Atheism and Hell

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Last Judgment by Johann Georg Unruhe - Damned souls going to Hell.

Atheists often disagree with the Christian belief of eternal punishment in Hell, yet they never explain how justice is accomplished relative to evildoers who escape punishment on earth (see: Atheism and justice). And rather than repent and accept the gospel message, they engage in denialism about their sin and attempt to suppress the truth of God's existence. See also: Atheism and hatred of God

The Christian evangelist Ray Comfort often gives atheists the person test in order to assist atheists in recognizing their sinful nature.

Atheism and the fear of Hell

See: Atheism and death and Atheists and supernatural beliefs

The journalist and ex-atheist Peter Hitchens and fear of Hell

Michelangelo, The Last Judgment

The journalist and ex-atheist Peter Hitchens, who is the brother of the late atheist Christopher Hitchens, said upon seeing an art exhibit of Michelangelo's painting The Last Judgment he came to the realization that he might be judged which startled him.[1] This started a train of thought within Peter Hichens that eventually led him to become a Christian.[2]

Child/teen atheist and fear of hell

A child/teen atheist wrote to the atheist psychologist Dr. Darrell Ray:

Dear Darrel,

I have recently decided that I am an atheist. The problem is that I am now much more anxious about my own mortality, and the mortality of the people I care about. It is scary to suddenly feel like there isn’t a God looking out for us, and that there will just be nothing after we die. Also I can’t help being afraid that if I am wrong I will go to Hell. How should I cope with these fears?[3]

An atheist about his fear of Hell and death

In December 2012, an atheist posted in the forum:

I have been an atheist for about a year and a half. I wasn't

heavily indoctrinated or raised religious but I did believe in god for the first 16 years of my life. I always believed in a hell but I thought that only murders and people like that went there. It wasn't until I went through this like 6 month religious phase that I learned all the rules and that a lot more things can get you sent to hell then I thought. During this time my anxiety and ocd got really bad. Now I am an atheist but I still suffer from a fear in hell.

I get negative thoughts about satan and hell and I don't believe in god but I worry "what if I'm wrong?". It's really frustrating because I feel like a hypocrite that I don't believe in god but I keep getting worried and anxiety about what if I'm wrong.

I was just wondering if any of you feel the same thing I do or any tips on how to get over it.[4]

Apostle Paul about men suppressing the truth in unrighteousness and the testimony of creation

St. Paul defends his preaching (Giovanni Ricco)

In his letter to the Romans the Apostle Paul declared:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse..." — Romans 1:19-20 (NKJV)[5]

There are no atheists in Hell

Christian author Dr. R.T Kendall writes in book He Saves: The Assurance of Salvation through Faith: "For There are no atheists in hell. They may have been atheists before they went to hell. But once they are in hell they become total believers in the existence and justice of God."[6]

Dan Delzell in a Christian Post article entitled There Are No Atheists in Hell wrote:

...there are no atheists in Hell. That's because everyone in Hell understands the justice of their sentence, and everyone in Hell has come to learn that God truly exists.

In this life, men are often not prone to realize the gravity of their sin against God or its consequences. This is the sad reality in spite of how clearly Jesus addressed the topics of sin, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.

But things suddenly change at the moment of your death. You can no longer push it out of your mind once you're in it. The death of your physical body is the beginning of your eternal existence in either Heaven or Hell.[7]

The British minister Charles Haddon Spurgeon in a sermon entitled Last Things said about atheists and Hell:

How will unbelief look in the flames of hell?

There are no infidels anywhere but on earth! There are none in heaven, and there are none in hell.

Atheism is a strange thing. Even the devils never fell into that vice, for "the devils believe and tremble."

And there are some of the devil's children that have gone beyond their father in sin, but how will it look when they are forever lost?

When God's foot crushes them, they will not be able to doubt his existence!

When he tears them in pieces and there is none to deliver, then their sophistical syllogisms, their empty logic, their brags and bravadoes, will be of no avail!

Oh, that they had been wise and had not darkened their foolish hearts, but had turned unto the living God![8]

Atheist Penn Jillete on Hell

Atheist Ron Reagan on Hell

Ron Reagan is the son of former President of the United States Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. He is a commentator/contributor to MSNBC cable news and commentary network. Formerly, he was a radio host, political analyst and ballet dancer.

In 2014, Ron Reagan appeared in an advertisement for broadcast on Comedy Central for the Freedom From Religion Foundation where he declared himself "an unabashed atheist," and one who is not afraid of "burning" in Hell.[9]

New atheist Richard Dawkins on Hell

See also

External links

Near death experience of atheist college professor:

Videos on Hell:


  1. Interview of Peter Hitchens - Video at Vimeo
  2. Interview of Peter Hitchens - Video at Vimeo
  3. Google cache of How do atheists handle the fear of death at:
  4. I have a fear of hell, forum, posted 28-12-2012, 04:50 AM
  5. Romans 1:19-20 (NKJV)
  6. He Saves: The Assurance of Salvation through Faith by Dr. R.T Kendall, Cross Books Publishing, 2013
  7. There Are No Atheists in Hell by Dan Delzell, Christian Post
  8. There are no atheists in hell!, Spurgeon's sermon, "Last Things" No. 667.
  9. Ron Reagan Is 'Not Afraid of Burning in Hell', NewsMax