Should Elon Musk be Okay with Going to Hell?
In May 2022 to the surprise of many, Elon Musk tweeted that he is “ok with going to hell” as he insinuated that he might “die under mysterious circumstances”.
However should people be okay with going to hell? Shouldn’t people naturally be afraid with the thought of spending eternity in hell? What would make anyone comfortable with the idea that it’s okay for them to go to hell?
Furthermore, what can we do individually to avoid going to hell?
Below are 9 Biblical descriptions about the nature of hell
- Hell is a place of everlasting fire (Matthew 25:41)
- Hell is a place of outer darkness (Matthew 22:13)
- Hell is a place of weeping & gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30)
- Hell is a place of eternal torment (Luke 16:22-28)
- Hell is a lake of fire and brimstone (Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10)
- Hell is a place where there is no rest day and night (Revelation 14:11)
- Hell is a place described as having burning sulfur (Revelation 21:8)
- Hell is a place of unquenchable fire (Mark 9:43)
- Hell is a place of eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46)
The Bible gives us a clear picture of the reality of hell and the kind of punishment that people will suffer if they go there. Hell is not a place where you will ever feel comfortable or okay; there is no rest in hell; the punishment in hell does not end – not even for a second.
For example Jesus spoke the story about the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). In the story when both men died, the rich man went to hell while Lazarus a poor man went to heaven. However, the rich man’s suffering and anguish in the flames of hell was so continuous that he longed for just a tiny dip of water to cool his tongue (Luke 16:24).
Ultimately the life lesson between the rich man and Lazarus is that Lazarus had a personal relationship with God, whilst the rich man did not have a relationship with God – and this is why Lazarus went to heaven while the rich man went to hell.
The vivid descriptions of hell in the Bible serve as a warning that we need to take the reality and the consequences of hell very seriously. Hell is a place we should be legitimately afraid of. It is a place we should fear to go to. Naturally we must be afraid of a place where there is eternal suffering and torment.
Unfortunately a misconception of hell or a false concept about the type of punishment experienced in hell can cause us to be deceived into thinking that hell is not so bad.
Hell is an expression of God’s justice and God’s eternal wrath and punishment for sin. It is a place we should be afraid of entering – especially if we have rejected God in our life.
In Matthew 10:28 Jesus says: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell”
How Can You Avoid Going To Hell?
In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus says “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
According to this Scripture, there are more people who will enter hell than those who will go to heaven. The “narrow gate” mentioned in Matthew 7:13-14 is none other than Jesus Christ Himself.
The gate is narrow because Jesus is the only way, and the gate is wide because many people reject Jesus Christ as the only way to God and heaven.
In John 14:6 Jesus says “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
In John 10:7-9 Jesus describes Himself as “the door” to salvation and heaven.
In John 10:9 Jesus says: “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.”
Therefore the only way we can avoid going to hell is when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.
1 John 5:11-12 says: And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
The truth is, all of mankind deserves to go to hell. We are all sinners who have broken God’s laws and commandments and therefore if we are to be judged and prosecuted according to God’s perfect standard of righteousness, then every human being deserves to enter hell.
Romans 3:23 says: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Romans 6:23 says: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord
Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross so that we would not have to face eternal punishment in hell. Our sin is what brought Christ to the cross.
Out of love for humanity, Jesus became our Substitute by offering Himself as the sacrifice for our sins. Christ paid the debt for sin that we could not pay. His death on the cross through His perfect and sinless blood, was the full and eternal payment for the penalty of our sins.
Romans 5:8-9 says: But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.
Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us from the wrath of God which is expressed by the existence of hell. Jesus paid for our sins so that we wouldn’t have to go to hell.
Jesus was crucified so that if we believe in Him and receive Him through faith as our personal Lord and Saviour, then we would receive the free gift of salvation and have eternal life.
Jesus died on the cross to reconcile us back to God so that we may have an eternal loving relationship with God.
John 3:16-17 says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
Therefore we avoid hell by understanding the Gospel; that we are sinners who need the one and only Saviour – Jesus Christ.
God’s Grace & Mercy is Available to Everyone
God does not care how rich or poor you are. God is also ready to forgive every sin you have committed in your life. God’s love and grace is available to anyone who will come to Him and accept Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ did not die for the righteous, but He came to save sinners and bring them to repentance.
In Luke 5:31-32 Jesus says: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ, then God’s love, grace and mercy is available when we accept Christ through faith alone.
John 1:12 says: But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God,
Ephesians 2:8-9 says: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Salvation is a gift that you receive by simply trusting in Jesus Christ as your Lord & Saviour.
Believe and receive Jesus Christ today.