The Funny Thing About Hell…

In truth, there is nothing whatsoever funny about hell. Nothing. It’s more serious than a heart attack, more gnawing than cancer, and unlike both of these, it is eternal and spiritual, not temporary and physical. Hell is not funny in the least.

But people do have some funny ideas about hell.

When I was a young atheist, I remember discussions about how much more fun hell sounded than heaven. The thought process went something like this: “If I got to choose, hell is the place I’d go. I mean, if all the fun stuff you’re not supposed to do isn’t found in heaven, then it must be in hell, right?”

Well, to be blunt: No. No it isn’t.

But the good news is that we do get to choose. Either we choose Yeshua who is the Way to heaven or we choose hell by default.

Make no mistake: Satan is not the ruler of hell, nor is he the life of some fiery party. He is in misery already because of his rebellion, and his mission is to take as much of the clay creatures stamped with the image of God – that is, humanity – into eternal misery with him.

…and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever…

…And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:10, 15

Whether the image of a lake of fire is literal or symbolic doesn’t matter. It isn’t a nice place to be. Hell is Satan’s torture chamber, and I believe his hatred of humankind is partly because of the redemption offered us and his own bitterness towards God.

Looking around this world – the suffering, the heartache, the pain – I can’t help but think there’s hell enough on earth. Why would anyone choose to continue suffering throughout eternity? Most, I think, simply don’t really believe in the reality of hell or heaven.

Now that I am no longer young nor atheistic, I can look around at many of those who embraced the mentality of hell as the “fun” choice and ran with it to its logical conclusion.

Some of them are heroin or meth addicts. Others have adopted a more legal drug dependence, but they have cabinets full of drugs – and drugs to counteract the side effects of drugs – just the same. Others are addicted to sex and shallow relationships or drink so much they don’t know they’ve had the same conversation 85 times. Still others are dead.

I guess the last sort know by now.

My heart breaks for the dead who didn’t choose the Lamb of God and whose names were not written in His book of life. I literally cry for some of them, and I weep and plead for salvation for those who still live and have not yet chosen the Way.

May my God draw them to Himself and may they choose to surrender to Him now. O Lord, please; let it be!

Hell is a far cry from an eternal party. Honestly, after watching the party scene for a few years and seeing the end results – addictions, broken relationships, broken lives – even if it was a party, I wouldn’t want it.

The sex, drugs, and alcohol party lifestyle is its own hell. Just ask any sweat-drenched addict as he pukes his guts out between fixes. Or anyone who is a prisoner of their own fear. Or anyone who age catches unaware after they’ve squandered life on shallow physical relationships and now face old age and death alone.

No, my friends, you do not want hell. I don’t want hell for you. And if I know you personally and you are not a follower of the Lord, chances are good I pray frequently that you will come to Him of Your own free will.

I so desperately want you to choose life. I so desperately want to keep you from hell. But you know what? As much as I want this for you, God wants it even more. He wants it so much, He paid the price of your sin with His own blood.

Please. Choose life.

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose lifeloving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days…

Deuteronomy 30:19a, 20a, emphasis mine

12 thoughts on “The Funny Thing About Hell…

  1. Amen! This so needs to be said. We’re living in a world that has pretty much romanticized hell and tried to glorify the enemy. That’s a lie, a deception. People often do the same thing with addiction, we fail to see the difference between having a glass of wine and relaxing in fellowship with others, and puking and suffering delirium tremens.

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  2. In his book “The Great Divorce,” C.S. Lewis pictures hell as existing in a crack in the ground at the edge of heaven. The people dwelling there are obsessed with the lives that they lived on earth; hence their misery and suffering. He offers a very vivid and convincing picture. J.

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  3. Great post, Heather. Thanks. I would like to reblog it. Like a lone person whistling in the dark while walking past a cemetery, many people speak of hell as a kind of party filled with all the sins people claim to enjoy but which never bring satisfaction. It is almost a kind of bravado in the face of a stark and potentially terrifying unknown apart from their God. And they know it in their hearts. So it is with those who reject the gift of gracious love offered by God.

    A better description of hell might be a convening of those who now get to experience all the pain, suffering, heartache, misery, dejection, loneliness, and brokenness the world experiences now. And more. Forever.

    I appreciate your writing.

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    1. Wow, what a perfect way to state it! I know when I talk to my lost friends, I can’t see the enjoyment anymore. It’s like they are perpetually trying to recapture that one really fun night and perpetually falling short … and falling further into the grip of something horrible.

      Thanks so much for commenting and for sharing.

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    1. I have many unsaved friends and family, and it honestly makes me so sad to see them trying to fill the spot made to be filled with worshiping our God. I’ve been on that track, and it’s a nightmare. I pray often for those who are still stuck in the nightmare to be drawn to the Lord and set free.

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