02 Aug What Do You Do In Hell? Here’s What The Bible Says
Hell is not a popular topic of discussion. In fact, even Christians who are sure of their eternal destination shy away from conversations about hell. While the Bible provides us with great insight into this topic, few people take the time necessary to study the Scriptures for themselves to find answers to their questions about hell. From questions about if hell is real to the temperature of hell, there seem to be plenty of unknowns regarding this matter.
So, what do you do in hell? While the Bible does not share specifics about what you do during eternity in hell, we can make some general assumptions based on the facts we do know. We know that, in hell, torment is neverending. There is great discomfort and agony with no hope of relief. With such uncomfortable conditions, we can be certain that there is no rest or reprieve from the horrors that await those who choose to deny Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, it is important that you educate yourself on the reality of hell as outlined in the Bible. For Christians, a knowledge of hell is important as it equips us to better explain the grace of the gospel.
In this post, we will answer many of the most commonly asked questions regarding hell and what awaits those who choose to repent of their sins. We hope this information helps you establish your view on hell from a Biblical perspective, gaining courage and boldness to share the good news of the Gospel with those you meet.
Understanding What the Bible Says About What You Do in Hell
While the Bible shares in-depth information on many topics, one topic that we know relatively little about is what happens after death. We know that those who believe in Jesus Christ and accept salvation will spend eternity in heaven by His side. Likewise, we understand that a much more sobering reality awaits those who do not accept the gift of salvation while on this earth.
We can find several descriptions of both heaven and hell throughout the pages of the Scripture. However, much remains a mystery. This is likely because the horrors of hell are indescribable in human terms and ideas. The best way to learn about hell and what hell is like is to study the information we have been provided through the various writers of the Bible.
Why is Hell Necessary?
Both believers and unbelievers have questions about why God made hell in the first place. After all, isn’t he a gracious and loving God? This can be a tough concept to grasp. However, since it is one of the most commonly asked questions on the topic, it is important that we are able to provide a clear answer to those who do not believe.
At the beginning of creation, hell did not exist. God created a perfect world that was a reflection of who He is, pure perfection. In this paradise, humans would live in His presence forever. Unfortunately, this didn’t last long. Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve. While God is a gracious and loving God, He is also just. He can not have anything other than perfection in His presence.
After the sin of mankind, we could no longer live in the presence of God without atonement for our sins. However, we are not without hope. In His grace, God made a way for us to receive redemption through the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross. This gift of salvation is offered to all of us. Through salvation, we are granted forgiveness of our sins past, present, and future.
Because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we are seen as holy in the eyes of God. One must simply admit their need for a Savior, accept the gift of salvation, and commit their lives to serve Him.
While hell may seem like a harsh reality, it is truly just another example of the great grace of God and a beautiful picture of redemption and forgiveness.
What Is Hell Like?
Although we do not have specific information regarding what you do in hell, we do know several facts about what hell looks like. From these graphic descriptions, we can paint a rather vivid picture of this horrifying place.
Revelation 14:9-11 is perhaps the most graphic description of hell. In this passage, we read, And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
From this passage alone, we learn several things about how eternity will be spent in this horrible place.
Constant Torment With No Rest
In the passage above, we read, “…the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night…” From this verse, we gather that, in hell, there is no reprieve from the constant torment or anguish. Nothing which separates night from day.
Weeping & Gnashing of Teeth
In many descriptions of hell we find the term “weeping and gnashing of teeth”. But what does this phrase really mean? While we all have a clear vision of what weeping looks like, gnashing of teeth is a rather unfamiliar concept.
When someone is in extreme suffering or pain, they have a physical reaction that causes them to clamp down on their teeth. Other terms for this reaction include snarling or grinding your teeth. In hell, the anguish and pain will be so great that you will spend eternity gnashing your teeth in response.
There are many other things we know about hell from the Bible including the fact that hell is often described as a place of “overwhelming darkness”. We also know that there will be no water in hell, no relief from the heat that comes from the “everlasting fire”.
However, more horrifying than all of these descriptions is that an eternity in hell means eternal separation from God. Hell is everything that God is not. This sobering reality should cause us to share the truth of the Bible with greater fervor as we never know which day will be our last.
Bible Verses On the Topic of Hell
As we mentioned previously, the best way to learn more about hell is to study the truths found in Scripture. While there are countless verses on the topic, here are some of the most common Bible verses about hell in which to begin your study:
- Acts 2:27
- Luke 13:28
- Matthew 13:41-43; 50
- Matthew 25:41; 46
- Mark 9:43
- Psalm 9:17
- Revelation 14:9-11
- Revelation 20:10; 14-15
- 2 Peter 2:4
- 2 Thessalonians 1:9
By studying what the Bible has to say about hell, we can grow in our understanding of the sobering reality that awaits those who do not put their truth in Christ while on this earth. Additionally, it provides believers with an even greater appreciation for the incredible gift of grace we have received through salvation.
Navigating the Reality of Hell
Many Christians struggle to navigate the reality of hell. When someone we love passes away, we like to console ourselves (and others) with the thought that they are now in a “better place”. But, what if you know that’s not the case? Unfortunately, we must learn to wrestle with the goodness of God and the Biblical view of justice. While it may be hard to accept that a loving God would send your “good” relative to eternal damnation, it is important to remember that we are all provided with the same opportunity to accept His gift of salvation.
We must continue to share the good news of this great gift with everyone we meet, asking them if they are confident in their eternal destination. If they ask what they must do to be saved, lovingly walk them through the process of admitting their need for a savior and committing their lives to His service. Provide them with resources on how to grow in their newfound faith and connect them with a mentor if possible.
By spending our days sharing the Gospel with the people around us, we can save souls from an eternity separated from God’s presence. I can think of no calling more worthy than this.
At Liberty Justice HQ, we are passionate about educating people from all walks of life on matters pertaining to their eternal destination. We believe that a Biblical framework helps set the stage for a world in which there is equality, liberty, and justice for all mankind. Do you have questions about accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior? Our team would consider it a privilege to assist you in your journey.