How Willingly Do People Go to Hell?

…..when a person chooses against God and, therefore, de facto chooses hell—or when he jokes about preferring hell with his friends over heaven with boring religious people—he does not know what he is doing. What he rejects is not the real heaven (nobody will be boring in heaven), and what he “wants” is not the real hell, but the tolerable hell of his imagination.

When he dies, he will be shocked beyond words. The miseries are so great he would do anything in his power to escape.” John Piper

You might believe in God and salvation though Jesus Christ or you might not – but whatever you believe, you have likely heard of hell – a place that you may or may not think is so nice depending on what you imagine hell to be. Or perhaps you don’t believe Hell even exists. Whatever your thoughts or beliefs, if you are interested in knowing what Christ thought about hell, you may be interested in reading this article by John Piper.

I would love to hear your thoughts. How do you imagine hell? Or do you not imagine a hell at all?

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2 thoughts on “How Willingly Do People Go to Hell?

  1. I am not a Christian, neither am I a follower of any religious beliefs. I was brought up to believe that there is a higher being in this world, and there will be punishment for the bad things and rewards for the good deeds I do, albeit they are confined to this life and not the afterlife.

    I do not imagine a hell. Hell is not a place painted in horror movies where the devil awaits to seek revenge and dish out punishment. I believe hell is a state of mind where human beings go to reflect on the wrong doings throughout their lives. That to me is the absolute punishment. Since in the afterlife, if one does exist, how would physical pain be possible when there is no flesh to endure it?

  2. Thanks for replying Sue. These are good things to ponder, for indeed if our Creator has also created and wishes us to dwell in an afterlife and there is a punishment in it, it is now that we need to consider these things.

    As a Christian I believe fully in the afterlife and the ressurection of the body. Jesus Christ speaks clearly about the body in the afterlife and the punishment for those who deny Him. As Jesus Himself was resurrected to new life, so will all of His Creation. The question we need to consider now, is what will that afterlife look like to us?

    Christ states that to those who know Him it will be glorious – physical body and all – whatever that will look like. But to those who deny Him, it will be horrendous – it will be complete separation from our Creator, and nothing imaginable on this earth, on this side of eternity, can come close to discribing the horrer of this separation. Not even the worst movie we have ever seen.
    Christ says in Matthew 5 Fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
    This is not a dstruction that just disappears. It is eternal distruction.
    1Co 15:51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
    The question becomes – will we be changed to enjoy our Creator forever? Or changed to suffer the regret of rejecting Him.
    If you have time, please do read the article by John Piper.
    It is so importantfor us to fully understand the higher being in this world – not according to what makes us feel comfortable, but according to who He actually is. Who does He say He is? What are HIS expectaions of us – His created beings.
    PS read your Blog – you write very well! I also enjoyed your flickr photos. Loing forward to eing more. I am pasionate about photography as well. 🙂

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