“Oh, hell doesn’t exist! That’s something that religions make up to scare you into believing them! A loving God would never send someone to hell!”
Heaven is always a more popular topic of discussion than hell, and why not? The conventional wisdom of the world avers that everyone who leads a good life and does enough good deeds will get to heaven. Hell is only reserved for truly bad people, and if we are having this discussion, that couldn’t possibly be me!
It always surprising to learn that Jesus spoke more about hell than He did about Heaven. Jesus Christ is God and He did not sugarcoat His descriptions of hell. He truly desired that everyone should be saved from the horrors of hell, an eternal separation from God’s love and mercy. While this is one frightening definition, can we truly understand what hell means?
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1:6-8 (ESV)
Lay people, philosophers, and theologians have, for centuries, debated the meaning of hell. I certainly don’t have the answer but as I ponder the topic, I am sure hell exists and it is far worse than anything I, or anyone, could ever imagine. One recurring notion I have of hell is when God removes any restraint and protection that He provides us through His Holy Spirit and allows us to follow our most carnal desires. While some may applaud this, viewing it as the ultimate expression of human free will, it would result in all of us violently and helplessly torn in innumerable directions, goaded on by our lusts. We would toss like a leaf in the wind, hurtled in an infinite number of directions by our sinful natures, helpless to find meaning and purpose. By granting us the complete freedom of our wills, we would become enslaved by our own desires, an unrelenting series of waves of doubt.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain…
Hebrews 6:19 (ESV)
Jesus Christ is the anchor of our soul. By confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He provides the tether, the lifeline, the sure footing that our souls need to find meaning and purpose.
Jesus warned us of hell and He provides the answer. Let Him be the anchor of your soul. Hold fast to the God of all Creation. He created you and everyone who has ever lived. He knows what we truly need to live the life we were created to enjoy.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.