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What is Hell?

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Hell seems to be one of the most debated ideas with Christianity. What exactly is Hell? Is it a physical place, an idea, eternal physical death/ soul extinction, or the fiery furnace?

According to the Bible, Hell is a physical place, one of eternal darkness, eternal separation from the light (remember that Christ referred to himself as the light (John 8:12) and the way).

So what is Hell like?

1. Hell is a place of an eternal, unquenchable fire

2. Hell is a place full of memory and remorse, a place where you cannot escape your past, and instead must dwell on your faults for the rest of eternity.

3. Hell is a place of eternal thirst and wanting. As we can see from #2 the Rich Man begs Abraham to send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water just to cool the burning from the fire. Many scholars believe that this thirst is not just a literal thirst for water, but a thirst for mercy and grace... the very items they refused on earth.

4. Hell is a place of eternal frustration, anger, misery, and pain.

5. Hell is a place of eternal separation from God.

6. Hell is a place of God's eternal wrath, a place originally created for Satan and the fallen angels.

Who Will Go to Hell?

1. Satan, whom Hell was originally prepared for... the angel who led the rebellion against God.

2. The Antichrist (literally meaning "in place of" Christ) also referred to as the "beast."

3. The False Prophet who accompanied the Antichrist/ beast.

4. The fallen angels, or the angels that followed Satan in his rebellion against God.

5. Those who are not saved (see doctrine of salvation).

John 8:12
[12] Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Matthew 22:13
[13] Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:30
[30] And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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