Realities of Hell
What a terrible place Hell must be. If you read in the newspaper that a man received a $5 fine for a crime, you could conclude that his crime was insignificant. But if a man received multiple life sentences, you could conclude that his crime was heinous. In the same way, we can catch a glimpse of how terrible sin must be in the sight of God by looking to the punishment given for it—eternal punishment.
When you refuse God’s call you are preparing for an eternal separation from God. This is Hell. “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:46) Take the time to read what Jesus said Hell was like in Mark 9:43-48. The punishment will be just, but severe to the uttermost.
Look honestly into the mirror of the Law, and then seek the “water” that cleanses every sin. If you don’t believe what the bible says about the reality of Hell, it means you think God is corrupt (that He hasn’t the moral backbone to seek justice), that Jesus was a liar, that the Apostles were false witnesses, that God’s promises are nothing but prefabricated lies. There is no greater insult to God than to call Him a liar. By doing so, you are adding to your transgressions.
Imagine if you reject the Savior, die in your sins and find that what the bible has said is the truth? Then it will be too late, you will be judged for your sins.
Can you see your predicament? You are guilty of sinning against God Himself, and, because you have a conscience, you have been aware of your sin. Isn’t it true that every time you have lied, stolen, lusted, etc., you did it with knowledge that it was wrong? Your conscience (conscience means – with knowledge) tells you so.
Does the fact that you have sinned against God worry or scare you? It should. You have actually angered Him by your sin. The Bible says His wrath abides on you, that you are an “enemy of God in your mind through wicked works.” But let fear work for your good, in the same way that a fear of jumping out of a plane at a great height would make you put on a parachute. Let your will to live open your heart to the Gospel of salvation.
Stephen John Spivey