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Is there a hell? Or is it a myth?

Jesus and the prophets of the Bible testified to existence of Heaven and Hell. God is a God of love (1 John 4:16) but He is also a God of justice (Deut. 32:4) that is why Heaven and Hell will take place at the end of time.

Hell is a literal place

The scriptures teach that the fire of hell will be the literal punishment of the wicked (Matthew 5:30; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 25:41) who will enter it in bodily form and be destroyed both soul and body. Those that refused Christ’s death on their behalf will have to die for their own sins (Psalms 37:10, 20).

Hell will take place at the end of time

There is not one single soul in that fire today. The wicked will receive their punishments at last “the day of judgment” (2 Peter 2:9). Those that their names were not found in the book of life will be judged then (Revelation 20:15). God’s fire will encompass the earth, melt it, and burn up all “the works that are therein.” The atmospheric heavens will explode and “pass away with a great noise” (2 Peter 3:10). In God’s new kingdom all “former things” will pass away. Hell, being one of the former things, is included.

Hell will not be forever

God promises that the fire will be abolished (Revelation 21:1, 4) and it will not last forever (Malachi 4:1; Psalms 21:9; Revelation 20:9; Malachi 4:1, 3). It will go out (Isaiah 47:14). Unlike popular belief, the wicked will not keep on burning endlessly; the fires will literally “burn them up” and they will cease to exist (Jer. 17:27; Matt. 3:12; 25:41; 2 Peter 3:7–13; Jude 7). And sin will rise no more (Nahum 1:9).

If God tortured the wicked in fire for the endless ages, He would be more cruel than men have ever been in the worst of war atrocities. The truth is that an eternal fire of torment would be torment for God also, who loves even the vilest sinner unto death (John 3:16). For more on this, check the following link:

Is hell forever?

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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