Many years ago someone observed, “Since the old-time evangelist has disappeared from the scene, hell isn’t 40 percent as hot as it used to be.” While that little colorful remark was made several years ago, we still find it has a great deal of relevance today. Hell is a topic many shy away from. It is unpopular, uncomfortable, and to many unbelievable. However, you cannot claim to believe “the whole counsel of God” and reject the reality of hell. Not only did the prophet Daniel, the apostle Paul, and John the Revelator proclaim that hell was an eternal place, but so did Jesus. Actually we find Jesus teaching the truths of hell in all 4 gospels. So according to the Bible the issue isn’t whether hell is a real place or not, but it is an issue of whether we will be going there or not. This is why God sent Jesus. You see, because hell is real people who die guilty of their sins go there. Therefore, God in his infinite love and mercy sent Jesus to take our punishment for sin (our hell) and nail it to the cross. Thus Jesus became our sacrifice and provided for us a means of salvation. Salvation from what? Hell. For God’s glory and for our benefit Jesus has made a way to escape hell. We receive this escape and forgiveness only one way. We must admit we are sinners and we are destined to punishment. Next we must turn from our sin (repent) and believe that Jesus, the only Son of God died and rose again to take away your sins. Then finally, we must be willing to confess this truth to others. If you have done this hell cannot touch you and heaven is waiting for you. Many will here this message and scoff, but they are making the biggest mistake of their lives, because hell is as real as Jesus is.