"I donít mind going to hell. All my friends will be there."
Obviously, those who flippantly say such things donít believe in the biblical concept of hell. Their understanding of the nature of God is erroneous. The slow-witted criminal thinks that the electric chair is a place to put up his feet for a while and relax. It may be wise therefore to speak with him for a few moments about the reasonableness of a place called hell.
Reason with him by saying, "If a judge in Florida turns a blind eye to the un-lawful dealings of the Mafia, if he sees their murderous acts and deliberately turns the other way, is he a good or bad judge? Heís obviously corrupt, and should be brought to justice him-self. If he is a good judge, he will do everything within his power to bring those murderers to justice. He should make sure that they are justly punished.
"If Almighty God sees a man rape and strangle to death your sister or mother, do you think He should look the other way, or bring that murderer to justice? If He looks the other way, Heís corrupt and should be brought to justice Himself. It makes sense then, that if God is good, He will do everything in His power to ensure justice is done. The Bible tells us that He will punish murderers, and the place of punishmentóthe prison God will send them toóis a place called hell.
"God should punish murderers and rapists. However, God is so good, he will also punish thieves, liars, adulterers, fornicators, and blasphemers. He will even punish those who desired to murder and rape but never took the opportunity. He warns that if we hate someone, we commit murder in our hearts. If we lust, we commit adultery in the heart, etc."
Then take the time to tell him of the reality of hell. Sinners like to picture hell as a fun, hedonistic, pleasure-filled place where they can engage in all the sensual sins that are forbidden here. But Jesus said that it is a place of torment, where the worm never dies and the fire is never quenched. We tend to forget what pain is like when we donít have it. Can you begin to imagine how terrible it would be to be in agony, with no hope of relief? Many human beings go insane if they are merely isolated for a long time from other people. Imagine how terrible it would be if God merely withdrew all the things we hold so dearófriendship, love, color, light, peace, joy, laughter, and security. Hell isnít just a place with an absence of Godís blessings, it is punishment for sin. It is literal torment, forever. Thatís why the Bible warns that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
God has given His Law to convince men of their sins, and unless a sinner is convinced that he has sinned against God, he wonít see that hell is his eternal destiny. He may consider it a fit place for others, but not for himself. Thatís why we mustnít hesitate to open up the Law and show that each individual is personally responsible for sin, and that Godís wrath abides on him because of it. Ask him to consider why you would say such things to him if it wasnít true. Tell him to examine your motives. You are so concerned for his eternal welfare that you are prepared to risk offending him.Then ask him if he would sell an eye for a million dollars. Would he sell both for ten million? No one in his right mind would. Our eyes are precious to us. How much more then is our eternal soul worth?
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