I have been thinking a lot about Hell lately. You know the Hell your parents and your church warns you about. The place where bad people go to burn forever. With the horned devil perched on his seat while he pokes sinners who dare to try to escape his fiery pit. Try as I may, I just cannot fathom something so unimaginable. (As a little boy, I would look at the big painting on the wall of my aunt’s house of Satan sitting with a harpoon and watching as tormented souls writhed and burn in his fire. For some reason, I was always mesmerized by this painting, even as a kid).
Pardon me if you perceive that I am venturing out on the edge of blasphemy here. It’s just your perception, I am a proud believer in God. Now this Hell thing is what confuses me. God Is Love, the ultimate unselfish lover whose love and forgiveness is bottomless. I love my kids to no ends but that pales in comparison to the love that God has for his children. And we are all his children, sinners and…never mind, there’s no ‘and’, we are all sinners. There is nothing that my children could possibly do to make me sentence them to a life time in a burning pit of fire, in fact, there’s nothing anyone could do that would get me to wreak such a punishment on them. God gave me that kind of Love. If my puny love could transcends whatever wrong was done to me, how could his much greater love allow for any of his children to suffer this way? Yes, they broke a commandment and did not repent but does stealing a goat equate to an eternity in burning flames? The funny guy in me is imagining a conversation between two burning souls: Soul #1: So what are you in here for? Soul #2: Oh for murder, you? Soul #1: I made a graven image. Soul #2: What the H E double hockey stick is that??
Maybe I am missing a big chunk of the picture and someone with a deeper understanding of the Bible needs to bring me up to speed or maybe it’s just my cynicism. See my last blog here. So, is Hell for real? Would God really allow his children to suffer in anguish and torment while he feeds his other kids milk and honey as they walk the golden streets of Heaven? I have to say no. But then again,
That’s just My Take. If I’m wrong, I pray God will forgive my ignorance and save me from the pits of Hell.