Jesus is not illustrating that rich men go to hell and the poor go to heaven, but that there is a heaven
and a hell; one place provides comfort and the other, torment. Jesus in many places talks about heaven
and hell. Likewise, so does Paul and John, who are the only other people in the New Testament that
have seen heaven and wrote about it. Again, God, Jesus, and the Word all give a description about the
afterlife. This is one topic you cannot afford to be wrong on.
So who goes to heaven? Again, if the Bible is trustworthy, Jesus is trustworthy, and God is trustworthy,
we must consider what they say is trustworthy. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jn. 14:6. Since God resides in heaven, and since the Bible is
trustworthy, we must conclude that the only way to heaven is through Jesus. Then the next question is,
“how do we go through Jesus”? Answer, by confessing that we are not perfect; we are sinners,
confessing that Jesus died for our sins as the scriptures say, calling upon the name of the Lord, and
inviting Him into our heart, we shall be saved. (Read the Romans Road). Jesus will hear you and sup
with you. Now finally you will have peace of heart. The world may make life a little difficult for a season.
But be of good cheer. God has overcome the world. And nothing will separate us from the Love of God.
For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life. Jn. 3:16
Who goes to hell? It is those that reject the truth. The flip side of Jn.3:16 (above) is Jn. 3:18, “He that
believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath
not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Jesus preached about hell more than heaven. He did everything He could to keep us from going there,
including dying on the cross for us. He laid down his life for us, which there is no greater love than this.
So, who is going to be in hell? Answer; the righteous, sinners, preachers, church goers, criminals, and
any other class of people who rejected the free gift of salvation through Christ Jesus. That is, our
works, church affiliations, and good intentions will not get us to heaven. Only Jesus – He is the way,
truth, and life. I didn't make the rules, He did. Remember, God is “not willing that any should perish, but
that all should come to repentance.” II Pet. 3:9.
God’s Word is clear that after we die, then we face judgment (Heb. 9:27). For the saved, it is the
judgment of rewards, righteousness and accountability. For the unsaved, it is the judgment of hell
where everyone that rejected the free gift of God, will live in eternity of torment, separated from the
love of God, all the while, knowing that it did not have to be this way.
My friend, please don’t make this choice. While you are alive on earth, you can choose Jesus. But after
you die, all bets are off, game over, no second chances. The day you hear Jesus calling you, please don’
t hesitate, for today may be the last time the offer is made.
If you are not saved, I urge you to Get Saved!
What Happens When I Die?
So, what happens when you die? The Universalist says that we all ultimately
end up in a utopia heaven. The Atheist says that there is no afterlife. The
Agnostic says that if there is a God we cannot know him or God is
Many other cults or sects have their opinion as well on the topic, “what happens when you die?” This is
a topic where we cannot afford to be wrong. Therefore I base my answer on the One who has been there
and back, and has talked about it. In God’s Word, Jesus spoke of both heaven and hell. And since He
has been there and back, I base my answer to this question on Him and His Word.
Therefore, if we believe that God, Jesus, and the Word are true, then we must consider what the say on
the topic of the afterlife. Jesus gives a parable on this very topic in Luke 16. It is to be noted that this is
the only parable that Jesus gives, where he actually uses people names.
Luke 16:19-26. “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen,
and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which
was laid at this gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from
the rich man’s table moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass that
the begger died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich mand also
died, and was buried. And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments. And seeth
Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 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, ant thou are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a
great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to your cannot: neither can they
pass to us, that would come from thence.”
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