Why Do People Go To Hell?

First of all, we have to go back to the very beginning, to where it all started. God created the Lake of Fire, which is the second death (Revelation 20:14-15) for Satan and his angels when they rebelled against God in heaven. Matthew 25:41, “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

The moment that Adam, the first man created, sinned against God by eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:6-7), death entered his soul: separation from God took place and they, he and his wife, were sentenced to the Lake of Fire. However, God atoned for their transgression (Genesis 3:21) by covering their nakedness with animal skin. That is the first sacrifice for sin which is a picture of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the world.

Sin not only brings death because it separates you from God who is life, but it also condemns you to Hell. Hell is a place for those who are full of sin when they pass away from this physical realm to the spiritual. They cannot be with God because of their sins so Hell was created for sinful creatures (Satan and his angels) and for those who refuse to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for the cleansing of their sins.

John 3:17-18, “17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. 18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

Hell is an eternal place because we were created to be eternal beings and those in Hell are eternal sinners, and can no longer have their sins atoned for.

Satan doesn’t want anyone to go to heaven so that they can be cursed like he is cursed. That is the reason why there is so much deception in the world and false religion. Satan even introduced a false Jesus who cannot save you from Hell.

2 Corinthians 11:3-4, “3 I am afraid, however, that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may be led astray from your simple and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes and proclaims a Jesus other than the One we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the One you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it way too easily.”

2 Corinthians 11:13-15, “13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.”

The only way a person can make it to heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16) and accepting what He did for you on the cross so that you may have your sins forgiven.

Hebrews 9:14-15, “14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, purify our consciences from works of death, so that we may serve the living God! 15 Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”

The “blood of Christ” refers to His death on the cross for our sins and the phrase “offered Himself unblemished to God” means that when Jesus died for us, He died and resurrected as a sinless person (Jesus never sinned once). The new covenant means that we are no longer under the Law but under the Law of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-18, 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh craves what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are opposed to each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

We are made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ and accepting His atonement for the removal of our offenses toward God.

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Biblical Q&A: Answering Five Questions From An Atheist

Thank you, clubschadenfreude for your questions.

This person asked several questions so my answers will go straight to the point.

The first question:

“Which time is this god lying, in Exodus 20 where it says it will punish descendents for the actions of their ancestors or in Ezekiel 18 where it says it will not?”

Since she didn’t provide me with the exact verse or verses, I will have to assume, according to her question, that the verse or verses that I quote are the ones she means.

Let’s go to Exodus 20 and Ezekiel 18.

4 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heavens above, on the earth below, or in the waters beneath. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on their children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing loving devotion to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments. -Exodus 20:4-6 BSB

The soul who sins is the one who will die. A son will not bear the iniquity of his father, and a father will not bear the iniquity of his son. The righteousness of the righteous man will fall upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked man will fall upon him. -Ezekiel 18:20 BSB

So, clubschadenfreude’s contention is that Exodus 20:4-6 contradicts Ezekiel 18:20. In Exodus 20, it seems that the father’s sins are passed down to his children even to the fourth generation. And in Ezekiel 18:20 that is not the case. There is no contradiction as the answer is immediately found in Exodus 20:4-6. Let’s look at verse 5 of Exodus 20, which says, “5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on their children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me

If we look at the underlined words, the father’s descendants are cursed since they are continuing to practice their father’s wickedness which in this case is idolatry. If a son imitates his father’s sins, he will be found guilty in God’s eyes. However, in Ezekiel 18, God makes it clear that if the son sees all of his father’s wickedness but decides not to do them but rather, obey the LORD, he will not pay for his father’s sins. God judges everyone’s personal decisions either to believe in God and follow His Word or to disobey Him and live in sin.

The LORD’s desire is for people to repent from their sins and change their ways and obey His Word.

Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Lord GOD. Wouldn’t I prefer that he turn from his ways and live? -Exodus 18:23 BSB

The second question:

“If this god hates Satan, why does it show off to satan like a [the phrase was removed for being disrespectful] and allow a family to be murdered?”

God gives all of His creatures free will. For example, God has allowed you (clubschadenfreude) to mock and malign God without being judged immediately for your contempt. You and the rest of the atheists are very fortunate.

The third question:

“If this god hates satan, why did it allow satan into the garden? or couldn’t it keep it out?”

God’s judgment on Satan and his fallen angels will take place at the end of the world when they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire with those who refuse to put their trust in Jesus Christ.

God allowed Satan to test Adam and Eve to see if they would choose to obey God or listen to Satan. It is no different for us today. We are given the choice to follow Jesus or to follow Satan through atheism, cults, and the occults.

The fourth question:

“If this god hates satan, why did it need satan to have its blood sacrifice by torture work?”

I’m not sure what she is trying to say with this question. It doesn’t make any sense. I will try anyways.

I’m assuming she is referring to Jesus’ death on the cross. So what she is asking is, why did Jesus need Satan to put Him on the cross? Jesus didn’t need Satan to put Him on the cross. There is no such reference in Scripture even remotely to that effect. Judas Iscariot opened up the door to Satan by being a thief, see John 6:70-71, giving him access to his life. Satan hated Jesus and wanted to stop Him since Jesus was reclaiming the souls that Satan had captured to do his bidding. When he saw that Judas didn’t give his heart to Christ and was stealing from Him, Satan saw his opportunity and took it.

This is for the second part of her question. The reason Jesus had to die on the cross for the sins of the world was that sin brought about death for all mankind. The payment for our sins was for someone sinless, Jesus Christ, to die in our place and pay our debt in full. God had to deal with humanity’s sins first before He could forgive them. Once God punished sin, forgiveness can now be extended to all.

The fifth question:

“If this god hates satan, why does it kill all non-christians and then free satan to corrupt the christians that are left?”

This question is misleading as it is incorrect from the start, assuming that everyone will be a Christian at that time. The question is about the End Times, in the Book of Revelation when Jesus comes down to fight against the Antichrist and his army. The non-Christian she refers to is the Antichrist and his army who will come to fight against Jesus Christ and His saints. So, the non-Christians are Satan worshippers, who received the mark of the beast. After the Antichrist is defeated, Jesus throws him and the false prophet into the Lake of Fire, and Satan is chained up and thrown into the bottomless pit for the time that Jesus rules on earth. When Jesus wins the battle, He comes down and reigns for a thousand years with His saints, and true peace permeates through the world.

When the thousand years are over, Jesus lets Satan loose for a short time, and it becomes apparent in Revelation 20:7-9, that even though Jesus will be here on earth physically, people will still refuse to believe in Him. So not everybody will be a Christian. Those are the ones that Satan gathers up to go to war for the last time. Fire comes down from heaven and devours Satan’s army who came to destroy the people in Jerusalem. Satan is thrown into his eternal place which is the Lake of Fire. Everyone at that time that ever existed will be judged. Everyone in Hades will be brought back to face God’s judgment and will end up in the Lake of Fire which is the second death. The righteous will be judged for the things they did for Jesus while on earth. Those are the ones who will enter heaven.

Podcast: How The Bible Describes Hell (Part 1)

In today’s episode, we will look at the place called hell and what goes on there. Are the fires of hell real or is it symbolic? Join me on this podcast, as we will dig deep into the Scriptures to see what happens in hell, a place hidden from the physical realm, but a real place for the departed spirits. 

If you are having trouble listening to the podcast, you can click on the title that’s on the player to listen to the whole episode on Spotify.