Two Roads To Eternity – Heaven or Hell
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me…I go to prepare a place for you…I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”
– John 14:1–3
“Please… write on anything but Hell!” This comes from bloggers in cyberspace who claim to be Christians. Responding to those who are sounding the warning about Hell, they write, “This makes Christians look like they serve a God filled with anger and wrath.”
The Bible clearly states of those who do not believe what it says, Satan has blinded their eyes and muted their hearing (2 Corinthians 4:3-5). Meanwhile, these non-believers brag and make light of the fact that they look forward to going to Hell, where they will enjoy their works of evil without the righteousness of God hovering over them.
The reality is that none of us will ever escape the righteousness of God. The psalmist wrote:
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. — Psalm 139:7-8
While we cannot escape the righteous judgment of God, it is also true that God, in His mercy and grace, wants to impart His righteousness through salvation to all people.
Yet there are those who refuse such a gift.
So why do people want to close their eyes to the idea of Hell when the world is talking, blogging, and writing about a literal place that intrigues and inflames such passion?
Hell is not an idea, a figment of the imagination, or the setting for a horror movie. It is the hideous reality that awaits those who refuse to let God come into their lives and make them new creations, filled with His forgiveness and love.
Please hear this truth: you will not escape God’s righteousness by going to Hell.
Consider this: Multitudes do not flinch when they condemn to Hell people such as Saudi Arabia’s Osama bin Laden, Germany’s Adolf Hitler, or Boko Haram sect members.
Their accusers do not hesitate to suggest that certain people who have “stepped over the line” of what they consider evil will land in Hell when life on earth is over. In the next breath, however, many will say, “I do not believe that God would send good people to Hell.”
Herein lies the problem — we see ourselves as good and refuse to see that we, too, harbor wickedness within. As the Bible says,
The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? — Jeremiah 17:9
From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man. — Mark 7:21-23
You see, God does not play favorites. The sin of pride is in the same sentence as the sin of murder.
Where do you fit in? Are you like the rich young ruler who declared to Jesus that he had lived a perfect life? Or perhaps you feel only certain sins merit Hell.
It does not really matter how we think of it; the truth of the Bible is what matters. And God’s Word proclaims that all people are sinners. God — not man — has set the standard, and we all fall short.
It is only by accepting of the gift of salvation in Christ Jesus that we are saved. Only in Jesus. And if you have accepted the gift, then pray for others too to come into salvation and do the work of an evangelist as well. Share the gospel message with someone today.
(Adapted from Where I am by Billy Graham)
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of salvation through Christ Jesus. My eternity is guaranteed in Heaven. I pray for my siblings, friends, neighbors and all that have not come to the reality of Christ today. I ask that the veil be removed from their eyes.
May the knowledge of Christ fill the earth as the waters cover the sea so that men and women, young and old will be saved from going to Hell in Jesus Name.