Summary: We often hear about Heaven, a lot of folks seems to have the idea that every one is going to Heaven some day, people will gladly listen to messages about Heaven but many folks are turned off if they are told that if they die in their sin they’ll go to Hel
LUKE 16:19-31 DO YOU BELIEVE HELL IS A REAL PLACE? 5-19-12
Today we’re going to talk for a few minutes about "HELL"; we don’t hear many messages about Hell today, I suppose it’s because it’s not a pleasant subject to listen to, when was the last time you heard a message to do with Hell? -- we often hear about Heaven, some folks seems to have the idea that every one is going to Heaven some day, people will gladly listen to messages about Heaven but many folks are turned off if they are told that if they die in their sin they’ll go to Hell, but we must believe it because it’s a bible fact, it’s a Bible doctrine.
We can’t believe this part or that part, we must believe it all.
According to the recent surveys from the "Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life" 59% of Americans believe in hell, compared with 74% who believe in heaven, so it seems more people believe in heaven than hell.-- but dear heart if there’s a day there must be a night as well.
"Hell" is found in our KJ Bible 54 times, 31 times in the O.T. and 23 in the N.T.
There are many references to each with various words and meanings.
* I need to say this before we get into the text in LK.16:19-31.
Listen; There are those that say that a Good God would never allow people to go hell that never heard about Jesus, that people that might have lived all their lives in parts of the world that never heard of Jesus or Jehovah God, such as away back in a jungle or some place like that. The Word of God says no one is with out excuse, listen.
Romans 1:19 -20 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Psalm19: illustrates the creation of God, which it speaks without sound or language, but with great pictorial wonder that is understood throughout the world. God has put within people a basic awareness of Himself and of the requirement to do right.
PS.19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
Man willfully can and does ignore that revelation.
Listen; God has revealed Himself as eternal to all by means of the creation. God is just. - -- Jesus said in;--
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Listen, He said in
John 12: 32-33 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
Listen, He said in
John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Jesus was the LAMB OF GOD; he died for all that believed in Him then and now, and was the fulfillment of every animal sacrifice that the Jewish people offered, and before Israel’s time He was the Saviour to all that believed in God through Gods creation as the creation revealed His handy work, that there was truly a God to have made all this, that is what we’re told in PS.19:
* Therefore, God will deal justly and righteously with one and all.
John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, (on the cross) will draw all men unto me.--- all men--- all men-- all men. -- FROM Adam to the last one in the Tribulation.
* Now let’s get back to today’s subject of HELL...
Today the word "hell" is used loosely by a lot of people, its one of the most used words in a lot of peoples vocabulary, you’d think that a sentence could not be made if the very first word that comes from some peoples mouth is not "hell", have you ever noticed it?
There are people that will say that "hell" is only "a troubled state of existence" rather than a real place. But I can assure you that the Devil believes in a real Hell, he believes the Bible.
There are some people that are not sure if it’s a real place or not, but as the old timey preacher said to the skeptic, "Your not believing in Hell don’t lower the temperature there one degree."