Driving on the interstate can get a little tedious without much scenery that differentiates one area from another. About the only things to see are the road signs. I think it was in Georgia that my attention was captured by a unique sign. The sign was paid for by a Christian group in order to get people thinking. The sign read: “Hell…I forgot about that…” In our current culture the subject of eternal punishment is not something we choose to remember. Even among Christian culture this subject has become the forgotten doctrine. Some leaders have even come out publically denying the reality of hell, others in the church have simply airbrushed it from their sermons and their discourse. But no matter how boldly we may deny it, and no matter how sincerely we wish it were not true; the doctrine of hell and eternal punishment will not go away.
Jesus spoke more about hell than He did about heaven. He told us in Matthew 18:9: “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you, It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire”. Jesus told the story of a rich man who went to hell and described him being tormented by the flame (Luke 16:19-31). Probably the saddest verse in the Bible is Revelation 20:15. It says: “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire”. If you believe the Bible you must believe in eternal punishment because it is so clearly and repeatedly taught.
No matter how horrible the torments of hell are, no one has to go there. God made it for the devil and his angels. Man chooses to make hell his destination when he rejects the salvation offered by Jesus Christ. John 3:18 tells us: He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”. Death is coming, eternity is waiting, and hell is real. Choose Jesus Christ and you will enjoy eternal life instead of enduring eternal punishment.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation