5 Surprising Biblical Proofs that God will NOT burn people forever in hell

I came across an article from a popular online Christian website. The article tries to answer the question, “Will people spend eternity in hell?” The author desperately tries to reconcile the thought of a loving God and a God who will punish His children forever in hell! To make things worse, the article went on to say that people who haven’t given the chance to learn about God’s ways should also be part of hell’s punishment. (Be sure to read the article, “Is it true that all non-Christians will go to hell.”)

As I was reading the article, I felt sorry and sad for the author and all Christians out there who believe that God will burn people forever in hell. As expected, you can’t adequately defend a teaching that is not rooted in the Bible. Try as hard as you can, but you can’t justify the idea of God burning people forever in hell.

The doctrine of an ever-burning fire has turned off a lot of people down the century. Among them is Charles Darwin. In his private autobiography, he wrote:

“Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete…I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so, the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe…will be everlastingly punished. And this is a DAMNABLE doctrine” (quoted by Paul Martin, The Healing Mind: The Vital Links Between Brain and Behavior, Immunity and Disease, 1997, p. 327).

Sad but true. What if Darwin did not believe the horrific teachings of the majority of Christians? Maybe, he would not question God’s love and come up with the Theory of Evolution that has led many dictators and tyrants to believe that human life is as insignificant as the life of a cockroach and worm.

The most graphic description of hell was written by Jonathan Edwards, a Puritan minister. He used his sermon entitled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” to scare people into obedience. (If you are not familiar with the sermon, please do a quick Google search.) But in most cases, the opposite happened. Many even fell into depression and tried to take away their lives as a result of frustration and despair. Some became militant atheists and opposed the idea of God’s benevolence and existence.

Thankfully, the Bible reveals that God will NOT burn people forever in hell. Here are five surprising biblical proofs.

5 Surprising Biblical Proofs that God will NOT burn people forever in hell

Proof number 1: God is love

The Bible reveals that God is love. However, many people paint Him as an unloving, anger, and sadistic God. We read in the Bible that God is love.

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (I John 4:8).

This verse along with other passages (I John 4:7, 9-10, 16; John 3:16; I John 4:19; Romans 5:8; I Corinthians 13; and others just to name a few) prove that GOD IS LOVE and that is exactly what He is. Every thought, word, and action of God are motivated by love.

Now, is it possible for a loving God to burn people forever in hell? Of course, not! It runs contrary to His very nature. We read in I Peter 3:9:

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, BUT IS LONGSUFFERING TOWARD USnot willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

God is not just loving, but also merciful. “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalms 3:10). Ezekiel 18:32 adds, “’For I have NO pleasure in the death of one who dies,’ says the Lord God. ‘Therefore turn and live!’”

Proof number 2: The penalty of sin is DEATH

Now, here’s a problem with the twisted and unbiblical teaching of ever-burning hell. They can’t explain Romans 6:23.

“For the wages of sin is DEATH, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Did you just read that? It says that the wages of sin is death! The Greek word for death here is Thanatos, literally means death, the cessation of life. Romans 6:23 does not tell us that the wages of sin is eternal life in hell! We can’t read that in Romans or in any part of the Bible.

God is obvious. He gives eternal life to His saints and death to the wicked. To think that people will be burned in hell not just an hour, week, month, or year, but for eternity is not just SATANIC but also contradictory to what the Bible really says!

Proof number 3: The wicked will instantly be burned up!

If the wicked will not be burned in hell, am I saying that they will never be punished? Absolutely not! Here’s the astonishing truth that most Christians don’t know. The wicked will be burned in hell not forever but within a very short period of time! The wicked will be consumed entirely in just a few moments.

Here’s the proof. Let’s read Malachi 4:1-3:

“For behold, the day is coming,

Burning like an oven,

And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.

And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”

Says the Lord of hosts,

“That will leave them neither root nor branch.

But to you who fear My name

The Sun of Righteousness shall arise

With healing in His wings;

And you shall go out

And grow fat like stall-fed calves.

You shall trample the wicked,

FOR THEY SHALL BE ASHES UNDER THE SOLES OF YOUR FEET

On the day that I do this,”

Says the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 4 is a prophecy talking about the Great Day of God when He will finally destroy the wicked. They will not be forever dancing, screaming, and suffering in hell, but they will be consumed instantaneously by the heat of the fire and become ashes.

Proof no. 4: The wicked will be destroyed in hell

If there’s one Person we should trust, it should be Jesus (Yahshua) the Messiah. From His mouth, we read about the truth. What did He say about those who willingly disobey God? He said:

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL” (Matthew 10:28).

There’s no escaping the fact that God will surely destroy the wicked people and not let them forever live in hell. Mathew 10:28 also shows something that most Christians utterly fail to understand: there’s no such thing as an immortal soul. Christ is saying that the soul can be destroyed.

Christ was telling His audience here that when a man kills another man, the resulting death is temporary. God has the power to raise the dead. However, when God destroys a person in hell, the resulting death is eternal.

Proof no. 5: There’s no immortal soul

Part of the teaching of an ever-burning hell is the immortal soul. Some pastors and theologians teach that immediately after a person dies, he will either go up to heaven and enjoy paradise or be thrown into the lake of fire and there suffer for all eternity. Is this true? Does the dead continue on as some kind of a ghost having its own consciousness or a spirit roaming around in heaven, earth, or hell? Is there really an immortal soul?

Even if you go through the Bible, from cover to cover, you will never read the phrase “immortal soul.” In fact, you will read scriptures that contradict this popular doctrine.

When we die, King Solomon tells us, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is NO work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” King Solomon was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write that when we die, we are like in a state of sleep. We are unconscious. We don’t have any knowledge of the things of the living. This is supported by Psalms 146:4.

