Bad News – Part 1

Most of the world is going to hell.[1] That’s right, most of the world will face eternity in the unquenchable fires of hell in never ceasing torment. And they will face it in full awareness.

I don’t care whether you believe in hell or not. I don’t care if you believe that after we die we face annihilation never to know another thing – or for that matter to even be. I don’t care if you believe that when you die, you will be re-incarnated and have another life to live to pay karma for your good and evil acts.

Well, actually I do care. Because hell is real. It wasn’t made for men[2], but most men are going to be cast into hell anyway. We don’t face annihilation when we die. Most men will be cast into hell where their worm never dies[3] and the smoke of their torment ascends forever, and they’ll never have rest from it[4]. Finally, it is appointed unto men once to die, and after that face the judgement[5], so you can forget reincarnation and karma.

That’s bad news. Agree or disagree, it doesn’t matter. God said it, and that settles it[6].

Argue if you will, but there is only one way out of it.

There are several counter-arguments that I have encountered over the years. Perhaps two of the most common ones I hear (other than the whole “there is no god, so there is no hell” argument) are the idea that you can somehow earn your way into heaven, or that God “is love, and everyone will be saved, no matter what.”

If you hold to either of these views, I’ve got bad news for you.

First, if you hold to the idea that you can somehow earn your way into heaven by doing good works, please give it up. You’re not going to make it that way[7]. Have you ever told a lie? Even a “white lie?[8] Were you ever irritated at someone so much that you called them an idiot, a fool, or something similar[9]? Have you ever even so much as looked at a woman who was not your wife with lustful intent[10]? (And don’t think that just because that woman is a pattern of ink printed on a page or a pattern of pixels on a screen that she doesn’t count!) If so, you’ve broken God’s holy law, you’ve sinned against him, and… guess what? That’s right, you’re going to hell. But, remember, I did say there is one way out of it.

If you think that you can still make up for your sin by doing good deeds, you can’t. Forget that idea. That’s not the way into heaven[11].

Second, if you hold to the idea that everyone will be saved, regardless of what they’ve done, or what they believe, then clearly you haven’t been paying attention. Yes, God is love. Yes, Jesus came to save sinners. Yes, he died on the cross for the sins of the whole world. Yet Jesus himself speaks of hell and the consequences of sin more than anyone else in the whole bible! Just read a few of the end notes below. Hell is real, it is eternal, the punishment is real, and for those condemned they are conscious and awake and can never find respite. Those are not my words, they are God’s words. Jesus, his holy angels, the apostle Paul, and the writer of Hebrews spoke them.

But there is an escape. More on that next time.


[1] Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”

[2] Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'”

[3] Mark 9:48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’

[4] Revelation 14:11 “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

[5] Hebrews 9:27 “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,”

[6] Not “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it,” by the way. My belief in or interpretation of what God has said has nothing to do with whether it’s settled.

[7] Matthew 5:20 “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

[8] Revelation 21:8 “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

[9] Matthew 5:22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”

[10] Matthew 5:28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

[11] Romans 3:20 “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”

7 comments

  1. Sex education, universal healthcare, and free/affordable contraception will drop the unwanted pregnancy rate by 90% in five years. And abortion by 80%. Studies the late 1990s in Africa, Asia, and lower income US bed prove it.

    But you can’t vote for that.

    Because your hate and shame drives your religion s as far your hypocrisy.

  2. Can you cite these studies? We have had sex education in our schools since the 1970s. I know because it was taught when I was in school. We have had affordable contraception since the 1960s. We have had legalized abortions since the early 1970s. The actual number of abortions since 1973 even with low-cost contraception and sex education in our schools disprove your studies.

    The number of abortions is a reflection of the number of unwanted pregnancies. In the days of my youth, they were relatively rare. These days they are fairly common. It was very unusual for a single woman to have a child in the 1970s. Today in the U.S. about 25% of children live in single-parent households. It is also not uncommon for a young man to have multiple children from multiple partners.

    But none of this changes the point of my post. Sexual sin is only one of many sins that will lead people to hell. Simple anger will do that. False accusations will do that. Pride will do it.

    There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.–Proverbs 6:16-19

    My religion is not based on hatred and shame. Do you honestly believe that I want to see anyone go to hell? To fail to warn you of the end of the path you are on and watch as you stumble into the pit would be hatred.

    The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.–2 Peter 3:9

    Considering this, there is a way to escape hell. Repent of your sins and trust in Jesus for your salvation. He loved you enough to die for your sins. He was buried. And he was raised from the dead on the third day so that you too can be raised on the last day and have eternal life in a world unstained by sin and evil.

    Do this and, like me, you too will be a sinner who has been forgiven and forever changed.

