Q. A recent question about the IDF soldiers consigned to hell makes me ask: Where in scripture is is it established that dying without knowing Christ assigns a soul to hell?
A. It’s generally agreed among Biblical scholars that there are only two destinations for mankind after death. Most call one Heaven and the other one Hell. Of the two, heaven is where God our Father is.
In John 14:9 Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father but through Me.”
That means only by accepting the Lord’s death on the cross as payment for our sins can we have eternal life with the Father. People who fail to do that have consigned themselves to Hell.
Whether you believe that Hell is a temporary place where unbelievers go to pay for their sins before being destroyed, or a permanent place of torment, if we don’t go to heaven we go to hell.