It was hot today, and I guess because it as so hot I started to think about hell. What it is like, how hot is it really in hell, what does a person do who is in hell, just stand there forever, is there conversation with others, what would they talk about, do those in hell feel any remorse, I wonder what the first thought is of a person the moment they enter hell, maybe, “oh oh, I was wrong”, does a person get used to the agony, will those in hell have any idea what heaven is like, and on my mind wandered through the questions and mysteries of hell. There are many descriptions and comments about hell in the Bible. One of the more interesting is in the Gospel of Luke as Jesus describes this place of torment.
Luke 16:23-24. In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.
The Bible clearly teaches that every person who dies enters either heaven or hell. Very few people are anxious about that fact, in fact most have denied the reality and existence of hell either consciously or subconsciously. It is funny that people think they can decide what is true and real, simply on the basis of “that is what I believe”.
God created the beauty and glory and joy of heaven, and He created the agony of hell. He also is the one who makes the rules, and He is the one who decides as we stand before Almighty God at the end of our life. There won’t be any arguing or defense by those who are condemned to the fire.
If I didn’t already, I would want to know for sure, without any doubts, where I was headed and how I could be transferred to heaven if I discovered I was headed for hell. There is simple naive, and then there is stupid naive. Forever is a really, long time.