Hell doesn’t worry people.

11.25.2008 — 4 Comments

During some quiet time the other morning, I had a thought: “I think I know why ‘hell’ doesn’t worry people.”

I truly don’t think that the thought of hell is as much a factor in the realm of Christian evangelism as it once was.

Why?

Because we continually hear about a not-so-bad hell in our everyday language.

Think about it…

Every time you hear the following, think about what it does to your mental-understanding of hell:

“The Phillies had one hell of a season this year.”
“I’ve been going through hell-on-earth this month.”
“That experience was hell for me.”

Not only is the “worldly”, vulgar neighbor guilty of ‘dumbing-down’ hell, but even the sincere Christian brother or sister that labels their current or former life-experience as “hell” can be guilty of making hell much less the Biblical-example of eternal separation from God and much more a bad-week, a bad-month, or even a POSITIVE adjective for a sports-season.

Don’t be caught making hell less than what it is for someone who may very well be on the road to that very place. Remember to think before speaking.

Hell is a real, horrible place ([youversion]Revelation 20:11-15[/youversion]). People are going there everyday. I refuse to be guilty of making that truth less horrifying.

  • bill leslie

    Pastor
    I was just finished a book, 23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese. He writes Hell being a real literal burning place. Some people think Hell as just being removed from God,but I think it is a lot more than that.

  • http://jasonknepp.wordpress.com Jason

    Stev,

    Your so right… I never really thought about it like that. Sounds like an edgy sermon to me.

    Hell scares me bad.

  • Eric

    Careful you $250 worth of pastorship. You might really get them “post-modern, secular humanist type Christians” all up in arms with talk like that. Stakes, stones and crucifixes, OH MY!!!

    Keep it up!

  • Kathy

    Wow! Good one.