What Did Jesus Say or Teach About Hell?

What Did Jesus Say or Teach About Hell? May 8, 2014

Jesus taught about the reality of hell.  Is this teaching that hell is forever or are the condemned simply burned up and annihilated?

Hell, a Fiery Furnace

Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50 “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Mark 9:43, 48-49 “And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire…where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire.”

Jesus describes hell as a reality and He spoke on hell three times as much as He ever did on heaven, thereby signifying the importance on believing in such a place.  Hell is like a fiery furnace and there will be weeping (with anger and/or eternal regret) and gnashing of teeth (in anger and/or in pain).  This weeping and gnashing of teeth is mentioned twice so as to emphasize the reality of hell.

Jesus also said it is a place not where “the” worm never dies but a place where “their” worm does not die.  The fact is that it is their worm which means that it is their own personal gnawing of their conscience for their lifetime of rejecting Christ and this worm never dies, just like the Gehenna fire, which was a trash dump outside the walls of Jerusalem.  That was a place where trash was continually dumped and maggots or worms never died off because there was always something thrown onto it so the worms or maggots had a constant supply of food.

Hell, A Place of Outer Darkness

Matthew 22:13 “Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 8:12 “while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Since Jesus is the light of the world and God is light (John 1) then naturally the absence of God is the absence of light.  Remember at Calvary when the Father withdrew during Jesus’ death on the cross?  There were three hours of darkness because for the first time in all eternity, God the Father had to withdraw from Jesus as God cannot look upon sin and when the darkness came, it revealed that God has withdrew.  This is why Jesus felt forsake at the cross and said when the darkness came from the sixth hour (noon) until the ninth hour (3 P.M.) “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me” (Matt 27:45-46)?  The answer of course was because Jesus had become sin for us (2 Cor 5:21).

The Eternality of Hell

Matthew 25:46 “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

What Did Jesus Say About Hell

Revelation 14:9-11; 19:3 “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.  And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name. The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”

Since the Book of Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ and not really of the Apostle John (Rev 1:1), we can take the words of Revelation as Jesus’ own words.  He said that “the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night” so this torment is not until they pay for their sins or until they are burned up but it goes on forever and ever (ages without end, literally) and they will have “no rest, day or not” forever and ever.

The word for forever or eternal is from the Greek “aionion” describes life which is endless and so must aionios must also describing endless punishment for if eternal (aionion) life is only temporary then it was never eternal life at all, but since “aionion” means life eternal (forever, without end) life then so too is the punishment eternal (aionion).   Here is where the doctrine of heaven and the doctrine of hell stand or fall together.   Since Jesus promises eternal life for all of those who believe and if it is not forever, then Jesus didn’t tell us the truth and if Jesus didn’t speak the truth then His sacrifice was not enough to save us…but if eternal life is granted by believing in Him (John 3:16-17) then eternal punishment is given to those who refuse to believe (John 3:18).   This proves that Jesus’ death “brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim 1:10) and immortality is not a temporary life but it is a life without end.

Hell, A Place of Torment

Luke 16:23 “being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.”

Revelation 14:10-11 “he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.  And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

The torment goes on for all time and even the smoke of their torment is forever and ever and “goes up” and this torment takes place “with fire and sulfur” so it is a tangible, real event in time and space where all five senses are involved.  Remember the account of the Rich Man and Lazarus where the rich man begged Abraham to bring even a tiny drop of water to bring him some relief from his vicious thirst by saying “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’  But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.  And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us” (Luke 16:24-26).  Clearly all five senses are still being felt; for example a great thirst and a feeling of heat but also notice that the memory remains intact so that all of the memories of a lifetime of rejecting the gospel will forever be recalled and maybe this is why there will be so much “weeping and gnashing (grinding) of teeth.”

Fear God and Live

Luke 12:5 “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!”

The conclusion of the matter is to fear God and live.  For those don’t believe that they don’t deserve to go to hell but heaven may well being destined to hell but for those who know that they deserve hell and don’t deserve heaven may be going to heaven.  The surprising thing is not that only some go to heaven (Matt 7:13-14)but that anyone goes to heaven for we all rightly deserve the wrath of God but God extends to anyone who would believe in the Son of God His grace and mercy.  Today may be your day of salvation if you have not yet been saved (2 Cor 6:2) but for those who refuse to believe in Christ, they stand condemned at this moment (John 3:18).  Some say they don’t believe in hell but not believing in something doesn’t mean it isn’t real.  Some say that a good God wouldn’t send anyone to hell but they have just made a god in their own image.  They reason that “if the God of the Bible really exists, then they will gladly go to hell.”  How sad.  Others say that “their God is a God of love and doesn’t condemn people to hell.”  I say, “Yes, you are right. Your God of all love wouldn’t send anyone to hell because He doesn’t exist.  I say as Jesus says “fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!’

