Some years ago i was chatting with a guy who i met at Manchester Piccadilly train station. Despite it was our first time meeting, he was very open to conversation. After introducing ourselves, we kicked off our conversation with the weather. It’s a British thing to comment on the day’s weather during conversations (don’t ask me why haha!). Whatever the weather was like that day didn’t really matter as we were both were inside the train station. It so happened that he wasn’t in a hurry. I can’t remember why he wasn’t but i was willing to spend a long time chatting with him as my purpose of coming there that day was to evangelize.
Few minutes into the conversation, he told me he knew about church and that he was once a christian. He said he was born and baptized in church and his mum and grandma always brought him to church as a child. From experience, it’s more difficult to evangelize to people like this because they most likely have previously heard everything you are about to say in church. On the other hand, i was happy because at least it won’t just be me talking since he has heard of Jesus and knows Him to some extent.
“Yes i used to be a christian and i used to go to church a lot”, he said as i waited anxiously to hear the reason why he stopped attending church. “Jesus Christ i know was a good guy but all of that heaven and hell stuff isn’t real. Why will someone who is that good create hell and let people go there?” he said.
I’m sure you’ve heard a similar line before. “Why will a good God create hell?”. It is a good news and a bad news. The teaching of eternal punishment is the most offensive doctrine i have ever heard. Despite so, it is true. There is a place called hell fire. The devil’s trick is to make us believe hell isn’t real.
I love to talk about the love and sweetness of God. However God is a loving God of justice. The good news is that hell was made for the devil and his agents. The bad news is that it isn’t just him and his agents that will end up there. I don’t like the idea that people will go to hell. It is a tough doctrine. But if Jesus endorsed it, there is nothing i can do about it. Who am i not to believe something that He endorsed?
Hell was never made for man. When man disobeyed in the garden of Eden, sin was introduced into the world. Sin has it’s consequences and the final destination for sinners is hell fire. It isn’t God’s desire to see people go to hell. That was why He sent Jesus Christ to come and die for the world so we can be saved. The caveat for salvation is believing in Jesus Christ. Believing that He is the way, the truth and the life. The benefit of accepting Him is that you will have eternal life. Yes, i know it sounds too simple to be true but it is.
I often hear people say what if this whole heaven idea ends up not being true? My reply is, i would rather prepare for heaven and end up seeing that it isn’t true in the end, than not preparing for heaven only to find out in the end that it is true. Nothing can be compared to the awful feeling of knowing that you were offered a better option but you chose to reject it. Hell is not even worth the gamble.
Accept Jesus Christ into your heart today. Tomorrow may be too late.