Are Heaven and Hell Real Places?

The Bible describes heaven and hell as real places. Humans have souls and when we die, we go either to heaven or hell, where we will spend eternity. Our physical bodies die on earth but our souls live forever.

In broad terms heaven is a reward for serving the living God whereas hell is a place of punishment for rejecting God and his son Jesus. Heaven is described as the most amazing place imaginable whereas hell is described as a place of unimaginable torment.

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God has given everyone the opportunity to choose their eternal destination and has even made it possible for us to escape the eternal torment of hell.

Because God created us with free will, we are expected to decide for ourselves whether we choose eternal spiritual life or eternal spiritual death.

In the book of John we read the following:

1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

in John 16:9 Jesus said “The world’s sin is unbelief in me.”

Unfortunately the Bible does not offer us a middle path that lays somewhere between heaven and hell. The decision we make for or against Jesus Christ will decide our eternal destiny.

In John 14:6 we read:  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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