The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that hell is only Sheol, a grave or place in the ground where dead people go and exist no more. The devil, of course, is very pleased with this. He wants every person to be damned to the reality of hell along with him and all his rebellious friends. So the devil purposely helps false religions to deny the existence of the pains of eternal hell, so that everyone will not change and so be damned and end up with him in hell forever.
Is 66:24-Then they shall go forth and look on the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm shall not die, and their fire shall not be quenched; and they shall be an abhorrence to all mankind.
Dan 12:2-And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace [and] everlasting contempt.
Matt 3:12-“And His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Matt 8:11-12-“And I say to you, that many shall come from east and west, and recline [at the] table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matt 13:42-“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place [Gr. there] there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matt 13:49-50-“So it will be at the end of the age; the angels shall come forth, and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matt 18:8-“it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the eternal fire.”
Matt 25:46-“And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Mark 5:7-and crying out with a loud voice, he [demons] said, “What do I have to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!”
Mark 9:43-“it is better for you to enter life crippled, than having your two hands, to go into hell [Gr. gehenna], into the unquenchable fire”
Luke 3:17-“but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Luke 10:12-“I say to you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.”
Luke 12:5-“fear the One who after He has killed has authority to cast into hell [Gr. gehenna]”
Heb 10:27-29-a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot…
Rev 14:9-11-If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or upon his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have NO REST day and night
Rev 19:20-these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire
Rev 20:10-And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Pretty scary and rightfully so. This is why we traditional Catholics work so hard to save souls from being eternally damned to. Jesus does the saving, but we are His instruments by which graces come for sinners to be able to be converted and to live a life pleasing to God.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses position substituting the biblical description of hell as firry torture place for the damned,to a mere grave, reduces Jesus’ death on the cross (or what they call a pole), as meaningless. All christians believe Jesus died on the cross to save us. The Holy Bible says it over and over again. If there is no torturous hell to save us from, then Jesus went through His passion and torturous death on the cross for nothing.
Sad to say that many Catholics believe the devil’s lie too. But they may believe that there is a hell, but that no one is damned. Hans Urs Van Baltasar, a famous Catholic theologian who is greatly followed up to today, taught that no Catholic has to believe that anyone has been damned to hell. I believe in Jesus’ words, not a modernist theologian.
If there is no hell, where is the devil. Or maybe he is just an figment of our imagination too. Then we have to ask who tempted Jesus in the desert? Who were the evil spirits He casted out?
- Crime continues to rise and rise and rise.
- Children continue to be abused sexually, physically and verbally by their stepparents, (There is a high rate of boyfriends beating to death the toddlers of their girl friends),
- Drug and alcohol abuse continues to be common,
- And prisons cannot be constructed fast enough.
When we deny the Holy Bible’s teaching on the punishment of evil people to torturous flames of hell, we end up making this life a lot like hell too.
We are so blessed as traditional Catholics to know the truth about the consequences of one mortal sin, damnation to hell. We are so blessed to be able to avoid this punishment and we are happy to work, suffer, be persecuted to say souls from hell and get them safely into Paradise.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.