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Most people believe in a place called heaven, a place of euphoria that a person can attain upon death. The sad reality is that not many people believe in a hell, a place of torment. Some do not want to believe that God would create a place as horrific as hell. Besides, doesn’t God love all people and died for all people? 

The Scriptures teach that God loves all people. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”That same verse says God gave His Son Jesus Christ as a “gift” for our sins. Whosoever does not receive that gift by faith cannot inherit eternal life but rather receives eternal death. John 3:17-18 continues, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”Just as sure as there are people in heaven today due to their faith in Jesus Christ, so too, are there people in hell, as well.

The Scriptures teach that hell was created originally for Satan and his followers (Matthew 25:41). There are angels there today (2 Peter 2:4) due to their rebellion against God. It is a place of terrible torment as Luke 16:23-24 points out. It is a place where no one has to go!

The Bible teaches that it is because of a person’s rejection of God by faith and disobedience to the Holy Scriptures that a person finds themselves in hell (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

If a person was in snake country and heard the rattle of a rattlesnake, they would flee for fear of life.

How much more should a person flee from the eternal, soul-threatening reality of hell!

Think about it.

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​