Thursday, April 4, 2013

Word of the Day April 4, 2013

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

Hell is a very real place, though many people never really want to discuss it.  It is interesting that a much higher percentage of people believe in the existence of heaven than believe in the existence of hell. According to the Bible, though, hell is just as real as heaven. The Bible clearly and explicitly teaches that hell is a real place to which the wicked and unbelieving are sent after death.

Hell is really no laughing matter although most people don’t believe they are going to hell. For every person in America that believes they are going to hell, there are 120 who believe they are going to heaven, whether they are living as a Christian or not. I have heard so many people say “they are in a better place” when a loved one dies.  If their loved one didn't know Jesus, they are not in a better place, they are in hell. 

Jesus taught us in His Word that hell was a very real place and to not be deceived: "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew 7:13–14).

The punishment of the wicked in hell is as never ending as the bliss of the righteous in heaven. Jesus Himself indicates that punishment in hell is just as everlasting as life in heaven (Matthew 25:46). The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God. Those in hell will acknowledge the perfect justice of God (Psalm 76:10).

The Bible says that rebellion against the Lord, rejecting Him and His Word is like witchcraft.  Rebellion against the Lord is so severe that even Saul, the King of Israel who was annointed by God, was rejected because he turned away from God. “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.  Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,  He has also rejected you from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:23)

 Of all the parables that Jesus told, more than half of them relate to God's eternal judgment of sinners. So we cannot go to the Bible and pick and choose things that personally appeal to us and throw the others aside. So if you want an endless heaven, then you have to also accept an endless hell.  Whether or not you want it however, it is very real.  Which place do you want to end up in?

God didn't leave us without hope.  If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you took the pain of the cross to give me new life. I ask you to come into my heart and to give me your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive you now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow you and to serve you all my life. Thank you, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!  Have a Simply Heavenly Day….


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