If you have ever doubted Hell's existence or think it's just a place bad people go to party and break all the rules, I have to tell you (and so does the Bible) that you are wrong. I say this because I want all people to be able to go to Heaven one day, though I know some won't. I say this because I just read a blog by another woman named Leah Adams who wrote about this very topic and inspired me to get off my butt and do the same.
I had an aunt who had an out of body experience, and she told me about what happened when she died multiple times due to surgical complications. She told me about the tunnel you go through, and she told me that outside that tunnel she felt an overwhelming darkness and loneliness coming from it, a place where a person could barely stand one second of the place, let alone all eternity. She instinctively knew if she stepped into that place that she'd never get out. She also saw the light at the top where she was heading until she came back from death's grasp. She mentioned watching a show on television where another guy had felt the same thing when he died and was brought back to life. That same tunnel was there with the same things my aunt described. They are not crazy, only changed from the experience. My aunt said it was the worse place we can ever imagine, and then it's even worse than that. It's beyond human comprehension to describe it in our terms.
There are plenty of other documented cases of people who have died or had an out of body experience and came back. Each one has their own story, and there are things that are so closely described as the same that even the most skeptical person would have to at least wonder about the afterlife. It isn't like those who have told their story are making it up. That would just be crazy because they knew how it will sound to others. Read "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper, the minister who died and came back. Another book called "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon, describes his trip to Heaven and back. If anyone had a reason to be skeptical, Eben did, yet he knew when he came back he had to tell his story.
Satan is not some devil with a red cape and pitchfork. He's not some sexy guy that Hollywood likes to portray as the intriguing bad boy. He thinks of the human race as nothing more than cockroaches. He wants to bring us down and destroy us. He isn't our friend or someone we can rely on or party with in Hell. He's real, and He's worse than we can possibly imagine. Think about it. Those who go to Hell are out of the sight of God. This means there is no joy, peace, happiness, love, or friends and family to run to for help. It is a permanent place full of dread, darkness, pain, and unimaginable suffering. I honestly don't understand why in the world anyone would choose that for them-self. There is a quote that tells us "You can choose God now or later." I choose now. I hope you do too. Don't wait until the decision is made for you just because you ignored making the choice in life. Don't put off the most important decision you'll ever make. Who you choose to follow says a lot about who you are. Please, choose Jesus. I BEG you to choose Jesus.
Please, I implore you, don't think you have forever to make the choice about accepting Jesus. The Bible clearly tells us He is the only way to get into Heaven (John 14:6; see Leah Adam's link below too). He is "the gate" (John 10:9). You can't do it on your own through "being a good person" because nobody except Jesus is perfect. Even Mother Teresa, one of the greatest women that ever lived, was a sinner because we "all sin and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). We were born with the stain of sin, and it takes more than what we can ever offer God to get rid of it. Look at this crazy world and all its horrors that go on everyday. Those horrors aren't caused by people who are perfect. If we had the capability to be perfect then there would have been no need of a Savior to take our sin penalty. I mean, why in the world would anyone actually want to leave Heaven and come here to this fallen world and die for us unless He knew what was in store for us when we die without his intervention on our behalf? Only an insane person or Someone Who truly knows the repercussions of sin would die for all of humanity and then rise again in victory. A crazy person can't rise again or save us, but Jesus did and still does. Please, think about it.
Nobody likes to think about the day they'll die, but one day, when your time is up, you won't have the luxury to choose anymore. If this scares you, good. It would scare the crap out of me if I didn't have Jesus' saving grace on my side. I used to be afraid of death, but now I know without a doubt that I will go to Heaven one day. That makes me not have to fear death (see 1 Corinthians 15:55, NIV), and who wouldn't want that?
I'm not some religious nut. I am someone who knows the truth, and I want everyone else to too. The Bible also says in James 4:17 "if anyone... knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it...(commits) sin," and I don't want to be guilty of that. I want everyone to experience joy and salvation through Christ. He has changed my life for the better. I know He will change yours too if you just make the decision to follow Him. Pray for forgiveness of your sins, and ask Him to come into your heart and make Him your Lord and Savior. Then, you can be assured about where you will be spending eternity. A repentant heart is one that God loves.
God bless you all!
Please check out the article Leah wrote at http://www.leahadams.org/hell-4-things-jesus-wants-you-to-understand-about-hell/
Help with Bible verses from http://biblehub.com/james/4-17.htm and others. Also, internet searches gave me information about Don Piper-"90 Minutes in Heaven" and Eben Alexander- "Proof of Heaven"