We are all responsible for the decisions we make, and we are to accept responsibility for the thoughts, actions, and deeds committed in our lifetime. The decisions we make here, shall decide where we spent our eternity.
There are those who deny hell and the lake of fire. But to say there is no hell is to also say there is no heaven. Hell, and the Lake of fire are the punishment handed out to sinners after death. It shall be dealt to them in proportion to the crimes committed.
Or we may share in the Saviors inheritance, this in proportion to the faith, love and dedication of one's life in sharing the Gospel message with others.
What is the position of Scripture concerning these questions? For those who do not seek the Saving grace of Jesus Christ in this lifetime, shall in the future, suffer everlasting punishment. This is a just and necessary payment for rejecting Christ.
Those who do not understand God's justice will say, "How awful, what kind of God would condemn someone to an eternal lake of fire? I don't believe that," or, "I won’t accept that teaching."
What this view does not understand is, God does not condemn us. The unrepentant sinners condemn themselves. Scriptures teach that all who pass from life to death will be judged. Eternal punishment or eternal salvation with the Lord. One of the two final destinations wait for us.
"Is Jesus Christ the only way to the Father?"
What has Scripture to say about this question? Is there Scriptural proof that Jesus is the only way? Or are these the teaching of fanatical men?
The following declare who will not enter God's kingdom?
1. Matt.5:20, Jesus said, "except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven,” these were buried in rules and laws, lacking in love, compassion and a heart for God.
2. Acts 16:30-31, the keeper of the prison asked Paul and Silas, "What must I do to be saved? And they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house = (household.)"
3. Matt.7:21-23, "Jesus said, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven." -- "then will I = (Jesus) profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me."
4. Luke 13:25, Jesus said, "Once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not."
Scriptures do not teach of an intermediate state of existence after death, as in purgatory, or sinners will be given a second chance. There is no such teaching in the Scriptures.
Dan.12:2, "Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."
John 5:28-29, Jesus said, "All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."
The precept of, "everlasting, eternal, forever, and forever and ever," all are uses in the future sense. The following terms are as strong as any in the Greek, expressing endless duration. There is nothing in the context of the following verses or in the nature of the subject itself to indicate that they are used differently, or have some symbolic, mysterious or unknown meaning. The antithesis in several of the following passages sets the tone for their meaning beyond any doubt.
Matt.25:41-46, Jesus said, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire -- these shall go away into everlasting punishment."
2 Thes.1:8-9, "Them that know not God, and obey not the gospel -- shall be punished with everlasting destruction etc."
The following verses express future punishment by words and phrases which imply forever and eternal.
Matt.12:31-32, Jesus said, "Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. -- whosoever speaks against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."
Heb.6:8, "That which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned." Compare with,
Matt;13:30, Jesus said, "Gather -- first the tares = (sinners) and bind them in bundles to burn them:"
Heb.10:26-27, "for if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries."
Matt.10:28, Jesus said, "Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him = (God) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Heb.6:4, "It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to open shame."
The lake of fire is to suffer the final wrath of God. If a man dies in sin, having rejected the saving work of the Lord Jesus, they cannot be with Christ. Judgment without mercy, their end is destruction. Upon a sinner’s death, night falls, it will be a time when no man can work. Heaven’s door closed forever to the unholy and the unjust. God has spoken, we have been warned. His voice will be heard.