Have you ever seriously contemplated what it would be like to die unsaved? I am sure that if people had any concept of what hell is actually going to be like they would give anything/everything to avoid it as their eternal destination. Consider what it would mean if I were to die lost.
It would give me the unpleasant opportunity(?) to live with the most wicked people who have ever lived. Not only so, but I would live with them forever. We hear a lot today about the fact that sex offenders need to register their addresses so people will know where they are. The reasoning behind this is that I have the right to know if such a person lives next door or down the street from my house. If I die lost I will get to live in eternity with all the sexually immoral of all times (Revelation 21:8). In fact, if you read that verse, you will learn that you will be living (perhaps co-existing would be a better word) with people you wouldn't want next door to you now.
It will cause me to live in misery forever. I read that hell is like being thrown into a furnace of fire (Mt 13:41-42). I also read that people will weep and gnash their teeth in hell (Matthew 25:30). Every once in awhile I hear a radio commercial that features grinding of teeth. They are trying to sell some sort of dental appliance (I do not recall the product's name) that stops such grinding in one's sleep. It would be more bearable in hell if I would gnash (grind) my teeth while sleeping. However, there will be no sleeping in that awful place.
It will cause me to be punished forever. I was raised by a wonderful Christian mother who was an expert at administering punishment. She could make five minutes of punishment feel like a lifetime to a little boy who had committed some infraction. No, she did not abuse me. She punished me! There is a difference in the two; a difference I wish our society would grasp. Anyway, hell's punishment is an eternal one (Matthew 25:41). Unlike my mother's punishment, it really will go on forever and ever. You might be able to endure 5 seconds or 5 minutes of hell, but you would not want to endure it forever with no hope of cessation, would you?
I will not be able to profit from the consoling touch of a heavenly father. It is of great encouragement that the Bible compares his comfort to that which is given here on earth by a mother (Isaiah 66:13). "As a mother stills her child, Thou canst hush the ocean wild; Boist'rous waves obey Thy will When Thou say'st to them, 'Be still!' Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea, Jesus, Savior, pilot me." My mother not only knew how to punish, but she also knew how to comfort. To this day when I suffer pain, I wish I could have my mother's comfort again. Hell will be an awful place because God will not be there to comfort us (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
A deceased preacher used to get his audience to try to imagine just how awful hell would be. He would then say it will be far worse than anyone can imagine. We plead with you to live in such a way that you will never find out. 90 Waverly Ct., Martinsburg, WV 25401.
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