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People Burn Forever in Hell

If somebody dies and didn't accept God, will that person burn forever in hell? Would our God let that person be tortured FOREVER? What is hell exactly?

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Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of ETERNAL FIRE

Truth be tild, neither Sodom nor Gomorrha is burning today, although the bible calls it ETERNAL FIRE.

The result however, are eternal.
Same with those whome God destroys, the results will be eternal not the fire.

Malachi 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts.

try to burn ashes if you can
---francis on 8/25/10


Oh yes, it is JUSTICE....I serve a just God. Heaven is eternal and so is hell. Unredeemed sinners would only wreck heaven. God's central attribute is holiness. He is a holy God. His BLOOD MAKES YOU HOLY. Without it you are not made holy and will burn, my friend. Many people, including my mother, is in hell, because, they listen to people just like you. WATCH IT! Don't anyone pay any attention to this false prophet....You don't know God you may know a god, but, you don't know my God. The one true God. HOLY GOD. Well, don't get angry at me, I can send no one to hell. Only God.
---catherine on 8/25/10


The assertion that God would be unfair to punish eternally a temporal sin underestimates the seriousness of SIN, the spiritual nature of sin, and supreme holiness of God
---catherine on 8/23/10

No, it underscores the nature of God.
A just God would NEVER have a man burn for 100 years who only sinned for 99 years.
That is not justice.
---francis on 8/25/10


The assertion that God would be unfair to punish eternally a temporal sin underestimates the seriousness of SIN, the spiritual nature of sin, and supreme holiness of God.....There is a fundamental difference between Hades and Gehenna that is vital to the understanding of God's punitive justice. Hades is viewed in the N.T. as the place that receives the ungodly for the intervening period. Following the resurrection and the judgment of the lost, Gehenna becomes the final place of punishment by ETERNAL FIRE. Unimaginable suffering and torment. Emotional and physical, as well as spiritual suffering [Isa. 66:24, Rev. 14:11, Matt. 13].
---catherine on 8/23/10


MATTHEW 10:28 And fear not then which kill the body,but are not able to kill the soul,but rather fear him which is able to DESTROY both body and soul.
---RICHARD on 8/22/10




Peoples souls will burn forever in the lake of fire. Scripture says that death & hell were cast into the lake of fire.
---Lawrence on 8/21/10


Ryan Z ...I'm still laughing at what you wrote ...how very true!! ...I think many people get caught up in a preacher and his charisma ...standing at the pulpit with a passionate sermon about "hell" forgetting to check with Gods Holy Word about hell as the grave not a place ...realizing that a "place called hell" contradicts the unending love of God ...there is rever and proper fear for God ...and then there is fear given by men who twist God into a monster
---Rhonda on 4/15/08


Hell saparates you from God.>>>Those who are described as suffering are undoubtedly in the Lake of Fire where their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched. There is a real hell to be avoided, and ALL those who do not receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour shall go there. To hell that is. OUCH THAT'S HOT.
---catherine on 4/15/08


Again,
Rev 20:14 "Death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death"
Death and hell are not on fire, only the lake of fire is burning.
---Chip on 4/15/08


GOD is everywhere including hell according to the bible. Yet the wicked will go to a place GOD is not. To do that they have to cease to exist. Isa 66 says we will look at their dead bodies. Malchi says we walk on their ashes. JESUS says they will be destroyed. So why try to keep them alive?
---Samuel on 4/14/08




No!
Hell is a place where Evil people Like Hitler and others that have died without Jesus are.
The Lake of Fire is the FINAL place where EVERYONE that's not found in the Book of life GO,Hell IS cast into the Lake of Fire.
Don't confuse the two.
Who am i to ? what God WILL DO?
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 4/14/08


Pastor Danny, how do those cast into the lake of fire get to the tree of life that is in heaven?
---Chip on 4/14/08


