It’s That Simple
Have you noticed that some “religious” people always want to tell you about things that will send you to Hell? They will say something like: “Gay people go to Hell,” or “If you smoke, you will go to Hell,” “If you have tattoos, you will go to Hell,” or one of my favorites, “If you look too long at a pretty woman, you will go to Hell.” What is interesting about such statements is that they can not be found in the Bible! “Religious” people have gotten it all wrong! An important question to ask is, “What does the Bible say about going to Hell?”
Before we answer that question, let’s settle the question of “How do I go to Heaven?” Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”(John 3:16). Notice that: 1. God loves the whole world, and this includes you! 2. He showed that love by giving His Son (Jesus). 3. He did this so that whoever believes in Him will not die (spiritually), but will instead have eternal (forever) life.
So why would God need to give His Son? What does that even mean? The fact of the matter is that we all do wrong things; or, more specifically, we sin. Because we have done wrong, we can not have a relationship with a perfect God. Jesus, being perfect, willingly gave His life and died in our place so that you and I could have a relationship with God. This relationship comes about only by believing in Jesus Christ for eternal life. This is how someone goes to Heaven.
So back to the question of what the Bible says about going to Hell. In John 3:18, it says, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” Why do people go to Hell? Because they do not believe in Jesus Christ. When people reject Jesus, they are making the decision to go to Hell. The only question to answer now is, “Where are you going?”
When faced with a question like this, there is a tendency to rationalize our sin and to make ourselves out to be good people. (We like to think the best of ourselves.) But the Bible is clear that if we have ever lied, stolen something, lusted after another, or put anything before God in our lives, we have sinned. We may have gone to church when we were younger or never killed anyone, but no amount of good deeds will ever get us into Heaven. But the good news is that Jesus has taken away the sin barrier (John 1:29). He has made the impossible possible.
So, this is the simple offer of salvation. God loves you and He gave His Son Jesus for you on the cross. Jesus died to take away the sins of the world! God has resurrected Him from the dead in order to show us that Christ was a complete sacrifice for our sins. We would say that Jesus is “all-sufficient” to pay the penalty for our sins. Because of His perfect payment, eternal life has been made available to all who believe in Jesus.
To sum it up:
1. The condition for salvation is belief in Jesus.
2. If you believe, you have eternal life… and eternal life is forever.
It’s that simple!
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