“Better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven”
That phrase is heard and spoken around the world daily. But are they right? What is this “Heaven is good” deal? A common image of hell is “People having wicked parties and celebrating all that is evil” but what are the true descriptions of Heaven and Hell?
Well, where did the concepts of Heaven and Hell come from? They came from the Bible, which is older than the Quran or any other book that (as far as we know) talks about heaven and hell. Even if there is, if you read the Bible; you’ll find that it says God created them. The Bible also has extensive proof behind its words. So let’s use that as our source:
- Revelation 21:8– But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
- Matthew 13:50– And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
- Mark 9:43-48– And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched..
Ok, so according to these verses, “Hell” is a place where people will be thrown in a lake of fire, there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth and it will be better than having your hand cut off (back then there were no anesthetics).
Let’s check out Heaven:
- Revelation 22:1-5- Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
- Revelation 21:4- He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
- Luke 15:7- I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
According to these verses, “Heaven” is a magnificent place where we will be healed and comforted by God, nothing will be accused or painful and there will be rejoicing.
That’s quite a contrast.
Somehow, I don’t think that the Bible’s description of Hell fits with the partying and celebrating image that a lot of people hold today. In fact, it seems like a pretty scary consequence. If the Bible’s description of Heaven and Hell are correct, then what about what the rest of what it says?
How do we head towards Heaven according to the Bible?
Well, let’s check it out:
- Romans 6:33- For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- John 3:16- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
- Acts 4:12- And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
- Ephesians 2:8-9 –For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
So, according to these verses, He loves us so much that He died for us. That was His gift. He died so we could be saved. We cannot be saved by anyone else and, to get saved, we need to believe and accept His gift of salvation.
Just that. For eternal comfort, given by our most powerful Lord and Saviour.