Would a loving Jesus really teach about hell? Yes, and so does every New Testament author. Let’s consider what they teach. Hell in Matthew In the Sermon on the Mount, often known for its emphasis on love and the kingdom, Jesus teaches the reality and nature of hell (5:20–30; 7:13–27). In Matthew 5:20–30, Jesus contrasts hell with the kingdom of heaven and warns that hell is a real danger to unrepentant sinners. The fire of hell, the justice of hell, and the extreme suffering in hell are particularly stressed. The unrepentant are warned to use extreme measures to avoid being …
Dr. Christopher W. Morgan is dean and professor of theology of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif. He is coeditor of Hell under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment.