Fact a Day: July 16th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: July 16th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 42-43

 

What is the biblical view of the afterlife?

 

There is no other authority than the Bible when it comes to the subject of life after death. Occult experiences that are demonic deceptions cannot tell us about the afterlife, nor can cultic theology, nor endless human speculation from the dawn of time. Only God knows what death is like. And He has told us. Unfortunately, many people who swear by the passages on heaven in the Bible completely reject the passages on hell, however irrational this might be. We stress that God is “not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.” He “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4). Nevertheless, for those who refuse to do so there is a place of punishment for their sins that is eternal.

Hell is described in the Bible in a variety of terms: “outer darkness,” “the resurrection of judgment,” “the black darkness,” “the punishment of eternal fire,” “the place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth,” “eternal punishment,” etc. (Matthew 3:7-12; 8:12; 22:13; 25:46; Mark 9:43, 48; John 5:29; Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15, etc.)….

Whether or not we can adequately comprehend hell, the Bible clearly teaches it. Jesus Himself taught that the unrepentant “will go away into eternal punishment” (Matthew 25:46).

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