Driven by Eternity DAY 4
Is Hell Real?
“Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.” (Matthew 7:13–14 TEV)
John Bevere writes today, “Many pastors and teachers in the church today avoid the subject of hell, afraid it will make people uncomfortable. However, Jesus had no problem talking about hell and did so often. Our verse for today is just one example of His many words on the subject. And, according to Jesus, hell is a very real place.”
Looking at the story Jesus told in Luke 16:19-31 about the Rich Man and Lazarus we can learn a few things about hell. Hell is conscious physical, emotional, mental, and eternal place of loneliness and regret. However, hell isn’t God’s decision but our decision. Hell is what we get before and after we die because of the decisions we’ve made in the every day without regard for eternity. The rich man had made the decision to live today without any regard for tomorrow. You know what’s kind of interesting about this story? The rich man calls Abraham his father.
This life is not meant to be lived in fear but in love. God has created this life from love and with love, but we have a decision. We can live in God’s love or outside of God’s love. This life without God’s love is hell and hell is something that we can and will experience in our body, our mind, and our spirit before and after death. Hell is an existence without God’s love, light, liberty, and license to live. It’s a part of the every day and the eternity for those who forget the elementary teachings.
Isn’t great that God has made a way, it’s a narrow door because there is only one way, but it’s a way to live in God’s love today and tomorrow? Do you believe there is such a place as hell?