Hell-What Do You Think?
The Word of God assures us that Hell is a real place. It was created for Satan and the fallen angels who rebelled against God. However, human beings who reject the redemptive blood of Jesus Christ will join Satan in this eternal separation from God. What is our perception of Hell? Hell is real.
The Word of God assures us that Hell is a real place created for the banishment of Satan and the fallen angels who rebelled against God- but-humans who reject Jesus Christ and His redemptive sacrifice for our sins, will join Satan in everlasting suffering. American clergy have historically preached hell-fire- and brimstone. In the Old Testament, hell is sometimes translated from the Hebrew word Sheol, which sometimes means “grave.”
Gehenna is another concept of Hell. It is referred to in Matthew 1028 and II Kings 23:10, the Moabites sacrificed unfortunate victims there. Later it became a public rubbish dump. The valley was a place where the fires never ceased to burn and a hungry worm had plenty to eat.
The fear of hell is a tremendous motivator to deter one from engaging in behavior that could ultimately seal their fate there. Fear however, should not be the supreme reason for not wanting to go to hell. We should want to spent eternity with God. There have been thousands of sermons on hell. July 8, 1781 -Johnathan Edwards preached a famous sermon concerning hell. The name of the sermon was “Sinners In The Hands of an Angry God.” The sermon was very provocative. There were many souls who understood and repented of their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as Savior after hearing this sermon.
Hell is described and perceived in many ways. There are places on earth that people think epitomize their idea of what hell looks like. In Ireland, there is a place called St. Patrick's Purgatory. This place is perceived by many Catholics to be the 'gate to hell. There is a cave on the island where St. Patrick had a vision concerning a cave on the island that would lead to the pit of hell. The entrance to the cave has been lost over time since medieval days.
The 'hell hole of creation,' some say is located in Esta Ali, Africa. It is located in a desert where 3 tectonic plates of the earth converge and the temperature is 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The smell of sulfur will almost asphyxiate you. There is volcanic lava and ash in abundance. Without exception, around the world, most interpretation of hell is linked to fear.
We do know however, every living being, human and animal, will die at some point in time-without exception. What happens when we die is a universal question. We all have a choice as to where we will spend eternity. The universal answer is that we will come to know the answer to what happens when we die-at that particular point in our existence. We do know there is a war going on between good and evil. Since evil does exist, there must be an evil place of existence-don't you think,otherwise what would be the purpose? The good news is, this is where "choice" is made available to us; we can choose. People have been making this choice throughout the history of mankind. It is relevant. It is still a defining moment in our personal destiny.
It would be Hell not to be in the presence of God.