Hell is not Empty

“If Jesus, the Lord of Love and Author of Grace spoke about hell more often, and in a more vivid, blood-curdling manner than anyone else, it must be a crucial truth.”

Hell is a very concrete teaching of Scripture, one which theology has attempted to find many loopholes out of. You really can’t deny it’s existence, however, when you read the Book.

What I can’t figure out is, who is in it?

“In 2003 a research group discovered 64% of Americans expect to go to heaven when they die, but less than 1% think they might go to hell.”

Talk to any Christian and they’ll inevitably talk about this guy they know who (put in a long list of horribly disgusting sins he does), but “he’s a Christian.” We celebrate over the latest athlete or entertainer who accidentally mentioned something about “faith” and regardless of any lifestyle evidence conclude that “oh but they’re a Christian.”

I’m certainly not encouraging people to conclude who is in hell, but I also don’t encourage anyone to decide who is in heaven either. Let me say this though: someone has to be there.

8 thoughts on “Hell is not Empty”

  1. Kind of scary when you consider Jesus’s statistical analysis: many are on the broad way, but few find the narrow.

    Hmm. Time for a bit of Spirit-led introspection!

  2. I know that there is a hell because the scriptures tell me so.

    At the same time I pray it will be as sparsely populated as God sees fit.

    I only say this because I know I deserve to be there as well.


  3. Here is an interesting question: Can a person who never heard the name of Jesus Christ and died in South America the day after Jesus rose from the dead be saved?

  4. Only in parables and using the word Gehenna, which was a kind of municipal scrapheap.

    Curiously St Paul, who formulated the doctrines of salvation, does not talk about hell. “The wages of sin are death”.

  5. Just a goofy comment – I always google anti-itch meditation just to see it ask me, “did you mean anti itch medication”?? :-)
    Told ya – goofy!!

  6. Paul says that the wages of sin are death, and doesn’t death literally mean separation? And wouldn’t separation from God be hell?

    Just a thought.

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