http://www.christiansermonsandmusicvideos.com/ Is Hell Real? The Truth About Hell – Dwight Nelson Video Sermon.
Jesus did warn the people of His day about the realities of hellfire: “If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire” (Matt. 18:9; see also Mark 9:43-47).
But what would hell be like? What do we make of Mark 9:44? The passage speaks of hell as a place “where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” I found a good explanation of this issue in an Adventist Bible commentary (see sidebar).
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible consistently teaches that the “wages of sin is death” (see Rom. 6:23)—not eternal life in torment. In the Garden of Eden God instructed Adam and Eve concerning the consequences of disobedience and said: “In the day that thou eatest [of the forbidden tree] thou shalt surely die” (Gen. 2:17). The only being to promise them eternal life in spite of transgression was the serpent (Satan). In a brazen contradiction of God, the devil said: “Ye shall not surely die” (Gen. 3:4).
Today that first recorded lie in the Bible is being repeated by well-meaning pastors at nearly every funeral. To make matters worse, it’s preached to unconverted sinners in hellfire sermons to scare them to respond.
After the sad mistake of Adam and Eve, God said, “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden” (Gen. 3:22, 23). Thus, God took steps to ensure that there will never be an immortal sinner—whether on earth or in hell.
Misunderstandings About the Soul and Death
The record states that “the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). The word for soul here is nephesh, the same word used in the expression “living creature” in Genesis 1:21, 24, there referring to animal life. The formula in Genesis 2:7 suggests that the combination of “body” plus “breath of life” equals a “living soul,” or, more correctly, a “living being,” as the New International Version puts it. The soul is not an independent entity capable of existence apart from the body.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:23 the phrase “spirit and soul and body” is used. Here the word “soul,” sandwiched between “spirit” and “body,” signifies individuality, personality, or the cognitive characteristics of a person—not an element that can survive apart from the breathing body.2
Death is not a transition from one form of life to another. Rather, it’s the complete absence of life. When a living being dies, it dies all over. No part continues to function. Between the moment of death and the moment of resurrection, we are simply dormant.
In the beginning there were two prerequisites for eternal life: (1) loving obedience; and (2) eating of the tree of life. And the first gave right to the second. According to Revelation 22:14, the same conditions will apply to the kingdom of God in the hereafter. It says: “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”