The following articles are related to the topic of HELL

2 Peter 2:9 – Punishment Before Judgment

Anyone who respects the authoritative instruction of the Bible acknowledges the fact that the wicked will be cast into hell (Gehenna) following the Day of Judgment (see Matthew 25:46). Some, however, labor under the erroneous impression that between the time of death and the judgment, the wicked will "sleep" in a state of complete unconsciousness. The doctrine is called "soul-sleeping." ... read more »

Can the Living Talk To the Dead?

In his informative book, Understanding the New Age, Russell Chandler notes that nearly half (42%) of America's adult population believe they have been in contact with someone who has died (1988). This was up 15% from a survey conducted in 1977. Of course there is nothing new about necromancy (attempting to communicate with the dead); it is almost as old ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of “Pluck Out Your Eye”?

"What did Jesus mean in Mark 9:43ff when he said if the hand, foot, or eye causes you to sin to cut the hand or foot off or pluck the eye out? I have heard sermons where it was said that Jesus did not mean that literally. I could accept that if it were not for the fact the he ... read more »

Can You Feel the Love?

Have you been criticized? Congratulations! Maybe you have some convictions? Jesus advised, "Woe unto you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets" (Luke 6:26). Should we be superficial? No. Hypocritical? Never. Have convictions? Absolutely. Hyperbolic? Sometimes. The Lord was, and so was Paul. Nothing is more crucial than living with doctrinal ... read more »

1 Peter 3:4 — The Incorruptible Spirit

Religious materialists (e.g., the "Jehovah's Witnesses," Seventh-day Adventists, etc.) do not believe that human beings possess an eternal spirit that survives the death of the body. They thus do not believe in an eternal, conscious punishment for the wicked in hell. Often they challenge, "No where does the Bible say that man has an eternal spirit." Well, the Scriptures may ... read more »

A Dispute About the Purpose of Baptism

We receive a great number of questions dealing with a variety of biblical issues. It simply is not possible to deal with all of them. Some are impertinent, trivial, seemingly bereft of any semblance of sincerity and, therefore, in our judgment, warrant no response. We give very little, if any, attention to unsigned correspondence. Some questions, however, though reflecting erroneous ... read more »

Some Final Words from Paul

Second Timothy was the final epistle Paul penned before his "appointment" with death was realized (cf. Hebrews 9:27). As he set to parchment his concluding instructions to Timothy, his faithful friend, he could almost hear the executioner sharpening his sword. He wrote: "For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure is come" (4:6). The Bible student, ... read more »

Profanity – A Biblical Assessment

A sincere Christian recently noted that the Bible in general, and the book of James in particular (cf. Jas. 3:1ff), warns about the improper use of the tongue. Yet he laments the fact that profanity and vulgarity are perhaps more widespread now than at any time in history - at least in America. He wonders how it is that one ... read more »

A Rebellion in Heaven

Does the Bible indicate there was, at one time in the past, a rebellion among angels in heaven? Though there is no detailed historical record of such an event, there are key pieces of evidence that surely indicate there was some sort of revolt against God among the angels, and that such resulted in very serious consequences for the offenders. ... read more »

2 Thessalonians 1:9 – Everlasting Destruction

In his book, The Fire That Consumes (1982), Edward Fudge argues that the final destiny of the wicked will be annihilation. He believes that hell is "total, everlasting extinction." One of the New Testament passages which he cites in an attempt to prove this materialistic theory is 2 Thessalonians 1:9. "and to you that are afflicted rest with us, at ... read more »