FROM THE WORD: Heaven and hell

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By C.L. Glasscock

Some people call me an old time preacher. They may be right, I am old enough! I am 80 years old and still like the challenge Jesus Christ gives me in serving him.

I preach that heaven is a beautiful place which God has prepared for the ones who have given their heart to him through his son, Jesus Christ. I believe Christ is sitting on the right hand of God the father, interceding our prayers.

I also preach that according to the Bible, hell is a place no one in his or her right mind would want to spend eternity. It is a place burning with fire and brimstone, and when one chooses to go there – it is forever. Just think, there is no way out!

Let’s take a look at what it will be like living in heaven.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I, John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great noise out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.”  Revelation 21:1-4.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells about Lazarus, a beggar dying and going to heaven and a rich man dying and going to hell.

“And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried, and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torment and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. “ Luke 16:22-24.

Abraham told the rich man there was no way he could do that because there was a “great gulf fixed between us, and we cannot pass to you, neither can you pass to us”.

As we look at heaven and hell, look at the difference. In heaven, we will have a life we cannot imagine: no pain, no sorrow, no crying, and no death. We will live with God forever! In hell, we will burn forever, which means: never comes to an end.

As we look at this message from the Bible, which one do we choose? It is very simple, it is up to us. Some may be on shaky ground and say, ‘I gave my heart to God years ago.’ One question: Are you following God or the devil? We have to be sure.

“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar and truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:4.