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Heaven and Hell in the Bible

In religion, the topics of what happens to us when we die often come to various concepts of Heaven and Hell. For Christians, references to the two places are made in the Bible, as Jesus is noted to have spoken plainly on the subject. In this article, you will encounter passages in the Bible that make mention of Heaven and Hell.

One of the biggest questions that many Christians ask is what happens after death. Will you go to a heaven or spend time in purgatory? What happens to your body in the afterlife? Some parts of the Bible aim to shed light on these topics. For example, the afterlife and what happens to the body after death is represented in the following quote from the Bible:

“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19)

In the Bible, Christ made mention of heaven in the following passages:  

“Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven…” (Matthew 5:12).

“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3).

“One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven…” (Mark 10:21)

“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.  Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. ” (Psalms 85:10-11)

” Who covereth thyself with light as a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: Who maketh his angels spirits: his ministers a flaming fire: Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. ” (Psalms 104:2-5)

Jesus mentions the concept of hell in the following verses of the Bible:

“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched.” (Mark 9:43).

“… And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.” (Matthew 5:22).

“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)