There's No "Away" - A Bible Study about the Afterlife

This short Bible study uses 2 Peter 2:4-9 to give insights into the concept of Hell, an important subject to understand.

Before doing this study, please read the 1-minute introduction There's No Away. It features a D.L. Moody quote: 
"Someday you will read in the papers that D.L. dead. Don't you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now."

When Christians die, Scripture teaches that we go immediately to be with our Lord. An important aspect of the gospel is sharing this good news and warning people of the bad news about Hell. 

Sadly, there is a growing movement within the church and in the Ex-vangelical/ Progressive Christian movement to claim that there is no hell. Bible Love Notes has a collection addressing this problem. It's called The Heresy of Universal Salvation, and it explains why believing all men will be saved is a sign of unbelief, giving people false hope, and mocking the salvation of God. 

Hell is called a number of things in Scripture: Lake of Fire, Second Death, Abyss, Hades, Utter Darkness, etc. If you'd like to better understand some of the different names for the afterlife as mentioned in Scripture, you can read, What's the Difference?

Please read the passage below, listing the insights it gives regarding eternal punishment:

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;
Jude 1:6 also mentions this and you can read more about it in Fallen angels.

This short Bible study uses 2 Peter 2:4-9 to give insights into the concept of Hell, an important subject to understand.
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. 

Summary2 Peter 2:4-9 emphasizes the fact that God has always punished the wicked and saved the righteous. Each of these situations is an earthly example of the final judgement.

If you'd like to study this concept more, below is a partial list of passages discussing Hell:

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All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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