A friend and I were discussing church one day. As we talked, she remarked, “You know, I haven’t heard a message on sin or hell in a long time.” I’m not totally surprised. Many churches today stay clear of those two topics. Many prefer to stick to the messages of grace, with a focus on God’s immense love. The message of grace is important, as is the consequences of sin. People need to be reminded that none of us will live forever. A decision needs to be made before death – eternity in heaven or eternity in hell. How long is eternity? Forever!
Our pastor recently preached a message on hell, surprisingly to a congregation of born-again believers. He emphasized that we, as believers, have the responsibility of telling other about Jesus Christ, about salvation, and where they’ll spend eternity.
There is a quote by Charles Swindoll that gives food for thought:
Hell is as real to those who die without Christ as heaven is to the child of God.
The majority of what is following comes from the devotion topic Hell, found in my God Said, “I WILL” Promise Book.
Heaven and hell are real places created by God, the Master of the universe. I’ve read books telling experiences of those whom witnessed glimpses of both places. They believed the Lord allowed it to occur so others would know these places to exist. Words cannot adequately describe the beauty of heaven, nor can they depict the horrors of hell.
God didn’t create hell for mankind and never intended for anyone to go there. Lucifer, a beautiful worship angel, before he fell, tried to overthrow God in heaven. He wanted God’s power and authority to rule, and coerced 1/3 of the angels to rebel with him. They desired separation from God and they got it. God cast them out of heaven and created hell as a place where they would spend eternity, and finally in the Lake of Fire.
In Genesis, we read sin entered the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree of knowledge. God cast them out of the Garden of Eden and the blessed life they once had was forever changed.
There are consequences for disobeying God, and this has not changed. Satan and his demons continually roam the earth tempting people to sin against God. Satan’s purpose is to kill, steal, and destroy the works of God in whatever ways he can. Satan is a defeated foe. Colossians 3:15 says, “God stripped the spiritual rulers and the powers of their authority.” Satan wants us to be believe he has power; the Bible confirms that he doesn’t. Christians have God’s Word at their disposal. When Satan hears them say, “in the Name of Jesus”, he has to flee.
God does not want any of His children to end up in hell. Today the gospel message of Jesus Christ and the importance of salvation is preached far and wide and through various means. Some people will choose to walk away from it, with the belief they can do life their way.
Hell is mentioned today to give readers another opportunity to truly think about how they are living their lives. Even Christians need to examine themselves to determine if there is anything that could keep them out of heaven. An example is choosing not to forgive others. A sin often overlooked that needs to deal with. Tomorrow may never come.
God gave mankind free will, to make their own choices in life. I pray that today’s post causes you to reflect on where you desire to spend eternity. I pray you choose to spend eternity in heaven. It would be wonderful to see you among the children of God, spending eternity with Him.