My mom and I have a little running joke between us. anytime we do something that is a little off the straight and narrow. We tell one another. “Oops! I am going to have to scrub another brick on the streets of gold for that one.”
The majority of people in the world believe that as long as we live a good life that God will shine down upon us and grant us a ticket on that long black train heading to heaven.
But is this really true?
I am no hell-fire and damnation preacher. In fact that method of delivering the good news, to me, is a real turn off.
However that does not change what the Bible teaches about this subject.
Seriously, I am just a balding man trying to get to heaven with at least a few things to present to my Savior on that day. I don’t have enough hair, nor a loud enough voice to be a wild haired prophet.
So journey with me if you will, and let’s take a look at what the Bible really does say about heaven and hell.
Heaven And Hell In The Bible
Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
19 Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. 20 At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. 21 As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores.
22 “Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side.
24 “The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames.’
25 “But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides, there is a great chasm separating us. No one can cross over to you from here, and no one can cross over to us from there.’
27 “Then the rich man said, ‘Please, Father Abraham, at least send him to my father’s home. 28 For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them so they don’t end up in this place of torment.’
29 “But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.’
30 “The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will repent of their sins and turn to God.’
31 “But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead.’”