Does Jesus Talk More About Hell than Heaven?

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell [Gehenna]? Matthew 23:33

There is the very popular (and completely incorrect) saying that hellfire and brimstone preachers have used for years, saying, “Jesus talked more about Hell than He ever talked about Heaven.”

Let’s see.

The gospel accounts in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are where we will find the words of Christ Jesus. Now, even allowing for the horrible translation of a word (hades) which means “grave” into the word “hell”, and the word “Gehenna” which is a valley, south of Jerusalem (not a place, 9 miles under the ground), we’ll see the tale of the tape.

Jesus Christ used the two different words that were translated as “Hell”, a grand total of 15 times! Wow!  That is a LOT of times.  Surely, the Lord didn’t mention “heaven” that many times.  I mean, a preacher SHOULD know, right?

Well, after the book of Matthew, I ceased my count. That means that I didn’t bother counting the number of times Jesus talked about heaven in the books of Mark, Luke, and John.  The Lord had used the word for Heaven, over 70 TIMES, JUST in the book of Matthew.

So, if any teacher says, “Jesus talked more about hell than he talked about heaven”, you now can verify; that is utter nonsense…and you might just want to check behind that teacher on other things too.

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