Go to hell
Who goes to hell? How do we know if we are one of the ones who are going to go to hell? You know what? I’m a preacher, I’ve studied the bible extensively, attended church, and Christian conferences regularly. I have even completed three years at a Christian night school and the author of this website. Yet I’m not entirely sure .
About the only thing I am sure about is that kids don’t go to hell, even the theory that bad kids go to hell is wrong. But even the safety of our kids from going to hell leaves a big question. When does a kid become an adult? The answer to that will be a lot different in say Cambodia to the UK. And what about some of the thing’s kids are forced to do in some parts of the world.
Are you getting my point? Who goes to hell is not something a human can fathom, let alone decide. The good news is though there are a lot of verses in the bible that give some guidance as how to make that moment at the end of our lives when we meet Jesus (which I believe we all will) a lot more pleasant.
Has the church got it wrong on LGBT?
There is no doubt that religious church contributes to the confusion around who goes to hell. Let’s try and unravel some of that confusion.
Forgive me for this but the stance from religious church on LGBT is stunningly blinkered. A typical religious Christian would claim the amazing singer and man, George Michael is in hell and what’s worse is they would probably stick to their opinion after reading the following facts about Georges life.
George saw a girl crying due to debt in a cafe, he wrote her a cheque for £25,000. But the waitress wasn’t allowed to mention the cheque until he’d gone.
He gave a TV contestant enough money to fund her IVF treatment. Lynette Gillard had appeared on a game show and said she needed the potential prize money for IVF treatment, but she didn’t win enough for the treatment. George secretly phoned Channel 4 bosses after seeing Lynette on the show and gave £15,000 to her to cover the cost of treatment. In September 2017, Lynette had a baby boy and named him after the then late George, Seth Logan George Hart. I believe God showed his approval of George when Lynette discovered she was pregnant on Christmas day 2016, the exact day George passed over, hopefully (it’s just my opinion he went to heaven) to Heaven.
George gave the royalties from Last Christmas and Everything She Wants to the Ethiopian famine relief fund.
I could go on and on about George Michael’s seemingly endless generosity, but this is a blog post about who goes to hell. Not how great George Michael was.
What does scripture tell us?
Here are some bible verses that might help us here.
5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
Know when to shake the dust!
10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you.15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.
Here we see many religious myths busted. Here are just two.
If you eat the wrong food or drink the wrong drink you will go to hell!
You can’t alter your after-death experience other than saying a simple prayer and getting baptised
Note, Jesus considers the lifestyle of Sodom (where we get the word sodomy from) to be more righteous than seeing miracles and dismissing them. If you have ever done this, I suggest you repent
Now look at these verses in Mathew 25 where Jesus on the face of it seems to be teaching on who goes to hell and who goes to heaven on judgement day.
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
When you feed the poor, you feed the King!
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Now who goes to hell according to the bible is a massive subject, and one every individual capable of studying should address for themselves, not rely upon others to decide for them. Scripture is packed with references to who goes to hell and who goes to heaven and the two I have used are just a miniscule proportion of them, go study!