The topic of hell is one about which believers often have much to say. Like heaven, hell is an emotional topic, and one that few are willing to compare with the Word of God to come to any kind of advance in truth. What most who claim to be Bible believers think about hell is no different from what the world around them thinks about it. Many would have to admit, if asked, that their beliefs about hell after they were saved did not really change much from what they believed about hell before they were saved. If they did change, this was usually because they were taught orthodox Christian beliefs about hell, and not because someone led them to the Word of God to find the truth the Spirit placed for us there.
Because of these things, a study of hell is one that few are willing to undertake, at least not with the Bible as the central and only source of this study. The Bible is decidedly unorthodox when it comes to this topic of hell, and so to maintain what Christians have always believed, many other sources need to be consulted and given equal weight with the Bible in determining what churches call “the truth about hell.” Yet since we are only really interested in the Bible’s teaching, not that of men or churches, we reject all such additional sources. Neither Plato, nor Dante, nor the ancient Greeks shall be allowed to give evidence to override and negate the testimony of the Word of God. We want only what the Bible teaches about hell, and only God’s teaching on hell will satisfy one whose desire really is God’s truth. Read the rest of this entry »