#1 I read the responses that say god will torture non-believers for ever and ever and I shake my head and wonder if these prople realize they are making god into some bi-polar, sadistic, hypocrite. The same god that tells us to forgive 70 times 7 times is going to be that unforgiving? The same god that says he is love will unlovingly torture people for ever?
---Ryan_Z on 4/14/08


#2 The same god that says he is just is just as infinitely unjust to torture people for eternity for a temporal sinful existence? The same god that says he sent his son for all mankind turns around and selects only a few of mankind? Which is it? All? Or a select few?
---Ryan_Z on 4/14/08


The antichrist works to deceive mankind about hell ...many professing christians believe this place exists ...if you go to is there a burning hell you will see the posts that PROVE there is no mythological place called hell ...hell is just the grave and everyone who has ever lived is there now WAITING the resurrection
---Rhonda on 4/14/08


Yes one will spend eternity in the lake of fire . that reject Jesus Christ as there Lord and Savior . Rev. 20: 11-15 . God do not send one to Hell or the lake of fire . One chooses the lake of fire by rejecting Jesus Christ . Look up Hell and the lake of fire in your bible . Please receive this truth of our Alba Father God word in the love and compassion of Jesus Christ . Pastor Danny
---Pastor_Danny on 4/13/08


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Satan says that there is no hell the same he said to Eve that you shall not surely die.
---Steveng on 7/1/07


greetings.The books of the bible has Mythric influence.
---earl on 7/1/07


*An ever burning hell fire is another false doctrine Satan wants us all to believe.*

audrey, that doesn't make sense. The fact that hell is eternal, as taught by the Bible, is what Satan what all to believe that is a lie.

Satan want you to believe that you won't suffer in hell for eternally. He want you to believe in a temporary hell. Second, God is not responsible for you going to hell. He gave His son to die...who can blame God if we don't listen and obey? Your doctrine is un-biblical.
---Ramon on 6/30/07


#2 The fact that hell is eternal should bring more people to Christ. Do you really think that want Satan wants? Why will he make a doctrine up that will bring more people to Christ? Maybe Satan is trying to repent....?

Your doctrine is just what "you feel" audrey. In fact, thats why many people believe in annihilation. They "feel" that a eternal hell is wrong. How can a loving God send people to burn in hell?Why can't you understand that God doesn't send people to hell? We do.
---Ramon on 6/30/07


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Jesus is speaking
Matt18:9 .. be cast into hell fire.
Mark 9:43 ..the fire that never shall be quenched
:45 ..the fire that never shall be quenched

Rev 20:10 ..cast into the lake of fire...and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire
:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
---a_servant on 6/30/07


You know, it used to be that I would have said Yes to this question. Now, I wonder where else, besides the questionable book of Revelation, does an authority in the Bible say that people stay in torment forever. Paul talks about Jesus going to Hell to preach to the prisoners there. Seems to me like they just might have been willing to listen, after being subject to the Devil's chosen home. So, my Biblical answer has to be- I don't know.
---harold on 6/30/07


*An ever burning hell fire is another false doctrine Satan wants us all to believe.*

Why would Satan want that taught? Preaching an eternal hell fire gets many more people to choose heaven over hell then preaching hell is temporary. Some of those who choose to believe the temporary hell doctrine actually choose hell over heaven, which is something Satan does want.
---Matthew on 6/30/07


("God would rather not see anyone suffer such atrocities. However, He gave us a free will and it is up to us to choose Christ, or eternity in hell.
God does not 'send' us to hell, WE make that choice which I'm sure hurts Him deeply.
---NVBarbara on 7/3/05").

