So, You Want To Go To Hell
Who wants to go to hell?” Now that’s a question you don’t hear asked very often. The reason you don’t hear it asked is – not many people think they are going. The truth is “No one in their right mind REALLY wants to go to hell.” And no one in their right mind REALLY wants to be locked up in prison for the rest of their life. But the sad truth is there REALLY are people who go to both places. How they get to these places is by disobeying the will of the society in which they live, and because they don’t obey the will of God. The will of our society is for everyone to be law abiding citizens, and the will of God is for everyone to go to heaven when they die. Why people break the law is known only to the law breaker. And why a person broke the law is not important to the law. The law is only concerned with the fact the person broke the law. And since the law is impartial, there is a punishment that must be issued because the law was broken. The law itself doesn’t care if the man is rich or poor, black, white or yellow. The law’s only concern is that a law was broken, and when the law is broken there is a penalty to be imposed upon the lawbreaker for the violation of it. The lawbreaker can cry foul to the judge when the sentence is handed out, but the judge isn’t the one who sets the punishment; he is just the person who passes out the sentence in accordance to the penalty stipulated by the law. The law itself is defined by the society in which we live, and is present to warn people what will happen to them if they disobey the will of our society. If people of society obey the law, they have nothing to fear. But if they break the law, they can expect to be punished according to the punishment established by the law.
People have differing views of God, and all but one of them is incorrect. Some think He is all loving and will overlook every thing we do; while others think He is an angry God and ready to slap us down for the least little thing one does; and still there are others who think he is made of wood, stone, metal, or maybe even the wind. Not one of these views are correct. God is Love, but He is also just and fair and treats everyone the same. He doesn’t have one set of laws for one person and another set for others. He has one set of laws for all people regardless of color, nationality, or whatever they might be. God loves all people the same, therefore He is not a respecter of persons. He doesn’t love the rich man more than the beggar, nor does He love the Christian more than the sinner. His love is the same for all people and He requires all people to abide by His Word which is His will and His law. But one of the major problems people have in understanding God’s love is that they think He is a pushover, a sugar daddy, a nice God, and whatever we want to do to justify our sin will be fine with Him. That line of thinking is pure unadulterated selfishness; and nothing could be further from the truth. Love desires for people to better themselves; to come up to its level. And people cannot better themselves or rise above their selfish nature if they are allowed to get their way. God is a good God, but He isn’t necessarily a nice God. Let use the example of a person who can’t say, no, even when it to their own hurt. That person will get used over and over again by people in need, but who wouldn’t lift a finger to help him if he was in their shoes. Now the good man wants to help the other person, but he is not going to shoulder all their responsibility and let them slide by and do nothing to help solve their problem. The good man asks, “What can I do to help you? And what steps have you taken to help yourself?” If a person has done nothing to help themselves before they come to you; they will do nothing to help you solve their problem. People who continually want their way, grow worse in their selfishness, they don’t improve. Therefore God’s love is constant and unchanging and demands that all people conform to His Will. God’s will is His Word and His Word is His Law. If we obey His Word, we are obeying His will, and His law, and we will be rewarded for our obedience. If we break His Word; we are punished by it. He isn’t the one who decides who does what. We are! He gave us the ability to decide for ourselves what we want to do in life. And what we do with the life He gave us will be the determining factor in where we spend eternity. Did we obey God’s Word and do what it tells us to do; or did we do things our way? Only we can answer that question. God already knows whether we were obedient to Him or not; but He will not judge us. We will be judged by the Word we obeyed or disobeyed.
