Satan does NOT rule Hell

Do not fear this man. Fear for him

Before I became a Christian and did not know the Bible, I learned what our popular culture tells us of Hell. We all get the picture of the red man with a bifurcated tail and pitch-fork sitting in a fiery place. The typical understanding is that Satan lives in hell and tortures people who go there. We are told that God is in heaven and Satan is in Hell, and that Hell is the devil’s dominion. We see this in popular movies like South Park and Little Nicky. But this is not what the Bible says about hell.

Hell is actually the place God prepared for Satan and his angels (Matt 25:41, Jude 1:6-7). Right now, Satan is actually upon the earth, eagerly trying to bring people away from God (1 Peter 5:8). God rules hell; God created it to doll out punishment. We should not fear Satan. We should not fear that he will punish us in hell, because he won’t! No, we should fear God! God is the one who judges! God is the one who separates His sheep from the unbelieving goats (see Matthew 25:31-46).

I know hell is a hard thing to grapple with and understand. I still struggle with it. Some say Jesus didn’t talk about hell. That is incorrect (again see Matt 25:31-46). Why do you think Jesus willingly endured ruthless scourging (whipping nearly to the point of death) and then horrible crucifixion? Why did Jesus willingly go to death even though he was innocent? Why would he endure such horrible punishment if not to save us from something equally as horrible?

God created us to be eternal beings. That’s why death seems so unnatural. We were made to live with God forever. We have the choice to either live with God forever (heaven) or to live away from God under His wrath and punishment (hell).

Do you fear going to Hell? Good. You should. God put that fear into my heart, which helped me become a Christian. He gave me dreams of going to hell and they scared me. We should fear hell because we fear God.

Do you think you might go to Hell? If so, the Bible says “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9-10). It’s a free gift from God! You do not have to DO anything, you simply must believe with all your heart and eagerly yearn for that relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

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10 thoughts on “Satan does NOT rule Hell”

  1. My flesh wants to believe that God would punish the evil doers in hell forever with his wrath and judgement, and I have believed in that my whole life so far. Yet, I find it more difficult to grasp this belief about God, because it seems to make God look much like Hilter, or capital punishment in the next life to come. We want the evil doers, those who sin, like Hilter, and Saddam, murderers, even those who lie and deceive, but what kind of God would send all the millions of Jews killed by Hilter and send them there with the one who murdered them? It just doesn’t make sense to me, and I don’t believe it makes any sense to our loving God.

    Also, I prayed the sinners prayer when I was 3, and about 40 times over until I was 12, for God to save me from hell. I feared hell and felt condemned because I sinned all the time. The problem was that I feared hell, not God, and I understand now the feelings I had was not conviction of my sin, but feelings of condemnation from God. Therefore, I believe God is not a God of condemnation, but condemnation comes from the Devil, and God convicts sinners with His loving conviction that comes from the Holy Spirit.

    So to say in part you came to Christ because you feared hell is a lie. The meaning of the hebrew word for “fear” means “reverence” or “humility” towards God. In weeping and trembling reverence, we bow before God.

    Fear of hell should not be the reason we turn to God for salvation, but instead the desire to change your life from full of sin to a life filled with love, faith, which leads to eternal life (which is more the “here and now” than the later “heaven”).

  2. Hi Stephen. First, I highly recommend you watch this video:

    I would also encourage and exhort you to ask God to speak to you through His Word on this subject. I pray He will reveal to you the things clearly written there, such as:

    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. (Matthew 10:28 ESV)

    Is this sentence really saying “have humility toward the one who can DESTROY your soul and body in hell”? It is unlikely. I think “Fear God” literally means… Fear God. The word “fear” used here in the original language (Greek) is phobeo… from which we get our word “Phobia”.

    Keep in mind Stephen that hell is a place of God’s wrath. So fearing hell IS fearing God. They are one in the same.

    Your flesh wants you to see God not as perfectly Holy and to see sin as not perfectly terrible and worthy of wrath. So your flesh actually wants to think people can get out of hell despite being terrible sinners. No one wishes eternal punishment on sinners (except the ones we think are “terrible” like Hitler), but the Bible is incredibly clear about it. It should be a painful reality for all of us, because that is what we all deserve. That is what makes the work of Christ on the Cross and the unmerited grace given to us SO GLORIOUS.

    Dear Lord, please reveal your perfect Holiness to Stephen and show him the depth of his own sin. Lord, please guide him in your word and in the clear truths presented there. Lord, show Stephen how hell does not contradict with your love but actually upholds your love. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

  3. Hello,
    Your thread on hell is really STUPID! Plz do something better with your time and stop talking about things that don’t exist. Get a life you hell thumping loser.

  4. Thanks for taking time to read this post and reply. I hope you weight the things I wrote about and if you have any contrary proof I invite you to post some in reply. I know how upsetting it is when you feel convicted of your sin and you so desperately want hell to not be real that you want to attack anyone who says it does. I was once there too and said some of the same things. But praise be to God, one day my eyes were opened to my terrible wickedness and how a perfectly good and righteous God MUST condemn me for my sin. If God is a good judge, He simply must punish us. But praise be to God that He sent Jesus to take that punishment in our place.

    Talking about hell is not meant to make you feel condemned. It is meant to help you see the judgement you are already under and to seek the freedom in Jesus Christ.

