I think it's odd that we say someone has "passed away."
Environmentalists remind us when we "throw away" plastics, there's no "away."
The same is true for people.
When we die, we "pass on" to something far better or far worse.
Hell--the place of eternal torment-- is not a popular subject. In fact, some Christians have believed it "away."
But God's Word speaks clearly about eternal suffering. And we have a serious responsibility to warn those who think they will someday "pass away" or those who think they might be "good enough" to get into heaven.
Like Moody, Christians know the good news that we will one day be more alive than we have ever been. We mustn't keep that good news to ourselves.
Today's Bite Size Bible Study will look at what the Bible teaches about hell.
Hell is called a number of things in Scripture: Lake of Fire, Second Death, Abyss, Hades, Utter Darkness, etc. Scripture makes it very clear that there is a place of eternal punishment waiting for those who reject Christ's offer of salvation.
If you struggle with the concept of Hell, I recommend you watch this 10 minute video by Francis Chan: the Hell Debate
Write down any insights about hell revealed in the passage below:
2 Peter 2:4-9: For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.
If you would like to read some of the many other verses about hell, click the links below. This is not a thorough list, but it gives an idea of how much emphasis God places on the subject of hell:
In Matthew (3:12; 5:22, 29-30; 7:13-14; 8:11-12; 10:28; 16:18; 18:8-9, 34-35; 22:13; 23:15, 33; 25:28–46)
2 Thessalonians 1:9
In Revelation (2:11; 9:1-2; 11:7; 14:10-11; 19:20; 20:10, 15; 21:8)
After working through this study, you can read my insights HERE.
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