Thinking about hell after reading M.T. Sweat’s THE WRATH OF HELL re-blogged here on Obsecrations.
What is hell? Most obviously, hell is separation from God — a separation that lasts eternally. I’ve always believed that people who do not know the Lord are already in hell, a spiritual wasteland.
Is hell a physical punishment? Is heaven a physical reward? The answer to the second question ought to settle the answer to the first question.
Have we done something to make our God angry? Do we find Him described in His Word as poised with sword in hand, ready to destroy us? Is He seen as one taking His vengeance on a traitorous community by casting them into a fiery pit of darkness? Is hell the place of His wrath and judgement?
Or, as some suggest today, is there no eternal place of torment awaiting the enemies of God? If not, what do we make of these points…?
1. The Bible arguably speaks of such a place at least two hundred and forty-four times.
2. Jesus teaches on this topic more than He teaches on heaven or even the love of God.
When Jesus teaches on this topic, He uses terms that seem to suggest there is no end to the punishment for the corrupt. An example can be found in Matthew’s account of the…
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