Sherry, the resident blogger at quotes and notes and opinions produces fiercely Christian posts. In addition to being a fan of C. H. Spurgeon, The Prince of Preachers (see He Hath Said), is apparently enjoys the works of R.C. Sproul.
By Sherry on December 26, 2013
We have often heard statements such as “War is hell” or “I went through hell.” These expressions are, of course, not taken literally. Rather, they reflect our tendency to use the word hell as a descriptive term for the most ghastly human experience possible. Yet no human experience in this world is actually comparable to hell. If we try to imagine the worst of all possible suffering in the here and now we have not yet stretched our imaginations to reach the dreadful reality of hell.
Hell is trivialized when it is used as a common curse word. To use the word lightly may be a halfhearted human attempt to take the concept lightly or to treat it in an amusing way. We tend to joke about things most frightening to us in a futile effort to declaw and defang them, reducing their threatening power. (continued here)
Many of us like to pretend Hell does not exist. Yet if we claim to believe that Christ Jesus is God and the Bible is His Word, we cannot rightly do that. Instead, we must do what Jesus wants us to do. We must contemplate both Heaven and Hell.
What are the differences between Heaven and Hell? Why would a Holy God create Hell? Perhaps He did not. Perhaps Hell is a place entirely of our own making. Can you imagine the possibility that for an unrepentant sinner Heaven would be Hell? And if that is the case, then how can Hell be unjust? If it is the state of our own harden heart makes Heaven into Hell, how can Hell be unjust?
Whatever is the case, when we refuse to repent of our sins and turn to Christ Jesus, in addition to risking our place in Heaven, we risk gaining a place in Hell. Did Jesus intend that that distance, between the infinite Good of Heaven and the infinite Evil of Hell, should guide our thoughts? Knowing that both Heaven and Hell exist, don’t we have twice as much reason to cleave to our Savior for salvation?