Terrified of Hellfire

An Amazing Fact:  Every year, around 3,600 people die from fire-related incidents in the USA.  Cigarette smoking is the major cause of fires started, followed by heating equipment and arson.  About two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes where there is no working fire alarm.  In fact, your chances of dying in a home fire are cut in half if you have a working smoke alarm.

The Good News… About Hell

“I Almost Started Smoking Again Last Night.”  That was the title to a Facebook post I wrote a few weeks back.  I was traveling from my cabin in Covelo back to Sacramento one evening and decided to take the more scenic route through the national forest when I was nearly trapped by several forest fires.

It reminded me that every week at Amazing Facts, we receive letters and emails from people who have had close calls with “fires” … the fires of hell, to be exact.  But through supporters like you, their twisted ideas about hellfire and God have been straightened out by the teaching of Bible truth!

Satan has promoted a wickedly distorted picture of hell that has driven many sincere people to despair and turned many into atheists.  People can’t imagine how a God of love could torture His wayward children in fire eternally.

My close call with fire began when I decided to cut through the mountains on back roads.  A few fires had started from lightning strikes in the area, and as I drove, I could see a glow on the horizon.  I was far from danger … so I thought.

As I rounded a corner, the fires were closer than I realized.  Still, I believed I could make it through.  Suddenly, as I rounded another corner, fires were beside the road.  Then, a little farther along—both sides of the road.

That’s when I thought to myself, “This is crazy!  One of the worst ways to die is by being burned to death!”  I turned around, and after three more hours, I finally made it through.  I arrived home at 1:30 in the morning!

My experience made me think of the millions who are frantically driving through life, scared to death of a malicious Being who will torture them with fire for eternity.  Many die believing this lie.  Fortunately, because you care, people like Ashley discovered the Bible truth about hell—and it transformed her life.

Crying Almost Every Day

Ashley was taught by preachers that every lost person burns in hell for eternity.  She recalls, “Since the time I was a young child, the thought of so many people burning alive forever completely horrified me!”

She’s not alone.  Countless millions of frightened people have been taught this same distorted idea.  Ashley says, “I couldn’t believe that a loving God would let that happen.”

But it got worse.  “As a teen, I started suffering from severe anxiety and depression because of the hellfire doctrine.”  She shares, “I had no happiness in my life, thinking that the majority of mankind was going to be tortured.”

Can you imagine how Ashley felt?  “I did not enjoy anything in life,” she explains, “and I sat in my room crying almost every day.”  She begged the Lord to help her and not to torture her non-Christian friends.

If you have not lived with the terror that comes from this crooked lie from Satan, you may not understand the emotional pain suffered by millions.  The Bible teaches that “God is love” (1 John 4:8) and that the Lord has “no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezekiel 33:11).

But Ashley did not know about a loving God who does everything possible to save people from destruction.  She didn’t know the wicked would be burned up and not suffer for eternity.

“‘The day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘that will leave them neither root nor branch’” (Malachi 4:1).

“Something inside me changed!”

Ashley finally became convicted to read the Bible for herself.  “Even though I was a ‘Christian’ and went to church, I pretty much never touched the Bible.  I honestly was scared of God.”  

That’s when she discovered an Amazing Facts Study Guide online, made possible by you.  It’s called, “Is the Devil in Charge of Hell?”  Instead of just listening to her preacher, she decided to look up every single Bible verse in the lesson and discovered the truth about hell.

“At that moment, something inside of me changed.  The Lord was answering my prayers for Him to help me find the truth and have peace in my life.  For the first time, I felt the love of God, and I wasn’t afraid of Him.”

Imagine the joy in her heart!  You helped take away the paralyzing fear planted by the devil and replaced it with the peace that comes from knowing our loving God!  She was set free.

But there are still multiplied millions who live in abject fear with a distorted picture of God as a cruel sadist.  What can we do to help them?  How can they discover what the Bible really says about hell and God’s loving plan to destroy sin and save souls?

A New Sharing Magazine on Hell

Some of the most effective Amazing Facts resources you help us to create are sharing magazines.  These large, colorful publications are an extremely popular way churches and individuals share God’s truth.

That’s why I’m asking you to join me in creating a brand-new sharing magazine that reveals what the Bible really says about hell.  With so much distorted information being spread by Satan, you can trigger a spiritual smoke alarm that will save many lives.

Your gift will help others understand the importance of this topic when they hold this heaven-sent magazine in their hands.  Your partnership with the Holy Spirit will encourage people tormented by fear to open and read what the Bible teaches about hell so that they have a clearer picture of God’s love and His true plan to end sin forever.

The Good News About Hell

The world is already on fire.  Not only have devastating, record-breaking fires destroyed homes and taken many lives, but we’re still experiencing the fallout of a fiery worldwide pandemic that is wreaking havoc in every area of life and in the hearts of billions who are wondering what is happening.

You and I have a distinct advantage because we already know the truth about the future.  You also know a loving God offered His Son, Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself the penalty of sin.

You know that God is merciful and just.  You know that sin will not be forever allowed to rip apart our planet.  You know that the wicked will be consumed, not tortured, in the lake of fire … and then will be no more.  And you know that God will create a new heaven and earth where there is no more pain or tears.

But there are still so many who don’t know.  Unless people learn about our merciful God and the truth about hell, millions will pass into eternity without hope.  We have a responsibility to expose the “doctrine of devils.”

Act Now and Save Lives

You can rescue others like Ashley when you share the good news about hell by sending an urgently needed gift to Amazing Facts.  You can create an eye-catching magazine about hell, along with other alarm-sounding materials that save lives.

Your gift of just $25 will print 10 truth-filled magazines about hell that will change hearts.  Your support of $60 will distribute 30 of these sharing resources that will bring peace to fearful souls.  And when you send a sacrificial gift of $150, you will send 100 colorful magazines to outstretched hands, like Ashley’s, desperate to know the truth.

I am deeply grateful for your partnership.  To show my appreciation for your gift today, I want to send you my brand-new message “The Faith of Disciples … or Devils.”  I believe this eye-opening presentation will bring crucial light on the biblical relationship between faith and works and help expose misconceptions of counterfeit discipleship.  Enjoy it and then share it with someone.

We also want to know your prayer needs so that we can pray for you.  Please write your request on the back of the enclosed card when you send your gift this month.

Ashley used to cry almost every day.  No more.  Because you gave, she found truth and everlasting peace—and she is no longer afraid of God.  Thank you for introducing her to our just and merciful heavenly Father!

Burning to share more truth with our world,

Pastor Doug Batchelor

President, Amazing Facts International

P.S. Ashley was tormented by false concepts of hellfire.  But her distorted ideas changed when she learned Bible truth through Amazing Facts.  Now she sleeps peacefully.  You can bring this same comfort to fearful souls through a gift that will publish and spread light about God’s love and justice for all.  Thank you for sharing the good news!

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