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How to Avoid Hell

How to Avoid Hell

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Exactly what does the Bible say about how to avoid hell? The answer may surprise you.
Exactly what does the Bible say about how to avoid hell? The answer may surprise you.

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Published by: jiadonisi on Aug 13, 2008
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How to Avoid Hell
In my article, "Saved from Hell?" we discovered that salvation hasnothing to do with either heaven or hell, or what happens after death.So if being saved and avoiding hell are two completely differentthings, what does the Bible say about hell? Are we told how to avoidhell? Yes, there are several passages which address this question andhere we will take a look at them. In this article, I will focus on the hellpassages which appear to give some clue as to how to avoid hell. I willalso take the passages as literally as possible.
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without acause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say tohis brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of 
hell fire.
(Matt. 5:22)I pity the fool who calls anyone "fool" because he might be in dangerof hell fire. If you want to insult someone, you'd better say Raca(which means empty-headed, or air-head), rather than saying fool,which would escalate your penalty from being judged by the council tobeing cast into hell.
 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into
And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for theethat one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into
(Matt. 5:29-30)Sharpen your hunting knives, we'll need to do a little self multilationhere to avoid hell. I hate to think of what other parts you might haveto cut off.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the
damnation of hell?
(Matt. 23:33)Well look at this - Jesus is asking the exact same question I am!Unfortunately, he doesn't give the answer. Sorry.
If we take the above passages literally, we now know the exactlocation of hell - eight miles south-west of Jerusalem (Gehenna). If youget cast there, be sure to bring a picnic lunch and spend a couplehours enjoying the scenery (there's no more fire there, just trees,grass, houses, etc.)
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, yecursed, into
everlasting fire
, prepared for the devil and his angels:For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and yegave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and  ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. And these shall go away into
everlasting punishment:
but the righteousinto life eternal.
(Matt. 25:41-43, 46) This is from the parable of the sheep and the goats (please readMatthew 25:31-46) The only difference between the sheep and goatsis what they did and did not do. If you want to avoid hell, you mustfeed the hungry, water the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe thenaked, and visit the imprisoned.
 And in
he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abrahamafar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
(Lk. 16:23) This comes from the story of the rich man and Lazarus (please readLuke 16:19-31). If we take it literally, then everyone goes to hell(hades) upon death. Abraham and Lazarus were also in hell with therich man, seperated only by a deep chasm. Thus, avoiding hell is notpossible. But let's accept the traditional interpretation. Thetraditionalists have invented a scheme by which Lazarus will beushered into heaven at the time of the judgment (or sooner) and therich man will be transfered to the lake of fire to burn for all eternity.Since the rich man is accused of no sin whatsoever, and Lazarus wasnot commended for even a single act of righteousness or faith, theonly real difference between them was that one was poor and theother was rich. So if you're rich, get rid of all your worldly possessions,live on the streets and become a beggar, and infect yourself withsores. Also get yourself some dogs to lick your sores, and you too willget to sit on Abraham's chest and listen to the screams of the damnedas they beg for water.
 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into

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