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The Reality of Hell (6 of 6)
Series: Back on Track
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Luke chapter 16, Luke chapter 16. We're finishing up the series, "Back on Track," with a message I've entitled "The Reality of Hell."
Now, in 1992 a movie came out. It was a, pretty much an instant classic. It was a movie that starred Jack Nicolson and Tom Cruise and Demi Moore. It was called "A Few Good Men." It was a military movie. It was a courtroom drama movie. And at the climax of the movie, if you remember, Colonel Nathan R. Jessep, played by Jack Nicholson, he is on the witness stand, and Lt. Kaffee, who is played by Tom Cruise, is interrogating him. And they're trying to find out his involvement in the death of William Santiago. It was a hazing death, and there was this thing called Code Red, which was kind of a covert hazing situation that would take place in the military. And the military kept saying that didn't exist, but people knew it existed. And as the movie built to the climax, Colonel Nathan R. Jessum, Jessep, the commander of the forces at Guantanamo Bay, he was being interrogated. And Cruise, Lt. Kaffee, said to him, "Did you order the Code Red?" And the judge says, "You don't have to answer that, Colonel." He said, "I'll answer the question. He said to Cruise, he said, "You want answers?" He said, "I think I'm entitled." He said, "You want answers?" He said, "I want the truth!" And then he said, "You can't handle the truth."
In our world today, there are untold multitudes of people who can't handle the truth - the truth concerning the doctrine of hell.
In a 2003 Banna survey, he surveyed many, many Americans and found out only 32% of those Americans see hell as an actual place. The Church of England in 1995, they did a study. It was called the Mystery of Salvation. And in their study they said, said this: "Yes, hell does exist, but it's not a place of eternal torment. Hell is just a place of non-being." Hm…
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