Sunday Devotional: Hell is real

Matthew 13:34-43

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:
I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world.

Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

Did you know that Jesus preached three times more about Hell than Heaven?

And yet a 2009 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that only 59% of Americans believed in hell, compared with 74% who believed in heaven. That same year, a Barna poll found that 6 out of 10 American Christians did not believe that Satan is real.

Among Christians who appear to not believe in Hell is none other than Pope Francis.

According to his longtime atheist friend, Eugenio Scalfari, Pope Francis in an interview that was published March 28, 2018 in La Repubblica, said that Hell does not exist and that condemned souls just “disappear.” This, of course, is a denial of the 2,000-year-old teaching of the Catholic Church about the reality of Hell and the eternal existence of the soul.

After Scalfari’s report garnered worldwide attention, the next day the Vatican issued this equivocating statement, which is not an outright denial (source: CNS News):

“The Holy Father Francis recently received the founder of the newspaper La Repubblica in a private meeting on the occasion of Easter, without however giving him any interviews. What is reported by the author in today’s article [in La Repubblica] is the result of his reconstruction, in which the textual words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”

Those who don’t believe in Hell not only ignore Jesus’ own words, the French philosopher-mathematician-physicist Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) would say unbelievers are making a dangerous bet or wager.

In his post-humously published Pensées (Thoughts), Pascal set forth what became known as Pascal’s Wager — a cost-benefit argument for believing in God. Pascal argued that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (giving up some pleasures in life), whereas if God does exist, he stands to receive infinite gains (eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell).

There is another cost-benefit reason for the belief in Hell. A study in 2012 found that societies with a strong belief in Hell have lower crime-rates.

Then there are fools who believe Hell is real, but actually choose Hell.

These fools have convinced themselves that, like Lucifer in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, it is “Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven”, only to discover that “Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell.” See:

See also:

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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Tim Shey
3 months ago

Amen. Too many Christians (lukewarm Christians, apostate Christians) think that the Lord is a God of love and that is it. The Lord is a God of love and a God of judgment. The Lord judges the wicked in this life and after this life. There is a hell.

The Terror of Hell
https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/the-terror-of-hell/

Levels of Spiritual Warfare
https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2018/12/24/levels-of-spiritual-warfare-fr-ripperger/

Grace
Grace
3 months ago
Reply to  Tim Shey

Most excellent links you have provided.

chemtrailssuck
3 months ago
Reply to  Tim Shey

It also says in the Bible, Jesus said that ‘no one is good but God”, when a person called Jesus ‘Good Rabbi”. That should wake many up. This is also why devils try so hard to turn us to doing bad things, they want us in Hell!

SRB
SRB
3 months ago
Reply to  chemtrailssuck

We’re already headed for Hell… if not for belief and trust in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. We are saved by grace through faith, not of works lest any man should boast. Eph 2: 8-9

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
3 months ago

It is difficult to think that there are those who actually do not believe in Hell, or who embrace it. How could God be a just God and there not be justice meted out for those who commit or promote evil and sin? Consequently, those who follow a path of righteousness, avoiding sin must receive a place of peace, love and tranquility.

chemtrailssuck
3 months ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

As it says in the Old Testament, “the fool says there is no God”.

Steven Broiles
3 months ago

I am reminded of Nietzsche, who preached, “I beg of you my brothers, remain faithful to the earth!” I am also reminded of Sartre, who wrote, “Other people—that’s hell!” Pascal made his famous wager. Yet Our Lord has already forced us to make a bigger gamble: Either He is Who He says He is, or He is the biggest and most dangerous criminal psychopath in all History. So where do we begin? We begin not with our human hopes for justice and mercy, but with our own human reason. And we proceed to examine the forensic evidence available. We examine… Read more »

Michael Garrison
Michael Garrison
3 months ago

It’s so obvious that Satan is about to show up. Everything has become confusion and lies, two of Satan’s greatest attributes.

SRB
SRB
3 months ago

Yes, chaos and deception. What is good is called evil, what is evil is called good.

Bob350
Bob350
3 months ago

It is said that the greatest accomplishment of Satan is to convince the world that he does not exist!!

chemtrailssuck
3 months ago

Thank you for the info on Pascal’s Wager, I knew something about it but I will tell my DH.
I can’t believe that some Christians don’t believe in Hell, Satan or the Holy Spirit! That’s crazy. And who would WANT to go to Hell? That’s even crazier yet.
I pray for my cousin, he stole money from my dad just before he died, and then tried to scam us again. If he doesn’t repent, I know he’s going to a very hot place.

Lana
Lana
3 months ago

If anyone hasn’t seen this video of a man who was taken to hell so that he could give a message to the world, I highly recommend. Extremely compelling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYxKRoONrfY

Caryl
3 months ago

When men stopped believing in Hell, they started to create it on earth,

Tim Shey
3 months ago
Reply to  Caryl

Absolutely. When men stopped believing in Hell (which means they don’t believe in God), they gave us the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution, the Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Saul Alinsky Groupies like Hillary Clinton, Antifa, BLM (Bolshevik Lives Matter), most of the Mainstream Media . . .

anon
anon
3 months ago

the hells are very clearly described in Buddhism, which humans create for themselves by breaking their virtuous conduct & normalizing the abnormal, as we are all witness today!