That is very well worded. Man does put himself in Hell.
---Helen_5378 on 6/30/07


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2/... In fact, man literally allows God to put him in Hell by his stubborn refusal of Christ. Man does indeed become master of his own destiny.
---Helen_5378 on 6/30/07


NVBarbara sums it up quite well, in my opinion. I just read a book called "23 Minutes in Hell". You can find it at Walmart. I don't typically advise people to go to a book other than the Bible for answers, but there is a scene in there where he talks to God about hell. Kind of answers your question, I think.
---Katie on 6/29/07


Audrey, that is a nice and warm and fuzzy thought. But how does it fare agains Mark 9:42-48. Now in this place the fire is not quenched - it never goes out. Did the Devil inspire Jesus to say that horrible thing? Or did the devil tell more of his lies like he did in the garden of eden. "Eat this, you will not die" (become mortal). "Do this, you will not burn."
---lorra8574 on 6/29/07


None of the commenters have written on this theme, but to me, the strongest evidence for an eternal hell is what Jesus taught in the Gospels (the good news). With direct statements to the Pharisees, and with stories, Jesus reinforced the concept of Hell. Perhaps he spoke about hell so much because the Jews knew about it already, and yet were still on the road to it, not knowing.
---harold on 6/29/07


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An absolute lie being taught that God will torment anyone as such. You can do research on this topic and clarify it. Jesus spoke of a 'hell fire' that 'burns up' the wicked. After a fire consumes it dies out. Eternal fire is 'fire FROM the Eternal.' An ever burning hell fire is another false doctrine Satan wants us all to believe.
---audrey on 6/29/07


Re 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Re 20:14 And death
and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Lu 12:5But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
---anon on 6/29/07


Isa 66:24 their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched.Rev 20:10,15 shall be tormented day and night forever V15and whoever is not found in Book of Life is thrown in lake of fire. Book of Life are for people who accept the Lord only. Hell is the lake of fire. Have you acceted God? dont delay friend, time is running short. come now.
---jana on 9/4/06


Hell is where everybody who refused to receive Jesus' free gift of salvation for their sins will be punished for eternity. It is sin that puts them there. Sin has to be punished, and the punishment for your sin was either bore by Jesus on the Cross, or else it will be bore by you in hell.
---Helen_5378 on 9/4/06


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There will be many murderers, rapists, liars, thieves and fornicators in Heaven. They will be the ones who confessed their sins and are now forgiven. Of course, the reason that they will be in Heaven when the bible says such people will not be is because Jesus has forgotten their sin, He has removed the sins from the person as far as the East is from the West and they are now in the depths of the sea.
---Mac on 9/4/06


stephen has it all wrong: we're not to judge hearts but to judge actions and words. Hell is perfect judgement because He cant be in presence of sin AT ALL. should He allow murderers and rapists in? how bout liars and thieves? ever told a lie or stolen ? all liars have part in lake that burneth w/ fire and brimstone. no fornicator adulterer nor thieve shall inherit the kingdom o f heaven.
---r.w. on 9/3/06


cliff, I never said born-again Christians don't have a free will. Just as people can divorce, christians can leave Christ and never return. The born-again aim to please our Papa in heaven. We do God's will not only because we are commanded too and because it is right, but moreso because we desire too. The man who said he was born-again, or that you believed was born-again, and lied under oath, in reality he was not. When Christ lives in you then there is, and cannot be, no lie living in you.
---Eloy on 5/3/06


some christians are evil -some are not
some non-christians are evil-some are not
If you must judge someone judge their hearts and not the religion badge they wear on their sleeve.
---Stephen on 5/3/06


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Alan, I didn't say that the person can't sin; it's the holy spirit that God creates within us that can't sin. Remember Romans 7? "For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do."

