The Bible Teaches That…
1. THERE IS A PLACE CALLED HELL (Luke 12:5).
In the above-mentioned passage of Scripture, Jesus pointed out emphatically that there is one who is able to cast us into hell. Since we can be cast into hell, then certainly no one would deny that there is such a place.
The word hell is mentioned in the Bible several times. There is more than one meaning of the word hell as it is given in the King James Version of the Bible. However, each time the word Gehenna is translated from the Greek language into the English word hell, it signifies a place of punishment where there is burning fire.
This is the subject that we want to study in this lesson. Hell is certainly an unpleasant subject and terrible to think about, yet we need to study and find out what the Bible teaches about it so that we will be able to shun such a terrible place in judgement.
The Bible Teaches That…
2. JESUS KNEW ABOUT A BURNING HELL.
In Matthew 5:22, we read: "But whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire."
In Matthew 5:29-30, we read the words of Jesus when He said: "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 perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut if 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.”
In each of these verses the word that means burning fire is used by Jesus, so it is evident that Jesus knew of a place where there was burning fire torment. In Matthew 23:33, we read of the scathing rebukes that Jesus gave to the scribes and pharisees of His day, and in it we find that He said: "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell." Certainly Jesus left no doubt that such people would be cast into hell, and to further emphasize it, He stated damnation of hell. Again in this place He spoke of a burning fire.
The Bible Teaches That…
2. THERE ARE ALSO TERMS USED TO DESCRIBE A PLACE OF EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.
In Matthew 25:46, Jesus speaks of those who would not take care of the hungry and naked and sick and those in need, and He states: "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal." The same word which states that there shall be everlasting life also is used to point out everlasting punishment. Therefore, the punishment is to be as long as the reward for the faithful.
In the book of Revelation chapter 20, we read that the devil, the beast, and the false prophet were cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever. In the same chapter verse 15, we are told that those whose names do not appear in the Book of Life are also to be cast into the lake of fire. Thus, we see that the Bible teaches about a place of punishment of the wicked and certainly we do not want to go to such a place after this life is over.
In Mark 9:47-48, we read: "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. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." In the face of such passages of Scripture, again we are reminded that we do not want to go to such a place.
One thing which we should remember when we think of the hereafter and that is that the Bible does not teach that there is a middle ground for the average. We shall either enter into a place of happiness or a place of punishment. Since this is the case, then it behooves us to search the Scripture and see what we must do in order to enter into the realm of the saved that we might receive the eternal reward when this life is over.
What is your hope of eternal reward? Are you looking forward to the time when Jesus shall come and you shall be able to go and be with Him in a place of happiness? What preparation have you made for life beyond the grave?
If you have made no preparation, remember what we have studied in these lessons: That you must hear the gospel of Christ, believe it with all your heart, repent of your past sins and be baptized for remission of sins. There are many who are willing to help you in doing this. Just mention your desire at the end of the lesson.
We would be most happy to aid you in your search for the truth and heaven as your home when this life is over, but we cannot help you unless you give us opportunity.
Section 1 - True or False
There is a place called hell.
Question 2 God is able to cast us into hell.
Question 3 Gehenna is the word which describes a burning hell or place of torment.
Question 4 A person may call a brother a fool without any danger of hell fire.
Question 5 It would be better to keep both eyes and both hands than have our whole body be cast into hell.
Question 6 Hell is a place of rest.
Question 7 Hell is the grave.
Question 8 Hell is a place of burning fire.
Question 9 Those who are not found in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire.
Question 10 Satan will not be cast into hell.
Question 11 The evil will just die and never wake up.
Question 12 The Bible says that in hell their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched
Question 13 Some people will not go to heaven or hell because there is a middle ground.
Question 14 We must prepare ourselves if we want to go to heaven and avoid hell.
Question 15 We may prepare ourselves by being obedient to the gospel of Christ.
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