AUGUST 22: WHAT ABOUT HELL?

WHAT ABOUT HELL?
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Questions about hell and questions about the love of God seem to flow in unison;
How can hell exist if there's a loving God?
Why would God want anyone to experience hell?
Of what purpose does hell serve?
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We are curious beings:
Fragile. Faulty. Fickle. Sinful. Unfaithful. Unstable. Forgetful. Human.
Yet even with all of these realities in place, dear Reader,
We ask questions and set ourselves up as "little gods" a great deal of the time.
We speak to the truths and laws we deem most companionable and understandable;
We shy away from the truths and laws which make us itch.
We simply don't like some of the discourses and words presented us in the Scriptures.
Many of us don't "say" these things of course;
But our lives imply such things.
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God's word is clear on the matters of hell:
-One exists.
-Subjects are going to experience torment and eternal pain there.
-Our choices and decisions will lead us to an afterlife composed of either heaven or hell.
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Other realities also exist:
-To discount hell is to discount the authority and truth of God's word.
-To discount hell is to deny the sovereignty and wisdom of God.
-To deny hell is to deny the existance of a God sanctioned place made clear in the Bible.
God's approval doesn't rest on man's thoughts one way or the other.
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Several passages are enlisted for consideration on the subject of hell.
Before reading them, invoke the Spirit's needful help in the interpretation of them, and know what God has to say about it.
"And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivest thou good things and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from hence ..."
Luke 16:23-26
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Additional readings: Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 21:8; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Matthew 13:50; Revelations 20:10; Luke 12:5
*Utilize the cross-reference system in your Bible for a continued study on the subject of hell.
You might be surprised at what you learn and discover.
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God's desires for man, dear Reader, are beautiful, life-giving, and redemptive;
 He is not willing that any should perish.
His One and only Son, Jesus Christ, experienced the torment and hell "we" deserve by His sacrificial death upon the cross.
Praise God for the restorative life we are provided with through His resurrection!
Death could not keep God's Son in the grave,
And our sin cannot take us to it.
Christ took care of it once and for all;
To and through eternity.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already; because he hath not believed in the only begotten Son of God."
John 3:16-18
*Continue to study the truths which liberate, make alive, and breathe life.
Then live it.
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"Heaven is real and hell is real, and eternity is but a breath away."
-Billy Graham