The old comic character “Casper the friendly ghost” and the later show “Casper” as well as many other comical movies about the paranormal have subtly crepe into our society and helped form a false belief system of hell. We have made hell glamorous and light hearted. We have kept a mindset of hell as nothing more than a friendly club in the hereafter. White sheets draped over children with holes cute out for eyes and mouths running from door to door looking for candy just adds to the sweetening of a bitter deception. But the reality spoken of in the scripture is anything but light and fluffy.
The Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study has recorded that 58% of U.S. adults believe in hell as a place “where people who have led bad lives and
We have made hell glamorous and light hearted nothing more than a friendly club in the hereafter. (tweet)
die without being sorry are eternally punished.” Yet, the reality of a devil’s hell is far from most peoples thinking and understanding. Even the church has avoided or at most has softened the message of hell.
There’s a story of a president of a seminary who once heard two students out side his office flippantly joking about hell. He put his arms around them and took them to a window over looking the city and said softly “don’t joke about hell, people are going there… people are going there!
We read about the end of the age in Rev 20:10 where it says, “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the
Let’s not glamorize Hell but warn people of a Devil’s Hell! (tweet)
false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. “ We read a couple of verse later in Rev 20:15 where it says, “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Jesus says a lot about a place many would say is a myth or just a scarecrow for religion. In Matt. 18:2 Jesus describes Hell as outer darkness and a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. In numerous places Jesus himself refers to hell as being a place of unquenchable fire and where worms don’t die. (Matt 9:44-48) Also in Matt 7:22-23, we understand it’s a place that those that don’t choose to know Christ and follow Him are separated from His presences.
The non-churched has always made light of hell and it’s torment. You might have heard someone nonchalantly say, “Hell’s going to be one big Party!” or “There’s no rules in hell, so you can do what you want”. But the truth we just read in scripture is much different than what some have been deceived in thinking.
The devil is fine with you not believing in hell or even thinking it’s a party with all of your friends. But, remember the devil is the great deceiver and one of the devils best messages is “How can a good God send anyone to hell”. The bottom line is God doesn’t send anyone to a devils hell but through our own rejecting of God’s son, Jesus and His truth we choose hell ourselves. In Matt 25:41 Jesus speaking to His disciples concerning those that don’t receive Him says, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:(NKJ) Jesus declared hell was created for Satan and his demons yet so many people are running to get in. It’s like a blue light special or something! Let’s not glamorize Hell but warn people of a devil’s Hell!