No, I am not condemning or cursing Christians to hell. Instead, I am inviting them to follow Jesus wherever He leads … even when it is straight to hell. In other words, I am saying that Jesus is leading you to go to hell.
In Romans 9:3, Paul writes that he wishes to be accursed from Christ for his brethren, the Jewish people. Is Paul saying that he wished he could go to hell if it would mean that his Jewish brethren would believe in Jesus and become Christians? I think not, but what do you think?
Have you ever been disgusted with God? So disgusted with how God lets evil go unchecked, and how God doesn’t seem to protect you or your family or your plans, or how God seems to bless the wicked people while not helping the righteous? Jonah was so disgusted with God that he asked God to damn him. This is what we learn from Jonah 4:9.
When the Bible talks about hell, or hades, or sheol, a completely different picture emerges about hell than most people think. We talk a bit about this today when we look at Jonah 2:2, where Jonah goes to hell.
Next time you do evangelism, try to recognize that sometimes, there are more important things than sharing the gospel with words. Confrontational evangelism usually does more to annoy people than save them. Check out this Facebook post image to see an example.
Many Christians engage in hellish evangelism, which is where they use hell to scare people into heaven. This form of evangelism can go to hell. It does not accurately represent Jesus or the Scriptures.
Some say that Jesus talked about hell more than heaven and so we should do the same. Rubbish! Jesus didn’t talk about hell more than heaven. He really didn’t talk about either too much. We don’t threaten or bribe people into the Kingdom of God, but simply lay a grand vision for what life could be like with Jesus.
Is it really loving to tell someone they are going to hell if they don’t believe in Jesus? No. Jesus and the apostles didn’t do this either. Instead of scaring people into the Kingdom with threats of hell, let’s love people into the Kingdom instead.
Many wonder what heaven will be like. It will be like Susan Boyle getting to do what she was made for. It will be like life, but without the pain and death. Heaven is not about sitting on clouds playing harps. It will be like this life, but without the pain, regret, and fear. Life will be what it was always meant to be.
In this post I examine the evidence for whether or not Jesus descended into hell. The evidence is not conclusive one way or the other. One of the verses used against the idea that Jesus descended into hell is Luke 23:42-43 where Jesus tells the thief on the cross that today, the thief would be with Jesus in paradise.