Hell. Do you care?
My church has been having interesting dialogues recently about what we believe. It has been sad to see how far we have drifted from our foundation. But it has caused me – and I believe others – to really think about what we believe and why. We have had a number of “town hall” type meetings where discussion was lively. One of them sticks out in my mind. One of the denominational leaders told us that “Allah” is just another name for God. Another leader in the denomination said he didn’t think God would send anyone to Hell. Personally he believed in a Hell but he wasn’t clear about God condemning people there for all of eternity.
Both of these men are good men. They are educated. They want to serve God. But they are dead wrong. The name of God is NOT “Allah”. It is Yahweh. It is Holy. Majestic. Mighty. Pure. Strong. Powerful. And nothing to fool around with. God guards His name. He is a jealous God and He wants His people to stand in awe of Him.
I have been reading through the Old Testament this year and the Israelites learned to fear the name of God. It was in God’s name that Moses parted the Red Sea. It was in God’s name that the walls of Jericho fell. It was in His name that Elijah called down fire from heaven. It was in His name the lame walked. It was in His name that the blind man could see. His name is also, precious to
those who know and love Him. We dare not trifle with His name.
Hell is real. Or at least Jesus thought so. And He ought to know. I began to think about Hell after this man said what he did. Granted, I didn’t dwell on it but it was more on my mind than it had been. I don’t like the idea of Hell and I don’t like the idea of anyone going there. But just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean it isn’t very real. It would be pretty to think God wouldn’t send anyone to hell. But God’s ways are not always pretty. Ask those who lived in Sodom.
What is pretty is that we don’t have to go to Hell. We choose to – this side of eternity.
I believe in Hell. I say I do. I believe there is such a state as a Christless eternity and without Him, it is Hell. But do I really believe that? When I fail to tell others about Jesus, I am saying I don’t really believe in Hell. When I sit beside someone on the plane and don’t tell them about Jesus I am really saying that I don’t really believe in a Christless eternity. Or I don’t care that this person next to me will really spend eternity in Hell.
We are all eternal beings. And having Christ as my Savior means I will spend all of eternity with Him. But the person next to me will not just die and be no more,cease to exist – they exist for all of eternity. In Hell.
Sobering, isn’t it. Think about it.