Q. If I don't go to heaven, do I go to hell?
A. Yes. Clear and simple. When you die there are two places to go: Heaven, and Hell. If you don't go to one, you go to the other.
Q. Is hell eternal?
A. No. Surprising huh? I too was shocked to find out that heaven and hell are not eternal. Heaven and hell are waiting places. When you die, you will go to heaven if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, if you do not, you go to hell. The thing is, your future does not end there. As said before, heaven and hell are where you go to wait until the return of Jesus Christ our Lord. Sometime in our future Jesus Christ will come back to essentially clean up the earth. He will get rid of death (people will live forever), he will get rid of violence, and he will get rid of poverty and disease. People who have died in the past and gone to heaven will help Jesus reign on earth upon his return, in glorified bodies. People who have died in the past and gone to hell will go to be judged before God, and then cast into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is eternal, and is much worse than hell. The lake of fire is where Jesus will send death, violence, poverty, and disease, along with the devil, and all who have gone to hell. It really is your choice where you go though... you can accept Jesus Christ's free gift to you (salvation), and go to heaven, and then live forever once Jesus Christ comes back to his kingdom on earth, or you can deny Jesus Christ is the son of God and deny that he died on the cross to cleanse you of your sins, and go to hell, and then be cast permanently into the lake of fire along with Satan. To read more about becoming saved (going to heaven)
Q. Can I get out of hell once I'm there?
A. No. No matter what any person tells you, the Bible clearly states that once you are in hell, you cannot get out until Judgment day, when you will be judged by God and then cast into the lake of fire. The lake of fire will ultimately be your permanent and final destination (see above question and answer to learn more about the lake of fire). To read more about going to heaven,
Q. What about Purgatory? Can't I work my way out of hell once I'm dead?
A. No. Purgatory is a made up concept and is not found anywhere in the Bible. Accepting the free gift Jesus Christ offers you is the only way to go to heaven, because it is the only way to cleanse you of your sins. You cannot work your way to heaven on earth, and you cannot work your way to heaven once you are in hell, because salvation is through grace (the free gift of Christ), and not through works. To read more about going to heaven,
Q. Can't I pray my relatives and friends out of hell? Can my friends and family pray me out of hell once I'm there?
A. No. Some religions teach that if you pay your pastor or church father money every week he will be able to pray your family and friends out of hell. The Bible does not say anything about praying your friends and family out of hell, but does say if you don't go to heaven, you go to hell, and the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. To read more about Christ and going to heaven
Q. God is full of mercy... if he loves me so much, won't he let me out of hell once I'm there?
A. No. The truth is, in your lifetime God will give you every chance you need to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior (including this chance). God loves you so much that he sent his one and only son to die for your sins so that you wouldn't have to suffer for your sins. When you don't accept Jesus as your Savior, you are denying him and His free gift. Think of Jesus' gift like this: if I offer you your favorite candy bar because I like you so much, and I'm holding it out to you for free, what do you have to do to get it? You have to reach out and take it, right? It's free, there is no charge, all you have to do is accept that gift. God gives you the chance to accept His free gift your entire life, and by denying it you are putting yourself in hell. There must be punishment for your sins. You can choose to let Jesus take that punishment for you so that you can get to heaven, or you can deny Jesus and take the punishment yourself, and go to hell.
About the Devil:
Q. What is the devil like?
A. According to the Bible the devil hates God, and because you are God's creation, he hates you also. The Devil knows he can't hurt God, so he will try to hurt us as God's creation instead.
How does the devil hurt us? There are a lot of obvious ways the devil can hurt us, but the main way he does this is by dragging you down with him in your sins. The devil will try to keep you away from God's Word, and he will try to keep you away from being saved and going to heaven. The devil wants as many people to burn and suffer in hell as possible.
According to the Bible the devil is tricky... he can trick us into thinking a certain way, just as he tricked Adam and Eve into disobeying God and bringing sin into the World. The devil's main way of tricking us is by questioning God's Word and by trying to get us turned around and confused, just like he did Adam and Eve. God told Adam and Eve they could eat of any fruit in the garden of Eden accept for fruit from the tree of good and evil. He provided them with everything they needed, and only gave them one rule to follow: Don't eat from the tree of good and evil. Then the devil came along and asked Adam and Eve, "Did God really say that? Doesn't he want you to be happy and didn't he say you could eat any fruit in the garden?" Satan works by closing our eyes and leading us away from God's Word. He tempts us to make us sin even more, and is happy to see any of God's creations (especially us) suffer.
Q. Are Lucifer and Satan the same person?
A. Yes. They are one in the same. The devil goes by many names, including Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, Beezlebub, Baal, and "the old snake".