Survey Says "No Hell"

Survey Says . . .

I was watching Family Feud last night with my wife and noticed something in one of the questions.  The question was something like, "What happens to people after they die?"

Out of 100 people surveyed, no one said, "They die and go to Hell".  Really, out of 100 people?

Even Steve had a hard time believing that one!

Some of the answers on the board were, "We sleep forever, We go to Heaven to see our loved ones, We Rot" and so on.  When one family member mentioned the four letter "H" word, it got the "X".

My heart broke for a few reasons:

#1 . There are so many in our world today that do not have the hope of Heaven.  They think that when this life is over, they just cease to exist.

There is more to life than what this world offers, eternal life is forever!

  • (John 14:1-4) “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

#2 . There is a false theology circulating among many that says, "Hell is not a real literal place."  I do not understand this?

Paul warns his young protege' Timothy about people craving theology that agrees with their misguided behaviors

  • (2 Timothy 4:3) 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.

Jesus himself references Hell. Here is one of them:

  • (Matthew 10:28) “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

The Apostle John states in the book of Revelation:

  • (Revelation 20:13-14) 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death.
  • Jesus gives us a peek into the contrast of our two eternities can be seen in (Luke 16:19-31) The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.

Even in the answers given by those 100 surveyed they had no problem envisioning Heaven but not Hell.

We cannot have Heaven without Hell.  

Hell is the whole reason Jesus came to this earth and died for our sins so we wouldn't have to. God takes sin so seriously that He sacrificed His son to keep us from going there.  To say there is no Hell is to cheapen the sacrifice that Jesus made for our sins.

#3 . Regardless of what people think, everyone is not going to Heaven and sharing that fact is not hate speech but love.

Randy Alcorn in his book entitled Heaven says, "“The reality of Hell should break our hearts and take us to our knees and to the doors of those without Christ.”

As I was telling a group the other day, "What if we found out there has been a cure for cancer that has been kept locked away for ten years? If the scientists and pharmaceutical companies were to go public with it the monies lost in research, treating and drugs would be to great a hit on the health industry"

Many would be outraged because their loved ones death could have been prevented!  As hard as that is to imagine, believers do this everyday.  When we refuse to share the gospel message of Jesus to those we supposedly love, we are keeping the cure from them that will make the difference in their eternity.

Saying the bible teaches of a literal Hell and Jesus came to rescue from that place is not hate, it is love!!!!!!

Jesus said Himself that those entering Heaven would be few.

  • (Matthew 7:13-14) 13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

I have dedicated my life trying to convey what the scriptures say to people about living, dying and spending our never ending lives in Heaven or Hell.  Some may read this and say I am old fashioned or that I am taking the scriptures to literally.  I will just say this, "If I am wrong, I have lost nothing because my life in Christ has been so much better than when I lived without Him.  If I am right, oh what a day that will be!"


What Is The Deal With That Hat?

Some (including  my wife) wonder why I like this hat so much.  As I was working out today, I thought I would share the meaning behind this TransAm Trucker Hat.  I bought the hat during a Mission Trip I was on back in July of 2011. We took our college group to Richmond, VA do do some work with habitat for humanity, serve the homeless through the First Baptist Church of Richmond and build a fence.

As one of my friends has said, "It was hotter than forty hells" that week.  Here is a picture of the temperature from my phone one day when we were building a fence for someone.  Yes! It say it feels like 110 degrees.

Some of the guys and I took a Walmart trip to get some supplies and I found this hat to not only keep the sweat out of my eyes but also provide a little shade for my face. It didn't hurt that it had a huge firebird on the front of it!

Now, this hat has primarily become my "work" hat!  Whether it be the gym or in the yard, if I'm wearing it, I am working!

When I look at this hat, I think of that week in Richmond and remember fondly all those I served with.  They are all out of college now and living their own lives which makes me very happy.  I am grateful that God gave me an my friends a week to remember forever. So that's the story behind the hat.


He Wants To Be Your Everything

"Everything" is such a big word for me to comprehend. "Everything" gives me hope as a believer that my life is not dependent upon karma or some mythical set of scales that weigh my good and the bad deeds. It is refreshing to know that even my blunders can be turned into blessings by God's hand. Some of my greatest mistakes made me a better person through God's redeeming grace. I am not perfect though. I have many more "everythings" to endure.

A friend reminded me today of the weight of the word "everything" when she told me about a health scare she had with a family member. Scripture, prayer and sermons are powerful but sometimes when it comes to the "biggies" we worry. Thankfully, God moved in a positive way in my friends life and I thank Him for that, but you and I know do not always get the answer we want. Still there is the word "Everything".

God does not need our intellectual assent to be powerful, He already is! There are no amounts of worries, deeds or deals we can make to side step the promise that "Everything"works together for the good ... If you are a believer in Jesus Christ today, join me in resting in the world "Everything". God has not forgotten you and He knows exactly what you are going through. He has seen the puzzle, let Him put the pieces of your life together.

If you are not a believer, I urge you to become one because your word is not "Everything". Your word is "Nothing". This world will be "as good as it gets." There is a God that loves you just as you are, imperfections and all. He wants to be your "Everything"

Here is some great answers to what it takes to become a believer in Jesus http://www.gotquestions.org/become-a-Christian.html

Live in the power and hope of the word "everything" today!

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT

These thoughts were provoked by a devotional I am reading through bible.com. If you would like to see what I saw then check it out.

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