Is It Good To Fear Hell?

Q. I firmly believe in Jesus Christ, and that he died for my sins. I know that only through my faith in Him will I experience true happiness in Eternal Life. That being said, I also fear even the thought of hell. My question is: Is it a good thing to fear hell? Could this possibly be a sign of my Faith? Or am I worrying too much about condemnation? “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1)

A. It’s good to have a healthy fear of Hell in the general sense. It’s a terrible place and you wouldn’t want your worst enemy to go there. But if you ever start to fear that God might change His mind about saving you and send you there instead, then it’s not good. That would be a sign that the devil is playing tricks on you because you’re right about Romans 8:1. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. And according to Ephesians 1:13-14 our salvation is guaranteed from the moment we first believe that Jesus died for our sins.

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