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What Is Hell? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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Buddy is keeping a close eye on me while enjoying the oriental rug I laid down on my bedroom floor. The beautiful rug made the room much more homey and comfortable looking, livening up a lifeless space.

When most people think of Hell, likely what comes to mind is the Dr. Faustus version or the old Hammer Films of shooting flames and pointy-tailed demons, pitchforks, red skin and goatees.

What Hell actually is, is eternal separation from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the triune God. Which is a total absence of the presence of love, as God embodies true love and is the source of all life for eternity.

There are many attributes listed in the Bible of Who God is, but the two passages below are very succinct in their description.

The most famous passage is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 written by the Apostle Paul, often quoted during wedding ceremonies in the USA:

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, endures all things.”

The second passage from Galatians 5:22-23, also by Apostle Paul, describes the fruit of the Holy Spirit and how, as God works in a believer’s life, helps him or her to grow in these qualities throughout their lifetime:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”

What is Hell? A complete absence of these qualities.

An eternal existence with only the exact opposite of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-controlled behavior in one’s life.

“Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”–Jesus to Nicodemus, Pharisee, John 3:3

Please consider Jesus this Christmas season. God came to earth, taking on human flesh, to satisfy the righteous requirements of His Law and to die for our sins, suffering the punishment we deserve for falling short of God’s standards to enter His holy presence.

“…knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance.”–Apostle Paul, Romans 2:4

The Triune God loves you and wants you to spend eternity in His loving presence, “to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless with great joy.”–Apostle Paul, Jude 1:24

With love from Dawn and Buddy.

What Is Heaven? Revelation 4:2-3, 5, 11

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For some reason Buddy is always getting in the way when I vacuum. He’d let me run over him if I didn’t make him move. Although Buddy can be a pain in the behind at times by frequently getting in the way and causing me to nearly trip over him, I cannot imagine my home without him. He’s great company with his unique personality.

The book of Revelation describes God the Father in all His majesty:

“Behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. ¬†And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance…Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder…” (Revelation 4:2-3,5)

And the beings in heaven, the elders and four living creatures, were saying,

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)

Heaven is God’s home. Where this great and mighty Creator sits on His throne, ruling over all creation.

There are many persons who are deceived. They reject God their entire lives, despising His restrictions and rules, thumb their noses at Him, and mock or persecute His followers. They don’t want to spend time worshipping Him or praying–unless they’re in trouble–and ignore Him.

Then, when they die, they believe they can knock on God’s front door and demand that He let them into His heavenly home.

Most people would hate being in heaven. They’d have to spend eternity with people they’ve mocked and despised during their earthly lives. They’d also have to follow God’s rules–as given in the Bible–for the rest of their existence.

Most people don’t want to go to heaven.

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If you feel a deep emptiness inside, consider Jesus. We were created in God’s image and intended to be triune beings just as He is: mind, body and spirit. But when the first couple rejected God, His Holy Spirit left the human race, so that everyone since Adam and Eve were, and are, born incomplete: only mind and body. Nothing can fill that void but God’s Spirit. People use drugs and alcohol, popularity, shopping, food, etc to fill that emptiness, but that inner void can only be filled with God’s Spirit. It is the only way for a person to be made complete.

If you’re ready, please pray:

Lord, I feel empty inside. I’ve tried everything to fill that void except for Jesus. I admit that I have sinned and disobeyed your rules. I’d like to change and experience new life. Jesus died for my sins, taking the wrath that I deserve for my disobedience. Please forgive my sins. I want to be in relationship with You. Please grant me the Holy Spirit and grant me new life in Jesus. Thank you.

If you prayed this prayer, please find a godly, Bible-based Church to fellowship with other believers. It’s difficult to go it alone in a society that rejects God’s existence.

God bless.

Dawn and Buddy