Is it real?

A survey taken in 2007 in the USA suggests that about half the people questioned didn't belief in a physical Hell! Many people think that Hell is a medieval concept used to control simple people and not fit for the 21st century. Still there either is a Hell or there isn't. If Hell exists we should find out what it is about. Jesus suggests that it is a place of torment and that it is very real.

Although Hell might sound like something from 15th century, it may actually be real. If you accept that Jesus Christ was a good teacher you should listen carefully what he has to say about the subject.
It may come as a surprise to you that Jesus spoke more about Hell than about Heaven.

Jesus gives a glimpse into life after death in one of his parables:

The Rich Man and Lazarus

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, "Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire."

But Abraham replied, "Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us."

He answered, "Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment."

Abraham replied, "They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them."

"No, father Abraham," he said, "but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent."

He said to him, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead."

Luke ch. 16

Note that there are a few interesting aspects:
Now if Jesus is the son of God he would know what Hell is like. Remember as far as your eternal destiny is concerned Jesus talks more often about hell than about heaven.
It worries me that I can't remember the last sermon where a preacher actually preached about the reality of hell. Instead it seems that the whole subject is pushed aside and ignored.

Let's see what Jesus is describing here in the story of the Rich Man and Poor Lazarus:

About the rich man:

- doesn't care about the poor i.e. Lazarus
- he is self absorbed and living it up to the brim
- the rich man dies and ends up in hell
- he clearly knows why he is there since he doesn't protest
- he doesn't complain for being there and considers it correct
- he is in extreme discomfort and torment
- he just asks for his tongue to be cooled just a bit
- he is suddenly concerned about his dearest and nearest not to end up in this place
- the answer he gets that they have the Bible
- even if some supernatural miracle occurs they will not repent

Just to clarify ending up in hell is not a matter of being poor or rich but a matter of not listening to what the Bible has to say.

To summarise if you think Jesus is a good teacher than take these words serious. There is a hell, a place of torment where you will go after you die unless you do something about it.
Jesus points out in this story that the answer is in the Bible and that it is your responsibility to find out about it.

Jesus said that he is the Way, Truth and the Life!
He also mentioned that he who believes in him will not see death but has crossed over from death to Life!

The ticket out of Hell is in what Jesus Christ has done for you and in you accepting his Lordship over your life.