What Will Hell Be Like?

“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 NLT)

Think of one of God’s characteristics that means the most to you. God is good, gracious, compassionate, loving, kind, forgiving, tender-hearted, merciful, just, faithful, caring, powerful, wise . . . and the list goes on. Think of all the reasons Jesus means everything to you, or nothing, depending on your frame of reference. Everything that God is, is revealed and reflected in the life of His Son, the Lord Jesus.

One of my favorite ways to think of God, and the Lord Jesus, is the metaphor of Light. What do you think of when you think of light? It illuminates, gives visibility, opens our minds to understanding, gives direction, guidance, insight, and wisdom. Think of a world void of light. That’s hell!

Think of love. When is the first time you experienced love? Hopefully, you experienced the effects of love long before you realized what it was, but, if you know Jesus, at some point in your life you realized the forgiveness, mercy, and selfless acceptance of the love of God through another person.

Who first comes to your mind when you think of selfless love? For me, I think of my grandmother – Mom Eley and her husband, whom I called Papa John. Or my Uncle Ed and Auntie Al, or Uncle Jack and Auntie Demetra. Gratefully, there were others, but these were the people through whom God first showed me His redemptive, kind, and compassionate love.

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Now, in light of all the positive things you thought of in the context of light and love, try to imagine a place void of either. The closest I can come is remembering a time when my son and I visited a large cave. The guide took us through the damp, dark rocks until, at one point she asked us to stand completely still. Then she turned off her light. Complete and utter darkness. We couldn’t see our hand in front of our face.

Now think of being alone in that darkness, not just for a few seconds, but for all eternity. Hell is the absence of God, thus, the absence of love and light. But compound that with the agony and torment of physical pain that is relentless and never ending. Then the added torture of realizing that there’s no one with whom you can share your pain and suffering, and even if you could, they wouldn’t listen or care.

It’s not unusual in movies for someone to comment to another “macho” man – “See you in hell!” – as if there will be a camaraderie of evil people who can sit around drinking beer and exchanging stories. In hell the only thing you’ll hear besides your own groans of agony, are the pain-filled groans of others whom you can’t see, nor have any contact with them.

Studies reveal the worst punishment any one can receive is solitary confinement. Think of hell as solitary on steroids. All you’ll have is your own regrets and the realization that you missed thousands of opportunities to know and love Jesus, but you thought they were foolishness or that you had plenty of time for that later.

Those are lies from the pit of hell! The only moment in which you can make ANY decision about ANYTHING is in THIS MOMENT! Death is sudden – one breath you’re alive, the next second you’re not. One second your heart is beating, the next it stops. Please understand, I’m not trying to scare anyone, I just want to be an instrument of truth to help people awaken from their devilish slumber before it’s eternally too late.

And do you want to know the key weapon Satan uses to keep people distracted and deaf to the Holy Spirit – BUSYNESS! Slow down long enough to hear God’s voice and respond to Him while you can! Reach out to Jesus in your own words and with a heart that longs to be saved from what is surely coming to those who refuse to recognize their need of Him. He’s done everything to make it possible to be forgiven and have eternal life, but it’s time to get off the fence and yield your life and allegiance to Jesus.

Blessings, Ed

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