It’s starting to get hot here in Arkansas. Yesterday’s high temperature was in the 90’s but it felt even hotter. Last weekend my family and I were camping at Gilham Lake, and I was in the sun longer than I should have been, fishing, playing, and swimming with my girls. At the end of the day, I felt terrible. My face was burning hot, and I felt like I had heat exhaustion. My wife said I looked like I had a 2nd degree burn on my ears. I laid down to go to bed and I just didn’t feel good. I had a cold bottle of water on my chest to cool me down and another cold bottle of water to drink. I thought I needed to go to the doctor, but I laid down and prayed that God would make me feel better and that I would be alright.
Have you ever felt this way? Did you ever get too much sun and just feel terrible? Maybe some of you have had heat exhaustion or heat stroke. I can’t imagine what hell will feel like, but I wonder if that is anywhere even remotely close to what hell will be like? Probably not, hell will probably be much more intense, and it lasts forever, for eternity. There will be no relief from it.
What perplexes me is when people say they don’t care if they go to hell or not. WHAT! You don’t care if you go to hell? You must not understand what hell is? That scares the hell out of me, people that (think) they willingly want to go there. Elon Musk, I would submit that he is not as smart as people give him credit for. Or maybe he is too smart?
Thank you for the blessing, but I’m ok with going to hell, if that is indeed my destination, since the vast majority of all humans ever born will be there.
Elon Musk on Twitter: “@Almisehal Thank you for the blessing, but I’m ok with going to hell, if that is indeed my destination, since the vast majority of all humans ever born will be there.” / Twitter
The Bible says there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. People in hell will be in so much agony that they will gnash their teeth down.
Mark 9:42 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe and trust in Me to stumble [that is, to sin or lose faith], it would be better for him if a heavy millstone [one requiring a donkey’s strength to turn it] were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble and sin, cut it off [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]! It is better for you to enter life crippled, than to have two hands and go into [g]hell, into the unquenchable fire, 44 [h][where their worm does not die, and the fire is not put out.] 45 If your foot causes you to stumble and sin, cut it off [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]! It would be better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and be thrown into hell, 46 [i][where their worm does not die, and the fire is not put out.] 47 If your eye causes you to stumble and sin, throw it out [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]! It would be better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm [that feeds on the dead] does not die, and the fire is not put out.” (Bible Gateway Amplified Bible 2022)
We just had someone die in our family. My Sister-in-Law’s Father-in-Law and we weren’t sure of their salvation. We are questioning ourselves, did we do enough. Did we talk enough about Jesus? Did we shine our light? I believe that people can be saved through the loss of others, so I pray that his death is not in vain. I pray for people that do not know Jesus Christ as their savior. I pray that someone will be sent into their lives to set an example to at least plant a seed so that God can do the rest.
Hell according to the Bible
Heather Riggleman 2021 says “Hell is a place of sorrow and torment. This truth is seen throughout the Bible in the Old and New Testaments. The Bible clearly and explicitly teaches that hell is a real place to which the wicked/unbelieving are sent after death. Hell is this infinite and eternal death which we have earned because of our sin. Christ talked a great deal about this subject. He describes “Gehenna” as a place where “their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). He spoke several times about weeping and gnashing of teeth for those who are “cast into outer darkness” (Matthew 8:12, 13:42, 22:13, 24:51, 25:30). He also gives the parable about inhabiting a “place of torment” (Luke 16:28). Jesus spoke about hell more than anyone else in Scripture.”
Heather goes on to say “As of right now, whether or not you believe in God—you are still experiencing His blessings. Even if your life is less than ideal. Even if you are sick, poor, or suffering in some way. You woke up this morning to the blessing of His breath in your lungs. He is ensuring your needs are met. If you’re alive and living on this planet, you have already benefited from God’s grace and goodness. Every sinner, saint, atheist, agnostic, and doubter have all received His gifts of being alive, witnessing God’s hand-painted sunsets, the breath in their lungs, or the love of a parent. Everyone has benefited from the goodness in this world that God not only created but provided. He’s given you free will and in Him, you live, move, and have your being—mind, body, soul, and spirit.”
“Hell was created for the rebellion of Satan and the angels that followed him (Matthew 25:41; Romans 6:23). Scriptures indicate God never intended Hell and the lake of fire for mankind but that is where all will go who choose not to put their faith in Jesus Christ. The most important question is not where hell is or even when it was created but how to avoid going to hell. We avoid hell when we choose to believe in Jesus Christ—the One who died to pay for your sins and all who choose to put their trust in Him.” (Heather Riggleman 2021)
When I started out writing this article, I certainly didn’t mean for Heather’s article to take over, but her article is so good.
And finally, how do we insure we don’t go to hell?
“One day each of us will stand before God and Jesus will say, “Depart from me for I never knew you.” After God’s judgment, seated on the ‘great white throne, (Revelation 20:11), anyone whose name is not found written in the book of life [will be] thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). God has been patiently waiting as He does not want any of His children to perish. We can avoid hell by choosing to love God—by accepting His plan of salvation (Mark 1:15).” (Heather Riggleman 2021)
Here is a link to her entire article. What Does the Bible Say about Hell – Location and Description (crosswalk.com)
Hell is real and it is a place of constant sorrow and constant torment. It’s a place I don’t want to go. And anyone that wants to go there, quite frankly, scares me. It’s hard for me to believe they even have a clue as to what they are talking about. Don’t be like Elon Musk and believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ who died for you and me, so that we don’t have to endure the agony of hell. How hot is hell? I don’t know and I don’t want to find out! However, I do know that the rich man wanted a drop of water to cool his tongue. Luke 16:24 “And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in severe agony in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things [all the comforts and delights], and Lazarus likewise bad things [all the discomforts and distresses]; but now he is comforted here [in paradise], while you are in severe agony.” (Bible Gateway Amplified Bible 2022) God Bless You!