognize Jesus as this person, so that all nations may believe in Him, receive Him – receiving the ultimate blessing of salvation: forgiveness and rescue from God’s wrath.

God then made a covenant (treaty) with Israel which instructed them how they could approach God through priests (mediators) and sacrifices which would cover their sins.  As we have seen (Romans 3:23 & Isaiah 64:6), we all sin and those sins separate and alienate us from God.

Please read Hebrews chapters 9&10 which are important in understanding what God did in the Old Testament system of sacrifices and in the New Testaments’ fulfillment. .  The Old Testament system was only a temporary “covering” until the real redemption was accomplished – until the promised Savior would come and secure our eternal salvation.  It was also a foreshadowing (a picture or image) of the real Savior, Jesus (Matthew1:21, Romans3:24-25. and 4:25).  So in the Old Testament, everyone had to come God’s way – the way God had set up. So we must also come to God His Way, through His Son.

It is clear that God said sin must be paid for by death and that a substitute, a sacrifice (usually a lamb) was necessary so the sinner could escape the penalty, because,  ” the wages {penalty} of sin is death.” Romans 6:23).  Hebrews 9:22 says, “without shedding of blood there is no remission.”  Leviticus 17:11 says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”   God, through His goodness, sent us the promised fulfillment, the real thing, the Redeemer.   This is what the Old Testament is about, but God promised a New Covenant with Israel – His people – in Jeremiah 31:38, a covenant that would be fulfilled  by the Chosen One, the Savior.  This is the New Covenant – the New Testament, the promises, fulfilled in Jesus.  He would  do away with sin and death and Satan once and for all.  (As I said, you must read Hebrews chapters 9&10.)  Jesus said, (see Matthew 26:28; Luke 23:20 and Mark 12:24), “This is the New Testament (Covenant) in My blood which is shed for you for the remission of sins.”

Continuing on through history, the promised Messiah would also come through King David.  He would be David’s descendant.  Nathan the prophet said this in I Chronicles 17:11-15, declaring that the Messiah King would come through David, that He would be eternal and the King would be God, the Son of God.   (Read Hebrews chapter 1; Isaiah 9:6&7 and Jeremiah 23:5&6).  In Matthew 22:41&42 the Pharisees asked of what line of ancestry the Messiah would come, whose Son He would be, and the answer was, from David.

The Savior is identified in the New Testament by Paul. In Acts 13:22, in a sermon, Paul explains this when he speaks of David and the Messiah saying, “from this man’s descendant (David son of Jesse), according to the promise, God raised up a Savior – Jesus, as promised.”  Again, He is identified in the New Testament in Acts 13:38&39 which says, “I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,” and “through Him everyone who believes is justified.”  The Anointed One, promised and sent by God is identified as Jesus.

Hebrews 12:23&24 also tell us Who the Messiah is when it says, “You have come to God…to Jesus the Mediator of a New Covenant and to sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”  Through Israel’s prophets God gave us many prophecies, promises and pictures describing the Messiah and what He would be like and what He would do so that we would recognize  Him when He came.  These were acknowledged by Jewish leaders as authentic pictures of the Anointed One ( they refer to them as Messianic prophecies }. Here are a few of them:

1).        Psalm 2 says He would be called the Anointed One, the Son of God (See Matthew 1:21-23).  He was conceived through the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 7:14 & Isaiah 9:6&7).  He is the Son of God (Hebrews 1:1&2).

2).        He would be a real man, born of a woman (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14 and Galatians 4:4).  He would be the descendant of Abraham and David and be born of a Virgin, Mary  (I Chronicles 17:13-15 and Matthew 1:23, “she will bear a son.”).  He will be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).

3).        Deuteronomy 18:18&19 says He would be a great prophet and do great miracles like Moses did (a real person – a prophet).  (Please compare this to the question of whether Jesus was real – an  historical figure }.  He was real, sent by God. He is God – Immanuel.   See Hebrews chapter one, and  the Gospel of John, chapter one. How could He die for us as our substitute, if He were not a real man?

4).         There are prophecies of very specific things which occurred during the crucifixion, such as the lots being cast for His garments, His pierced  hands and feet and none of His  bones being broken.  Read Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 and other Scriptures which describe very specific events in His life.

5).         The reason for His death is clearly described and explained in Scripture in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 . (a)  As a Substitute :  Isaiah 53:5 says, “He was pierced for our transgressions…the punishment for our peace was upon Him.”  Verse 6 continues, (b)  He took our sin : “The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all  “ and (c) He died :  Verse 8 says, “He was cut off from the land of the living.  For the transgression of My people was He stricken.”  Verse 10 says, “The Lord makes His life a guilt offering.”  Verse12 says,”He poured out His life unto death … He bore the sins of many.” (d) And finally He rose again : Verse 11 describes the resurrection when it says, “after the suffering of His soul He will see the light of life.”  See I Corinthians 15: 1- 4, this is the GOSPEL.

