Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don't Say Hell!


The ultimate choice in life is eternal heaven or eternal hell. Every man or woman has a lifetime to make that choice!

"The Lake of Fire is the Second Death."
(Photo by Kim Newberg, PDPics.net)

Jesus is walking along the Judean road with his disciples teaching them. He said that if anyone leads a child astray, it would be better for him to be cast into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck. He talked on, teaching about hell, saying if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off, rather than enter hell, where--

“Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched.”

And and if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off, rather than enter hell, where--

Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched.”

And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out, rather than be cast into hell fire, where--

Their worm does not die
And the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:42-48 NKJ).

His short teaching clearly describes the severity of hell, the body infested with worms in the lake of fire for eternity. How sad it is to hear some say, they don't care about hell, or they even wish it to others.

The extreme is those who deny hell all together. Jesus and the scriptures teach many times on hell. About a news disaster of his day when Pilate, the Roman Governor, slaughtered a group of Galileans, Jesus instructed –

Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no;

"But unless you repent 
you will all likewise perish.”

Jesus continued speaking of another news event.

Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:1-5 NKJ).

Who will be sentenced to hell? John writes in Revelation--

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev 21:8 NKJV).

Paul wrote to the Corinthians--

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 6:9-10 NKJV).

He also lists in his Epistle to the Galatians--

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal 5:19-21 NKJV).

The Bible teaches the full Truth. God has perfect holiness and he can tolerate no evil or sin. His plan for mankind is heaven, but man's free choice to sin demands hell. We can clearly see the sin of evil men that slaughter one, or hundreds, or thousands, or millions of innocent people. But to an all perfect God all sin against the Ten Commandments is horrific.

Only one man ever obeyed all
Ten Commandments.

God has perfect justice, love, mercy, and forgiveness for those who repent. In fact, he gives each man or woman a lifetime and a conscience to choose a right relationship with Him.

He sent his Divine Son, Jesus, to ransom mankind with his Blood and to give every man and woman the opportunity to believe, to repent, and to turn to God to enter eternal life.

Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways'!” (Ezk 33:11 NKJV).

Or as John the Apostle writes--

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).

Don't say Hell, say Jesus!

--Bill Hunt

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2 comments:

Lori said...

I say.....Jesus! Bless you Bill. The truth is painful sometimes, but God gives a remedy! Lori

Anonymous said...

Hi Bill,
I am Poet Starry Dawn. I am sorry, but Blogger does not allow me to post under my name. So, I have to use the anonymous mode to post my comments. I may say that you've got an amazing blog that I follow. This one is a great post, good food for thought, and a thought provoking issue. We all have the opportunity to choose between good and evil. We have a free will. Faithful believers have the promise of God to live an eternal life in His Golden Gates. Thank you, Bill for sharing your wisdom with the world!! You are welcome aboard in my poetry blog or other blogs at anytime. I wait for your wise appraisals over my poetry and inspirational stories. God may bless you, Bill and all your beloved ones!!
Until we write again.
In God's Garden,
Poet Starry Dawn.
Poetry Site: Thanksforthegiftoflife.blogspot