But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.
—1 Timothy 5:6
On more than one occasion in the Bible, hell is compared to a big garbage dump. In fact, the very word that is used for hell in many New Testament passages is the Greek word gehenna.
Gehenna was a word used to describe a garbage dump outside
So Gehenna was a term the people would be familiar with in Jesus’ day. He used this word on a number of occasions to describe hell, to depict its horrors, and to imply that the real place was far worse than even a place like Gehenna.
Now when you go to a dump, you will see things that are no longer of value to people. First of all, you will notice that it smells. There is all kinds of junk piled up that probably had been quite valuable at one time: old TV sets . . . stereo systems . . . pieces of clothing . . . shoes. A lot of items that may have been of value at one time simply have been discarded.
Just stop and think of a life that has been wasted on the pursuit of sin, a life that has been wasted on the pursuit of pleasure, a life that has been lived without God. It is a life that ends up just being thrown away—a life that ends up in a garbage dump. That’s what we do with our lives when we ignore God and live only for ourselves.
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