Isaiah 53 is a passage that is never read in the synagogues.  Once Jews read it they often

admit that this refers to Jesus , although Jews in general have rejected Jesus as their Messiah.  Isaiah 53: 3 says, “He was despised and rejected by mankind “.   See Zechariah 12:10.  Someday they will recognize Him.  Isaiah 60:16 says, “then you will know that I the Lord am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob”.   In John 4:2 Jesus told the woman at the well, “Salvation is of the Jews.”

As we have seen, it was through Israel that He brought the promises, the prophecies, which identify Jesus as the Savior and the heritage through which He would appear (be born).  See Matthew chapter 1 and Luke chapter 3.

In John 4:42 it says the woman at the well, after hearing Jesus, ran to her friends saying “Could this be the Christ?”  After this they came to Him and then they said, “We no longer believe just because of what you said: now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this MAN really is the Savior of the world.”

Jesus is the Chosen One, the son of Abraham, Son of  David, the Savior and King forever, Who reconciled and redeemed us by His death, giving us forgiveness, sent by God to  rescue us from Hell and give us life forever (John 3:16; I John 4:14; John 5:9&24 and 2 Thessalonians 5:9).  This is how it came to be, how God  made a Way so we can be free of judgment and wrath. Now let us see more closely  How Jesus fulfilled  this promise.

Do People Who Commit Suicide Go To Hell?
Many people believe that if a person commits suicide that they automatically go to Hell.

This idea is usually based on the fact that killing yourself is murder, an extremely serious sin, and that when a person kills himself there obviously is not time after the event to repent and ask God to forgive him.

There are several problems with this idea. The first is that there is absolutely no indication in the Bible that if a person commits suicide that they go to Hell.

The second problem is that it makes salvation be by faith plus not doing something. Once you start down that road, what other conditions are you going to add to faith alone?

Romans 4:5 says, “However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.”

The third issue is that it almost puts murder into a separate category and makes it far worse than any other sin.

Murder is extremely serious, but so are many other sins. A final problem is that it assumes that the individual did not change his mind and cry out to God after it was too late.

According to people who have survived a suicide attempt, at least some of them regretted whatever they did to take their life almost as soon as they did it.

None of what I have just said should be taken to mean that suicide is not sin, and a very serious one at that.

People who take their own life often feel their friends and family would be better off without them, but that is almost never so. Suicide is a tragedy, not only because an individual dies, but also because of the emotional pain that all who knew the individual will feel, often for an entire lifetime.

Suicide is the ultimate rejection of all the people who cared about the one who took their own life, and often leads to all sorts of emotional problems in those affected by it, including others taking their own life also.

To sum up, suicide is an extremely serious sin, but it will not automatically send someone to Hell.

Any sin is serious enough to send a person to Hell if that person does not ask the Lord Jesus Christ to be his Savior and forgive all his sins.

Is Punishment in Hell Eternal?
There are some things that the Bible teaches that I absolutely love, such as how much God loves us. There are other things that I actually wish were not there, but my study of Scripture has convinced me that, If I am going to be completely honest in how I handle Scripture, I have to believe it teaches that the lost will suffer eternal torment in Hell.

Those who would question the idea of eternal torment in Hell will often say that the words used to describe the duration of the torment do not exactly mean eternal. And while this is true, that the Greek of New Testament times did not have and use a word exactly equivalent to our word eternal, the writers of the New Testament used the words available to them to describe both how long we will live with God and how long the ungodly will suffer in Hell. Matthew 25:46 says, “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” The same words translated eternal are used to describe God in Romans 16:26 and the Holy Spirit in Hebrews 9:14. 2 Corinthians 4:17&18 helps us understand what the Greek words translated “eternal” really mean. It says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Mark 9:48b “It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.” Jude 13c “For whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.” Revelation 14:10b&11 “They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” All these passages indicate something that does not end.

Perhaps the strongest indication that punishment in Hell is eternal is found in Revelation chapters 19&20. In Revelation 19:20 we read that the beast and the false prophet (both human beings) “were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” After that it says in Revelation 20:1-6 that Christ reigns for a thousand years. During those thousand years Satan is locked up in the Abyss but Revelation 20:7 says, “When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison.” After he makes a final attempt to defeat God we read in Revelation 20:10, “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” The word “they” includes the beast and the false prophet who have already been there for a thousand years.

