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Thoughts On Hell
by Robert Flores

Have you ever tried thinking if God didn't exist? There wouldn't just be no universe. There would be nothing--not even God, not even an intelligence . . . Let me try and paint the picture for you: there would be no earth, you wouldn't have a family, or a car, or a job or friends, in fact you wouldn't even exist. There would be no planets, no stars, no sun, no light of any kind. There would just be a void where the universe would be, except in all directions. Nothing. No existence of any kind, but no one would care because there wouldn't be anyone. No life. No existence. A hopeless void of nothingness that goes on infinitely. No time. No space. No dimensions of any kind.

That picture is exactly what was here before creation, except for one exception: God existed in eternity past, and He "created the heavens and the earth". He made something (universe, planets, sun, stars, earth, humans) out of nothing. Then we sinned against God (Rom 5:12) But He redeemed us back by the precious blood of His only begotten Son.

For those who don't want forgiveness, eternal life, peace, joy and love, He will judge them and give them the nothingness we already talked about at the beginning of this essay. "And I saw the deaf, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works . . . And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:12, 15)

Heaven would actually be "hell" for those who do not want to love God, so He will give them exactly what they want and deserve: an eternity away from Him. That's right, God will actually remove His omnipresence and His omnipotence from that place called hell (wherever that might be in this vast universe) and really will not know nor care what is going on there ("And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind." Romans 1:28). Actually, He will put that place out of His mind altogether. "Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels . . . And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." (Matthew 25:41, 46) It'll be the void of nothingness, except you'll be the only one there (I surmise that your closest neighbor will be light years away, so for all intents and purposes you are there all alone). There won't be any friendships or revolts or love; anything resembling God's attributes will be taken away like joy, peace, love, hope, because He won't be there. He is the Giver of those gifts, yea the epitome of those gifts, and gives them freely now . . . but not forever to those who do not want them. (How can one reject God and still think they can keep the good things He has created and given to them?)

Hell will be left to the eons of eternity, forgotten by God, men and angels. God doesn't want to look at sin for eternity. He's absolutely holy and He hates sin. He wants to spend His Life and time with those who love Him, not hate Him. Heaven has to be heaven for Him, too, you know. "And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21:27) Hell will be a place where you can practice your sins in private, literally (just not with anyone else). No, God won't destroy you, He wants you to live the life you've chosen for yourself. Your own sins will be a constant death for you for the rest of eternity. It's God's gift to you for He gave you what you wanted—separation from Him, a sin-laden existence, no rules or regulations, FREEDOM! Freedom from what though? You have to wonder. . . freedom from your Creator, love, forgiveness, friends, peace. If that's what "freedom" is, I don't want it. Ah, but there is another freedom: freedom in Christ.

God has chosen to give me a different eternity: heaven. He's given that opportunity for us to take, because Jesus already experienced hell (i.e. separation from God) on that cross for us. I have heaven to look forward to now, I hope you do, too. If you accept Christ as your Savior, you will have Him for eternity, and will avoid that void of nothingness. "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) Ever wonder why there is no crime in a ghost town? That's because everyone alive is a sinner by nature. Jesus said you must be born again.

I'll leave you with this parable that Jesus told from Luke 16: There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (Luke 16:19-31)

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. —Acts 16:31

September 15, 2001