A woman asked me the question, why do Christians say, if you don’t believe the way I do you’re going to hell?
The truth is it was Jesus who said it, so take the problem to him. Jesus said in Matthew 25:46 (talking about believers (sheep) and unbelievers (goats)) “These will go away into eternal punishment [hell], but the righteous into eternal life.” Those who reject him will be punished in hell and those who follow him (righteous) to heaven. John 14:6 Jesus said* to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Jesus said I am the only way to heaven. It was Jesus who spoke more about hell then anyone else in the Bible. A few examples include:
Matthew 5:29-30 “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.”
Matthew 10:28 “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Matthew 13:49-50 “So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, 50 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 25:41-42 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;”
What is interesting is no one actually goes to hell for not believing in Jesus; they go to hell because of sin. People have a sin problem and hell is where they will pay the penalty for breaking God’s law. Jesus is the solution and not the problem. If you have diabetes and you refuse to take insulin and then die, the insulin didn’t kill you; the diabetes killed you. The insulin was the solution, not the problem. Same with Jesus; He is the solution and not the problem. Trusting in Jesus will solve the sin problem. If you don’t avail yourself of the solution, when you die you will pay the penalty for your sins and you will be separated from God for all eternity. Sin is the problem and not Jesus.
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