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Oh, go to hell! (05/20/2012)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Sometimes people explode with the statement: “Oh go to Hell!” It is said in anger! Other times it might be said in jest or fun, or “go to Hell” might be just said in disgust. But no matter how it was meant, it ought never to have been said!

To really go to Hell is to go to a place or rather into a state or condition in which you are forever separated from your Creator, Who has given you your body and soul, eyes, ears, and all your senses. And Hell is not only to be forever cut off from your Maker, but it is to be forever wishing you could be reconnected.

Jesus referred to Hell as Gehenna, which was the valley between the Mount of Olives and the city of Jerusalem, the rubbish dump of the city, where even dead criminals and animal carcasses were thrown into the fires that were always burning there. The smoke ascending from the smoldering piles was constant. Jesus also told of the rich man who found himself in Hell. Discovering he would never be able to get out of that torment, he asked if someone would go and warn his five brothers lest they end up in the same situation. The answer to that request is in the last verses of Luke 16.

Finally there is the thought from your best Friend! On “Good Friday” when we find Him on a cross at noon! The sun stops shining and darkness covers the earth for three hours. In that strange and terrible darkness, the great Word cries out “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me!” There on the cross the Word suffers Hell for mankind! It is our escape and puts a saving power in those well known words: “God so loved the world that He gave (us a gift) His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish (shall not go to Hell) but have everlasting life.”

Before appearing to the women and disciples on Easter morning Christ descended into Hell to proclaim His victory over Satan. 162 references in the New Testament warn of Hell. Over 70 of these references were uttered by the Lord! So never let Satan get you to doubt there is a Hell.

You are probably aware there are a number of pictures of Hell in the scriptures which are rather fiery, especially in the book of Revelations. Some cartoonists have pictured Satan with horns and a pitch fork going about seeing if his victims are well done. In our age of science and reason many do not believe in such a place as Hell and so find it fashionable to create jokes about it.

We loved to golf. Here is one we are still amused over. A golfer was having a rough day losing balls and missing easy putts and on the last hole hit his last ball into a pond. In disgust, with terrible anger he tried to break his clubs but only wound up throwing them, along with golf bag, into that deep pond. Then he remembered his billfold was in the bag. He jumped into the pond and went in over his head but managed to retrieve his bag. He sat down exhausted, had a stroke and died. He woke up in Hell and was surprised it had a terrific golf course with wonderful greens cut just right, but going into the clubhouse he found they had no golf balls! That calls for a Norwegian “OOFTAH!”

Not sure whether one ought to be spreading “Hell stories” here is one from church. A pastor was greatly upset because during his sermons there were a number of people who always fell asleep. One Sunday he just paused, then in the quiet sanctuary screamed “fire!” One older gentleman jumped to his feet and yelled, “where, where?” In a low, firm voice the pastor answered, “In Hell if you don’t wake up!”

Hang on to your Christian faith. Never give it up or you will find out Hell is real!  


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