Part 1 of a 3 part series…
This post is about life and death and both are very important. Have you thought about what happens when your body finally ends up at room temperature? It will be sooner than you want.
IT WAS JUST AN ORDINARY DAY!
It was just an ordinary day several years ago when my friend Steve and his wife were leaving for a normal Sunday at church. Steve, along with his wife and two children were driving to church as usual on a normal Sunday morning. They reached an intersection the exact time as another vehicle hurdled through at nearly 100 mph. The impact was sudden, powerful and caused the end to an entire family in an instant. The suspect that was fleeing the police in a high speed chase was virtually unharmed in the crash. The funeral was difficult with Steve in one casket along with his tiny son and his wife in the other casket with her young daughter. Four people were taken away in the blink of an eye on an ordinary Sunday morning. Memorable to say the least!
It was just an ordinary day last year when my friend Aaron (coincidentally in the same family as Steve) went out to prepare firewood to heat his home. When he didn’t come in for supper his wife went out and found him next to the woodpile. He had suffered a heart attack. In the blink of an eye he was gone.
I know, I know, it will never happen to you right? Well, think again… It was just an ordinary bright sunny beautiful day on September 11 when two planes suddenly crashed into the world trade center killing many thousands. When they left home that morning they had no idea they would never return home again. If today is your ordinary day which turns into your last, are you ready?
Hell is what we need to talk about. Heaven is where we all want to end up. But most will not. A loved husband will end up in Hell while his wife goes to Heaven. Beloved wives will end up in Hell and the husband in Heaven. Children of parents will go to Hell and the parent to Heaven. Brother will go to Heaven and sister to Hell. Sister is going to Heaven and brother to Hell. Think about this! Mother goes to Heaven and Father to hell and vise verse. Some of our loved ones are already in Hell. This should cause tears to be shed… Can we let this happen without trying to have us all together in Glory? God Forbid!
You can find the path to Heaven later after my explanation of Hell. The path to heaven is narrow and not easy.
The path to Hell is wide and almost like a greased downhill slide. Take heed and please make a wise choice.
Why am I posting on the subject of Hell? It’s because no one is doing it anymore. Most clergy and churches nowadays won’t touch the subject because it doesn’t make people feel good. Most Christians don’t talk about it much either. Modern church not talking about hell is something I have a hard time understanding due to this one fact. The Bible has much, much more in its pages about hades and hell than it has about heaven. That alone should make you think twice about the subject. Please understand that you and I are no different. With the things I address on this post we are the same. We were all born as mortals in sin. (Romans 3:23-For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God )
No need to post about heaven just yet because heaven is all good and positive with people. It is Hell that needs to be explained. Most people have no idea.
LET ME EXPLAIN HELL:
(Matthew 3;11- I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire) (Romans 2:8- But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath) (2 Thessalonians 1:8- In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ)
It is a place of wrath! God will inflict vengeance on they that do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. Hell is not a place I would send my worst enemy. And that is the truth. Yes, there is a heaven and there definitely is a hell. For it is written. And this is of grave importance. (No pun intended.)
Most people don’t want this to be true. They suppress the truth. They do not want to answer for what they have done. No excuse. God says there is no excuse.
It’s important to examine your life, death, heaven and hell. How do you live and what happens when you die?
If you are reading this we know you were born so there is life. You likely have a birth certificate. I have some stark news for you if you haven’t heard it yet. You will die. All that’s left to be determined is when your date of death is stamped on the death certificate. It may be today or it may hopefully be another but most don’t expect it when it happens. And for many, when it does, it’s too late.
Nothing on earth is more sobering than a talk about hell. As real as the hope of heaven is, so too is the reality of hell. There will be a moment one day in the future that the only thing about you that will matter is your relationship with God. Your occupation, your good character, your status, sex, or race will mean nothing apart from your standing before God. What will that moment be like for you? Are you just hoping that everything will work out or are you confident in what is ahead for you?