What is Hell?

Equipping the Saints

“Flee from the wrath to come.”—Matthew 3:7

In the New Testament Church, the doctrine of hell seems to have been one of the ABC’s for new converts. The writer to the Hebrews refers to “eternal judgment” as an elementary principle of Christ (Heb 6:1-2)—in other words, foundational teaching introduced at the beginning of the Christian life. In our day, however, it has been neglected; and we need to take time to clarify our understanding.
We can summarise the main aspects of the biblical doctrine of hell in five simple propositions…WHAT IS HELL?


A popular contemporary idea of hell is that it is no more than a metaphor for the unhappiness we experience in this life. In the memorable words of French existentialist philosopher Jean- Paul Sartre, “No need of brimstone or gridiron. Hell is other people.” For him, hell was the pain caused…

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