What is Hell? Historically, hell was defined as eternal, conscience torment for the wicked. However, maybe a better definition would be “Hell is eternal torment for the impenitent”. Impenitent is the term to describe a person who is not repentant. Repentance is when you come to the place in your life when you tell God, “Lord, I’ve been wrong! I’ve thought wrong and I’ve done wrong! I thought I could get to Heaven on my own efforts. I thought you would grade on the curve and weigh up the good things vs. the bad. I realize that the only entrance to Heaven is gained through Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sin found in Him.” Hell is a place for God’s righteous anger at sin to be poured out. But, aren’t there many people that have not heard about God and His gracious gift? That would be a good argument if our Lord hadn’t presented these three unmistakable evidences. 1) They see God in creation. The creation screams “There’s a GOD, There’s a GOD! 2) They have the voice of conscience. You don’t have to teach a child that it is wrong to lie. They know by evidence of conscience. 3) Saving evidences of people reached by missions have proven that to all that “want” to know God, He will make himself known. However, I suspect that it is not a problem with not hearing, but that most do not WANT to know.
Questions for further thought:
1. How is the rationalization for my sin keeping me from experiencing God’s saving power this day?
2. What steps will I take to get alone with God and confess my sin to Him personally? When will I do that?
Challenge: Read Romans 1 and meditate on the truth that is found in this passage.
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