"Could you be wrong in your claims
about Judgment Day and the existence of hell?"
The existence of hell and
the surety of the judgment are not the claims of fallible
man. The Bible is the source of the claim, and it is
utterly infallible. When someone becomes a Christian,
he is admitting that he was in the wrong, and that God
is justified in His declarations that we have sinned
However, let’s surmise
for a moment that there is no Judgment Day and no hell.
That would mean that the Bible is a huge hoax, in which
more than forty authors collaborated (over a period
of 3,000 years) to produce a document revealing God’s
character as "just." They portrayed Him as
a just judge, who warned that He would eventually punish
murderers, rapists, liars, thieves, adulterers, etc.
Each of those writers (who professed to be godly) therefore
bore false witness, transgressing the very commandments
they claimed to be true.
It would mean that Jesus
Christ was a liar, and that all the claims He made about
the reality of judgment were there-fore false. It would
also mean that He gave His life in vain, as did multitudes
of martyrs who have given their lives for the cause
of Christ. Add to that the thought that if there is
no ultimate justice, it means that the Creator of all
things is unjust—that He sees murder and rape
and couldn’t care less, making Him worse than
a corrupt human judge who refuses to bring criminals
Here’s the good news,
though, if there is no hell: You won’t know a
thing after you die. It will be the end. No heaven,
no hell. Just nothing. You won’t even realize
that it’s good news.
Here’s the bad news
if the Bible is right and that there is eternal justice:
You will find yourself standing before the judgment
throne of a holy God, who has seen every sin you have
ever committed. Think of it. A holy and perfect Creator
has seen your thought-life and every secret sin you
have ever committed. You have a multitude of sins, and
God must by nature carry out justice. Ask Him to remind
you of the sins of your youth. Ask Him to bring to remembrance
your secret sexual sins, the lies, the gossip, and other
idle words. You may have forgotten your past sins, but
God hasn’t. Hell will be your just desert (exactly
what you deserve), and you will have no one to blame
but yourself. This is the claim of the Bible. If you
don’t believe it, it is still true. It will still
Yet, there is good news—incredibly
good news. We deserve judgment, but God offers us mercy
through the cross. He paid our fine so that we could
leave the courtroom. He destroyed the power of the grave
for all who obey Him. Simply obey the gospel, and live.
By doing that you will find out for yourself that the
gospel is indeed the "gospel truth." Jesus
said that if you obey Him, you will know the truth,
and the truth will make you free (see John 8:31,32).
Get on your knees today,
confess and forsake your sins. Tell God you are truly
sorry, then trust the Savior as you would trust yourself
to a parachute. Then you will find yourself in a terrible
dilemma. You will know for certain that hell is a reality.
When you get up the courage to warn people you care
about, they will smile passively, and say, "Could
you be wrong in your claims about Judgment Day and the
existence of hell?"