Allow me to explain:
What is hell alleged to be? Hell is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth; a lake of fire; a bottomless pit; a place created for the devil and his angels? These are just a few examples of what hell supposedly is. Hades is a place of eternal damnation, torture of the soul, and perhaps the most disturbing, it never ends. Can you fathom such a place? Everything we know has boundaries and limits. The universe thrives on law, order, and boundaries. Boundaries can be tangible such as mountains and oceans; or intangible such as gravity and time; or philosophical such as moral laws and taboo. Everything we know has boundaries and a beginning and an end.
Recognizing these things, can you imagine a place with no beginning, end, or boundaries? Can you comprehend the psychological torture of such a place combined with the torture of being cast into a lake of fire tormented for… ever! I try to wrap my head around such a place but cannot even begin to fathom it! We know of gruesome stories of torture here on this earth but the one thing that keeps a person sane (at least for a while) is hope. Hope that someone will come and save you, hope that you could strike a deal, at a certain point your hope may come to lie in the fact that soon you will be relieved from the situation through death. Through it all you have a sliver of hope and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel but, with hell there is no hope, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, there is no end… ever.
That’s simply one aspect of hell and not taking into acount the vitriolic evil you would be experiencing! I cannot even begin to imagine let alone attempt to describe the horrors of a place where the devil reigns unchecked. In hell every demonic fantasy would be reality and every devilish desire, practice.
I have laid out the very basics of what hell is alleged to be, even just scratching the surface it’s a pretty terrible thing but why do I say I don’t believe in hell and you probably don’t either? How many people have you told about hell this week? This month? Let’s even expand to a year? Have you told anyone? To open the field more broadly, have you told anyone of the Gospel or heaven this week, month, or year? I am not judging you or pointing the finger at you because I will openly confess I have not. How can you look me in the eye, or if I’m being honest how could I look you in the eye, and say you believe in hell when you may not have told one person about its dangers and evils? You may say, like myself, sure I believe in heaven and hell but actions speak louder than words. If we truly believed in a horrendously evil place such as hell, we would never do anything but shout its dangers from the rooftops! We would never do anything but beg our fellow man to listen to the horror of hell and the good news on how to avoid it! We would plead, and weep, and beg for someone, anyone to just take a few minuets and listen to us! How could we go through our lives and pursue such vain and temporary things on earth if we truly believe those around us could be headed toward eternal damnation and torture? Torture forever, not a week, not a year, not a lifetime; we are talking about never ending torture of the mind and soul that we cannot even begin to comprehend. You’re telling me you believe the masses are headed for such a place and you are just casually going through life trying to get that job promotion, bigger house, or nicer car?
At the very least, lets be honest with ourselves- we don’t actually believe there is a hell. Which begs a further question; do we believe in heaven, the Gospel, or even Jesus Christ?
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