Saturday, February 22, 2014

Is it unloving to talk about Hell?

Mountain road to Lysebotn
Mountain road to Lysebotn (Wikipedia) 
(Part of a series on death and the hereafter)

If you were giving directions to Charlotte and you knew one road led there but a similar dangerous road ended at a sharp, steep cliff, would you only talk about the safe road? No, especially if the dangerous road was wider, broader, and more people traveled it. 

Would a doctor be unloving if a she told you that you had a potentially fatal cancer? No, she would be doing her job. Would she be more loving if she knew about the cancer and did not tell you? No, then she would be derelict.

There are only two destinations in this life: Heaven or Hell. Each is real. Each is eternal. Though it was not created for us, we are all headed to Hell unless we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ. The most loving thing to do is to
warn our loved ones of the road which leads to destruction and tell them about the road that leads to life.

Some say all paths lead to Heaven, but they are looking at the map upside down. All roads do not lead to Heaven. All roads lead to Hell, except for one. Jesus said “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).  For Christians, this present life is the closest we will come to Hell. For unbelievers, this life is the closest they will come to Heaven. Jesus asks a haunting question of every one of us, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37). T.S. Eliot wrote, “I had far rather walk, as I do, in daily terror of eternity, than feel that this was only a children’s game in which all the contestants would get equally worthless prizes in the end.”[1] Earth is the world in between heaven and hell which gives us a choice between the two.

[1] Randy Alcorn, Heaven, 25.