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January 26, 2011

Think Scripturally: “HELL”
by Ed Wallen

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” —Psalm 90:12

There are a few subjects that most folks would rather not talk or hear about. One of those is the subject of “Hell.” Christ spoke of it often, using language describing a place of unending torment and anguish; a place of finality; a fixed eternity of separation from God, His people and mercy. To most, there is a discomfort associated with even the thought of Hell. The fact of hell’s existence is so disturbing to some people they evade thoughts of it and suppress contemplation of it. This avoidance of the subject takes many forms.

Some try to stay away from thinking about hell by denying that it actually exists. Even among some theologians there is an argument commonly referred to as “the doctrine of annihilation.” This argument says in part that there is no hell and when unsaved men die they cease to exist— there is no hell.

Some try to avoid the subject of hell by minimizing its severity. They may think or argue that even though there may be a hell, the punishment in hell is not as severe or as long as the Bible declares.

Others may argue that eternal punishment in a place called hell is not compatible with a Just, Merciful and Loving God. Surely, such a God would not send people to a place where they would indescribably suffer for eternity.

Still others argue that every man, woman, and child will be saved and taken to heaven; therefore, there would be no need of hell.

The bottom line is that God is Just, Loving and Merciful, offering salvation through the atoning blood of Christ as payment for sin; but those who refuse this offer, will, because God is Just,  be responsible for payment of their own sins, —consequently, hell.  Those in Hell have been granted what they wanted on earth. As C.S. Lewis wrote, “There are only two kinds of people in the end:  those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”

“Death has a voice— it is sent with a message to us. It says, ‘I am coming for you soon! Be ready!'”
—James Smith (1865)

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