Inspiration

What’s Hell Like?

If anyone does not love
the Lord, let that person be separated from God — lost forever!” (1 Corinthians
16:22a ERV)

In human
terms, it’s tough to define Hell. It’s like trying to explain the Internet to
an ant.

But Jesus
actually talked more about Hell than Heaven. And to read how Jesus — and others
in the Bible — described it, we don’t want to have any part of it, and we don’t
want anyone we know to have any part in it.

So what does
the Bible say about Hell?

1.    It’s
a place of torment.
Luke
13:28 says that in Hell, “You will cry
and be in extreme pain”
(GW). We get our visions of fire and agony in Hell
from the Bible.

2.    It’s
a place of complete separation from God and other people.
That’s the worst part of Hell. Go
through your whole life saying you don’t want to have anything to do with God,
and you’ll eventually get your way. Hell means total separation from God. If anyone does not love
the Lord, let that person be separated from God — lost forever!”
(1 Corinthians 16:22a ERV)

3.    It’s
a place without love.
The
Bible tells us that God is love. Without God, we’ll spend forever without his
love in Hell. The Bible also says, “There
is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear”
(GNT). What’s it like
to live without God’s love? It means you’re scared to death all the time.

Everyone who
goes to Hell chooses to do so. They’ll get what they always thought they wanted
— a life away from God. You don’t want that! You don’t want Hell. Make a
different choice today.

To know how
you can live forever and avoid the anguish of Hell, visit rickwarren.org/know-god. Please let me
know if you make the decision to follow Jesus. I want to celebrate with you!
Write me at [email protected].

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Talk It Over

·        
Why
do you think Jesus talked more about Hell than Heaven?

·        
How
does the description of Hell in today’s devotional compare with the description
we get in popular culture?

·        
Are
there any parts of the Bible’s description of Hell you struggle to accept? Why?

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