Hell: What Do You Really Believe?

Hell: What Do You Really Believe?


By George W. Sarris

It’s been said that the best indicator of what people really value is what’s written in their checkbook! 

That’s because what we do speaks louder than what we say.  Proverbs 20:6 is a clear example of that truth –

“Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?”

When it comes to the issue of Hell, what we say often doesn’t match up with what we do

What I mean is that many Christians say they believe that Hell is a place of conscious, never-ending suffering, but don’t live their lives in ways that would indicate that they really believe it to be true.  They don’t exhibit any serious concern for the billions of people supposedly destined to end up there.  They have to be taught to “just walk across the room,” instead of running as fast as they possibly can to tell their lost relatives, friends, and coworkers of the horrific danger they face.  And, very few seem to care enough for those they think are heading toward endless misery to go out of their way to try to stop them. 

The lost may be destined to experience the “fires” of Hell.  But, the saved often don’t seem to have enough of a “fire” in their belly to actually do anything about it.

So, what do most Christians really believe about Hell?  Or, more importantly, what do you really believe about Hell?

The Real Issue

We, in our time, are not as bold about communicating our belief in Hell as many of our predecessors were.  Consider the words of one of the best known, most learned, and well respected preachers and theologians of Protestant Church history, Jonathan Edwards.  His sermons began the First Great Awakening in America in the 1730s and 1740s, and he is widely considered to be one of the greatest thinkers America has yet produced. 

Do but consider what it is to suffer extreme torment forever, and ever to suffer it day and night, from one day to another, from one year to another, from one age to another, from one thousand ages to another, and so, adding age to age, and thousands to thousands, in pain, in wailing and lamenting, groaning and shrieking, and gnashing your teeth; with your souls full of dreadful grief and amazement, with your bodies and every member full of racking torture, without any possibility of getting ease; without any possibility of moving God to pity by your cries; without any possibility of hiding yourselves from him; without any possibility of diverting your thoughts from your pain; without any possibility of obtaining any manner of mitigation, or help, or change for the better any way.

. . . when after you shall have worn out a thousand more such ages, yet you shall have no hope, but shall know that you are not one whit nearer to the end of your torments; but that still there are the same groans, the same shrieks, the same doleful cries, incessantly to be made by you, and that the smoke of your torment shall still ascend up, forever and ever . . .

Is that what you believe?

A little over a century later, another great preacher and theologian, Charles Spurgeon, challenged his audience with these words:

There is a place, as much beneath imagination as heaven is above it; a place of murky darkness, where only lurid flames make darkness visible; a place where beds of flame are the fearful couches upon which spirits groan; a place where God Almighty from his mouth pours a stream of brimstone, kindling that “pile of fire and of much wood,” which God has prepared of old as a Tophet for the lost and ruined. There is a spot, whose only sights and scenes are fearful woe; there is a place . . . where the only music is the mournful symphony of damned spirits; where howling, groaning, moaning, wailing and gnashing of teeth, make up the horrid concert. There is a place where demons fly, swift as air, with whips of knotted burning wire, torturing poor souls; where tongues, on fire with agony, burn the roofs of mouths that shriek for drops of water—that water all denied. There is a place where soul and body endure as much of infinite wrath as the finite can bear; where the inflictions of justice crush the soul, where the continual flagellations of vengeance beat the flesh; where the perpetual pourings out of the vials of eternal wrath scald the spirit, and where the cuttings of the sword strike deep into the inner man.

Spurgeon was the foremost preacher of the nineteenth century and is still the most widely read preacher in history.  In 1861, before the modern “mega-churches” of today that seat thousands, Spurgeon’s congregation built The Metropolitan Tabernacle which seated 4,700 people.  In that same year, he preached at London’s Crystal Palace to a congregation of 23,654 people without the use of a microphone or any other means of amplification.

Do Spurgeon’s words reflect the belief that exists in your heart?

Most people today, including many devout Christians, feel embarrassed when they read or hear such hellfire-and-brimstone preaching.  We don’t like to talk about Hell, and, when pressed by someone who questions it, we usually try to change the subject or explain that it is not a place of literal fire and torment.  We would prefer to describe the suffering and pain of Hell more abstractly as a state of loss or separation from God.  Many of us feel more comfortable if we say that it may not be inflicted pain, but simply felt pain. 

But, any way you look at it, what people generally claim to believe is that Hell is a place where countless billions of people will experience unending agony, pain and anguish.

Words vs. Actions

The common and traditionally held belief within Christendom is that Hell is a place of conscious suffering that never ends, established by the God who talks of turning the other cheek, forgiving sinners who know not what they are doing, and loving enemies in this world, but who withdraws His hand of mercy in the next. 

But, is that what we really believe?  Is it what the Bible really teaches?  Has it always been held by those who were considered true believers in the Church? 

Is that what you really believe?

If actions really do speak louder than words, could it be that our actions are actually telling us something important that we should listen to?  Are we instinctively questioning within ourselves whether or not what we have been told all our lives about the nature and duration of Hell is actually true?  Is it an issue that we should take time to reconsider?

In 1742, British poet Edward Young published a lengthy poem titled, Night Thoughts on Life, Death and Immortality in which he eloquently expressed a question on behalf of the “lost” that we would do well to ponder:

Father of Mercies! Why from silent earth
 Didst thou awake and curse me into birth,
 Tear me from quiet, banish me from night,
 And make a thankless present of Thy light,
 Push into being a reverse of Thee,
 And animate a clod with misery?

The nature of Hell is an important issue.  In light of what our actions are telling us, maybe we should give more thought to what we say we believe

The Fate of Hell’s Preachers

The Fate of Hell’s Preachers

preaching judgment
Are you saved!

