Myths About Hell

Myth #1: Jesus wasn’t concerned with hell.
Christ spoke a great deal more about judgment and hell than many might care to admit. Not only that, but he speaks of hell in a number of different ways to illustrate its endless, horrifying torment. For example, he uses a “parable” in Luke 16 to describe the place called “Hades” (Luke 16:23), which has a “great chasm” (Luke 16:26) fixed by God to prevent crossing from hell to heaven and vice versa. He speaks of the “hell of fire” (Matt. 5:22); the danger of the “whole body” being “thrown into hell” (Matt. 5:29); it is the “unquenchable fire” (Mark 9:43); the impenitent are “thrown” there (Mark 9:45), “where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:48).

Jesus, the Son of man, with his angels, will send all “law-breakers” and “throw them into the fiery furnace” where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 13:41-42). Jesus called it a place of “outer darkness” (Matt. 25:30). In the end, there is little doubt that our Lord did not shy away from discussing a place of endless torment, often using evocative language to make his point in order to warn sinners of the coming judgment (Matt. 3:12; Matt. 7:22–23; Matt. 10:28; Matt. 11:23; Matt. 13:30, 41–42, 49–50; Matt. 23:16, 33; Matt. 25:10, 31–33; Matt. 26:24; Mark 8:36; 9:43–48; 16:16; Luke 9:25; 12:9–10, 46; John 5:28–29).

Myth #2: The Old Testament wasn’t concerned with hell.
Like most doctrines, the doctrine of hell is not fully developed in the Old Testament, but that does not mean it is not present. For example, in Isaiah, the godless should tremble since they are threatened with “the consuming fire” and the “everlasting burnings” (Isa. 33:14). Isaiah frequently speaks of God’s wrath (Isa. 10:16–18; Isa. 29:5–6; Isa. 30:27, Isa. 30; Isa. 33:14).

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Source: Church Leaders, Mark Jones