Does hell exist? A medical doctor’s near-death experience.

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This medical doctor had no interest in hell until a serious illness plunged him into the experience he relates in the video.

It’s not only Christians who think about hell. Even some popular New Age books on near-death experiences include descriptions of suffering after death. It’s no wonder such testimonies are seldom discussed. They’re scary. They contradict the idea that people get a second chance after this life.

Here’s how the Bible describes the afterlife for those without having been justified by Jesus Christ:

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame... But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that [would come] from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. -Luke 16

Do you ever think about hell?

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Originally published at: Comfort for Christians

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I know that everyone experiences a dream where they are falling. I’ve been told that those who wake up during the fall are saved from a likely heart attack in the middle of the night. Who knows? Equally, we know nothing at all about death beyond the fact that it is final on this earth. Our faith tells us about things beyond the grave. Part of this faith, I believe, is our hope that it is true. This is very typically human behavior, for even the most barbaric humans on earth believed in an after-life. We cannot reconcile ourselves to the possibility that there is nothing beyond the grave. I am unqualified to speak about heaven or hell; I can only tell you what I believe and why I believe it. I believe that the absence of God is hell. I believe that is true on earth while we live, I believe it is true beyond the grave. I cannot say there is a pit of fire; my faith tells me that absence from God is the worst of all punishments; worse even than the agony of burning flesh. Do I believe this man when he tells us of his experiences? I believe that he thinks it is real. I have others tell of similar stories, and I have heard of the near death experiences where people are enveloped by a warm and loving light. I’ll know the answers to these questions in God’s good time.

Amen. This man believes his experience, as do those (not Christian) who have seen those warming lights weve all heard about so often. The stories are compelling. But they can and do lead people in all different kind of ways. Lindsay Harold wrote a post not long ago asking if testimonies were the best way for Christians to tell others of their faith. Its a good question. One thing we do know for sure - faith is a gift from God. Hes given us a sure Word in the Scriptures, which describes hell just as you do - the eternal separation from God. Who can even imagine what that would be - or would want to?

I lean towards Annihilation. Im not set on it, but I can reconcile it with Scripture (many others have done the heavy lifting) and it comports with my understanding (minute) of God. In short, I see earth as a petri dish in Gods lab. Some humans will turn out to be suitable for the Bride. Others not, but God will make the call, and scrape what he doesnt use into the bio-hazard receptacle. Bio-hazards are often incinerated. But not forever.

Lets hope as many people as possible will turn from their sin to Christ for forgiveness and in so doing be made part of that gathering of people who are and will be the Bride. I hope no one reading this will ever have to find out what happens in hell.

No one has ever visited hell, and if they claim to have done so, they are lying. Just like all those who claim to have visited heaven – liars. What they describe is always different from Scripture.

Yes, you are correct. Near-death is not death. The only way we can know what hell or heaven are like comes to us through the words of Scripture. Sometimes people lie about heaven and hell experiences, and other times they are deceived. In any case, they quite often go astray and lead others with them. Hell is for real. Whatever it may be like, I hope no one reading these words will ever experience it. Thanks as always for your clarity.

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