Another thing people don’t understand about God is that our eternal future isn’t based upon good deeds, or bad deeds; our eternal future is based upon our doing God’s will. When His Word says, “Don’t steal, murder, lie, cheat your neighbor etc, that is what it means.” When we violate God’s laws we can expect to receive a just punishment for the violation of them. It isn’t that God doesn’t love us that we are punished. We are punished because He love us and desires that we do things His Way. Jesus said in [Matthew 7:21-29] “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken to a wise man who built his house on the rock, and the rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and when the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teachings, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”
Even though Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven.” He proceeds to give us two examples; the first of a person who did things God’s way, and of another who didn’t obey God’s Will. The one was rewarded, the other suffered destruction. Many people think what God demands of all people doesn’t apply to them because they consider themselves to be a good person. But, being a good person in our eyes has nothing to do with the Word of God. If the Word of God tells us something is wrong, it is wrong, has always been wrong, and will always be wrong. And if we think anything differently; we are fools. A person will not be judged by what they think is right; we will be judged by what the Word of God (that never changes) tells us is right. Not one person who lives on this earth is guiltless. We are all guilty of breaking God’s Law; and if we don’t ask Him to pardon us for our crimes which we call “sin”, but in reality a sin is a crime, and we will be judged for that crime. Most people don’t think in these terms because we think our petty crime of lying is not as great as the crime of murder. In the kingdom of God the violation of God’s Word carries an eternal death penalty. And it doesn’t matter if it’s for murder, or lying; they are both wrongful crimes committed against another person and which separate us from God who wants all of His children to be law abiding citizens and go to heaven.
Even though God wants all people to go to heaven and spend eternity with Him, Jesus said there will be people who will not go to heaven. But if you were to take a survey of all your friends and asked them the question, “How many of you think you are going to heaven when you die?” I bet most of them would tell you they are heaven bound. And if you were to ask them, “What makes you think so?” They would tell you a just and loving God wouldn’t send anyone to hell. The point these people are missing is that God isn’t the one who makes the decision on who goes where. We make the decision according to the life we live here on earth. Anyone who does not obey the Word of God is a lawbreaker, and lawbreakers are not rewarded for their crimes; they are punished. The judge who sits behind the bench in the court room isn’t the one who decides who goes to jail and who doesn’t. The person who makes the decision to break the law is the one who chooses punishment over obedience. The law describes for us what is right conduct and what isn’t. And every criminal knows when they break the law what to expect when they are caught. They don’t expect the society in which they live to reward them for being a lawbreaker; they expect to be punished for their crimes. If, we, as lawbreakers, are guilty of disobeying God’s Word which is His will and His law, why do we think He is going to reward us for being a criminal? But God has not left us without hope. Even though we might break His law, He has made a way for us to still go to heaven if we so desire. That is everyone must make a personal decision to seek His forgiveness for the crimes we commit against Him. If we repent and change our hearts towards Him, and take an oath to live according to His Will, we are forgiven and our punishment pardoned. If we never ask for forgiveness and never live according to His Law; His Law will judge us and hell will be our eternal home.
Heaven is the reward for living life in obedience to God’s Word, and Hell is the place of confinement for those who don’t. We know from what we read in the newspapers and what we hear from the media that prison is not a place where good people want to go. The bible has much to say about “hell” and the awful conditions and sufferings its inhabitants endure. I know people who think hell is a place where they will carry on with the party they began on earth, but this kind of thinking is immature and just as foolish as thinking they can live life as they please and be rewarded for their disobedience when they die. On earth a criminal may get a year or two for their crimes, but everyone who lives a life of disobedience to God’s will and doesn’t seek His forgiveness for that crime goes to hell for eternity with no chance of parole. The will of God is that all men would seek forgiveness and be pardoned for their crimes. But we know from what Jesus taught in Matthew, that not all people are going to do God’s will; so there has been a place reserved for them to serve their punishment. Not because God wants to send them to hell, but because they themselves choose to go there – which is their right. If they really understood what was waiting for them on the other side of death’s door; they would choose to live as law abiding citizens here, but since they don’t know what to expect, and don’t obey, one day they will discover that hell is not a vacation spot, but a place to shun. God Bless, and have a Wonderful Day in the Lord. Dthrash