Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach?
How much do you know about heaven and hell?
Take this short true-false quiz to ﬁnd out.
1. The Bible teaches that we have an immortal soul that cannot die.
2. The Bible shows that heaven is the reward of the saved.
3. The apostle Peter said that Israel's King David, a man "after God's own heart," went to heaven when he died.
4. The Scriptures teach that such faithful men and women as Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, Moses and Rahab went to heaven as their reward.
5. The Bible tells us that the wicked will suffer for all eternity in an ever-burning hell.
6. The Scriptures teach that Satan and his demons will torture the wicked forever in hell.
7. The Bible tells us that our immortal soul will go to either heaven or hell when we die.
Ready to see how you did? The correct answer to all of the above questions is false. If you missed some, don't be surprised. After all, most of us have been routinely taught that these teachings are found in the Bible. The Scriptures, however, reveal something far different!
You don't believe us? For the Bible's answer to question 1, read Ezekiel 18:20 Ezekiel 18:20The soul that sins, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be on him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be on him.
American King James Version×. To ﬁnd the answer to question 3, read Acts 2:29 Acts 2:29Men and brothers, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us to this day.
American King James Version×and Acts 2:34 Acts 2:34For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit you on my right hand,
American King James Version×. For the answer to question 4, read Hebrews 11:39 Hebrews 11:39And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
American King James Version×and John 3:13 John 3:13And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
American King James Version×. You'll ﬁnd the answer to question 5 in Malachi 4:1-3 Malachi 4:1-3  For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yes, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that comes shall burn them up, said the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.  But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.  And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, said the LORD of hosts.
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You'll discover the answers to the other questions in our Bible study aid booklet Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach?. You need to understand the truth about what happens after death. Are some of your loved ones writhing in everlasting ﬂames? Could a God of love sentence people to an eternity of agony in hell? Can we reconcile a loving God with such ideas? Discover the encouraging truth from the pages of your Bible!