Atheist v. Christian relevant to the subject of Hell…
Atheist, Mark D, stated: “Have no fear of hell. It is not a metaphysical reality but a manufactured destination meant to control your earthly behavior by church authorities. When Jesus says in the Bible that hell is a place of eternal torment (Luke 16:23), of unquenchable fire (Mark 9:43), where people will gnash their teeth in anguish and regret (Matt. 13:42) know that these words were written by men–not Jesus– 60 or more years after Jesus’s death. We don’t know what the historical Jesus really thought about hell, but regardless of what he thought, we should not live in fear of what awaits us after death, because nobody knows and nobody has ever known–not even Jesus. What say you?”
Christian response to Mark…
Hell was not created for mankind but for Lucifer/Satan and his minions i.e. those who assisted Lucifer in his attempted coup d’état in the Kingdom before the creation of Time (Matthew 25:41). In fact, if not for Lucifer’s attempted coup and his sin of covetousness, mankind would have never been created nor would our Lord have created Time, the Universe, Earth or Hell and endured with great patience the evil and rebellion of mankind.
Hell is the ultimate repository for Satan, the Beast, the False Prophet and the rebellious angels/demons as well as every unredeemed/rebellious/unbelieving soul/atheist that has existed within a human body constrained by Time; that unbelieving individual having attained an age of reason and subsequently denying the pardon from sin and death in Hell freely offered by Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (John 3:36).
Again, Hell was not created for mankind; mankind will enter Hell by first climbing directly over the Cross of Jesus Christ.
How does a man or woman avoid death in Hell?
If one humbles them self, sincerely believes in their heart, confesses with their mouth, that Jesus Christ is God who died to pay their sin-debt (a debt they could not pay) and they believe that Jesus was resurrected for their justification leading to Eternal life with God the Father; that person so believing and confessing will never see Hell but instantaneously upon death of the body constrained by Time, said redeemed individual will be escorted directly into the presence of our Lord to live with Him and serve Him for Eternity (Romans 10:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:8).
Who will ultimately die in Hell?
Every man and woman constrained by the Realm of Time and having attained an age of reason/accountability and having rejected the pardon from death in sin and Hell freely offered by Jesus Christ; that person dying in unrepentant sin and having rejected the saving grace offered by Christ Jesus, subsequent to death of the body in Time, the unbelieving dead, their spirit, will be constrained in the region known as Hades-Sheol/Torments awaiting the Great White Throne Judgment which will manifest subsequent to the Millennial Reign of Messiah-Yeshua/Jesus Christ.
The unrighteous dead, subsequent to Judgment, will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Hell) and they will ultimately die a second death (Revelation 20:11-15). Why? Those who have rejected Jesus Christ and His pardon from sin will not be permitted to enter God’s Kingdom because our Creator will NOT permit the destructiveness of sin to dwell within His Eternal Kingdom (Revelation 21:7); after all, sin is the very reason our Creator extricated Lucifer and the rebellious angles from the Kingdom of God and created this Earth in order to deal with that sin apart from the Kingdom (1 John 3:8b).
Should the atheist fear Hell? YES! Our Creator, Jesus Christ, is perfect LOVE but He is also perfect JUSTICE, perfect HOLINESS, perfect RIGHTEOUSNESS. Please don’t play games with your Eternal destiny. Please don’t listen to the foolishness of atheists like Mark D who are servants of Satan!
Jesus Christ as Lord and Mediator for your sin is the ONLY way mankind will find life in God’s Kingdom subsequent to death of the body constrained by Time! (John 14:6)
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” John 10:28 (NASB)
Rickey D. Holtsclaw