  3. “We have had sex education in our schools since the 1970s. I know because it was taught when I was in school. We have had affordable contraception since the 1960s. We have had legalized abortions since the early 1970s. The actual number of abortions since 1973 even with low-cost contraception and sex education in our schools disprove your studies.”

    The Republican Party has been solely responsible for preventing massive drop in abortions by blocking funding for contraceptive affordability and availability for poor women and by rejecting legislation for full education in women’s health, especially for girls aged 14 to 18, and blocking full, rational sex education for all boys and girls in school.

    You only have to look at yourself for continuing abortions at the current rate.

    However, despite a spike in 2008, the abortion rate has been falling for four decades, precisely because of a turn to contraceptives – though mostly by women who are not poor.

    Studies still to pile up when I have time.

  4. “Jones and Jerman (p. 1904) present evidence of a dramatic decrease in the US abortion rate between 2008 and 2014 on the basis of reports from abortion clinics. In just six years, there was an unprecedented decrease of 25%, concentrated among young women, women with higher household incomes, and women of color. Among women aged 15 to 19 years, abortion rates dropped by almost half.

    Although the increased use of LARC may have contributed to a drop in demand for abortions, there are additional reasons the incidence of unintended pregnancy may have declined (see the box on the next page). There is evidence that the use of any contraceptive method, not just LARC methods, increased among those groups of women who experienced the greatest reduction in abortions. Among women aged 15 to 19 years, there was a modest reduction in the proportion who were using no method, an increase in the use of any method at last instance of sexual intercourse, and an intriguingly large increase in the use of emergency contraception over the same period.3”

    This drop in spite of GOP removing so many Planned Parenthood clinics.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5678419/

  5. This is not a political website. I refer you to my Site Policies page for my policies regarding commenting.

    Your first reply to my comment quotes from my response but failed to actually address my statements. You then proceed to introduce a political element to an article about the consequences of unrepentant sin. Your specious attack on the GOP is not welcome here. Nor would a similar attack on the Democratic Party be.

    As I indicated before, abortion and sexual immorality are not the topic of my article. Rather, my article is about the consequences of abandoning God and practicing any sin, even lying or making false accusations.

    Yes, I am aware that I asked you to cite studies supporting your position. The NIH article you cited is not a study, it is an article about a study. The article takes the position that a reduction in abortions due to increased use of contraception is a good thing (I agree with that). However it also takes the biased position that efforts to reduce abortion (which always is the taking of an innocent human life) politically are a bad thing.

    In my view, abortion is nothing less than murder of the innocent for the sake of mere convenience. That it has been made legal in the United States by an activist court in 1973 finding a right to privacy in the penumbra of a shadow of the Constitution does not change the essential character of the act of abortion.

    As it is the text you quote from the article defeats your initial case. As I indicated in my first reply, we have had low cost contraception available for several decades. The second sentence of the second paragraph of your quotation refutes your claim that we need more affordable contraception. We already have affordable contraception, and it does something that LARC methods don’t. The use of a condom prevents venereal diseases as well.

    Your follow-up comment regarding the history of the reformation and evangelicalism has been moderated as off-topic. Further political replies will also be moderated as off-topic.

  6. I haven’t made any political arguments. I have only introduced reason. Which, between you and me is a religious argument. I believe that we are made in the image of likeness of God: reasoning minds being an inescapable part to that.

    You believe everything about us is corrupt. Besides being a self-defeating argument – self-devastating, actually, because you’ve denied yourself any platform to say anything that can be counted as credible: being totally depraved until your redemption at the coming of Christ – besides being self-defeating, it is perverse and anti-scripture.

    Which, as you say, is not political. It’s a moral problem.

  7. “I haven’t made any political arguments.”

    Really…

    1. “But you can’t vote for that.”
    2. “The Republican Party has been solely responsible for…”
    3. “This drop in spite of GOP removing so many Planned Parenthood clinics.”

    Reason does not include ad-hominem attacks. Accusing me of hate, shame, and hypocrisy is not an argument in support of your position, nor does it refute my argument. It is ad-hominem, pure and simple.

    All men are sinners. I’ve cited scripture as evidence. Redemption was accomplished 2,000 years ago. It is received by faith. Just because a man has been redeemed and justified does not mean that the sinful nature of the flesh has been removed. Read Romans 7 for Paul’s description of this state of affairs. Follow that up with Romans 8 for the answer in this life. Particularly Romans 8:12-13, “So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

    Resurrection occurs at the coming of Christ. With it will come glorification.

    As I said earlier, I “moderated” your comment regarding the history of the reformation and evangelicalism as off topic for this article. That does not mean I am unwilling to engage on it. With your permission, I’d like to create a follow-up post to this one, and re-link and reference that comment to it (the comment is still in the “pending” queue).. I will not alter your comment in any way, other than to try to associate it with the new article.

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