    Lord Jesus, I pray that you would help Praveen see his sin and seek the salvation you bought by your blood and offer freely by faith. May Praveen see your ongoing blessings every day and the clear evidence of your glory in all of creation. Amen.

  5. Hmmm….

    You quote: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9-10) and say “It’s a free gift from God! You do not have to DO anything”

    Yet you also quote Matt 25:31-46 “‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.”

    So is it enough to confess with my mouth and believe in my heart, or do I have to feed Jesus and visit him in prison too? It sounds like I *do* have to do something if I want to stay out of hell.

  6. Fred. Interesting question.

    How many prisoners are in your state? How many are Christians? And how many have you visited?
    If you haven’t visited them all, how can you be sure you are not going to hell? This is where your logic leads.

    Note I said you do not have to do anything to be saved. The scripture is VERY clear about this:
    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
    (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)

    But then look at the VERY NEXT verse:
    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
    (Ephesians 2:10 ESV)

    You must not confuse the evidences of salvation (the good works we do in the Spirit) with merits for salvation. You must read Matthew 25 in context, particularly of the great commandment in Matthew 22 (loving God and loving neighbor intricately linked), Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees in Matthew 23 (saying the things they DO are not the right things), and then the two parables (ten virgins and the talents) preceding the discussion on the final judgement.

    Note a key part of that section in Matthew 25:
    Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
    (Matthew 25:34 ESV)

    It was prepared for them (the sheep) “from the foundation of the world”. God has already destined them for heaven, even before they lived. Their care for the sick, the naked, the stranger, the imprisoned did not MERIT them salvation, but rather demonstrated the fact of God’s saving and transforming work in them.

    True Christians do indeed DO righteous deeds, and those who do not are likely not believers. There is no argument about that. But those deeds don’t keep me out of Hell, Jesus’ blood is what paid that penalty.

  7. worst blog i ever read…

    so your religion and beliefs are based on fear…
    weakness and fear.. so have fun living your life in fear of your vengeful, hateful and cruel god…

    while i believe that if there is a god IT will be a god of love and forgiveness like jesus teached

    and not the one made up by million of lies spread by the church and priests to surpress people and to wield worldly power and might..

    every so called christian that ever cheered for the pope or went to church to pray surely did not understand jesus teachings about prayers and the meaning how the releationship with god should be…

    to have a relationship with “god” you dont need a rule book, you dont need priests, you dont need a church… all you need is a open heart..

    and so i am quite sure: before (for example) 1 gay person ends up in hell, because he dared to fall in love with his own gender, all those self-rightious hypocrites, calling themselfs christians, while making other peoples lifes misserable, will end up there.. after living a life in fear of the deceiver whilst being deceived aeons ago already by the church and priests

  8. I’m sorry you feel like that. God indeed welcomes you to Himself with love. But if you reject that love and choose to love sin, He gives you over to that sin and you experience consequences forever.

    You should base your understanding on God on the Bible and not your own feelings. Feelings are deceitful – the word of the Lord is true.

    Here’s what Jesus said about fear:

    “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. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

    (Matthew 10:28-33 ESV)

  9. Greetings Brother In Christ!
    You say in your article

    “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9-10). It’s a free gift from God! You do not have to DO anything, you simply must believe with all your heart and eagerly yearn for that relationship with God through Jesus Christ”

    I wanted to point out that Repentance and Baptism are important in establishing a relationship with God. We DO have to do something. We have to ask, seek, and knock (Mat 7:7). We have to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23). Denying myself has been the biggest struggle for me as a disciple. I was extremely selfish in tje world and in those moments when I take focus of Jesus its so easy for me to sink. I hope my comments were constructive. God Bless you and your walk with Christ, and please pray for my walk, and that I hold unswervingly to the teachings.

    To God Be The Glory,


  10. Marcum, this is a constructive comment and I have a way of re-framing it that may be edifying to you.

    After having a long conversation with a Jahovah’s Witness last week, God has impressed again on me that NOTHING is required for salvation OR sanctification. It is 100% “a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

    While there are many commands and imperatives in the Bible, none are meant to be done by our “self” or our “flesh”. If you feel like you’re exerting yourself to deny yourself and sanctify yourself, you are in fact strengthening your “self” and your “flesh”. I lived there for many years, like Hudson Taylor I was “Striving after faith” instead of “resting in the faithful one” (see excerpt from Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret). While there is an illusion of progress, it is a continual battle that never really wins.

    The key to understanding how to rectify these commands and faith is Galatians 2:20:

    I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 ESV)

    The things we are to DO are not actually us but Christ doing through us – Christ living in us! This “secret” I didn’t understand for many years in my Christian walk – to my detriment. Although I would say I was all about Jesus, in fact much of my live was living trying to please God.

    I highly recommend you learn more about Galatians 2:20 and the Exchanged Life and experience the freedom of salvation AND sanctification by faith alone. Its far more effective when God does it and not our flesh!

    Read this:
    - The New Life by Captain Reginald Wallis (free PDF as its an old book)
    - Victory in Christ by Charles Trumbull – Also a free PDF
    - Handbook to Happiness by Charles Solomon – Book that will change your life (by helping you die to self!)

    May the Lord greatly bless you Marcum with abundant life in Christ!

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