It's been said, “There are two things that are true of every person: we all want to be happy and we’re all going to die.”
Phillip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, commissioned his servant to stand in his presence and every day say, “Philip, you will die.”
They may be willing to believe that a Hitler, an Osama Bin Laden, or a member of ISIS would go to Hell, but not them or their friend. Phillip Keller points out, “In our culture, divine judgment is one of Christianity’s most offensive doctrines.”
The problem is that there is a lot of misinformation about Hell. For instance, some would say that Hell is a big party, ruled over by a cartoon devil with pitchfork, horns, hooves, and red skin; it’s all a joke. That’s not what the Bible teaches about Hell.
The last thing God wants is for any person created in His image to end up in Hell.
Some might think Jesus would never have discussed such a thing as Hell. He is, after all, the personification of love and compassion. But it’s because He loves us that He spoke about and warned of it often.
The same Jesus who tells us of Heaven with all its glories also tells of Hell with all its horrors. He would never have said these things if they were not true. Most of the biblical teaching on the subject of Hell comes from Christ Himself. Jesus spoke more about judgment and Hell than about any other topic. Of about 40 parables that Jesus told, more than half of them relate to God’s eternal judgment of sinners.
Make no mistake about it: Hell is a real place for real people. As J.I. Packer wrote, “An endless Hell can no more be removed from the New Testament than an endless Heaven can.”
Years ago, John Lennon famously sang, “Imagine there’s no Heaven. It’s easy if you try. No Hell below us, above us only sky.”
You can “imagine” all you want, but Hell is real.
That is why we want to do everything we can to warn our friends and loved ones about it.
We need to tell them that God loves them and wants them in Heaven.
And is only possible by putting your faith in Jesus Christ.