Charles Spurgeon shows just how important the realization of hell is in witnessing to the lost as he wrote: “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”

Another Reading on Patheos to Check Out: What Did Jesus Really Look Like: A Look at the Bible Facts

A good book to check out: 7 Biblical Signs Of The End Times

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book  Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon

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  • Nabukuduriuzhur

    That is something that started to not be taught in the 1950s, and by the 1960s, the current “love kick” got going.

    I wrote this about that in National Wave of Foolishness, v2:

    Some try to justify letting lies stand with looooooove. It’s not acting in love to let a lie about the basics of salvation stand and thus let a person go to hell, is it?

    One wonders if this false “loooove” kick is why so much of the nation is no longer believers. Think it’s any coincidence that when Fire and Brimstone, plus the Love of God— BOTH were taught up into the 1950s— were taught in churches, most of the nation believed?

    Now it’s rare that the hellacious eternal consequences of refusing Christ’s call are spoken of in sermons— and most of the nation is going to Hell.

    No coincidence, there. Funny, too, how those who speak so much of “love”
    seem to have the least of it.

    God LOVES us, there is no disputing that. But it’s doing no one any favors to not tell them the stakes of not choosing to be Saved by Christ.

    Those consequences are eternal.

    When I was a kid, a pastor visited my church and he said, “I would rather scare the hell out of a person, than for them to end up there.”

    Being offended or scared is nothing compared to the fear and horror a person will be feeling at the White Throne Judgement, when they are before the Lord and thrown into eternity in the Lake of Fire.

    “Love” is not an excuse to allow evil to thrive. Nor is it acting in love to allow a person to believe a lie and be damned for Eternity! If a person wants to believe the lie after you’ve told them the truth, at least you’ve done your duty. That was
    much of the prophet Ezekiel’s job— to be a Watchman and tell his people the truth.

    You generally don’t reach dishonest people by “loooooove.” They love themselves. They rationalize and otherwise lie to themselves, trying convince themselves that they don’t need God or that a “loving God” won’t send them to hell. Or they believe some other lie that will ultimately send them to hell. Dishonest people are exactly that— dishonest.

    It often requires the true stakes of their existence— that of going to hell for eternity— being told to them to get their attention. As an example, a friend once told me of a man who had been told the Gospel, but was still vascillating. Then a Christian bluntly asked him if he’d chosen heaven or hell. That was what it took to get that man’s attention and he got saved.

    Indeed, it was that very fear of hell for eternity that caused me to look at my life and to accept Christ. I love Christ now, but initially I made that decision to get Saved out of a rational, reasonable and healthy fear for what would happen if I didn’t get Saved. I didn’t want to go to hell.

    Jesus Christ got my attention that way.

    That is God acting in love: to use what was necessary to get me Saved!”

    • DaveCubFan

      why does not go through coupled up at that Italian the pizza is fine and the South Seas or chicken whatever you want with olives and Jerry’s never drink any type of drink diet right where I can get an elk does it really matter as long as God is God is the one that cooks good pizza so I was saying yeah to God and no to everything else caca poopoo peepee God created donkeys so donkeys could do donkey shows. fun fact do you know that donkeys actually have a larger penis then most animals in the wild Kingdom that’s why they like using the donkeys is it make that noise.

    • Janet

      You’ve done your duty? The second commandment is to love your neighbor…feed, clothe, accompany him, care for him in your own home…
      you’ve set the bar pretty low. All you have to do is give the world a tract and you’re off the hook of sacrificial love. I think that may be a reason the world is rife with unbelievers. The world is wise to doubt counterfeit testimony.

      • Kendred

        Well said brethren. Jesus preached the kingdom of God which is all encompassing and he gave us the two greatest commandments on which all of the other commandment hinges. I pray that believers( and they will because it was written) come to a knowledge of what the gospel of Christ and the kingdom of God really means. His death and resurrection was only one aspect of our salvation.

      • Kendred

        I’m sorry. I just noticed that your name was Janet and I called you brethren. My heart was in the right place. Thank you sister.

  • bob

    what’s the second death ????????????

    • Jack Wellman

      Rev 21:8 explains the second death in the most detail: “The cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

      Three other places in Revelation also mention the second death. The first is Rev 2:11: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.” In this verse, Jesus promises that believers (“overcomers”; see 1 John 5:4) will not experience the lake of fire. The second death is exclusively for those who have rejected Christ. It is not a place believers in Christ should fear.

      • bob

        what does death mean ??????????

        • Jack Wellman

          What do you think it means Bob?

          • bob


          • Jack Wellman

            So, you don’t believe in hell. I see where you are coming from.

          • bob


          • Jack Wellman

            Do you believe in hell?

          • caming

            It would be helpful if you provided proper exegesis, which you didn’t. Or context. Like the fact Jesus referenced gehenna because of his audience, who would get the METAPHOR. Which is why Paul DIDN’T.

            Amazing that we only tend to think Jesus was speaking in parables when it’s convenient for us …

            How sobering it should be that even the Sermon on the Mount wasn’t spoken to a general audience. It wasn’t meant for US. It was to the poor and the meek. That turn-the-other-cheek business? Not judging others? Loving our enemies? That wasn’t for us. We’re the ones striking the poor. We’re spoiled, bratty, rich, fat Americans. We’re the enemies.

            We’re the rich man.

            Maybe you should start there. Maybe if you begin THERE, instead of your poor interpretation of hell, your words might matter.

            Like most who preach on hell, you trample on Christ’s teachings regarding the here and now with a focus on the afterlife. Hand-waving the fact we’re way behind the eight ball with “accept Jesus and you’re good!” is dismissive to Christ’s victory and devastating to *ACTUAL* faith. Jesus didn’t give you a ticket to a bus departure that begins after you die. You’re borrowing a page from the murderer/ravenous wolf John Calvin playbook instead of providing context, and THAT is what’s truly sad.

            Get educated: http://bibletruths.150m.com/Gehenna.htm

          • Guest

            Tax evasion, LOL

      • If your God would torture me forever “in the fiery lake of burning sulfer” merely for finding the evidence for his existence lacking, I’d say he’s a bit of a dick.

        • Janice la Pinta

          THE ‘LAKEO F FIRE’ is a metaphor, not literal, jesus used it as an illustration , it was what the Valley of Hinnom looked like , like a ‘lake ‘ of fire, since they kept the fire burning, but the bodies of criminals thrown into it were dead, not feeling it, unot burning forever. they were gone, destroyed . he used it as a picture of being gone forever, it will last forever , the second death,n o resurrection, like the death many ppl believe they will have anyway, just being gone. no one ‘burns’ there literally , todo that you would have to have a physical body. kind of silly huh.

        • Brooklyn456

          “When normal people die, even if they were not spiritual, they ascend to a certain plane of consciousness.” ~ Sri Chinmoy

    • Janice la Pinta


  • bob

    study the tree of life and the book of life / are people alive in hell ?????????????

    • Jack Wellman

      Thanks Bob….studying always comes in handy and I am a lifelong student. Are people alive in hell? Only they and God knows.

      • bob


        • Jack Wellman

          Bob…we all need each other and let me say, I have not yet arrived. Lets keep each other growing brother. I thank God for you and thank you too friend.

          • Janice la Pinta

            “The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they ARE CONSCIOUS OF NOTHING AT ALL” BIBLE.. TRY READING IT.

          • Janice la Pinta


          • Christopher Ewings

            Janice, what you wrote is a Platonic fairy tale and not the Biblical truth. You are partially correct with your first statement: “No one is alive in hell.” That’s true; death is separation from God. All who are in hell will be eternally separated from God both physically and spiritually. But you’re wrong when you write that all people will go to hell. That’s Plato’s philosophy. Jesus says something far different and much better. To the righteous, He says, “‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” To the unrighteous, He says, “‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” In summary, the unrighteous “will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

          • ChrisDACase95
    • Ezra Admassu

      Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; SEEK, AND YE SHALL FIND; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.












      Deu 32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

      2 Sam 22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

      Job 11:8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

      Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

      Psa 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

      Psa 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

      Psa 18:5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

      Psa 55:15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in ther dwellings, and among them.

      Psa 86:13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

      Psa 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

      Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

      Prov 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

      Prov 7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

      Prov 9:18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

      Prov 15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the chldren of men?

      Prov 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

      Prov 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

      Prov 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

      Isa 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

      Isa 14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

      Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

      Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

      Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

      Isa 57:9 And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.

      Ezek 31:16 I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.

      Ezek 31:17 They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.

      Ezek 32:21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.

      Ezek 32:27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to their hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.

      Amos 9:2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

      Jonah 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

      Hab 2:5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:

      Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

      Mat 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

      Mat 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

      Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

      Mat 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

      Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

      Mat 18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

      Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

      Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

      Mark 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

      Mark 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

      Mark 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

      Luke 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.

      Luke 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

      Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

      Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

      Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

      James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

      2 Pet 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

      Rev 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

      Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

      Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

      Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

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    • Jack Wellman

      Amen…Jesus alone saves for sure.

  • thushjz

    Real preachers speak what people need to hear, not what they WANT to hear. even if tey really don’t like it…it’s not the preachers job to speak “niceness”, there’s way too much of that nonsense in churches today, which is why we have uh “believers” that don’t believe…

    • Jack Wellman

      Great point my friend. Thanks…spot on.

  • Timothy

    He used the word ‘deserve’ which is not used in the new testament. How can you use the word without knowing its meaning? If you say that someone deserves something that means it is best that that happens to them. Which means Jesus altering that would be a sin since the best thing was for those who believed on him to go to hell. Thus, it cannot mean the best thing. However, if God sends anyone to hell, and that is the best thing, that means that either God has a logical fallacy converting the finite to infinite, or he cannot control if someone lives eternally. In this case, the fallacy would be concerning punishments, which always have a purpose, correction, separation, and fear. All of which can be fulfilled upon instant destruction, except that fear would imply a lie would have to exist, at least in our current situation. I cannot understand when preachers use the term ‘deserve’ and yet provide no definition or meaning. When I realized this I said in my heart “this word is not in the Bible” and aside from some translations of earthly situations in proverbs, which have the meaning ‘this should happen’ I found that to be true.

    • Christopher Ewings

      “The wages of sin is death…” is what Paul writes in Romans 6:23. Just as a worker deserves his pay, the payment that we deserve for sin is death. It’s what we’ve earned. Death is the wage we deserve for committing sin. What is even more remarkable than our own sin and what we deserve is the greatness of God’s grace that Paul points out as he finishes that passage, “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” As a gift- something we haven’t earned or deserved- God gives us life in His Son Jesus.

      • Janice la Pinta

        yes, death,a nd we all die. not ‘burning forever’ that’s Platos’ teaching , NOT Jesus Christ’s!

        • Christopher Ewings

          Janice- please read Matthew 25:31-46. There Jesus speaks for Himself.

          • Roder51

            You need help.

          • Christopher Ewings

            I’ll be the first to admit that I need help. But I find the help I need in the Savior of the world and my Savior, too- Jesus.

          • Roder51

            Lots of help in Fairy tales so you’re at the right place I guess.

          • Christopher Ewings

            There is more evidence to support that Jesus was a real, historical person than any other person who lived at his time or prior to him. My faith in him is well founded. Tell me, what do you believe will happen to you when you die?

          • Michael McElroy

            Please provide the evidence that the biblical Jesus was a real person. Any at all.

          • Jack Wellman

            In a hundred years, we could say the same of you sir. What evidence would we have that you existed. A diligent search for the historical Jesus would show this. Have you no access to ancient historians?

          • Christopher Ewings

            There are thousands of extant copies of the Greek New Testamant- especially the Gospels- which claim that Jesus was a real, historical person.
            Furthermore, Jesus’ own followers were willing to be put to death rather than deny that he was the Son of God. Your own logic can reason that they wouldn’t be willing to stake their lives on a fantasy. If they really believed that Jesus was some fanciful character like the Easter bunny, they wouldn’t risk their lives to claim that he was a real person.
            Additionally, even a brief search online will inform you that there are many early and secular sources that refer to a person from Judah who was named Jesus and killed at the hand of a Roman leader named Pontius Pilate. Some ancient sources are Tacitus, Pliny, Josephus and writers of a book held as sacred to the Jews of Jesus’ day known as the Talmud. There is much better evidence to prove that Jesus was a real person than other historical people like Aristotle, Homer or Julius Caesar.
            To deny that Jesus is a real, historical person is simply intellectual laziness. You are free to debate whether or not Jesus is who he said he is–the Son of God and the only way to heaven–but to deny that a person named Jesus lived in Israel in the first century AD and was rejected by the Jews and crucified by the Roman government is outright ignoring the factual evidence.

  • ImportantQuotations

    That’s a hell of a BS.

  • Peter L

    If we really believe God is there, we must be ready to seek Him and find out who He is, not what we want Him to be like. Believing the bible leaves no room form universalism. This article simply summarises biblical teaching. Saying a loving God won’t condemn people forever is in fact man judging God. It’s the root sin of Gen. 3: denying what God said (if you eat from this tree, you’ll die) and turning it around. But it’s not up to us to judge what God should, or should not do. He is the judge, we are not.

    To those who think it is unfair, please consider this: Suppose you’re confronted with someone who is in a hunger strike. You offer him food and you say: “Eat this food, it’s for free. If you don’t you’ll certainly die”. Then the critics come and say: “It’s not fair to say He’ll die, if he doesn’t want the food you offer”. This rediculous! It’s not your fault! It’s the man himself who doesn’t want to eat and his death is inevitable if he persists. Jesus is our bread of life. If we want to live eternally, we need to ‘eat’ of Him. If we refuse, eternal spiritual death is inevitable, because there is no life without the Source of life. But don’t blame Him. He doesn’t force the ‘food’ on us. If we die, it’s because our own rejection of Him.

    The root problem of sin is not sinful deeds. These are the result of the fundamentally sinful choice, which is the rejection of Christ. If we accept Him and choose to walk in the light, His blood will cleanse us from all sin.

    • Noah

      Uh, you’re judging god by whatever you believe his character to be.

      But I can’t tell if you’re supporting the author in that our loving god eternally tortures people…or saying they just die. The author is saying that god will do something the to the vast majority of people, of whom in humanity the vast majority of people would not be willing to do to their worst enemy. And this is humanity, made in his image.

      • Janice la Pinta


        • Noah

          What’s with the almost all-caps?

          You’re far gone if you think Jesus never spoke literally. Here’s the very first words of his I read when I skimmed John:

          “They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.”

          That’s pretty dang literal.

          Thanks for calling millions of people stupid. Especially Christian brothers and sisters. Scripture speaks to both eternal death, as well as eternal punishment. Grinding of the teeth and whatnot.

          • Roder51

            Bibles and fairy tales are one and the same.

    • Ezra Admassu

      Wise words. To also add; every one of us are not ‘All knowing’ like God, we have in this present life only lived less than a life-span and not centuries in this life to acquire multitudes of the storehouses of knowledge and understanding, where The Most High has no beginning [or end] nor limit (all should thing about that deeply.

      God bless you and continue to keep you safe.


  • Sheldon Fish


    • Roder51

      Don’t tell Christians that. They think they’re going somewhere special. LOL!

  • Janice la Pinta

    Its a real shame that you really don’t know the Bible well enough to teach it.

    • anotherwell


      ok, lets see this: Jesus Christ SPOKE about the Hell. You: Janice la Pinta as a prostitute (hooker) reject the hell and you say the Hell is not in the Bible and it’s not exist! You think people will believe you just because you are prostitute or people will believe the Bible? I’m telling you clearly and honestly if somebody believe the Bible then he or she will believe what Jesus Christ said about the Hell. I have Biblical Faith. So I will not believe you just because you posted a naked picture of yourself, for me the importancy is what Jesus Christ said! Even if you posting a totally naked photos of you I still believe what Jesus said and I don’t believe you just because you are prostitute. When you will burn in Hell for ETERNITY, then you will learn the lesson what is: eternal darkness, eternal hell and forever separation from God. Good luck for it or repent and accept Jesus Christ as the BIBLE say. Learn this and remember forever: you can not escape from Hell just because you are whore. You think being prostitue is enough for Salvation??? If you think that then you are MISTAKE! And I’m sorry for being hard speaker right now, but disgusting is that today’s whores are always think they can escape Hell, just because they give sexual service for money! Today feminists are teaching that God is not exist, Jesus Christ never existed etc, and these stupid and uneducated females think they are right and everything will be like they want, just because they give sexual service for money! Repent or you will facing the place it’s called: Hell! >>> Bye-Bye!

      • Roder51

        Christians are morons. That’s why they’re called Christians. You never see faith healers in hospitals for the same reason you don’t see psychics winning the lottery. Speaking of uneducated you’re doing really well in that field.

    • Ezra Admassu

      Published on May 6, 2016

      My people must serve, honor and fear Me – May 06, 2016

      My people must serve, honor and fear Me, it is not an option but a requirement. Serve Me only and wholeheartedly, honor and glorify Me, I am worthy. Fear Me for who I really am and for what I am able to do. Then you will not stray from Me. You will be different and separated from the rest of the world. You will love Me above everybody and everything. You will be holy like Me because I do not change. My people must change for good.

      I discipline and reprove every one who I accepted as My own out of love, because I care. Those who reject My discipline and when I reprove them will bear the consequences.

      Many do not serve, honor nor fear Me that is why their deeds are evil. They have no fear and no reverence for Me because they do not know Me. I am the righteous Judge, the only One who is able to throw into hell. Be serious, serve, honor and fear Me because not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord will see Me, nor enter into Heaven. Do not be deceived. I will say to many in that day, go away, I never knew you, your workers of iniquity. What will I say to you? That matters.

      Live your lives worthy of Me and My everlasting Kingdom. The unrighteous will not inherit My everlasting Kingdom. My people, must serve, honor and fear Me out of love, that is pleasing to Me.


    • Ezra Admassu

      Part II
      “Hear Me, oh My People! Love the world, and know… that you are cut off from Me!

      “My Little One, I am your Father Yahweh, yea Jehovah, Most High God! Do you hear that noise?”

      “Yes, My Father, I hear it and it is dark, very dark, heavy and discordant music! Oh, so terrible is this sound! And, Father, I see in the darkness that it is Satan’s music. He is the author of it. He is the director if it! So loud, so abrasive, so harsh, so utterly and absolutely horrific are these sounds!”

      “My Little One, you hear it. You see it. You recognize it and you know that it permeates the whole earth. And, look, My Little One; for through the perverse quality of these harsh tones, there they go, the hoards of wild ones! There they go, like blind mice, who are going off the cliff and down, down, down into the dark abyss.

      My Little One, already this discord is so great in the world, the noise so loud, that if My people do not come away from it, they, too, will become quickly blinded; and they, too, will go steadily off the cliff and into the dark abyss.”

      “But, Father, they will not hear! They will not listen, but believe in television. They believe in a Satanic, Freemason, world government! They are gullible, Father! They love the world and what is in it; and they will not listen.”

      “Hear Me, oh My People! Hear Me! For, I speak what is plain and what is true! Live in the world and perish in the world! Love the world and what is in it; and know for a certainty that you are cut off from Me! Chase after the vanities of the world and after the flesh and die in the flesh! Love the harsh, the ugly, and the discordant plans and practices of Satan and perish in them!

      My warnings to you are becoming evermore final! My directives to you are becoming ever more dire! My pleading is turning into direct and severe chastisements for all of you! Love evil and die in evil! Love things of the world and things of the flesh and die in the world and in things of the flesh.

      For, if you, My people, will not come away from the evils of the flesh, fornication, adultery, pornography, child molestation sodomy and other things, which oppose all that is good and right, I will open up the pits of hell and I will cause to come upon you the horrors of the demons of hell! If you will not repent now, but continue to put in My face these great evils, I will heap upon you untold suffering, suffering so great and demonic torture that is so great that you will wish that you had never been born!

      Who am I that you think to parade such filth in My face? Do you think that because you get away with such evils and I have done nothing yet to you, that this will continue to be the case? For, what you do, you do in My face, and in the face of My Little Son, who is in the Earth and who also sees and knows all things!

      Harsh, harsh, harsh and bitter shall be your cup; oh you unrepentant sinner, who calls yourself by My Name! For, what you have previously gotten away with without great travail and punishment, you will no longer get away with!

      Hear Me, oh My people! Come away from your lying, deceitful ways! Stop parading your evils in My face! I am a God of great righteousness and holiness, a God of purity, truth and perfection! Stop parading you evils in My face! I will not endure it, but shall cause My wrath to be poured out on you! Do you not know that My eyes are upon you and nothing that you do escapes My eyes?

      I shall pluck you up and put you into chains and shackles if need be to save your soul! Do you not know, My little flock, that this is a new day, the time of My Kingdom Come and My will be done in the Earth, even as it is in heaven?

      Do you actually believe that I will not bring My fire down on you for your evil ways? Am I not the same God, who punished My own house when they rebelled against Me in the wilderness? I am among you now, even as I was then; for My Son is in your very midst, The Little Manchild of Revelation Chapter Twelve.

      Do not think to get in My face with such evils; for I will cast you out of My face! For, holiness calls out to holiness, righteousness to righteousness, purity to purity, and truth to truth! I will have it no other way! My Bride is holy! The Manifest Sons of God are holy; for I am they are they are I! Will you get in My face with your ungodly ways and think that all is well? All is not well; and I will not have it!

      Go, therefore, sink into what you love! Go headlong into the discordant, worldly music of Satan! For, he will harvest you, straight down into hell! And, I will be quick to turn many of you over headlong and quickly into all of your lusts; for you long after Me and you long after things of the world! A divided house will not stand in My presence! This is a new day and the old way, the ways of this wicked world do not and will not fit into My way! Blessed is he, who fears Me and who walks humbly before Me! This one is teachable and I can save this one!

      But, cursed is he, who fears Satan, and does not fear Me! Cursed is he, who loves the world and what is in it! Cursed is he, who loves the evil discord of Satan! Cursed is he, who turns from the truth and will not honor or receive truth! Cursed is he, who mocks Me, who mocks My words and who will not abide in truth! Cursed is he, who has a divided heart, and who speaks with a divided tongue! Cursed is he, who sleeps in Satan’s lair, who cuddles up to evil and sees no wrongs therein! Cursed is he, who eats the abominable things of this world and who feasts on television, movies, and the sinful things of the flesh! Cursed is he, who shuns sound advise from Me, and who comes to create strife in the midst of My faithful! Cursed is he, who gossips and spreads hate against My true servants! Cursed is he, who loves and lives a lie of any kind! Cursed is he, who will not repent of his evil ways, but heaps evil upon evil, and wickedness upon wickedness. Yes, cursed are all, who stand in the congregation of the ungodly, who embrace the ways of the ungodly and who will not repent!”

      “Oh, my Father, these are strong words!”

      “Yes, My Little One, we have come to the time of strong meat! My kingdom power is my meat power! It is not a power of milk and milk toast; but a power of pure holiness! It is sharp! It is holy and it is final! Swift now comes My punishment upon the ungodly, who have defiled My house! Swift now comes My correction upon My own, upon My Chosen Ones, upon My Bride!

      Yes, many will think such corrections to be ‘chance,’ or ‘bad luck’ and they will fail to see that this world has now entered into a time, wherein I will have none in My house, who will compromise with evil, who will make themselves friends with the ungodly! For, My word is strict! My way is narrow! There is no other way!

      And, those, who love Me above all, who walk and live in this narrow, holy place, who obey Me in all things, who repent quickly of any and all sins and infractions against Me, these will be and are the Manifest Sons of God! And, My Little Son, my very own Little Son, the Manchild of Revelation Chapter Twelve, will rule the world in and through these, even with a rod of iron.

      This is so; and the Manifest Sons of God are now beginning to manifest. May all be the wiser!

      I am your Father Yahweh, yea Jehovah, Most High God!

      As witnessed, dictated and recorded this 23th day of November, 2009,

      Linda Newkirk


  • Southern__Hoosier

    The Bible says the wages of sin is death. The soul that sins will die. And we are to fear the one that “destroys” body and soul, nothing about the one that punishes forever.

    • Leandro Cristian de Carvalho

      what does the word “eternal” mean to you if not “forever” ?

