Francis Chan - Hell: We can't afford to get it wrong



  • 2013-01-28T22:01:02

I have had been very blessed to see him the last three years and have been blown by how simple yet deep and important scripture is. It really blows my mind on how we can't out sin God's power to save. Every body is searching for God, even if they don't know or not. Yet they won't find Christ without us going because they won't come to us.

  • 2012-11-06T14:27:45

All Nations that forget God shall be turned into hell.

  • 2012-09-04T02:07:16

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  • 2012-09-03T14:08:11

There is nothing clear about the scriptures. If there was there wouldn't be more than 30,000 different branches of the Christian church.

  • 2012-09-03T14:05:07

If an all-loving god wants to punish and torture someone by sending him/her to hell not for a day, not for a week, not for a year, not for 20 years, but for all eternity because that person did not love. him, I don't want anything to do with such an all-loving god. Sounds like this god is infected more with some kind of sadistic pettiness than love. But what else would I expect from a serial killer god who murdered the entire world except for Noah and his family. And still, there is no credible evidence for the existence of hell, or heaven, or even god.But thanks for the video. I always enjoying watching good fiction.

  • 2012-02-03T18:06:24

Tom, you state “ 'And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire, which is the second death.' (Rev. 20:15) There is the symbolism – Gehenna = 2nd death, i.e. total destruction." I believe the word translated as 'hell' here is the Greek word 'hades' which, in the minds of the original hearers of Jesus' words and the original readers of Revelation (most Jewish and Greek minds alike [except Saducess]) would have been a reference simply to 'the place of the dead', where everyone went - good and bad alike. In their thinking, it was a place with different 'levels' - separations based on the character of the person - but undoubtedly a *very* conscious state of being. Jesus and the New Testament writers do correct some of the misconceptions about the afterlife, but the idea of the consciousness of that life does not get changed or corrected. May I suggest that rather than defining death as 'destruction' or as 'ceasing to exist' or even as 'unconsciousness', we would better understand it as 'separation.' When we die physically, we (our soul/spirit, who we are at our core) is separated from our physical body. In much the same way, spiritual death is a separation of our soul/spirit from the Living God, our Creator. There is a very real sense of that spiritual death while we are yet 'living' in this world. But when we exit from our life "under the sun" (Ecc. 9:5-6), if we have not entered into spiritual life, that spiritual death (separation from God and the sensing of that) becomes complete and totally overwhelming! You are quite right: there *is* symbolism in the use of the word 'Gehenna' and idea of the lake of fire. But that symbolism is *not* intended to teach us that it is a place or state of being of 'non-existance' or unconsciousness - quite the opposite in fact!

  • 2012-02-03T16:59:48

Tom, you made reference here to an often quoted verse from Ecclesiastes (9:5). But the whole point of the entire book, including this chapter, is to explain the pointlessness of life "under the sun" without God. The Teacher makes that point precisely because there is more to life than *just* life "under the sun." That phrase ("under the sun") gets used over and over in this little book - I think it is used 5 or 6 times in chapter 9 alone! The point of verses 5 & 6 (and they go together!) is that the dead have no further knowledge of anything that happens "under the sun." It is *not* a statement that the dead have ceased to exist or that they are somehow unconscious.

  • 2011-10-04T13:46:23

I think this man (frances) is trying his best. He's searching the scriptures. If hes reading the scriptures he's not wrong. We really wont understand totally and be an expert until OUR LORD STANDS BEFORE US!!!!!!!!!!! sO i BELIEVE fRANCES IS RIGHT HE IS TELL US TO SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES. I LIKE HIS TEACHINGS

  • 2011-09-26T20:47:48

I'm reading some of these comments below & my head is spinning. How could anyone live in heaven if men & women are burning in hell? I wouldn't. I couldn't. This idea that God won't "force" anyone to live with Him is hilarious. Why don't you apply that same logic to hell. If you end up in hell & cry out to God for mercy, will He ignore you & "force" you to stay in hell forever? No one would want to be burned alive for all eternity yet that's exactly what traditional christianity taught for hundreds of years. It's only recently, because we've exposed how insane such a doctrine is, that many christians today now don't believe that people will be literally burned alive, but that they'll simply be "in darkness". So... if I end up "in darkness" and cry out to God, will He ignore me & "force" me to live "in darkness" for all eternity? If so, you're God is sick, since He forces people to live in a state of torment.

  • 2011-09-24T12:20:02

When you have sometime read the Great Controversy by E.G.White it will help you with your question. May God bless you.

  • 2011-08-25T13:44:43

Wow, this is wonderful, Francis you are a wondeful teacher!

  • 2011-08-23T00:50:16

Sincere (I think), but sadly Francis Chan trusts his interpretation of the English Bible more than he trusts God. It seems to me he should be able to find that even with the English Bible there is FAR more support for ultimate reconciliation than eternal torment. For some reason he has enough fear in him to cause him to ignore the clear passages that show God will eventually save all and every knee will bow. One day, perfect love will cast that fear out of Francis.

  • 2011-08-20T20:32:13

Traditional Hell-believing Christianity 101: God can save all mankind but He doesn’t want to (Calvinism). God wants to save all mankind but He can’t due to free will (Arminianism). Truth: God wants to save all mankind, planned and purposed to do so from the foundation of the world and has the power, will and foresight to accomplish it (Christian Universalism). Gary Amirault, tentmaker dot org.

  • 2011-08-02T04:58:23

Coincidently, was reading Matt 22, (Esp. 22:22-13 - 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.” Just remember that Wedding guests must change to Wedding rope!

  • 2011-08-02T04:40:18

Contradiction: Hell is real and we need to tell what scripture has said it is, not something different much as we like people to see it the way they want... For example if I do not believe gravity exist, it does not make it absent! I (and everyone) will still be bound to the law of Gravity! It does not depend on what we feel or say! We need to get people to face the facts!

  • 2011-07-24T04:10:18

The word Gehenna occurs 12 times in the New Testament and in every case it is properly translated "hell" denoting the eternal state of the lost after resurrection, Jesus using the garbage dump of endless fire to describe the place "hell" Matt 5:22,29,30, Matt 10:28 etc. other phrases presents hell with distinctness, such as. "unquenchabel fire," "the blackness of darkness," "furnance of fire", "torment in fire and brimstone," the smoke. of their torment," "the lake which burneth with fire & brimstone,"where the worm dieth not," Jehovah is a God of balance, He would not offer eternal life for the righteous, who have placed faith in Jesus Christ,& for the unrighteous who have rejected God's goodness and sacrifice, annihilationism, God is eternal and therefore His gifts and punishments are eternal also.

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