What’s up with Hell? Part 1

Questions covered:

What’s the weather like?

One of the most thought provoking topics of the Bible is the status of our own personal after life. Two destinations await humanity: Heaven or Hell.

Jesus spoke more on Hell than anyone else in scripture. Therefore, the Bible has plenty to say about eternity, but it’s up to us to seek out the answers to our questions and to understand just what awaits us after we die.

The thought of Heaven awaiting us is enjoyable. Heaven is easy to accept, but Hell is quite the opposite and that’s why we have so many questions.

So for the next few weeks I will be answering the questions posed at Verge (the student ministry of our church) after our discussion on Hell.

The first obvious question is, what will it be like?

Before we answer, lets be honest for a second. It’s way easier to just reject the idea of Hell than discuss it. That’s what most people do…

That way we don’t have to picture our families, friends, or ourselves going there. It’s way easier just to believe that there is no way a loving God could in any way coexists with a place so frightening as Hell.

But no matter what we think, the subject of Hell is there. Jesus talks about it because He wants no one to experience it.

We need to know Hell is what sets Christianity apart from all other religions in that Christians believe our eternal status depends on our relationship with Jesus and Jesus alone. (1)

So what’s Hell like? The Bible does not give us a detailed description of hell, but it does give us a pretty good idea. And I think the reason why the Bible does not give a detailed picture of what Hell is like is because there is no way for us to truly understand just how bad it really will be. Our minds can’t comprehend it’s true reality.

Words the Bible does use to describe Hell includes:
1. fire
2. darkness
3. punishment
4. exclusion from God’s presence
5. restlessness
6. second death
7. weeping and gnashing of teeth (2)
 

So if you want to imagine what Hell is like, just picture the worst possible place with the above descriptions and multiply it by a million. So it sounds horrible. But what affect does it have on us when we are there?

Tomorrow we take it our discussion even further.

 
(1) http://theresurgence.com/2011/03/14/to-hell-with-hell
(2) Ibid
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