Maybe there is no actual place called hell. Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents breathe through their noses when they’re eating sandwiches. — Unknown
I could talk about heaven all day long. Hell, on the other hand… not so much. Why not focus on the positive? Well, for one thing, Jesus spoke more about hell that he actually did heaven, so it sure couldn’t hurt to take a look into this unthinkable abyss in order to get a little bit of perspective for living today.
- Hell is torment (Revelation 14:11).
- Hell is darkness (Matthew 8:12).
- Hell is a bottomless pit (Revelation 20:1, 2).
- Hell is continual and eternal (Revelation 14:11).
Hell is the opposite of heaven. Heaven is all good; hell is all evil. When you’re deciding between heaven and hell, it’s not like you’re deciding between Dallas and Chicago. The choice is more Maui and a refugee camp.
If we truly believe this, then I guess we have to give the yelling red-faced, sign-holding street preachers a little credit. Maybe they’re just trying to scare the hell out of people, which is, by comparison, better than sitting by as people unknowingly head there.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:16-18)
God sent Jesus into this world on a mission, not to condemn it, but to save it. He now calls us to be a part of the same mission: Sharing a message of salvation rather than pointing fingers of judgment and condemnation. The truth about hell is definitely part of that message. We need to remember that, and by the power of his Spirit in us, we can communicate that to others in a way that points the way to grace, mercy, and hope.
Holy Spirit, through my words and my actions, live through me in such a way that those around me sense the eternal dangers of hell and recognize the incredible gift of your eternal life. Amen.
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