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A Story of Hell (2 of 4)
INTRODUCTION: The Bible records an account of a rich man and poor man who both die. The poor man goes to heaven and is embraced by Abraham. The rich man dies and suffers in hell, looks across the great divide in heaven and asks for mercy, water, and for someone to warn his family to avoid this place of torment.
In another account, Jesus tells a story of a future time when He separates humanity into two groups: ''the sheep and the goats.'' He welcomes one group (the sheep) with the phrase, ''enter into My peace.'' To the others (the goats), He says, ''Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'' (Matt 25:41)
The Bible so often speaks of the reality of hell.
One of the most difficult questions for Christians is, ''How can a good and loving God send someone to hell?''
- God does not send anyone to hell; we go of our own volition as we reject Christ.
- ''Christ did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.'' John 3:17
- Favorite: ''I did not need God to condemn me to hell; I am taking care of the hell part on my own. That's why Jesus came to save me, not condemn me.''
In 2001, 71% of Americans believed in hell. In 2008, 59% of Americans believed in hell.
''Where people who have led bad lives, and die without being sorry, are eternally punished.''
Richard Baxter (Puritan pastor) lived his life from the perspective of both heaven and hell. He directed his church members on, ''How to Spend the Day with God.''
''Let God have your first awaking thoughts; lift up your hearts to Him reverently and thankfully for the rest enjoyed the night before and cast yourself upon Him for the day which follows. Familiarize yourself so consistently to this that your conscience may check you when common thoughts shall first intrude. Think of the mercy of a night's rest and of how many that have spent t ...
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