“What are the gates of hell?”……Answer: The phrase the "gates of hell" is translated in some versions as the "gates of Hades." The gates of hell or gates of Hades is found only once in the entire Scriptures, in Matthew 16:18. In this passage, Jesus is referring to the building of His church: "And I […]

“How is eternity in hell a fair punishment for sin?”……This is an issue that bothers many people who have an incomplete understanding of three things: …The nature of God…The nature of man…The nature of sin.…As fallen, sinful human beings, the nature of God is a difficult concept for us to grasp. We tend to see […]

“Where do I find the age of accountability in the Bible? What happens to babies and young children when they die?”……Answer: The concept of the “age of accountability” is that children are not held accountable by God for their sins until they reach a certain age, and that if a child dies before reaching the […]

“What is eternal death?”……Answer: In short, eternal death is the fate that awaits all people who ultimately reject God, reject the gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ, and remain in their sin and disobedience. Physical death is a one-time experience. Eternal death, on the other hand, is everlasting. It is a death that continues through […]

“Is annihilationism biblical?”……Answer: Annihilationism is the belief that unbelievers will not experience an eternity of suffering in hell, but will instead be "extinguished" after death. For many, annihilationism is an attractive belief because of the awfulness of the idea of people spending eternity in hell. While there are some passages that seem to argue for […]

“Is hell real? Is hell eternal?”……It is interesting that a much higher percentage of people believe in the existence of heaven than believe in the existence of hell. According to the Bible, though, hell is just as real as heaven. The Bible clearly and explicitly teaches that hell is a real place to which the […]

Hell We have often heard statements such as “War is hell” or “I went through hell.” These expressions are, of course, not taken literally. Rather, they reflect our tendency to use the word hell as a descriptive term for the most ghastly human experience possible. Yet no human experience in this world is actually comparable […]