  • rockman2257

    “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.” If you think that God cannot be “cruel” in the human sense, I recommend reading the early books old testament, where Jehovah kills men, woman and children with impunity/destroys/played with/ wagers upon them etc. In the human sense, it does not compute,for we are treated lower than pets. The good news is HE sends his only son, prophesied in the early books, and allows man to kill him so that His blood washes away our sins. If you believe in HIM, you will live, if you do not…….?

    • Ed VanHalen

      While your going that far back in the Book, go back a little further, and read about where we decided to disobey his orders. The fall of creation began. We put our trust in Satan, and not in God in the Garden of Eden, just like so many do today.
      He IS the creator. He can Create life and he can take it away. He can be everywhere all at one time. When we die, only our bodies die. We stand in his presence in the Spirit, so we are not dead to him.
      I find it ironic that those who make these statements like you do, tell one side of the story. Always conveniently leaving out Satan, and pretending it’s just all God doing evil deeds. Job’s family was returned to him. He sent Israel after Idolaters, and the Nephilim. It’s to bad YOU have a problem with that. He stopped the DNA of Satan from getting into the blood line of Jesus. He had to flood the world once, and then he had to destroy the giants in order to make sure YOU had a chance at everlasting life with him in Heaven.
      Let us know when you create your own universe and make the rules of that Universe and tell us how it’s going.

    • Roder51

      The buybull is a book. No facts included.

  • anotherwell

    Message to Jack Wellman: Hi 🙂 EVERYTHING You wrote in: What Did Jesus Say or Teach About Hell? – is TRUE! The Bible say it, Jesus Christ teach it. So it’s not only Your imagination, everything are FACTS You wrote. So do not care about the ungodly filth commenters, they just WORRIED about the Hell is exist, becuase they know they are sinners and they will facing with Christ words one day, they know that, they feel that, they have a terrible fear of death and a terrible fear of HELL! That’s why they barking like a dogs against Your post! 🙂 Bye-Bye!

    • Jack Wellman

      Amen…well said sir.

    • Roder51

      Totally incorrect as well as your spelling. Then again can’t expect good English and grammar from a moron.

    • Phillip

      I am scared of Hell. I know the commandments and violated them willfully and enthusiastically. I known them for a long time. I didn’t know if I ever believed in God or Christ. However, in the last year in a half, I come to the conclusion that it is all True, and plead for forgiveness for my past sins. But I still lack faith, because some of them were so terrible, that I cannot believe that I would ever be forgiven.

  • Aquaria

    And this is why I could never worship your hateful delusion. It’s the most evil thing ever conjured, and you’re too stupid from your brainwashing to see how evil it makes you.

    • Ezra Admassu

      Published on May 6, 2016
      My people must serve, honor and fear Me – May 06, 2016

      My people must serve, honor and fear Me, it is not an option but a requirement. Serve Me only and wholeheartedly, honor and glorify Me, I am worthy. Fear Me for who I really am and for what I am able to do. Then you will not stray from Me. You will be different and separated from the rest of the world. You will love Me above everybody and everything. You will be holy like Me because I do not change. My people must change for good.

      I discipline and reprove every one who I accepted as My own out of love, because I care. Those who reject My discipline and when I reprove them will bear the consequences.

      Many do not serve, honor nor fear Me that is why their deeds are evil. They have no fear and no reverence for Me because they do not know Me. I am the righteous Judge, the only One who is able to throw into hell. Be serious, serve, honor and fear Me because not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord will see Me, nor enter into Heaven. Do not be deceived. I will say to many in that day, go away, I never knew you, your workers of iniquity. What will I say to you? That matters.

      Live your lives worthy of Me and My everlasting Kingdom. The unrighteous will not inherit My everlasting Kingdom. My people, must serve, honor and fear Me out of love, that is pleasing to Me.


      • Gus diZerega

        Interesting definition of love.Kinda like an abusive spouse.

  • Roder51

    I believe in Ricky!

  • satanaugustine

    This is a disgusting, yet accurate picture of the emphasis on the horribleness of hell by Jesus and a perfect expression of why no one should look to Christianity for moral guidance. Yahweh was a moral monster in the OT, but the doctrine of hell shows that Jesus is far worse.

    Glad there is no evidence that any of this is true. It’s pure myth and hell is all about causing fear (believe in me or burn forever), fantasizing about revenge, and pure psychopathic sadism.

    Many Christian Church Fathers, theologians, and ministers believed that being able to watch those in hell suffer was ones of the joys of heaven. For these, compassion ceases to exist in heaven and sadism takes it’s place. The author of this article seems to have a particular liking for the idea of hell as well. Sick. Sick. Sick!

    • satanaugustine

      An example of a Church Father’s love of hell. Tertullian lived from the 2nd to the 3rd century AD. Here is his view of one of the pleasures of heaven:

      “At that greatest of all spectacles, that last and eternal judgment how shall I admire, how laugh, how rejoice, how exult, when I behold so many proud monarchs groaning in the lowest abyss of darkness; so many magistrates liquefying in fiercer flames than they ever kindled against the Christians; so many sages philosophers blushing in red-hot fires with their deluded pupils; so many tragedians more tuneful in the expression of their own sufferings; so many dancers tripping more nimbly from anguish then ever before from applause.”

