As a faithful Christian and theologian, I have an interest in the Bible’s teachings about various issues that affect humans, like cowardice. A few years ago, I was fascinated by God’s take on cowardice in the Bible and decided to conduct more research on the topic. Initially, I thought sins like cowardice were venial and would not affect one’s eligibility to go to Heaven. I met several pastors and other church leaders to learn their take on the topic, and the findings were enlightening and fascinating. Recently, I was teaching my college theology students about the sin of cowardice in the Bible, and they asked me interesting questions. One student asked what makes someone a coward according to the Bible, while another asked whether cowards will go to the Kingdom of God. Having studied every detail about this topic, I had all the answers they wanted. So, will cowards go to Heaven?
Cowards will not go to Heaven because they are condemned to hellfire, along with the sorcerers and murderers. Revelation 21:8 says that the cowards, murderers, and even liars will experience the second death, which involves walking as they burn in a path lake of fire and brimstone. God has given us the spirit of power, and not of fearfulness, as indicated in 2 Timothy 1:7. Therefore, there is no place in Heaven for people who cower instead of using the power given to them by God.
Join me in this article, where we will learn about cowards in the Bible. I have answered all questions about this topic, so read till the end.
What does the Bible say about cowards?
The Bible says in Revelation 21:8 that cowards will experience the second death as they walk and burn in a lake of fire and brimstone. The Bible compared cowards with murderers, liars, and sorcerers. Cowards are people who don’t believe in God’s strength and protection even after he has promised to be with them and strengthen them when they are in trouble. Isaiah 41:10 says that God says we should not fear, for he is with us. He says He will strengthen us and uphold us with His right hand, that’s full of righteousness. A coward has no faith in God, so they are condemned to Hell to burn in the lake of fire.
Who Are the “Cowardly” in Revelation 21:8?
The cowardly are those who don’t trust in Jesus and God’s power when they are in trouble. The word cowardly is translated from the Greek word “Deilos” and is used a few times in the New Testament. It is used in Revelation 21:8 and in the parallel occasions in Mark 4:40 and Matthew 8:26, where Jesus fearisciples for being fearful because they have little faith. Jesus equates the disciples’ cowardliness to their lack of faith. Therefore, cowardly in Revelation 21:8 means the faithless or, rather, those who do not believe in Jesus Christ. In addition, the noun “Deilia” is used once in 2 Timothy 1:7, saying God has given us the spirit of power, sound mind, and love and not of fearfulness. Cowards this verse that the people don’t believe in the power of God because they lack faith in Him.
What makes someone a coward, according to the Bible?
According to the Bible, one becomes a coward when they don’t live boldly and in righteousness. Proverbs 28:1 says that cowards flee even when no man chases them, while the righteous are as bold as a lion. This verse suggests the righteous are the opposite of the cowards. It points out the righteous as those who are bold and the cowards as those who are not bold. Therefore, cowards are those who are full of guilt and run away to hide even when no one pursues them.
Bible Verses about Cowards.
Revelation 21:8 says that the cowards will experience the second death, which involves walking as they burn in a path lake of fire and brimstone.
Proverbs 28:1 says that cowards flee even when no man chases them, while the righteous are as bold as a lion.
2 Timothy 1:7 says God has given us the spirit of power, sound mind, and love and not of fearfulness.
Judges 7:3 says God told Gideon to tell the people that whoever was fearful was allowed to depart from Mount Gilead, and 22,000 people left, leaving 10,000 people.
Isaiah 41:10 says we should not fear because God is with us, He will strengthen us and uphold us with His right hand that’s full of righteousness.
Mark 4:40 says Jesus asked His disciples whether they still had no faith because they were fearful.
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.