In the Bible, we find several references to Hell as a place of everlasting punishment.
In the book of Matthew, Jesus says that “if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.”
The Apostle John, writing in the book of Revelation, speaks of Hell in much greater detail. He states that “the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest” and that “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.”
Perhaps the strongest and clearest verses about Hell can be found in the book of Mark. Jesus himself says that those who deny him will be thrown “into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
As Scripture makes clear, Hell is an eternal and unquenchable fire, a place of pitch darkness and pain, a place of eternal torment and anguish. No one wants to experience this kind of punishment and no one should. But if we deny God, we are choosing not just a temporary situation but an everlasting one.
The Bible also tells us how to avoid Hell. We must accept Jesus as our Lord, repent of our sins and put our faith in him. When we do that, we are guaranteed eternal life in Heaven (John 3:16).
May you make a decision today that leads you away from this dreadful place and towards an eternity of joy and peace in Heaven.