Who is not afraid of hell? Are religious people afraid of hell? Is it true the fear of hell enslaves Muslims? Is there a way to be freed from that fear?
How Fear Enslaves a Person
- An employee has a good wage. He knows it would be difficult to find another good job. His wife is expecting a third child. One day his manager tells him to do something illegal, to defraud a client. He fears if he refuses to follow his manager’s instructions he could lose his job. Like a slave, this employee obeys his manager. This is an example of how an employee, because of fear, is enslaved by his manager.
- A young woman is dating a handsome and well-educated young man. He wants to have a sexual relationship with her. She continually refuses him. Finally, she realizes he’s going to break up with her unless she submits. In the end, like a slave to the young man, she gives in.
How Fear of Hell Enslaves Us
Isn’t it true that, according to Islam, a person needs to do many good deeds to avoid going to hell?
The Hadith, Al-Quran and teachings of Islam emphasize good works as the key to heaven.
“God will show them their regrettable deeds. They will not be able to escape hell fire.” “For them, hell will be both a cradle and a blanket. Thus do We punish the unjust” (Qs 2:167, 7:41 M. Sawar).
Thus the followers of religion always feel the threat of hell. The fear of hell forces them to perform good deeds. This is an example how the fear of hell enslaves the religious person. (Do you feel that you must spend your entire life living in the fear of hell? Email us!)
How to Free Yourself from Bondage to the Fear of Hell
Note this holy verse: “[He] freed those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Hebrews 2:15).
It seems the fear of hell enslaves Muslims. Many are religious because they fear death and hell. This fear forces them to pray, to do good works.
Who is “He” in the above verse? It’s Isa Al-Masih! On the cross He received the punishment for sin that should have fallen on us. Because of His sacrificial death for us, those who believe on Him as their Savior will not go to hell. The Savior has already been punished for their sin.
The person who follows Isa Al-Masih and receives His salvation will continue to do good works. It is how he will say “thank you” to Allah. Contact us if you want to be free from the fear of hell!
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- Have you ever experienced or know a person who has experienced one of the types of enslavement or bondage explained in this article? Please tell us about it.
- Fear of hell enslaves Muslims. Is this true? Do many people follow religion because they fear hell? Is that why you are a religious person? If not, please explain how you have avoided the fear of death and hell.
- Why are so many people content to live in slavery to the fear of death and hell? Explain your answer.
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