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Other Names for Hell

  • Gehenna
  • Hades
    • Luke 10:15— And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.
  • Pit
  • Abyss
    • Luke 8:31— And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss.
  • Everlasting/Eternal Punishment
    • II Thessalonians 1:9— They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,
  • Sheol
    • Proverbs 7:27—Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.
  • Chambers of Death
    • Proverbs 7:27—Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.
  • Lake of Fire
    • Revelation 20:14— Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
  • Fiery Furnace
    • Matthew 13:50— And throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Description of Hell

  • Lake of Fire and Sulfur
    • Matthew 25:41— “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
    • Revelation 20:10— and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
  • Darkness
    • Matthew 8:12— while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
  • Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth
    • Matthew 8:12— while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
  • Wrath, Fury, and Distress
    • Romans 2:8— but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,

Who Goes to Hell

Type of People

  • People Who Choose Evil
    • Revelation 21:8—But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
  • People Who Don’t Help Others
    • Matthew 25:41-43— “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
  • People who Don’t Follow Jesus Christ
    • John 3:18— 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.

Number of People

  • Many
    • Matthew 7:13-14— “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

FAQ about Hell

Why was Hell created?

  • Hell was originally created for Satan and the angels that decided to follow him. It wasn’t meant for humans.
    • Matthew 25:34,41— Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Why is Hell a fair punishment for sin?

  • See “Why a Loving God Created Hell” Flowchart

Why does God send good people to hell?

  • Only perfect people can be with God.
  • The only way to become perfect is through the Holy Spirit.
  • The only way to receive the Holy Spirit is to ask.
  • Many good people don’t ask.