***Posted by Tyler M Taber***
"Of all the doctrines in Christianity, Hell is probably the most difficult to defend, the most burdensome to believe, and the first to be abandoned." --Peter Kreeft
Here are a few reasons to believe in Hell.
1). Argument from Scripture
a) The Bible is God's Word and teaches truth
b) The Bible teaches Hell
c) Therefore, Hell is true (or real)
If the Bible teaches Hell, the believer should be inclined to believe in it.
Here are some verses from Scripture describing Hell. Hell is:
*eternal (Isaiah 66:24; Matthew 18:8; 2 Thess 1:9)
*everlasting (Daniel 12:2, Matthew 25:46)
*punishment (Matthew 25:46)
*shut out from the fellowship of God (2 Thess 1:9)
*place of God's wrath (Romans 2:8)
*anger (Revelation 14:10)
The list goes on. The bottom line, however, is that Scripture speaks very highly on the reality of Hell.
2). Argument from Church Tradition
The Church--Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox--generally speaking, has supported, taught, and defined Hell. As Peter Kreeft says, "A Christian who does not believe in Hell is a contradiction in terms, because a Christian is one who believes in Christ, and Christ is one who is believes in Hell."
If the Doctrine of Hell does not fit within your worldview, probably very likely Christ does not either.
3). Argument that God is love
If we refuse to believe in Hell, we really have no basis to believe that God is love. Many critics have tried to shown an inconsistency in simultaneously believing in hell and the notion that God is love. However, this need not be the case. "Either we accept both on the same ground or reject both on the same ground, for they stand on the same ground." --PK
4). Argument from the salvation Jesus offers
If there is no hell to be saved from, then Jesus is not our Savior.
He might be a great moral teacher, but certainly not Savior. What is there to be saved from?--the wrath of God in an everlasting Hell.
These are just a few reasons for believing in Hell. Objections? Criticisms?