Let's Talk About Hell
“But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” - Luke 12:5 Any honest discussion of God’s pursuing love has to include talk of hell. I wish this wasn’t true because I’d rather dwell on the love of God. But God’s love is based upon truth and hell is a reality.
For many, hell has lost its meaning. People speak of a “hellish” situation. Or they talk about “all hell breaking loose” or describe someone as being “hell on wheels.” But they don’t think of the very real place, which the poet Dante described so graphically in the “Inferno” and of which he wrote, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”
Do you know that Jesus spoke more about Hell than almost all the other prophets combined?
I am told that an Indiana cemetery has an old tombstone which bears the epitaph: “Pause, stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you will be, so prepare for death and follow me.”
An unknown passerby read those words and scratched underneath them this reply: “To follow you I’m not content, until I know which way you went.”
Hell was never meant for human beings. Hell is for the devil and his demons.
But we have a choice. To follow God or follow Satan. Hell is basically separation from the presence of God-- a choice we deliberately make when we reject the saving grace of Jesus.
I agree with what Dwight Moody said: “When we preach on hell, we might at least do it with tears in our eyes.”
If we took the reality of hell more seriously, it might awaken a deeper love for our fellow man. Like seeing imminent danger and wanting to protect those we love.
I believe God always thinks of hell with tears because Scripture says that He desires that none should perish. Hell is the absence of everything God represents and He works in a myriad of ways to invite, coerce, push, love, and drag us away from hell and into His Kingdom, because He loves us too much see us lost.
He loves us so much that Jesus died to save us from hell.
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