Matthew 18:9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.
Jesus referenced eternal hell over 70 times in the New Testament, and there are over 162 references in the same New Testament to this eternal place. The seriousness of this cannot be overlooked, but it is by the masses of people who scoff, mock, and ignore it each day, including by those who claim to be Christians.
The prevailing thought is “I am a good person, God won’t send me there”. Or some who actually believe they are evil saying “hell will be a party with all my friends”. This eternal dreadful place is even glorified in songs such as “Hells Bells” by ACDC where thousands of ignorant fans sing along at a baseball or football game.
Jesus promises two things only, there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth”. A dark place with no hope, no love, no community, no light. Just torment, extreme pain and suffering for an eternity. Imagine having a cancerous condition which will never go away and no pain meds to ease your suffering. Or viewing a child of yours for an eternity being tormented by demons and you can only watch. Or just a dark hole where there is no light, as you sit there in your tormented thoughts for an eternity.
Hell is not going to be a party! It is far from any semblance of any joy or happiness, indeed there will be neither nor the hope for either. Am I as they say trying to “scare the hell” out of you? Possibly, but God can only do this if He so wills.
All it takes to be sent there is JUST ONE SIN! Just one sin defiles God’s holiness, the judgment at that time is GUILTY and hell is your dwelling place. I don’t make the rules, God did however. We broke the law, and the guilty verdict comes instantaneously. Meaning there isn’t some time in the future where you can argue your way out of your sin, God hands the judgment down at the moment you sinned.
There is just ONE WAY out of this hellish predicament. His name is Jesus Christ. As the guilty verdict was instantaneous, so can be His forgiveness of ALL your sins, yes every single one of them! And if forgiven, your new desire is to repent, to turn away, from your sins. By which you now stand redeemed, God places you in Christ, and then there is no possible way to be sent to hell. This is the Good News!
So what really is preventing you from placing your faith alone in Jesus? Do you love your sins all the more and look forward to an eternity of hellish darkness and despair? Do you just want that temporary gratification of your lusts and foul living? Is it easier to mock God and condemn faith in Jesus Christ as some useless religious fanaticism? If so, eternal hell is what is coming for you as surely as the sun rose this morning.
In the passage above, Jesus uses an analogy on how serious this sin problem is. Without Him as He explained, it would be better to mutilate your body so as that you don’t sin. This is IF you believe you can somehow remain sinless and thus you would have no need for His redemption. It flies in the face of those who believe man was born perfect, holy, and good instead of fallen in nature or those who think “I am a good person, God can’t send me to hell”.
PLACE YOUR FAITH ALONE IN JESUS CHRIST!