      What a twisted mind……and why does he hate dancers?

      • Gus diZerega

        Kinda like Mencken described American Protestantism of his time: The gnawing aching fear that somewhere someone was having fun.

  • John

    Does the Bible also not mention that the wicked will be destroyed & nothing more than ashes beneath the feet of the righteous? I do believe destroyed means gone forever & if you are reduced to ashes, how will you be suffering forever? Another thing what do any of us benefit from arguing over if Hell is eternal or not. If you do believe Hell is for eternity that’s not going to stop you from going there if it is, just like if you do not believe that Hell is an eternal place of torture it doesn’t mean you will be going there. God is not concerned if you believe this or not but rather how you live your life. Some people say Jesus was nailed to a cross, some say it was a stake. God doesn’t care what any of us think. He gave commandments & guide lines on how to live & what he expects from us. It’s pretty simple actually.

  • digitaljez

    In your piece titled “What Did Jesus Say or Teach About Heaven?” you wrote “Jesus spoke more about heaven than hell and in fact, over twice as much did Jesus speak about heaven as He did hell in the gospels”. Yet here you write “Jesus describes hell as a reality and He spoke on hell three times as much as He ever did on heaven, thereby signifying the importance on believing in such a place”. Which is true?

    • Jack Wellman

      Yes, He spoke twice as often about hell as heaven…but He mentions hell almost 3 times as often as all other authors in the Bible, so I should have clarified the difference. Thank you for catching that.

  • Eric

    The premise is that eternally there is God. God created the universe, our planet and all creatures on it. There is a realm, Heaven, supernatural to us. In this realm, a portion of the populace rejected God’s authority. This portion was exiled. God sent a portion of himself in whole, down to earth to live the life of a man, outside of the protection of heaven, so that He could suffer the consequences of the peoples sin, in order to give Himself license to forgive them, so that they might avoid exile for having rejected His authority. God suffered the ignorant, ignoble company of men. He encouraged these folk to follow Him, reject Hell, exile, and pursue Heaven, community, under His authority. At the peak of his mission he suffered crucifixion. After suffering on the cross as Jesus and departing glorified by the Father, God remained on the earth in another spiritual portion, the Holy Spirit, to continue to council men. I can understand how people have problems with this premise. It is detailed and complicated and yet vague and mysterious. What is surprising is that there are so many willing to place judgement on God. There are everyday couch potatoes on earth, arrogant enough to pass judgement on the Creator of the Universe, because they would have done things differently. When I witness the creatures judge the creator, the surreal premise described above,suddenly becomes infinitely more plausible.

  • Theoldlady

    Too bad you do not use study tool available like the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the bible and do a word study of that word hell. You definatley need more bible study.

  • Rhonda

    How can you quote Matthew and say it was said by Jesus?

    • Jack Wellman

      Why do I quote Matthew and say it was Jesus? Because Jesus is speaking, not Matthew. You can’t quote Matthew because He is quoting Jesus, so it was said by Jesus and that’s why I said it was. Why shouldn’t it be said that it was Jesus? Was Matthew saying anything in these verses?

      • John Bernhardt

        In fact, we don’t know for sure that Jesus said any thing in the bible, even if it lis ikely that he did say it.

  • Gus diZerega

    You see your deity kinda like Cthulhu on a bad day. Kiss his ass and grovel or he’ll torture you for eternity. To put it into religious terms, many of us would call this the behavior of a demon and those who worship something that would be incarcerated as criminally insane were it human, demonists..

  • Jim D

    All pagan religions from before Abraham had beliefs in eternal hell..They made it up to control people..If Lazarus was in heaven and Christ was the first to ascend,how did Lazarus get there before Christ?And why did God teach us to love our enemy and send them to hell at the same time?

  • John Bernhardt

    Humans give rapists murderers, and other criminals sentences of time in jail that never exceed a few score of years. The concept that a loving God, would condemn people to eternity in a hellfire for unbelief, for a few short years of a sinful life makes no very little sense. The punishment does not fit the crime.


    Jesus loves me this I know because the Bible tells me so. Hell was never made for mankind however many will be there, so sad. This is why there is a savior to save us from Hell so we may live in Heaven with God forever. So much anger in these comments, wow, check yourselves before you wreck yourselves….. eternally!

  • Jesus talked about “hell” a lot. But not in the way that we often think. The problem is when Jesus talked about hell he NEVER said “hell is…” rather he said “hell is like…” then he would tell a story or illustration. He paints a picture, not share facts. And to understand what he is getting at we have to understand the artistic liberties Jesus took.

    I’ve written about this topic a few times, you can read my article about Jesus’ teaching on hell here: https://rethinknow.org/2018/05/08/what-jesus-said-about-hell-and-what-it-means/