Gary Amirault

It is strangely ironic that those who try to make a strong case that the Bible teaches the majority of mankind is doomed to eternal damnation in a fiery place called Hell are the very people most qualified, according to Jesus’ words, to go there. If Gehenna, translated Hell, and found most often in Jesus’ mouth in the New Testament, is a place of everlasting punishment, it is those who claimed to know Him and to do His works who are the prime candidates to go there, not street sinners and unbelievers. So then, the proud, the self-righteous, the unmerciful, the condemner and judger of others, the unforgiving, the respecter of persons, the one who supposedly lifts high God’s wrath, His holiness and justice at the expense of His love, mercy, forgiveness, patience and wisdom…yes…it is the modern Christian Pharisee, the hypocrite, the self-righteous, judgmental and unforgiving heart that is most likely to hear,

“Depart from Me, I knew you!”

If God were to judge these defenders of Hell by their very own words, they would be doomed for all eternity. Jesus said,

“For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. (John 9:39-41) Fortunately for all of us, His mercy endures forever and His wrath comes to an end, or else the Church would be Hell.

Love Wins. What a Terrible Thing to Say

Love Wins: Love it or hate it. Love WILL conquer all.

by Gary Amirault

love wins
Love Wins

Well, Rob Bell, author of “Love Wins: Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived” has stepped over the edge and said it. Love Wins! Imagine that. From the stir these two simple words are causing one would think Rob Bell is spreading a new deadly virus. But this message, Love Wins, has been around since the beginning of creation — actually longer. It was in the mind of God before He said, “Let there be light.” The only reason these two words are hurting the ears and eyes of the Church world is because it has still not come out of the Dark Ages. The Protestant Church slightly opened the door to Light 500 years ago, but it has not yet left its cave to step into the kingdom of God and its righteousness.

Universalism was the Light of the early Christians for over 500 years. Then a combination of men, primarily Jerome, Augustine, Constantine and Justinian closed the door to the Holy Spirit and replaced God’s Spirit with the “traditions of men which make the word of God of no effect.’ Matthew 15:6-9

Over the last 1600 years or so, those who had enough Holy Spirit and boldness in them to say, “Love Wins” were usually killed and had their writings burned. Even during the Protestant Reformation, those who yelled, “Love Wins” were killed or exiled by every “orthodox” church, whether Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist or whatever.

Today, they can’t kill you. But I have little doubt that should the state authorize the burning and beheading of heretics, that the faggots would burn once again, even in Evangelical America.

The last main church player to declared “Love Wins” was Carlton Pearson. He soared so high in the right circles that he was invited to the White House. But when Pearson opened his mouth and declared what he called “The Doctrine of Inclusion,” that is, the salvation of all mankind (universalism) the church came at him with everything they could throw at him that was legal. Carlton lost his church of several thousand, his position on the board of directors of Oral Roberts University, recording contracts and church platforms he once shared with the big names of christendom became closed to him. While the church as a whole gave Pearson a thrashing, the secular media was rather nice to Pearson.

It seems Rob Bell will probably meet the same fate. The secular media is being used by HarperOne, the publisher of Love Wins, to generate quite a stir. They will side with Rob Bell on this issue. What remains to be seen is how much of the Church world, Rob Bell can will over. I think he may be able to win more Christians over into leaving Hell and entering the kingdom of God than those who have previously tried in recent times. There have many hundreds of books, DVDs, youtube presentations, web sites that have popped up in recent years declaring Love Wins. Tentmaker Ministries has been screaming it for over 20 years. The tide is turning. How much the tide will turn after Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins” comes out remains to be seen. But the message of the Victorious Gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to be preached as long as there is a single soul still locked up in their carnal mind. God’s Love is the light that will light up the world, every single soul who ever lived and ever will live. The Truth is Love Wins for everyone. Hell is empty. To see how empty visit
http://www.tentmaker.org
http://www.lovewins.us

What The Hell Is Hell Really?

Read about the opinions and findings of those who have studied the views of the Christian churches and who have analyzed the various Biblical references to Hell.

You may be surprised at what you will learn about Hell and the origins and stigmas which we have learned.

The Hell Test (Every Bible teacher should be required to take this test.)

Hell Phrases

A Poem – Just What the Hell is “Hell?” (5K)

A Long But Not Eternal Visit To Hell

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The Bible Hell (157K)

Hell – The Savior of the World Series (109K)

Jesus’ Teachings on Hell

The Truth About Hell

The Internet is riddled with pages from Christian Fundamentalists, Evangelicals and other sects on the subject of Hell. They insist they are telling the truth. The following internet page is an example of the kind of truth one often finds on the subject of Hell. It is entitled The Truth About Hell, written by Terry Watkins. This site actually has proof that Hell is in the center of the earth, that there are people in it right now and their voices have been recorded. Click on the link to their site and read about their so-called truth. Then read the FACTS about their so-called truth on the next two web pages.

P.T. Barnum once stated that there is a sucker born every minute. That’s certainly true in the Christian community. We have become naive. One of the goals of this website is to encourage Christians to not be so quick to believe every story we hear that appears to validate the Bible (or our understanding of it). The truth can stand on its own–and shall–as we recieve the courage to discard our traditions and props, and throw ourselves on the ONE Rock of truth–Jesus Christ! May the What The Hell Is Hell site be a beacon of light to those who hunger for the real truth about the mythological Hell of Christendom.

The so-called Truth about Hell from a Christian Fundamentalist’s point of view:

http://www.av1611.org/hell.html

For the best information on the subject of Hell, always consult:

http://what-the-hell-is-hell.com

And for scripturally sound information on who Jesus Christ is, visit:

http://tentmaker.org