Who does it?
Is there a penalty for it?
How do people get rid of it?Supporting an answer with Scripture is preferred so that it sharpens our ability to find answers we need in the Word of God. If you can’t quite remember a Scripture, use the search feature on Biblegateway. Try your best to locate it, and answer as much as you can. There are multiple passages available to support your answers.
For those that are looking for a Bible verse: “4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” – 1 John 3:4
Sin is like a bad gene that got passed to every person. Through Adam, sin was passed on – not through Eve even though she was the one who disobeyed first. Adam was specifically told that when he ate of the fruit, he would die. This is a punishment that wasn’t played out immediately, but the consequences were known immediately. Adam, Eve (who died due to her disobedience in eating and not as a child of Adam), and their descendants would experience a physical death and were spiritually separated from God. This is the state in which we are born. We will all face the penalty of a physical death, but we do not have to face an eternal death because of Christ.
We tend to skip lightly over the fact that we will die, but we miss the fact that the world was “good”/perfect before the fall of man by sin. Because of sin, corruption entered the world and affected everything. We also miss the fact that sin and separation from God brings an eternal punishment – the wrath of God. The wrath of God for unrepentant sinners is not obliteration, which would be mercy. The wrath of God is hell & the lake of fire, which are often used interchangeably.
Many people believe God is “unfair” or cruel for sending people to hell. There are a few things wrong with our perspective. While God is loving, He is holy first. He absolutely hates sin and does not want it in His presence; therefore, we cannot simply strut our way up to Heaven covered in sin and in a state that is out of fellowship with God. (It’s hard to emphasize the problem with sin if the wrath of God is not mentioned.)
1) The person that does the crime does not get to decide his sentence. Any time spent watching court cases should let us know the judge doesn’t ask the defendant how he should pass judgment.
2) The creation doesn’t get to tell the Creator what He will do.
3) Hell wasn’t intended for people.
What are some of the conditions of hell? Does God get a kick out of sending people to hell? (Do a keyword search for hell, and look at the descriptions surrounding it. There’s nothing desirable about it. God wants all men to come to repentance.)
Repentance – metanoeō – is not just to be sorry or feel bad. It is looking at what we’ve done and hating the fact that we’ve done it or being disgusted at our sins and wanting to do the opposite of the behavior.