Was Jesus Real? How Do I Escape Hell?
We have received two questions which we feel are related/ or very important to each other so we are going to connect or link them online.

If Jesus was not a real person then whatever is said or written about Him is pointless, merely opinion and untrustworthy.  Then we have no Savior from sin. No other religious figure in history, or faith, makes the claims He did and promises forgiveness of sin and an eternal home in Heaven with God.  Without Him we have no hope of heaven.

Actually, Scripture predicted that deceivers would question His existence and deny that He came in the flesh as a real person.  2 John 7 says, “many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh…this is the deceiver and the anti-Christ.”  I John 4:2&3 says, “Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of the anti-Christ, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”

You see, the Divine Son of God had to come as a real person, Jesus, to take our place, to save us by paying the penalty of sin, dying for us; because Scripture says, “without shedding of blood there is no remission of sin” (Hebrews 9:22).  Leviticus 17:11 says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.”  Hebrews 10:5 says, “Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me.’ “  I Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.  He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”  Romans 8:3 says, “For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.”  See also I Peter 4:1 and I Timothy 3:18.  He had to be a substitute as a person.

If Jesus was not real, but a myth, then what He taught is just made up, there is no reality in Christianity, no gospel and no salvation.

Early historical evidence shows us (or corroborates) that He is real and only those who want to discredit His teaching, especially the gospel, claim that He did not exist.  There is no evidence that says He was a story or a fantasy.  Not only does the Bible predict that people would say He wasn’t real, but historical records give us proof that the biblical accounts are accurate and are an actual historical record of His life.

Interestingly, the fact that it is expressed in these terms, “He came in the flesh,” implies that He pre-existed His birth.

My sources for the evidence presented come from bethinking.com and Wikipedia.  Search these sites to read the evidence in full.  Wikipedia on the historicity of Jesus says, “Historicity relates to whether or not Jesus of Nazareth was a historical figure” and “very few scholars have argued for non-historicity and have not succeeded due the abundance of evidence to the contrary.”  It also says, “With very few exceptions such critics generally do support the historicity of Jesus and reject the Christ myth theory that Jesus never existed.” These sites give five sources with historical references concerning Jesus as an actual real historical person: Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Josephus, Lucian and the Babylonian Talmud.

1) Tacitus wrote that Nero blamed Christians for the burning of Rome, describing Him as “Christus” who suffered the “extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of Pontius Pilate.”

2) Pliny the Younger refers to Christians as “worshipping” by “a hymn to Christ as to a god.”

3) Josephus, a first century Jewish historian, references, “James, the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ.”  He also wrote another reference to Jesus as a real person, who “wrought surprising feats,” and “Pilate…condemned him to be crucified.”

4) Lucian states, “Christians worship a man of this day…who introduced their novel rites and was crucified on that account…and worship the crucified sage.”

What seems extraordinary to me is that these first century historical people who acknowledge that He was real were all people who hated or at least did not believe in Him, such as the Jews or Romans, or skeptics.  Tell me, why would His enemies acknowledge Him as a real person if it were not true.

5) Another amazing source is the Babylonian Talmud, a Jewish Rabbinical writing.  It describes His life and death just as Scripture does.  It says they hated Him and why they hated Him.  In it they say they thought of Him as a person Who threatened their beliefs and political aspirations.  They wanted the Jews to crucify Him.  The Talmud says He was “hanged,” which was commonly used to describe crucifixion, even in the Bible (Galatians 3:13).  The reason given for this was “sorcery” and his death occurred “on the eve of the Passover.” It says He “practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy.”  This concurs with Scriptural teaching and its description of the Jewish view of Jesus.  For example, the mention of sorcery coincides with the Scripture which states that Jewish leaders accused Jesus of doing miracles by Beelzebul and said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of  the demons” (Mark3:22).  They also said, “He leads the multitude astray” (John 7:12).  They claimed He would destroy Israel (John 11:47&48).  All of this certainly confirms He was real.

He did come and He certainly did change things.  He brought in the promised New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:38), which brought about redemption.  When a New Covenant is made, the old one passes away.   (Read Hebrews chapters 9&10.)

Matthew 26:27&28 says, “And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’ “   According to John 1:11, the Jews rejected Him.

Interestingly enough, Jesus also prophesied the destruction of the temple and of Jerusalem and the scattering of the Jews by the Romans.  The destruction of the temple happened in 70 AD.  When this occurred the whole Old Testament system was also destroyed; the temple, the priests offering perpetual sacrifices, everything.

So the New Covenant which God had promised literally and historically replaced the Old Testament system.  How could a religion, if it was merely a myth, based on a mythical person, result in a religion which changes lives and has now lasted for almost 2,000 years?  (Yes, Jesus was real!)

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