Things You May Not Have Ever Heard About Heaven, Hell, and Sin
Many Christians who grew up in church learned to fear hell and want heaven, but not to want God. Although it is true – we should want to go to heaven, flee from sin, and avoid hell – many Christians lack a biblical understanding of how to get to heaven and what salvation truly means. Here are 3 of the most common beliefs Christians have about heaven, hell, and sin that are actually unbiblical.
Unbiblical belief #1: God created Hell for sinners
Hell was not created for people; it was created for Satan and his followers.
The word of God tells us that Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41), before humans ever existed. It was created so Satan and his followers (angels) would have a dwelling place, not so that God could send “bad people” there.
Unbiblical belief #2: God sends people to Hell
It’s the common question that many unbelievers ask: “Why would a just and loving God send people to hell?”
The answer is He doesn’t. People follow Satan there. We choose who we want to follow, and that determines where we end up.
Since Hell is the dwelling place of Satan and the angels that follow him, if you follow Satan and his ways, then you’ll end up in his eternal dwelling place, Hell. If you follow Jesus and His commandments, then you’ll end up in Heaven. No wonder why Jesus said, “follow me” (Matthew 16:24).
The Bible states that God desires all to repent that they can freely follow Him (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4). God does not desire to send anyone to Hell. He wants us to follow Him so that we end up in the right eternal place.
Unbiblical belief #3: Going to Heaven is the goal of salvation
Modern-day Christianity has put far too much emphasis on a futuristic place — Heaven or Hell — and not enough emphasis on the present-day person of Jesus.
There are millions of people who call themselves Christians, but don’t want God. And that’s a huge problem. These people are going to do just enough to get to heaven, but salvation was never about a place, it’s always been about a person. We have to want Jesus! (After all, his name literally means “salvation”).
“Going to heaven is not the goal of salvation. Getting God is.”
Many Christians say that salvation is a gift from God. The Bible actually says that salvation is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). God has gifted us with Himself; He is the gift and we receive Him by accepting and following Jesus Christ! Heaven is a mere benefit of what we get when we follow Him.
Walk in the truth of your salvation today
It’s time to strip ourselves of unbiblical beliefs that keep us from knowing and desiring Jesus. We have to stop focusing on going to heaven and being perfect, and focus on our wonderful Savior! The best part about salvation is that, through it, we get God. We don’t have to wait to walk in the fullness of His glory and power. We can walk in it right now. Hallelujah!