We have two natures when we're born again: the flesh and the spirit; the old man and the new man. We are to put off the old man and put on the new man (Eph 4). That's works, I know, but it's not something we do to get saved; instead, we do it because we already are saved.
---Jeffrey on 7/9/05


Eloy ... You are quite right ... I have said this manay times in different words.
What it means is that Christians DO sin, and so must repent.
Your latest blog appears to contradict yuor previous assertion that a Christian cannot sin.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/8/05


Alan, The truth is there is no forgiveness without abasement. Jesus' sacrifice only covers forgiven sins, he did not die for any unconfessed or unrepented sins, and therefore he can not forgive any future sins: for the sinner must "do" something in order to obtain pardon, and that is righten (repent) themself to God.
---Eloy on 7/8/05


Eloy; Don't say born again Christians cant lie! We had a (property) lawsuit with our neighbor,and the contractor was a "born again" Christian, and he lied on the witness stand under oath!
---1st_cliff on 7/7/05


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Eloy ... what I understand is that Jesus died and was punished in place of me for my past present and future sins. Therefore, my sins are wahsed away. I will be presented to God pure, as if I had never sinned ... not because I have not sinned but because Jesus has taken all the guilt off my shoulders.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/7/05


Is Sodom and Gomorah still burning? Hell, to forever separation from God, final. Yes, their is a burn, but it isn't eternal fire, it is eternal extinction. Ashes do not burn forever.
God would not be a loving God is one burnt forever and ever.
---Betty on 7/7/05


Anyone can "sin" at anytime,since we will always have "free will" Eloy is suggesting that free will no longer exists for those "born again"...Even Jesus could have sinned else why would satan have "tempted"him One thing satan is NOT and that is, "stupid!"
---1st_cliff on 7/7/05


In 1 Jn ch 3 it says that, "It doth not appear what we shall be, but we know that WHEN he shall appear we SHALL be like him, for we will see him as he is". And it goes on about the righteous can't sin in him, meaning that when we shall be like him we can't sin. This does not say that christians once born again can't sin.
---Jo on 7/7/05


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Alan, the reason you don't understand is because you do not accept Jesus' word. If Sue was a born-again christian she would not lie, but she would be speaking truth. Non-christians are liars, not christians. Jesus said it is not possible for a good tree to bring forth evil fruit, and neither is it possible for a evil tree to bear good fruit. There are many "so-called" christians who think they are christian but in truth they are not, and we know them by their fruits.
---Eloy on 7/7/05


Jeffrey

You say once born again, we cannot sin. Does that mean that if (say) Sue tells a lie, she is not a Christian?
I do not understand when you, and Eloy, say that a Christian cannot sin.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/7/05


By the way, Sue, from your other posts I can see that you have a great heart! : )
---Jeffrey on 7/7/05


Sue, happily, I tell you that's not true!

When we are born again, God creates holy spirit within us which is incorruptible seed, everlasting life, can't sin, and can't die. That makes us body, soul, and spirit, like God intended us to be.

When we die, we're asleep until Christ comes back. Today, our holy spirit is a token, the earnest of our inheritance. But when Christ comes back, it will become the life force of our new body, the kind of body Christ has now. jeffr5976
---Jeffrey on 7/7/05


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So, if I have been a Christain all my life, loved God accepted Jesus and baptised by Holy Spirit, but being also a person who is far from perfect, maybe I tell a lie, then I die, I will burn forever in hell because I died before I asked God to forgive me for the lie? I cant accept a God like that please tell me its not true.
luv,
sue
---sue on 7/7/05


sue:
Hell, ultimatly is the permanent sepration from God through eternal death.
The "effect" or result of the burning is DEATH not eternal torment. The wicked will be burnt up = ashes not tortured for ever!
---Pierr7958 on 7/7/05


Kathay, I am a Christian, and at no time did I use the term Fairy Tales in my posts. Most of Genesis Ch. 1-3 are from Oral Traditions that have been blended into the text by Priestly Editors. You need to do some intensive personal study of Biblical Textual Analysis and Higher Criticism. Learning to read Greek and Hebrew might also help you immensely. You are hung up on Inerrancy and scripture is not inerrant it was written by people with varying skills as authorship.

