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Who goes to hell?
Look in the mirror. Now repeat after me.... I am going
This article contains some strong statements which some may
find offensive. But strong statements are born of strong feelings, and God
loves you strongly enough to tell you the truth. So do we. Therefore, we
risk offending you a little so that you may be warned. We love you and don't
want to see you make the mistake with eternal consequences. "For whom the
Lord loveth He chasteneth..." (Hebrews 12:6).
IS THERE A PLACE CALLED HELL? YES! We must believe in hell because the Bible
warns us about it over and over again (Matthew 10:28; 23:33; Mark 9:43-47;
Luke 16:23). But why would a loving God condemn anyone to hell? Because we
have all sinned against Him and have broken His law. "For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
It is a fact that most people's consciences tell them not to kill, steal,
and commit rape. Our laws also show that it is wrong to do these things. No
one protests when our police officers throw people into jail because they
have committed these horrible crimes. Why? Because you know that evildoers
must be punished. Let's talk about another example: What kind of judge would
appoint a serial murderer to prison? A just and good judge would.
If a judge were to set criminals free without the punishment specified in
the law, that judge would be unjust and would have to be dismissed from the
bench. In the same way, a mighty good and holy God would also condemn a
sinner or a person to hell that chooses to remain separated from Him in
their sins. If He didn't, He would not be a righteous and just God.
When you stand before God one day at His judgment seat, on what basis do you
think that you will have a right to enter heaven and avoid the torments of
hell? God says absolutely none by your own standards! Romans 3:10 says; "As
it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one".
Sin separates mankind from God. What is sin anyway? Take a look at God's
standard of righteousness and test yourself to see if you have broken any of
Let's test ourselves on God's Ten Commandments: ( Exodus 20)
1). Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Have you always obeyed God's
word and put it ahead of your own wants? Do you even know what it says? Have
you always put God first in every area of your life? Have you always loved
Him with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength? If you answer no to any
of these, you have broken God's 1st commandment.
2). Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Have you ever put a
material thing like money, a car, or a career ahead of God? Did you ever
have your own beliefs about God rather than the ones that are revealed in
the Bible? If so, you are an idolater - you have broken God's 2nd
3). Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain. Have you ever
used God's name as a swear word? If so, you are profane - you have broken
God's 3rd commandment
4). Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Have you always kept the
sabbath holy? If not, you are a sabbath-breaker - you have broken God's 4th
5). Honour thy father and thy mother. Have you ever disobeyed or spoken evil
of your parents? Have you ever been rebellious against them in any way, even
as a child or a teenager? If so, you are rebellious and disobedient - you
have broken God's 5th Commandment.
6). Thou shalt not kill. The Bible says that if we hate someone, we commit
murder in our hearts. Have you ever hated someone or had evil thoughts
toward another person? If so, you are a murderer at heart - you have broken
God's 6th commandment. (Matthew 5:21-22)
7). Thou shalt not commit adultery. Have you always been faithful to your
spouse? Have you ever had sex with anyone before you were married
(fornication)? Have you ever engaged in sexual fantasies or lustful thoughts
about anyone not your spouse? If so, you are an adulterer - you have broken
God's 7th commandment. (Matthew 5:27-28)
8). Thou shalt not steal. Have you ever taken anything that didn't belong to
you, no matter how small in value? If so, you are a thief - you have broken
God's 8th commandment.
9). Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Have you ever
told a lie, a fib, white lie, or half truth about someone else? Have you
ever spoken anything about anyone knowing that it was not completely and
totally true? If so, you are a liar - you have broken God's 9th commandment.
10). Thou shalt not covet. Have you ever desired to have something that
someone else has - a girl or guy, a car, a house, a job, or anything else?
If so, you are covetous - you have broken God's 10th commandment.
Everyone that has ever lived (except the Lord Jesus Christ) has broken at
least one of these commandments. Most of us have probably broken most of
Hear the Word of God:
"... no murderer hath eternal life..." (1 John 3:15)
"Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor
covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the
kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
"but the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and
whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their
part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone..." (Revelation 21:8)
When you - a murderer, a thief, an adulterer, a liar - stand before the
righteous Judge of all the universe, how could He not require that justice
be satisfied by exacting the due penalty for your sins in the fires of hell?
Does the situation seem hopeless?
Wait! There's GOOD NEWS! Read the next section.
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Article by Kathy A. Smith
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