Eternity: Smoking? Or Non-Smoking?
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
This day we are addressing one of the most difficult subjects we could ever deal with as a church family and that is the issue of hell. It is a painful subject to ponder and the bottom line is, you don't want to go there. It's not a subject that people think, ''You know, I need to know more about.'' Rarely does someone go to research the subject of hell. It is not on the top ten reading list. I have never heard of someone going into a public library and saying to the librarian, ''You know, I'd like to do a little pleasure reading on hell, could you give me all the wonderful books you may have on the subject of hell.'' It just doesn't happen.
To many people hell is a present lifestyle. I've heard it said many times, ''I don't believe in literal hell, I'm living in hell right now!'' In essence what they're saying is, ''This is God's judgment on me right now and the life that I'm experiencing right now could not ever be any worse than it is now. In fact, I believe the real hell we go through is on earth.'' That usually comes from someone who walks through a bitter experience, who has been disappointed in their own life personally and in their own relationships. It is also a statement said by a person who does not understand what the Bible actually teaches about hell.
Now there are other theologies about hell that seek to avoid the subject altogether and if you want to find teachers of the Bible who will try to teach you about why the hell in the Bible that Jesus spoke of is not really real, you can find them. But I want you to know that just as there are many unbiblical views of the afterlife that are proposed, there are many false prophets in this world who would propose them. This last week I've been reading in the Book of Jeremiah, he was a prophet i ...
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