WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO LACK KNOWLEDGE?
PARALYZING FEAR OF GOD
Have you ever had a feeling that God is somewhat threatening and somewhat fearsome? God’s love for you can be limited to your fear of God’s power. You may even wish to keep a careful distance even though the desire for closeness is immense. The paralysis of the fear of God is one of the great human tragedies.
God is in charge of the world. Every single force at work in the universe comes from His hand and is under His control. Think of the wonderful workings of your own body: you must know that a vastly superior Being could have engineered such a magnificent machine. So God has revealed Himself. You should automatically have an inherent knowledge of God from this observation alone.
How can God justly judge those have no knowledge of God? Answer: they have rejected the revelation of God in nature.” “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
Most of us reject the concept of punishment unfortunately. Like children, we don’t wish to face the consequences of our own choices. What will happen to them? “They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” 2 Thessalonian 1:9
Some people like to make jokes about hell, but if you simply read the scriptures, hell is no laughing matter. One writer calls it the bottomless pit. It conjures the idea of falling, falling, falling. Now imagine that God is hanging on to you, but you decide that you don’t need Him anymore. You don’t want God messing up you plans and telling you what to do. So you let go.
You have just committed treason against the King of the universe. Your sentence has been self-imposed. Remember THE LAW OF CONSEQUENCES. If we choose to sin, there will be evil results. We cannot avoid them.
The world cannot escape the terrible judgments of God. It will be too late then to choose your side. That will not be the time for choosing. Now, today, this moment is our chance to choose the right side.
But the moment you let go, you begin to fall further and further from the source of help. You know that you have made a mistake but you can’t get back up. How long? Forever! There is no annihilation: that means you can’t just disappear. You have to suck it up!
God does not want anyone to perish like that. But justice has been carried out.
God knows how we function. That is why He has provided a new resource for believers: the Holy Spirit. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20
God’s joy can be available to us in the midst of all of this: a joy of belonging to the household of God whose love is stronger than death.
EXISTENCE OF HELL
One of the great dangers of this century, and thus one of the great triumphs of Satan, has been the growing disbelief in the existence of Hell. For many, Hell has become a fable, a myth, an outdated holdover from “the Old Testament God of fire, brimstone and judgment.”
Hell is a place of fire. Matthew 13:42 speaks of it as a furnace of fire. Matthew 25:41 calls it an everlasting fire. Mark 9:44-45 says the fire is never quenched. Revelation 21:8 refers to it as the lake of fire. There will be no relief from its fires because Revelation 14:11 says the smoke from the fires of torment ascends forever and ever.
Jesus warns: “And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire…” Mark 9:42
TESTIMONY: GOING TO HELL
One of the greatest mystics of this century was Sister Josefa Menendez, who died in 1923 at the age of 33. More than once, she was taken to Hell to witness and feel the suffering first-hand:
“My soul fell into abysmal depths, the bottom of which cannot be seen, for it is immense . . . ; then I was pushed into one of those fiery cavities and pressed, as it were, between burning planks, and sharp nails and red-hot irons seemed to be piercing my flesh. I felt as if they were endeavoring to pull out my tongue, but could not. This torture reduced me to such agony that my very eyes seemed to be starting out of their sockets. I think this was because of the fire which burns, burns. . . not a finger nail escapes terrifying torments, and all the time one cannot move even a finger to gain some relief, not change posture, for the body seems flattened out and [yet] doubled in two.
Sounds of confusion and blasphemy cease not for an instant. A sickening stench asphyxiates and corrupts everything, it is like the burning of putrefied flesh, mingled with tar and sulfur. . . a mixture to which nothing on earth can be compared. . . although these tortures were terrific, they would be bearable if the soul were at peace. But it suffers indescribably. . . All I have written,” she concluded, “is but a shadow of what the soul suffers, for no words can express such dire torment.” (September 4, 1922).
REVELATIONS OF ST. TERESA OF AVILA: Mystic, Confessor and Doctor of the Church
While I was at prayer one day, I found myself in a moment, without knowing how, plunged apparently into Hell. I could neither sit nor lie down; there was no room. I was placed as it were in a hole in the wall; and those walls, terrible to look on of themselves, hemmed me in on every side. I could not breathe. There was no light, but all was thick darkness. I do not understand how it is; though there was no light, yet everything that can give pain by being seen was visible.
How could I possibly take any pleasure in those things which led me directly to so dreadful a place?
If a person ends up in hell, he is lost by one’s own free choice; he has no one to blame but oneself. WHY?
LOVING THE WORLD
Many see no need to be interested in spiritual things and are indifferent to the pleas of the gospel. Some refuse to believe. Others just love sin or desire something else more than their God. Many put off obeying until it is too late. They may have never read much of the world’s most popular book, the Bible.
CATCH UP ON THE BIBLE … FINALLY!
WHAT DOES THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK IN THE WORLD SAY, WHICH IS INSPIRED BY GOD ?
What would you say to God at the Last Judgment about the fact that you never opened this important book once except for this one opportunity!
And He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Continue reading THOSE WHO LACK KNOWLEDGE of GOD 2