Suppose It's True After All?

Two friends were discussing the possibility of life after death. "Hell is a myth," one argued. "How can a God of love condemn His creatures to everlasting punishment?"

His friend nodded in agreement, and the matter seemed to be settled.
The two sat silently for a moment until one of them looked up and said, thoughtfully, "Suppose it is true, after all?"

Suppose it is true after all that Hell exists? Jesus Christ Himself described it as a place of "darkness" and a "furnace of fire" where there shall be "wailing and gnashing of teeth. "(Matthew 13:42) Some say there is no consciousness after death. But from Christ's words, it's evident that a person in Hell is just as aware of Himself and His surroundings as when he was on earth!

The Bible, God's Word, says Hell is an everlasting burning for the punishment of sinners and hypocrites (Isaiah 33:14), a bottomless pit (Revelation 20:1), where men have no rest, day or night (Revelation 14:11). It's a place where people pray, but their prayers are not heard (Luke 16:27), where they gnaw their tongues and at the same time curse God (Revelation 16:10,11). Hell is a place where no one would want their loved ones to go (Luke 16:28).

Suppose it is true after all that God will punish sin? The Bible says, "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

Suppose it is true after all that we cannot get to heaven on the basis of good things we've done? The Bible says, "we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6).

Suppose it is true after all that Jesus Christ is the only Savior? Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me (John 14:6)."

Be assured that God is holy and must punish sin. But He is also a God of love, "not willing that any should perish"(2 Peter 3:9). Therefore, He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins: "God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him" (Romans 5:8,9).

But we must first recognize that we have sinned, ask God's forgiveness and receive Christ as our Savior. Then we can have the joy and peace of God's forgiveness, and the assurance that when we die we will be with Christ forever in Heaven.

Have you received Jesus Christ as your Savior? "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him". (John 3:36). The choice is yours.

Robin Sheffield
Published in tract form by Good News Publishers

To receive God's Free Gift of Salvation, you can pray this prayer or one from your own heart, saying -

"Father, I come to You in Jesus' Mighty and Awesome Name. I confess to You right now that I have sinned and am a sinner. I deserve Hell or eternal punishment for my sins. But I am asking You to have mercy on me and to please forgive me of all of my sins. Wash and cleanse my heart of every stain of sin through the Precious Blood of Your Son which was shed on Calvary's Cross. Take away my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh - one that is open to Your leading. I give You my life and ask You, Jesus, to be the Lord of every kingdom of my heart. Take full control of my life. By Faith, I now receive Your wonderful Gift of salvation. I believe that I am no longer a sinner enslaved to Satan but a child of God. In Jesus' Name I ask and believe. Amen & Amen."

If you have prayed this prayer, let me be the first to welcome you into the Family of God. You are now my brother or sister in Christ! Congratulations! You are one of God's children now, and Jesus is Lord of your life!

Please allow me to pray this prayer for you as you start your exciting adventure with God -

Father, I now commit these precious individuals into your hands and ask that You would keep them as the "apple of Your eye."

Lead them and guide them to godly fellowship where they will grow by leaps and bounds in Your ways. Give them now such wondrous grace to hunger after You through prayer and the study of Your Word. Place a special hedge of protection around each one. Guard them against the Powers of Darkness and endue them with Power from on high by baptizing them in Your Mighty Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues.

Satan, you cannot have this one. We command you in the Mighty Name of Jesus to loose this person of all bondages. Your power has been broken through the Blood of the Precious Lamb of God. In the name of Jesus, every demon and evil spirit must go from this person. We break every stronghold of the enemy and every curse that would hold them back from growing in the things of God. Loose your hold right now. IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS. Amen & Amen.

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