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!"