I admit, this is not a popular topic. Not in this day and age. No matter how you pepper it with soft, comfortable words, hell is a place that will always signal horror, regret, damnation and eternal suffering to each of us. There are things that we don’t see – but oh how we feel it. And its effects extend to our physical, financial, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual life.
I believe that there is a place called hell where eternal fire and suffering exists. Where nothing but eternal pain, horror and excruciating torture is felt. I believe that this hell is one of two places where people go when they die. I believe I was headed there.
I lie. I don’t remember when I did it the first time. But I’m sure it wasn’t far from when I was born. I don’t remember when I did it the last time either – but I’m sure it wasn’t far from today.
2) I’m a Thief
I steal. Something grabs my attention, piques my desire, arouses my greed – I take it. It’s not mine. But I store it away anyway. I’ve stolen some things.
3) I’m an Adulterer
My eyes wander to and fro. My heart yearns for the forbidden. I lust after another woman who is not my wife. My heart darkens. I’ve fallen deep and fallen often.
4) I’m a Fornicator
Taken deep by my lust, I wandered out to sate my appetite for my fleshly yearning. I go after another woman. I can never go back. There is no second virginity.
5) I’m a Murderer
I am guilty of murdering the only Son of God. He was crucified in my stead – a sinless man took away my sins on the cross. An excruciating, tortuous and painful death that should have been mine. Jesus Christ was the only qualified substitute for my place in hell.
I was well on my way to hell – because I am inherently evil. Trapped in my sinful desires. But God, in His great grace and love for me, sent His Son – Jesus Christ, to die for my stead so that I won’t have to go to hell.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
Because of Jesus’ sinless life, death could not hold Him. He was raised again to life on the third day and I await His return – to go and join Him in His Kingdom in heaven.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” – Romans 10:9-10
He did it for you too, you know?