Sometimes when one is feeling challenged about his religious beliefs, he will ask, “Do you think I am going to hell?” One’s faith is a very personal matter. For some people, suggesting that their faith is insufficient is crossing a line. However, a cursory glance at the Bible reveals three important facts.
First, man will spend eternity in one of two possible places: heaven or hell. If one is not going to heaven, that only leaves one other option. Second, we know who will go to each place. The saved will go to heaven, while the lost will go to hell. Third, we know what we have to do to be saved. If one dies without having done what the Bible says he must do in order to be saved, what another logical conclusion can be reached?
Jesus recognized the fact that certain individuals were lost and were going to hell (cp. Luke 19:9-10). Jesus commissioned His apostles to take the gospel to those who were lost and destined for hell (Mark 16:15-16). His apostles shared this conviction. In Acts 2:40, Peter exhorted his listeners to “save yourselves from this untoward generation.” Did Peter think they were going to Hell? Yes, he did (cp. Paul, 2 Corinthians 5:20).
Regardless of what you or I think unless one submits to the will of God he is lost and destined for hell. If I did not love you, I would not be concerned about your soul. If you have sincerely obeyed the gospel, then I can have hope for you to live eternally. If you have not obeyed the gospel, or are unfaithful to the Lord, then I cannot have hope for you. You need to consider the state of your eternal soul and, if need be, obey the gospel!
Adapted from Heath Rogers