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Why hell and eternal punishment is unbelievable!

Many reject hell

no_hell"I don't believe in hell.  I cannot believe in hell." Many people today reject the Bible when it speaks of hell and eternal damnation. These subjects are considered old-fashioned, politically incorrect, inconsistent with a God of love and not in keeping with modern understanding of the Scriptures.

And because people are so determined to reject hell, they readily listen to false teachers... according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
.                             2 Timothy 4:3,4
who tell them what they want to hear, namely, that everyone will go to heaven. This is all very pleasant but if you would like like to learn the truth about what the Bible teaches please read on.

The Bible affirms hell

little_sinOutrageously unjust? How is it that true justiceFor the LORD loves justice, ...
.                             Psalm 37:28
... all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.
.                             Deuteronomy 32:4
demands eternal punishment... these will go away into everlasting punishment, ...
.                            Matthew 25:46
for such a seemingly small sinAll unrighteousness is sin, ...
.                             1 John 5:17
.. you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
.                             Matthew 5:48
? How can any one sin be that bad? The answer is that the offence is against Almighty GodAgainst You (God), You only, have I sinned, ...
.                             Psalm 51:4
, Creator of heaven and earth. Because we are sinners we fail to recognise the seriousness of even a "small" offence against Almighty God... the soul who sins shall die.
.                             Ezekiel 18:4
... the wages of (any) sin is death, ...
.                             Romans 6:23
. He is totally perfect in every way and cannot tolerate sinYou are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness. ...
.                             Habakkuk 1:13
. But there is good news. God is merciful, He has made a solution for sin through His Son, Jesus Christ... there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
.                             Acts 4:12
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The Bible contains many references to hell and eternal punishment. Jesus also repeatedly taught this fact... wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
.                            Matthew 7:13
... these will go away into everlasting punishment, ...
.                             Matthew 25:46
. His purpose in coming to earth... the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
.                             Matthew 18:11
... God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
.                             John 3:17
was to save sinners from hell and give them eternal life. So the question arises why do people reject belief in hell?

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A lack of knowledge of God's goodness

grandureThe Bible teaches us that God is good Good and upright is the LORD; ...
.                             Psalm 25:8
The LORD is good to all, ...
.                             Psalm 145:9
... No one is good but One, that is, God. ...
.                             Matthew 19:17
! This is a profound doctrine, but poorly understood. People tend to think - God may have five stars of goodness, but I have four stars of my own. This leads to the false conclusion that there is not much difference between God and me... you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, ...
.                             Psalm 50:21
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD.
.                             Isaiah 55:8
O LORD, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, ...
.                             1 Chronicles 17:20
. From there it is so easy to think it's totally unjust for anyone to be sent to hell, no crime against God could be that bad!

People today CANNOT believe in eternal punishment because they WILL NOT believe God is GOOD!

Their minds are so darkened by sin that they do not think of God as infinitely good, infinitely holy, infinitely righteous and infinitely powerful.  They reject the thought that anyone could be so much greater and better than themselves: a Being so important and so glorious that for one little crime against Him, true justice requires a sentence burning in hell forever!

Errors made by people

  1. The first error is that they grossly devalue God's true character and glory. When the Bible teaches that God is good, it means that He is totally perfect, totally good to all and His excellence is beyond our comprehension because of the darkness in our hearts. Job was a very godly man in the Bible, even commended by God Himself, yet when Job actually saw God he could only blurt out "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." Job 42:4,6    Even this godly man had underestimated God's glory. Isaiah, another godly man, a Prophet, had a similar experience when he found himself in God's presence, lamenting  -   "Woe is me, for I am undone!" ... Isaiah 6:5    How much more do ungodly people today devalue God's honour and goodness!
  2. The second error that people make is that they grossly inflate their own worth. The Bible tells us plainly that we are rebellious scum... men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
    .                             John 3:19
    All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; ...
    .                             Isaiah 53:6
    ... all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
    .                             Romans 3:23
    ... there is none who does good, no, not one.
    .                             Romans 3:12
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  3. The third error that people make is that having rejected the truth about God, they make up an imaginary god to suit themselves. This god is controlled by them and is similar to them and will not send people to hell. BUT, in making their own god, they have broken the second commandment"You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. ...
    .                             Exodus 20:4,5
    - no idols! The only just punishment for such a heinous crime against the True God is also eternal punishment.
  4. musthellSome people think illogically.  They think that because God is good, they can appeal to His goodness to avoid going to hell.  Can you imagine a murderer before a judge on earth and the murderer says, "Judge, I am guilty, judge2but I believe you are a good man: now can I go free?" If the judge is truly good, then he must punish the guilty! The fact that God is good demands sinners to be sentencedHe shall judge the world in righteousness, ...
    .                             Psalm 9:8
    to hell!  This is true justice.

What are your choices?

Given what you now know, what are your choices?

We at Monash Christian Fellowship would like to help you follow this second option. As soon as you learn about the greatness and holiness of the true God, and where you are heading eternally, you will only be too pleased to receive the free offer of eternal life... God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
.                             John 3:16,17
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Produced by Monash Christian Fellowship, Melbourne, Australia. Author Pastor Bill Wheaton in association with Pastor Bill Randles, Believers in Grace, USA 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and used for non-profit evangelism provided that it is unchanged and carries this credit. Scriptures are quoted from the New King James Bible.