Nothing on earth is “as hot as hell.” Listening to songs, conversations, TV shows, and other entertainment venues, one may think the earth is burning up, because so many things are described this way: sexual lust, a winning ball team, war zones, clothes fashion, working conditions, etc.! Hell is for lost souls. Jesus said, “fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28 NKJV), because “the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:48 NKJV). The “vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 7 NKJV) is for those, Jesus said, who choose the wide and broad “way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it” (Matthew 7:13 NKJV). Since “Hell” is for eternity after this life: (1) nothing on earth is “as hot as Hell;” (2) Jesus used the same term, “eternal” to describe “punishment” and “life” in Matthew 25:46; (3) it is profanity to refer to “Hell” so casually.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Perhaps you are not aware of what the Qur’an says about Jesus. That which is taught, one can learn in Surah 2 (a “Surah” will correspond to a “Book,” or perhaps a “chapter” in the Bible). For instance, in Surah 2:87, one learns that Jesus was mortal. One won’t read that in the verse, but Islamic commentators will declare it. “Maulana gives some instruction concerning the Qur’an’s use of the Arabic word for Jesus (Īsā), followed by the epithet ‘son of Mary,’ ‘to show that he was a mortal like other prophets of God’” (footnote 128 in Maulana Muhammad Ali’s translation and commentary on the Qur’an; from RT’s personal study notes of the Qur’an).
The significance of this is in relation to what the Scriptures teach relative to Jesus. Note what charge the apostle Paul gave to Timothy, a young preacher he left in Ephesus: I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time–he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen (1 Timothy 6:13-16, ESV).
One does not need any other reason to oppose Islam, though there are untold numbers more!
More is found in a single page of the Bible than in all the books of man. The eternal remains, the ephemeral soon passes.
In a USA Today forum Oliver Thomas asked, “Should believers fear hell and God?” If by “believers” Thomas means those who have truly made Jesus their Lord, then the answer is unquestionably “No”! Over and over the scriptures promise the faithful an “inheritance incorruptible, undefiled and that does not fade away”. Our Lord is faithful; He keeps His promises. On the other hand, if we follow Thomas’ conclusions, we might ask, “should anyone fear hell and God?” The answer would be “no”. However, it is as I once saw on a sign above a metal workshop: “Fancy turnings and twistings done here”! Let it be declared clearly: “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be damned.” This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
The toughest question I was ever asked, was by an elder in the church before I became a Christian. He asked me, “Have you thought about your soul?”: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2008/10/05/have-you-thought-about-your-soul/
I was 15 years old at the time, and I had never been asked that question. For some time, my grandmother had been urging me to obey the gospel. After pondering this question in light of Scripture, I came to the conclusion that my soul was indeed in great jeopardy of being eternally lost.
I quickly decided that my soul was far more important than anything else I could imagine. There was no rational reason whatsoever to delay my obeying the Lord in baptism any longer, and thus I was baptized on January 1, 1960.
I’ve never regretted the decision.
When I think of an action and a reaction, I immediately think of Galations 6:7-8 (NKJV), where Paul states:
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
If we engage [sow] in the immoral vices of this world, i.e., “the flesh” (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galations 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Timothy 1:9-10), we will not inherit the blessings of eternity (1 Corinthians 6:10; Galations 5:21; Ephesians 5:5). But, if we choose to follow [sow to ourselves] the teachings of the Bible that the Holy Spirit has provided for us, i.e., “the Spirit,” we will reap or inherit those eternal blessings that God has promised all of those who love Him (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Note the action of sowing and the reaction of reaping in this principle.
To go along with Galations 6:7-8, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV) regarding our giving:
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
The same principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) holds true in our giving. If we sow sparingly, we will reap sparingly. If we sow bountifully, we will reap bountifully (cf. 2 Corinthians 8).
God’s principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) is simple. It’s putting the principle into practice that is difficult for many folks, including those in the Lord’s church.
One of the bleakest passages found in the Bible is found in Romans 1:24, where the phrase “gave them up” is found. The phrase is again repeated in verse 26 and 28, emphasizing the fact that when God gives an individual (or individuals) up, there’s no hope for that individual. Through the power of choice (Joshua 24:15), they have determined and sealed their own eternal destiny.
In his commentary on Romans http://www.searchgodsword.org/com/bcc/view.cgi?book=ro&chapter=001, Brother Burton Coffman provides the following comment regarding this phrase:
“These dreadful words, thrice repeated with increasing intensity, are a kind of litany of the doomed, showing how dreadful is the fate of them that are given up of God, that is, handed over to the consequences of their rebellion.”
When God gives us up, there is no bleaker moment.
As in Revelation 4, Revelation 5 is a magnificent scene as well, of prayers and praise to the One who was able to open the book (Revelation 5:5). The book symbolizes God’s eternal purpose for man’s salvation (Ephesians 1:3-14; Ephesians 3:1-11). The “new song” in Revelation 5:9, is the song of redemption. The expression “new song” is one which comes from an expression of gratitude in the heart of man due to some mighty deed (or deeds) of God. We see this expression being used in Psalms 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1.
In Isaiah, we find that because of the many wonderful works of God (Isaiah 42:5-9), the prophet wanted to “sing unto Jehovah a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth” (Isaiah 42:10).
My favorite Bible tree? The tree of life, of course. Partaking of that tree, will cause me to live eternally, because of the perpetual spiritual food it provides (Genesis 3:22; Revelation 22:2). It’s sad that so many folks want to live eternally, but they don’t want to partake of the spiritual food that God has provided here on earth (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4), much less the tree of life in that heavenly realm.
My blessings in the gospel? Too many to enumerate (Ephesians 1:3). The greatest blessing to me is the assurance of an eternal abode if I remain faithful (1 Peter 1:3-4; Revelation 2:10).