We have heard it before and we will probably hear it again. You
know, those fiery sermons desperately trying to depict what Hell may be
like with its weeping and gnashing of teeth. Not to mention the eternal
burning sensation and utter darkness. However, most descriptions of
Hell are so horrific that our human souls can not relate and the
concept of Hell remains for us a fairy tale.
In response to
this, I pondered what analogy would convey the depth of sorrow and the
reality of hell. The first and only thing that came to mind was death.
Humans can connect with the concept of death. We mourn over our loved
ones, feeling like the time we had with them was not enough, that in
their death we were some how cheated out of time that was rightfully
ours. But why do we mourn? The answer lies in the finality of the
situation. That life is over. There is no more communication, no more
warm embraces. It is in reality a separation; humans understand that
If this is true then, I cannot help but compare this
concept of finality to the reality of Hell, which is an eternal
separation from God. The true pain lies in knowing that no matter how
much we cry out, we are utterly alone and separated from all the
securities our false life encompassed. The flames, weeping and
gnashing of teeth are but pebble in the overwhelming presence of
eternal loneliness and separation from God.
Having read this, we
respond in three ways. The first response is from believers who
apathetically disregard the hurt and wounded lost, suggesting that it
is their own fault they will spend eternity in misery. The second
response comes from those whose heart is filled with compassion and
weep for the lost. The third is the lost who chose to deny Hell exists
by the dismal disregard for the spiritual world and Jesus Christ, their
only means of salvation.
So, what’s your concept of hell like? How do you respond?