What Jesus Said About Hell

What Jesus Said About Hell (All Scripture)

There’s a trend among professing Christians to sidestep the issue of hell (eternal punishment) despite clear biblical teaching. 

There's also a spurious teaching about Scripture referring to a garbage dump in Jerusalem, not to hell. This teaching is not supported historically, logically, or biblically. (Resource)

Below you’ll find what Scripture teaches.

Specifically from Jesus:

Matthew 5:29: If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

Matthew 7:13: Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

Matthew 10:28: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 13:36-43: – This link will take you to the Parable of the Weeds
What Jesus and the Epistles Say About Hell
Matthew 16:26-27: What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

Matthew 23:33-34: You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.

Matthew 25 - This link will take you to three parables in which Jesus highlights eternal rewards and punishments.

Luke 12:4-5: I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.

Luke 16:19-31: There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25 But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’

Some additional passages from the Epistles about hell:

What Jesus and the Epistles Say About Hell
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10: God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

Jude 1:7: In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

2 Peter 2:4-9: For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 8 (for that righteous man,living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

Revelation 20:14-15: Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
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  1. Powerful! It's time we start letting people know that there is consequences for their choices and hell is the alternative of not choosing Jesus. That you for this article.

  2. A great list of scripture that proves the existance of the fires of hell. They also prove that the unsaved man, after being thrown into this pit, will burn to destruction. Her/his soul will face the second death. Read carefully those scriptures. When we die, it's a physical death. Our souls go to paradice, if we're saved and another place if not. At the judgement, after Jesus return we are either allowed into heaven, if we know Jesus, or hell where we face the second death. They will no longer exist.

    1. Hi Rick,
      I've read carefully these Scriptures and they seem pretty clear that the destruction is "everlasting" (2 thess. 1:9), "eternal" (Jude 1:9), and Mark 9:48 says Hell is a place "where ‘their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.’" You can believe differently, but this list of Scriptures does not prove your belief. I don't understand why it would be eternal death, but I trust that God knows what is right.

    2. My understanding is that the death will be eternal, but it will not involve the wicked existing in perpetual torment. The Bible says that, "the soul that sinneth, it shall die." (Ez. 18:4) The souls won't exist forever. The serpent said in the garden of Eden, "You shall not surely die," which is a lie, because God said that sin brought death. Only God has immortality (1 Tim. 6:16). Also, Malachi says that the wicked will be destroyed so that neither, "root nor branch" will be left (Mal. 4:1).

      Jesus said that His gift is everlasting life, while sinners who reject Him will perish (John 3:16). Everlasting life is a privilege of the redeemed, while those who refuse God's mercy will be completely destroyed "both soul and body in hell" (Matt. 10:28).

      Remarkably, those who dwell with the "devouring fire" and "everlasting burnings" will be he who "walks righteously and speaks uprightly." (Is. 33:14-15) God's fire destroys sin, but the righteous can dwell with their God of "consuming fire" forever (Heb. 12:29). God's fire is good--it is only destruction to those who refuse to let sin go. And God will not tolerate evil in a perfect and peaceful universe. This is why He will not keep hell and sinners around for eternity. It even says that "Hades" was cast into the lake of the fire in Revelation 20:14. When all the verses are added together, I believe the weight of the evidence shows complete destruction of sinners, not a continual agonized existence. God is loving and just, and while He will not excuse sin, I don't believe He plans to torture anyone for eternity.

      Something to think about.

    3. The soul is eternal and cannot "perish" in the sense that it no longer exists. The torment of an eternity in Hell, separated from God and hope, is the only acceptable punishment for rejecting the sacrifice of the life of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The eternal torment of every soul in Hell is still not equal to the price paid by Jesus Christ for our redemption. God would be unjust to Christ if He demanded any less punishment. How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?

    4. JESUS died for our sin if the punishment for sin is to burn in hell throu endless ages of time than JESUS did not pay the price, he would have to burn forever.

    5. Unknown,

      You statement equates Jesus to an unrepentant sinner.

      The ONLY reason Jesus could die for our sins is because He is not sinful man. He is God. His death was miraculous, and only possible through the plan, purpose, and power of God. It was only possible because He was perfect and because He was God.

      Comparing Christ's miraculous, sacrificial death to the deserved punishment of a sinful, unrepentant human being is a clear misunderstanding of Christ's deity and character. It is a clear misunderstanding of Christ's atonement.

  3. Just what I needed. My mom sent me a phampleton Heaven, He'll and Purgatory.
    I am responding to the Bible answer to purgatory .
    This love note was very timely.
    I know my mom knows her Savior but she sent this to all my siblings and I want to respond to them. Any other words of wisdom would be appreciated.
    So if the response from some is you can't judge. I would say . You are right I can't judge because none of us knows the person''s heart , only Jesus knows at the time of death. But this is what the Bible says.

    1. Hi Mary, I'm sorry I am responding so late. My comments were not publishing for several months and I didn't realize it. I'm praying that you will have the understanding you need to explain these Bible truths to your family.

  4. I don't understand some people...They try to eat all the right things and exercise to try to live longer, yet they have no problem sinning and many seem to really enjoy. By being immoral and rejecting God's laws they don't realize (or they just don't believe) that they are putting their eternal life in jeopardy...They are afraid to die in their short earthly life, but don't seem to care one bit about eternal life with GOD...A lot of people better smarten up or they're going to face eternal death...gone FOREVER! KAPUT! Never to exist again. Yeah, I just don't understand some people's way of thinking..Turn from your sin and turn to God before it's too late.

    1. Well said! Some people better wake up to what they"re doing...This earthly life is the ONLY chance you get to turn to God...If you choose to do foolish and evil things in this life, you will surely join Satan and his demons in HELL and face eternal destruction. Everybody makes their own bed and will either lie in that bed asleep for eternity or rise from that bed into everlasting life...There's is no decision you can make about anything that's more important than this...No, NOTHING is more important!


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