Moderator - The first 5 books were written by God with Moses taking the notes. I hope God is inerrant or we can toss the whole Bible in the trash can.
---phia4633 on 7/7/05


If one has not repented of sins and has not trusted and believed in Christ Jesus as his/her Savior, is on the road to everlasting punishment. The devil sets up his ideas to cheat individuals from living righteously and godly in this world. It is his job to lie and spread his venom, making people think there is no eternal punishment for the wicked. Read Luke (Bible) about the rich man.
---Arnold on 7/7/05


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The Bible sometimes refers to Hell as being death. But it clearly means "everlasting fire, where they exist in misery and can't die." It is a miserable place to end up in, with no hope of getting out. There is a verse that mentions "the worm that cannot die" as it burns in the hell fire. And think of the parable of Lazarus, who begged for a drink of water, but his request was refused!
---Debby on 7/7/05


Kathay; That's exactly the point..fire hurts and burns,are you suggesting that our "loving"heavenly Father subjects humans to this type of torture,eternally for no usefull purpose?" If you are then you dont know God's love! You and I as imperfect humans would not treat an animal in that way,and God's compassion far outweighs ours!
---1st_cliff on 7/6/05


Phia, are you a Christian?
If you are I would suggest you study the bible as TRUTH not alagory and fairy tales.
No pain in eternal hell? Fire hurts and burns. If you don't see the bible as the inerrant word of God, how can you be called a Christian?
---Kathay on 7/6/05


H(can't make out your name,print is too small) Your statement is contradictory, in that you say it's "life" in either case,one would have to be "alive" in hell to support your theory. You are not unlike most on here that dont believe in "death" even tho the scriptures clearly say that the wages of sin is DEATH! (cessation of life)
---1st_cliff on 7/6/05


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Yes, Jesus speaks of this in the New Tesament (I don't remember the book, chapter or verse at the moment but I've heard it preached on and read it repeatedly). He says anyone who doesn't believe in God, the Father will be cast into the lake of fire (i.e. Hell). Yes, our decision is between life and death, but it's made clear from the first time we're told of salvation that life= eternal life with Jesus and death=eternal damnation in the fires of Hell.
---Hea on 7/6/05


Yes we all have a "choice" but it's not heaven or hell.but LIFE or Death! "The wages of sin is death,but the gift of God is eternal life!"
---1st_cliff on 7/5/05


Your answer is in Revelations 21:8. Everyone has a choice to make in their lives, it is what you do with that choice that desides your outcome.
---geraa7578 on 7/4/05


Part 1 of 4

Most of our concepts of hell fire and damnation are from pagan sources. Sheol was never a place of eternal torment; in the Old Testament. It was simply the dwelling place of the dead Gehenna was a burning garbage dump outside of Jerusalem these have been convoluted into a place of eternal torment.
---phia4633 on 7/3/05


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Part 2 of 4

In the allegory of Adam and Eve, God told them not to to eat of the Tree of Good and Evil the punishment would be death. God did not destroy them, rather they were banished, Deity had compassion and the ultimate parent does not wish to see their children dead.
---phia4633 on 7/3/05


Part 3 of 4

At he last judgment those spirits found undeserving of heaven will be consumed by the lake of fire. It will be instantaneous and with out pain; they will no longer exist as spirit entities and be separated from God forever. That is the ultimate punishment, separation from God. There is nothing to be gained by eternal torment. NT citations indicating eternal punishment are metaphorical examples.
---phia4633 on 7/3/05


Part 4 of 4

NT gentile Christian converts carried a lot of baggage with them from their former pagan religions and eternal torment was one of them and it has had a corrupting influence on the Christian church ever since. And Dantes inferno certainly did not help the process at all. Dantes work is totally bovine excrement; an utterly fallacious rendering.
---phia4633 on 7/3/05


yes, it was their choice their will. pray to understand His bigger picture then pray in being content in not knowing His bigger picture. <><
---monique on 7/3/05