Ezekiel 18:20 makes it very clear:

“The soul who sins shall die.”

So, instead of having an immortal soul that enables the wicked to be burned up in hell forever, people will die a physical death and cease to exist. They will lose any consciousness and will stay in the grave until the future resurrection of the dead.

Final Words

God is love, merciful, and just. Imagine if the doctrine of ever-burning hell is true, then how can the people who were saved receive the thought of seeing their loved ones burning forever in hell? How can God endure the sight of hundreds of people being burned alive without end?

Thankfully, the popular teaching of ever-burning hell is FALSE. As a matter of fact, it is a diabolic teaching inspired by Satan to make people hate God and turn away from Him. If you want to learn more about this vital topic, please request your free copy, “Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach?”

I hope you now understand the truth. Please share this wonderful and awesome truth to other people who might be confused. Knowing this great truth about hell and the punishment of the wicked gives us the assurance that God is truly a loving and merciful God. His law and word are perfect. We can have the confidence that we are worshiping and serving a God with great compassion and wisdom.


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11 thoughts on “5 Surprising Biblical Proofs that God will NOT burn people forever in hell

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  2. You didn’t mention the rich guy that found himself in hell and didn’t want his brothers to come to this horrible place. It doesn’t sound like he was burnt up in an “instant”. There are also many other verses that you didn’t offer an explanation.

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  7. I really enjoyed your teaching on the Trinity because it is right on. However, I am not with the no eternal hell. I respect your position on the danger of a scare people with hell doctrine for salvation, but to tell them that unbelievers will not face the eternal punishment of fire is worse. In today’s watered down grace message where you are free to live unrighteous and do whatever yet skip into heaven and to tell them on top of this that there is no eternal punishment only empowers this false doctrine of casual carnal Christianity. Lets use Jesus’s own words in Matt 25:46 which states that the wicked will go to everlasting punishment. To your point of God not allowing his children to be sent to hell, he makes it clear that not all people are his children. John 8:44 – Lastly, I’ll leave you with the fact that we are spirit soul and body. Our spirits can NEVER die. Like it or not, we are made to live forever in one of two places. 2 Th 1:9 – Jude 1:7 – Rev 20:10-15 states that the devil and the false prophet are cast into the lake of fire being tormented forever. Those that belonged to him and followed him in this life will have their place there as well. My prayer brother is that you and all believers earnestly seek truth. Please simply ask God whether there is everlasting torment for those that rejected him. He will show you. God bless!

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    • Hi JPerry!

      I absolutely thank you for having the time to leave a comment. 🙂

      I know this is a huge topic, about heaven and hell. However, let me give you a summary.

      Matthew 25:46 tells us that the punishment of the wicked is eternal. However, this is eternal in a sense that their death will be permanent. They will not be resurrected ever again if they still refuse God when they are given the chance.

      I completely agree with you that not all people are God’s children. 🙂

      Again, II Thes 1:9 is telling us that their punishment is eternal in a sense that their death is eternal.

      Please note Romans 6:23. What is the wages of sin? It’s death, not eternal life in hell.

      Jude 1:7 uses the Greek word aionios for “eternal.” It is referring to the effect of fire to be eternal, but it’s not referring how long.

      Rev. 20:10-15, This is a little complicated to explain so allow me to quote from this link (https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/what-happens-after-death/are-some-tortured-forever-in-a-lake-of-fire):

      The Beast and False Prophet are human beings. While still alive, they will be cast into the lake of fire. “Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Revelation 19:20).

      We see from Malachi 4:1-3 and Mark 9:47-48 that any human being thrown into the lake of fire will be destroyed. He will perish. But he will not be tormented for eternity.

      Revelation 20:10 is speaking of Satan the devil being cast into the lake of fire at the end of Christ’s 1,000-year reign. Reference to the Beast and False Prophet being cast in is only parenthetical here—as they will have died when that happened 1,000 years earlier. They will not still be burning there. Thus being tormented “forever and ever” applies principally to Satan—and presumably to his demonic cohorts as well (compare Matthew 25:41).

      Furthermore, it should be pointed out that the Greek phrase translated “forever and ever” here, eis tous aionas ton aionon, literally means “unto the ages of the ages.” While this might mean for eternity, it could also mean until the culmination of the ages, which would allow for an ending point soon after the casting into the fire.

      I highly recommend that you read this free booklet: Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Teach? (https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/heaven-and-hell-what-does-the-bible-really-teach)

      Thanks JPerry!

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      • I enjoy this discussion as it is a staple in Christianity. How do you interpret Revelation 20:10? “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

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      • Hi Ryan! Thanks for your question. Let me quote from this article: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/what-happens-after-death/are-some-tortured-forever-in-a-lake-of-fire

        Does this verse say that these two end-time individuals, the Beast and False Prophet, will be tormented for eternity?

        The Beast and False Prophet are human beings. While still alive, they will be cast into the lake of fire. “Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Revelation 19:20).

        We see from Malachi 4:1-3 and Mark 9:47-48 that any human being thrown into the lake of fire will be destroyed. He will perish. But he will not be tormented for eternity.

        Revelation 20:10 is speaking of Satan the devil being cast into the lake of fire at the end of Christ’s 1,000-year reign. Reference to the Beast and False Prophet being cast in is only parenthetical here—as they will have died when that happened 1,000 years earlier. They will not still be burning there. Thus being tormented “forever and ever” applies principally to Satan—and presumably to his demonic cohorts as well (compare Matthew 25:41).

        Furthermore, it should be pointed out that the Greek phrase translated “forever and ever” here, eis tous aionas ton aionon, literally means “unto the ages of the ages.” While this might mean for eternity, it could also mean until the culmination of the ages, which would allow for an ending point soon after the casting into the fire.

        I hope this answered your question. Let me know. 🙂

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