Heaven and Hell.
I’ve heard a lot of arguments about these. Whether or not they’re real. What you have to do (or not do) to get into either.
I’m not here to debate.
But pause. Think about it for a minute. What if? Just what if they’re real?
What if there really is a burning pit where people go after they die?
Every time time I think about hell the scary part for me isn’t the fire or torture. No sir. It’s the endlessness. Like there’s no dying to escape your misery. It goes on. There’s no end.
You know that’s what keeps people in really bad situations from committing suicide. The fact that they believe things will get better. They have hope. The very second you take away every iota of hope, they start to think suicide. For me, that’s the scary part about hell. No hope. No end. You just suffer forever and ever and ever and ever…
A lot of people believe that being a real Christian entails adhering to strict laws and getting condemned when you fall short. From my personal experience, I’ve realised that this isn’t what it is. It’s a beautiful love relationship; free of condemnation and full of Grace. I’m still not where I should be but We’re working towards it. I really wouldn’t live my life any other way.
I don’t believe people get sent to hell for committing sin. I think people get sent to hell for rejecting Jesus. God knows it’s impossible to not sin on our own even if we make all the resolutions in the world. That’s where Jesus comes in. To help us become the people we need to be so that we don’t have to do hell.
My cousin died the other day. First born of two, wasn’t 30 yet. His father died late ’09. He’d just got his first job and was starting to take care of his mom (retired teacher) and his younger brother who’s in his 2nd year at FUTO. Accident. Bike accident. One minute here; the next gone. How many bikes have you clambered on this year???
Since December 2010, a whole lot of young people have been dying. We talk about it a lot and all but this one really hit close to home.
I like to think that I’ll see him again in heaven.
As you go about your business pause for a second and ask yourself; WHAT IF?