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Every time this subject comes up,I explain that there are 4 different words in Greek and Hebrew that are translated by the English word "hell" (sheol,hades,tartarus and gehenna) No one seems to understand the differencs and lump them all as a burning punishment that serves absolutely no purpose. If it was to teach a lesson it would have some merrit,but to stay alive and be tortured forever is ludicrous. the product of "missunderstanding"
---1st_cliff on 7/3/05


It's not God's will for any to perish. God cannot compromise any of His divine attributes or He would cease to be perfect. God is love, and God is just at the same time. God MUST judge all sin wherever it is found. His love is what brought Jesus to Earth. He judged Jesus in our place. It is our responsibility to receive this pardon. Jesus became our propitiation, which turned away the wrath of God from all who would accept it.
---Rick on 7/3/05


A few centuries ago, Christians looked forward to the pleasures of Heaven, one of which was to look down on the souls in torment in hell.
What a lovely lot they were then ... I wonder if today, we somehow enjoy thinking about the punishment that others (not us of course) will endure.
I think we need to consider very deeply the parable of the two men who went to pray in the temple. We might not judge so easily then.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 7/3/05


Yes to the first question. Yes. Hell is just that, torment. There is no escape. It doesn't end at hell, for it goes on and the ones that are in hell, will be thrown into the lake of fire. To me hell is a holding place for disembodied spirits. The bible describes it as everlasting torment, punishment, fire, burnings, unquenchable, devoring. If one really knew, then they would seek and and fall down on their knees begging for forgiveness.
---Rebecca_D on 7/3/05


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God made us free moral agents..not robots. We can choose to believe/trust Him or not. Also He did NOT make Hell for people but for Satan and his evil cohorts. We can choose to accept Christ or denying HIM as our sin bear, (doing it our way)...the choice IS OURS. God is not willing that any should perish. They go to Hell by rejecting Christ, their own choice..or neglect. "Today is the day of salvation" or suffer the consequences. I CHOSE CHRIST.
---Eloia_N_ks on 7/3/05


God would rather not see anyone suffer such atrocities. However, He gave us a free will and it is up to us to choose Christ, or eternity in hell.
God does not 'send' us to hell, WE make that choice which I'm sure hurts Him deeply.
---NVBarbara on 7/3/05


This subject reflects deeply on who God is and how He deals with His rebellious children.

The devil loves to represent God as arbitrary, unjust, harsh and severe. "Might is Right"

Jesus is the true picture of God. His life and character enables us to understand Scripture the way God intends.

Write me if you'd like to discuss this in the light of God sacrificing Himself on the cross! (see Galations 6:14 ~ "glory in the cross")

(aa4768 on ChristiaNet )
---aa4768 on 7/3/05


What would you think of a parent who perpetually torments and tortures even the worst of his children year after year? I would call him a monster, not a kind and loving father. Yet many conceive of their Heavenly Father as just such a monster. Why? I must conclude that the inculcation of the pagan doctrine of soul immortality has perverted the understanding of the Holy Scriptures caused this distorted view of our loving God.
---jerry6593 on 7/3/05


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The Bible describes hell as a lake of fire where there shall be nashing of teeth.
Everyone iis given the chance to accept Christ as thier savior. We all have free will. It is the choice of each and every one of us what choice we make decides if we will spent forever in the lake of fire or in God's glory in heaven.
---M. on 7/2/05


According to Deut:32:22 it was kindled by God's anger to sin. Then in Revelation 20:14, 15 it says "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." And 15:" And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Hope this answers your question.
---Lue on 7/2/05


If they never heard the gospel, they're judged by their lives. If they heard the gospel and didn't accept, then God won't accept them. They're thrown into the lake of fire where is weeping and gnashing of teeth, and the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest day or night. God told me once, that hell is where you take the worst thing that has ever happened to you and multiply it by 1000 times, that is hell, and he said the condemned is there forever with no escape.
---Eloy on 7/2/05


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