Today’s culture has grown to glamorize, even celebrate death. Governments are not just offering assistance to end your life but actually encouraging people to do so. Advertisements and social media are pushing for people to embrace premature death – even our young people.
The ones who contemplate suicide think they will finally escape their pain – whether physical or emotional. But is that really true? Will a person really escape pain, suffering, or sadness by ending their life? The devil has fed this lie to our society, and especially to our youth. Most don’t know that they will leave this world only to enter into never-ending pain, suffering and torment for all eternity.
I know that may sound crazy, but hell is a real place and Jesus said it will last forever. Let that sink in – forever. You can invent your own version of the afterlife but that doesn’t change the truth. In Matthew 25:46, Jesus said, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” He clearly stated there are only two destinations after one dies. It’s Heaven or hell and they are both eternal. There is no purgatory, no reincarnation, no other state of being, and people will not cease to exist. We either believe Jesus is God, as He claimed and demonstrated by rising from the dead, or we claim He was only a good teacher and therefore call Him a liar.
Just as heaven is a real place of eternal joy, peace and endless love, so there also exists an eternal hell. You can find the thought of hell revolting and offensive but that won’t change its reality. Your reaction can mean that you either don’t know God, you’ve invented a god who excuses sin, or you ignore Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. Jesus Christ suffered and died a horrible death to keep everyone who believes on Him out of hell. What more could He do?!
The Bible states, in Ecclesiastes 3:11, that God placed eternity in our hearts. Deep down inside we know there is more to life than this temporary body. Your body is just a vehicle to get you around in this life, but it’s not the real you. We each possess a soul, which is our mind, our will and our emotions, and we possess a spirit, which is eternal. That’s the real you.
Any sane person wants to avoid death for as long as possible unless they are suffering tremendous pain, or facing torture from an enemy. However, momentarily escaping physical pain or mental torment does not provide you with everlasting comfort and peace unless you know where you are going after you die.
There were 67.1 million deaths in 2022. Some stats say approximately 170,000 people die each day. There seems to be an increase in unexpected and unexplained deaths worldwide. The most critical question about these lost lives is, “Were they ready to die?” People can have their physical house in order but it’s meaningless unless they have their spiritual house in order.
I spent twenty-three minutes in hell. I experienced the tremendous heat, the torment, the darkness, the extreme fear, the sounds of millions of people screaming in terror and burning in fire, the demons tormenting people, the isolation, the confusion and most importantly the hopelessness. God gave me a vision of hell and blocked it from my mind that I was a Christian. He wanted me to feel what the people in hell experience – complete and utter hopelessness. Knowing that you’ll never escape this place is the worst torment of all. There is no opportunity to say goodbye to your loved ones or warn them of this place. There is no one to talk to ever again. There is no cavalry coming over the hill to help you, and there is no God to rescue you because it’s too late. It doesn’t matter if you believe me, but please check out what the Bible has to say about hell.
God Almighty speaks about hell throughout the pages of the Bible. He is warning you right now because He loves you. Please don’t put off your decision to put your faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, but by Me.” Acts 4:12 states, “There is salvation in no one else (Jesus)!” God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.
Where you spend your eternity is up to you. It is not up to God. Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead. His blood was shed to cleanse us of our sin. The Bible tells us we are all born in sin, and there is not one of us who is righteous and perfect. We cannot earn our way to heaven with our good works. God is perfect and heaven is perfect. If we entered heaven the way we are, we would corrupt it. We must be given a new nature and a new heart that is compatible with His. The only way that can happen is if someone came and lived a perfect life, and exchanged His righteousness for our sin. That someone was Jesus. When we trust in what Jesus did for us on the cross, and repent of our sin, He considers our trust as if we were righteous. His blood washes away our sins. He then gives us a new heart and a new spirit.
We can then enter heaven, as if we never sinned, because of what Jesus did for us.
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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell