Here are some things that are essential to knowing God’s Truth:

1. God’s Word commands us to be holy (Heb. 12:14 // 1 Pe. 1:15,16), meaning “holy in all you do” (1 Pe. 1:15), and “to live a holy life.” (1 Thes. 4:7)

2. Through God’s Word we have been given God’s divine promises, power, and Spirit for all we need, as we are instructed by Him (Eph. 1:19 & 3:20 // 2 Pe. 1:3,4), in “how to live in order to please God.” (1 Thes. 4:1)

3. Pleasing God is about walking in His will, and as 1 Thes. 4:3 tells us, “It is God’s will that you should be holy.”

4. Therefore, no matter what we claim to possess, without holiness –holy living in all we think, say, and do– we will not inherit Eternal Life. (Mt. 7:21-23 // Heb. 12:14 // 1 John 2:17)

Hoards of people are walking in deception as they listen to those who tell them what they want to hear –that God’s grace covers all their sinning as Christ’s holiness (which they think they live in) hides their depravity from God’s eyes. They refuse to believe God’s Word which states “that all will be condemned who have not believed the Truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thes. 2:12)

All means all, “For God does not show favoritism.” (Rom. 2:11) Yes, all who walk in rebellion / sin / falsehoods will be condemned (Jude 1:4) and destroyed (v. 5) with “those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” (v. 7) Even those who self-centeredly neglected to bless Christ’s brothers will be sent to “eternal punishment” (Mt. 25:46) “into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (v. 41)

Jesus warned us, “Those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” (John 5:29) Consequently, contrary to what many false teachers teach, we should indeed be living our lives here on earth in reverent fear of God. (1 Pe. 1:17) For God, “who judges each man’s work impartially” (same verse), will declare all to “be punished with everlasting destruction” (2 Thes. 1:9) who “do not know God and do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.” (v. 8 ) As Jesus strongly warns, “Fear God who has the power to throw you into Hell.” (See Luke 12:5) And as Heb. 10:26-31 warns (in essence), “Keep sinning, you who claim to know the Truth, and the dreadful experience allotted to God’s enemies –of judgement to a raging fire– will be yours.”

Truly, only if we persevere and do not shrink back will God be pleased with us. (Heb. 10:35-39) Truly, only if we do the will of God, will we receive His promise of salvation. (v. 36,39) Yes, pleasing God by doing His will is definitely required, for truly, “God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.” (Eph. 5:6)

Without question, God’s Word reveals that He has called us to live holy –to think, speak, and behave with holiness (1 Thes. 4:7)– by making “every effort to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with Him.” (2 Pe. 3:14) Following a distortion of the Scriptures will absolutely lead to destruction (v. 16), including for those once in God’s grace (v. 17,18 // 1 Cor. 3:16,17 // Heb. 12:15), so “making every effort to add to one’s faith goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness, and love –in increasing, progressing measure– is crucial for being welcomed into Heaven.” (See 2 Pe. 1:5-11)

“Those who reject this instruction [which is coming straight from God’s Word] are not rejecting the messenger, but rather are rejecting God Himself.” (See 1 Thes. 4:7)

with love,

God’s Word changes things. If we read it, if we meditate on it, if we believe it and surround ourselves with it through faith, if we take refuge in it, our souls will be refreshed, strengthened, encouraged, revived, and redeemed!

Ps. 19:7 says, “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.” It can also be said, “The instructions of the LORD are perfect, refreshing the soul.” And, “The teachings of the LORD are perfect, converting the soul.” In other words, God’s Word, being perfect, changes the soul of the one who ingests it into one’s spirit.

Ps. 18:28 says, “You, O LORD, will light my lamp. The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” Yes, when we are in a dark place, discouraged, afraid, and otherwise spiritually weak, the Lord brings light to our soul –His Light that consists of strength, warning, wisdom, righteousness, joy, and all such reward. (19:7-13) For that Light is Him, the All-powerful, All-loving One.

Every day we should go to the Word of God for help, for restoration. He is there for us. Ps. 18:30 connects Him, our shield, with His flawless Word. John 1:1-14 tells us that Jesus, The Light who enables us to become children of God, is God who was begotten a human, and is Himself the Word of God. And as Jesus has told us, His words “are Spirit and they are Life.” (6:63)

Since God’s Word is His Light, His Spirit, and His Life, is it any wonder why Ps. 19:10 says that it is sweeter than honey and more desirable than gold?

Do we believe this? Then let us go to the Word of God daily and be daily revived.

with love,

Isa. 66:2 says, “All these things My hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD / Yahweh. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at My Word.” Does this last phrase describe us? Or are we proud, lacking in contrition for those things we’ve done against others, as well as against God and His Word? Do we tremble at God’s Word, or do we tremble at man’s word? Whose word persuades us and influences everything else we believe? Whose word do we honor, study, and promote? Are we humble and contrite before God, or do we behave, think, and speak as if we know more than what His Word states to be the truth?

As the above verse says, along with the verse before it, and along with Acts 7:49,50, which quotes it, the LORD tells us that He is the one who made the heavens and the earth and everything in them. Throughout Scripture, from the first book to the last, we are repeatedly told this. Rev. 4:11 says, “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.” Do we understand that all things exist because of God’s will, that He created it all, and that because of this truth, God is worthy to be praised by His creation?

Rev. 14:7 commands, “Worship the One who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and the springs of waters.” Acts 14:15 tells us that the Good News is the proclamation that all people must turn from worthless things “to the Living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.” Acts 17:24 says, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth…” In other words, the true God is the Creator of everything (Isa. 45:12), and He is the Eternal Ruler / King / Lord / Boss of everything. (Jer. 10:10 // 1 Tim. 6:15) Indeed, His name is “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:16) “and His name is the Word of God.” (v. 13) Why, then, would anyone not tremble at the LORD’s Word?

But there are many who do not tremble. Instead of believing the Word of God and trusting Him, they believe in worthless things and trust worthless words. Claiming to be wise, they are fools, for they exchange the glory and truth of God for images, fabrications, and lies, worshiping and serving the creation rather than the Creator. (Rom. 1:22,23,25) Instead of praising and worshipping God for being the Almighty Creator “who does no wrong” (Dt. 32:4) and whose “works are perfect, and… [whose] ways are just” (same verse), many defame God and His greatness and His Word by claiming that time and chance and natural selection and violence and death are the creators of life and the universe. What irreverence toward the True and Living God! What disdain toward His Word which says that “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good”! (Gen. 1:31) Truly, those “Christians” who insist that God created by evolving one creature into another using disease, pain, violence, and death rather than His all-loving, all-powerful, miracle-working Word, are surely of those Isa. 5:20,21 warns about, saying, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil… Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes…”

Jer. 10:6,7 inform us that no one is like the LORD in greatness and power and that therefore all nations are required to revere Him. Verse 12 tells us that it is by His power and wisdom that God made the earth and heavens. Ps. 33:6 informs us, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.” Verse 8 gives the order, “Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere Him.” And why? Verse 9 answers: “For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.” It is by His Word / His breath / His command that God created! Yet because they believe the myths of men, many refuse to believe God’s own statements in His Word, such as, “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day.” (Ex. 20:11) They refuse to accept that this statement in Hebrew can mean nothing other than six literal days, for when qualified by a number, the word “yom” always means a 24 hour day. Why are so many neglecting to revere Him who is the Word of God? It is because they believe men’s teachings above what God’s Word says.

Nevertheless, God’s Word tells us that the Word of God is God (John 1:1) and that “The Word became human and lived for a while among us.” (v. 14) This, of course, is Jesus, and verse 3 says regarding the Word, “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” Col. 1:15-17 confirms this while saying about Jesus, “He is the image of the invisible God… For by Him all things were created… all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Heb. 1:2,3 teach the same when, in referring to the Son (Jesus), we read, “whom He [God] appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word.” How can anyone who claims to have faith in the Scripture not recognize that God created and sustains the universe through one means and one Person –Jesus, the Word of God?! As Heb. 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

Even so, sadly, there are many who discredit the Word of God, and by holding tightly to the words of men who have exchanged the glory of the Creator for their own inventions and myths, they defame Jesus Himself.

Truly, as 2 Tim. 4:3,4 has warned us, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the Truth and turn aside to myths.” Indeed, many have done precisely this.

with love,

All of God’s Word endures forever and is, in the original, completely true and error-free. Believing this, and putting it into practice, is what it means to be a true Christian. The finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 has showed us that God’s Word is indeed eternal and fixed and that He has preserved His Word as He promised. (Ps. 119:89 // 1 Pe. 1:25) Problems, therefore, in translation, or with versions that are inferior, are no excuse for us to not understand what God has revealed in His Word / what He has said, and especially when we have the internet where we can not only compare the numerous versions’ translations, but can easily look to see what the individual Hebrew and Greek words mean. (I use, but there are others as well.)

So what are we to make of Genesis chapters 1-11 while many “Christians” / “Bible-believers” are telling us to write those chapters off as myth or as meaning something different than what it says? Should we let those who have been influenced by the world’s philosophies dictate the Truth to us, or should we value the Word of God as the ultimate authority and let it speak for itself? I would hope we’d agree we are to do the latter.

I love God’s Word, and I expect other Christians to love it as well. I also enjoy science, and I have never considered the two to be in conflict with one another, including when I took Physical Science and Biology in high school and Geology, Physics, Anthropology, etc. in college. What is in conflict with God’s Word is evolutionism, a belief system / religion that has come about through those who choose to believe that God is either non-existent or uninvolved in our universe. However, knowing this while studying the sciences, the true Christian (the Christ-the-Word-follower) should have little difficulty sifting out the textbook information that is based on belief and that which is truly factual.

If we study real science, we can see that it fits in well with what God has told us in His Word, including in Genesis chapters 1-11, and we do not have to twist anything. In fact, believing that the Word of God is infallible aids our studies of science, while believing the lie of evolutionism builds confusion (or denial of the obvious) in the person observing the truth and the complexities of God’s amazing creation. So why would a Christian who claims to believe God’s Word attempt to subjugate God’s Word under the authority of men’s words?

But, appallingly, many “Christians” are doing just this. Yet what does that reveal about them? Are they truly believing the Word of God? And if a person doesn’t believe the Word of God, doesn’t that make them an unbeliever, one outside of the Light? (Isa. 8:20) At best, they are certainly being inconsistent –when they say they believe and love God’s Word yet disbelieve the portions that don’t harmonize with their worldview. Can they be the ones to determine which parts of God’s Word are inerrant and which parts are not? Is it okay with God if people change His words to mean what those words are not saying, even if it’s because they think their teaching will be more palatable for those who are skeptical about the Scriptures? Does allegorizing historical narrative really help bring people to believe in Jesus and His words? Most evolutionists would laugh at such hypocrisy.

Telling people that Genesis chapters 1-11 are myth, or that the words have been changed over the years, or that it’s been “written to fit in with the culture of ancient man” is not God-honoring, nor is it the truth. Definitely any so-called “Christian” who teaches such things should go back and meditatively read and study the Bible, for throughout its pages it repeatedly supports the factuality / the history of Genesis chapters 1-11.

God’s Word is true. It is without errors. It is our Authority for life and truth. All of it.

with love,

We should read something God recorded for us at face value the same as we read each other’s writings. We can tell when we are writing allegorically or poetically and when we are not.

To disbelieve parts of God’s Word is to do what the world does –pick and choose what to believe and what not to believe.

Jesus warned that if anyone is ashamed of Him and His words, He will be ashamed of that person when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels. (Mark 8:38) Genesis is Jesus’ words because He is the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father (Isa. 9:6) and God in bodily form. (Col. 2:9) “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching…” (2 Tim. 3:16) and its accuracy is not reliant on the time frame it was written in. Believing this is what it means to believe God’s every word is true and flawless (Ps. 12:6 // Pr. 30:5) –not to be added to or subtracted from. (Pr. 30:6 // Rev. 22:18,19)

2 Pe. 1:20,21 contradicts what you are saying about Genesis being allegory and what the website you mention says. I did go to that site earlier and could not see why you would take what a follower of Judaism –many who do not believe Moses’ writings (John 5:46,47)– believes when they are those who reject Jesus Christ as the Messiah and cannot even interpret Isaiah 53 correctly. I also skimmed an article there where the writer is not even emphatic that one needs to believe in God to be in Judaism, so why would we esteem the views of this “scholar”?

So, 2 Pe. 1:20,21 say, “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” These two verses (and 2 Tim. 3:16 above) should give us great assurance that Scripture does not have error, while the following verses assure us that it will always endure:

“The Word of the Lord stands forever.” (1 Pe. 1:25)

“All Your words are true; all Your righteous laws are eternal.” (Ps. 119:160)

“I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Jesus’ statement in Mt. 5:18)

“My words will never pass away.” (Jesus’ statement in Mt. 24:35)

I submit to you that it is not just the Old Testament that you are doubting, at least in part, but also the New Testament. The latter confirms the former’s record of events, over and over. 1 Pe. 3:20 says, “…who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water…” Jude 1:11 says, “Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.” And in verse 7: “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” Verse 5 mentions the deliverance from Egypt, verse 9 the body of Moses, and verse 14, “Enoch, the seventh from Adam.”

Why would you doubt what God, through Moses, wrote down for us when the New Testament upholds it? Jesus expects us to believe Moses’ writings. As He said in John 5:46,47, “If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But since you do not believe what He wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” For you to say we’d have more success evangelizing if we’d teach that Moses’ writings are not what they seem to be saying –well, this is foreign to what Jesus taught us. Wouldn’t a sensible person reason that if parts of God’s Word are inaccurate, then none of it can be entirely trusted and we’d just as well throw the whole thing out?

I could go on with how the New Testament confirms that the Old Testament’s record is accurate, for it quotes from all of them except Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon. Hebrews chapter 11 mentions the names of many Old Testament saints and what they did to show their faith, and Jesus refers back to people like David, Jonah, the Patriarchs, Noah, and Lot and his wife. We also see Jesus confirm events recorded in Genesis such as in Luke 17:26-29 when He says, “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.” I cannot see how you can allegorize what Jesus treated as history.

Why do you keep saying that you are not letting men’s interpretations form your views of what God’s Word says when you often send me the quotes of men regarding how you interpret God’s Word?

As far as saying science says this or that, and so it is a fact, that is just incorrect. It is not fact at all. So much of “science” has proven false, has changed its claims, and cannot be observed or experimented on, which is what science must permit for it to be real science. We know very well that the “billions of years” theory does not permit this, so being that it was God, not men, who has always existed and knows all things, I choose to believe what God has said about His creation. If we believe God’s Word, we can study the sciences and the earth, the seas, and the heavens around us, and understand much better what we observe.


with love,



God’s Word is authoritative. It is to be believed, and believed because it is trustworthy and flawless. It is not to be apologized for nor is it to be twisted to fit into men’s philosophies. What God’s Word states is The Truth, and this includes what it says in regard to the history of mankind and the earth itself.

Surprisingly though, there are many who, even while believing God’s Word concerning Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, disbelieve what God’s Word states concerning creation and a literal world-wide flood. Trusting in men’s interpretations of what is observable to us, they accept that the earth is billions of years old. Often they point to what they see in rock layers, yet it seems strange that they do so in light of what we’ve observed after recorded earthquakes, flash floods, tsunamis, and particularly volcanic eruptions, such as that of Mt. St. Helens. Due to that eruption it has been observed that canyons were formed there in a matter of months, or even a single day –as was the case with “Little Grand Canyon”, and that rock layers and coal-creating deposits were formed in a day or a few weeks. And what about those petrified tree trunks we see in various places throughout the earth which stand vertically amid hundreds of layers of sediment? If those rock layers were each formed over millions of years, how could the tree not have decayed before a new layer formed to cover it? Does not logic and observation teach us that fossils are formed only by rapid burial?

Then there are those “old-earthers” who, while believing in Christ, or at least in God, believe that He created everything using evolution (meaning macro-evolution). However, though these people may consider themselves to be God-honoring individuals, how can they be –when God has told us differently of how He created the universe and everything in it? Moreover, there is zero evidence of simple things evolving into complex things or of one kind of creature evolving into another kind of creature. Zero. Zero in the fossil record and zero from breeding programs and experiments (such as those done on the poor fruit flies).

Some “old-earthers” believe in a literal Adam and Eve, yet these believe this while also accepting that God created this couple after there had been eons of violence, disease, suffering, and death on earth. But the Word of God tells us, such as in Rom. 5:12, that “sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men.” Verse 14 makes it clear that “death reigned from the time of Adam [not before] to the time of Moses…” and since Moses was a literal man, we must understand that Adam was as well. The same logic applies when we see Adam and Jesus compared in v. 15-19: Jesus was a literal man; so then was Adam. The same can apply when we read Jude 1:14: If “Enoch, the seventh from Adam” was a literal man, so then was Adam.

What does God, who has always existed and who has been around to observe all the universe’s history, say about creation? In Ex. 20:11 He says, “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day…” Hebrew scholars tell us that the Hebrew word for day (yom) is never used for meaning anything apart from a 24 hour period if it is used next to a number. Furthermore, when Gen. ch. 1 keeps repeating “And there was evening, and there was morning –the ____ day”, should we not accept this as emphasizing six literal days?

Gen. ch. 1 shows us that God created by His will, using the water and dust He created, and His command, and Ps. 33:6-9 teaches us this: “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth… He gathers the waters… For He spoke, and it came to be, He commanded, and it stood firm.” In other words, God did not need (or use) evolution to help Him create.

2 Pe. 3:5,6 teach us about these things as well when it says, “But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word, the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and with water. By water also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.” That the whole earth is being referenced here is revealed by the next sentence, for it says, “By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” (v. 7) This chapter not only tells us that everything in the heavens and the earth will be burned up (v. 10-12) and that God will create a new heavens and a new earth (v. 13), as Isa. 65:17 and Rev. 21:1 also state, but that God formed the earth using water and also judged and destroyed the world using water.

Let’s believe God’s Word. Let’s revere it as the authority that it is. Let’s take it literally, using the same rules of interpretation we’d use for any other written work. And let’s read and study God’s Word first and foremost, not the imaginations of men.

with love,

Hell: A Real & Horrific Place

December 12, 2017

Who wants to believe in Hell? I sure don’t. But I do believe God’s Word and it speaks a lot about the reality of Hell. It tells us that it is a horrific place to be thrown into and, contrary to those who wish it means annihilation, it reveals that those who exist there are conscious beings. Believing in Hell is about believing God’s Word above men’s words. Believing in Hell propels us, or certainly should propel us, to warn, to go, to preach –to spread the Good News of salvation-from-condemnation across the earth, just as Jesus commanded us to do.

Jesus has warned us repeatedly about Hell. In Luke 12:4,5 He says, “I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him [God] who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into Hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him.” Jesus is making it clear that we are to fear God because He is the One who throws people into Hell, and that being thrown into Hell is way worse in comparison to anything that can be done to our life or our body here on earth.

Jesus says it is better to gouge out our eye if it causes us to sin, than for our whole body to be cast into Hell. (Mt. 5:29) He warns that it would be better to enter Life maimed-in-body than to be thrown into eternal fire. (18:8) He warns that those servants who turn wicked (careless / unfaithful) will be cut to pieces and assigned a place with the hypocrites where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (24:45-51) If people are annihilated as punishment for being unrepentant, then how would they weep and gnash their teeth? Jesus says that when He sends away those who won’t make it, including those who ate with Him and listened to His teachings (Luke 13:23-27), “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth…” (v. 28)

When Jesus tells us about the rich man and Lazarus existing in the afterlife, He focuses on what the rich man is experiencing –asking for water to cool his tongue “because I am in agony in this fire” (Luke 16:24), the knowledge that he is there because of his choices on earth and that there is no relief available (v. 25,26), and concern for his five brothers to be warned “so that they will not also come to this place of torment.” (v. 28) Does this sound anything like Hell being “a punishment of annihilation”? Not quite. And would Jesus give us this account if he was not warning us of an actual abode of the damned? Yes, the Lord loves everyone, but if a person deliberately keeps sinning against the Truth he knows, that person is casting off God’s love from himself and is incurring Hell. (Heb. 10:26,27)

Jesus has made it clear that we abide in His love through obedience to His commands. (John 15:10 // 1 John 2:5) If we are outside of His love, then we are under His wrath and remain condemned with the unbelieving world. (John 3:19-21 & 15:6)

So yes, God’s Word tells us that God is love (1 John 4:16), that He loves the world (John 3:16), and that while we were still sinners, He paid all people’s ransom. (Rom. 5:8 // 1 Tim. 2:4-6 // 1 John 2:2) This He did by becoming a sin offering for us (2 Cor. 5:21), thus buying us back, forgiving us, and reconciling us to Himself. (v. 19) Therefore, “how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!” (Rom. 5:10) Unification with Christ in His death –AND in His life– is what saves us (ch. 6), and this means living our life completely devoted to God / doing what He commands 24/7 / pleasing Him in every way. (2 Cor. 5:15 // Gal. 2:20 // 1 John 2:6)

But, if we refuse to walk in this dedicated obedience to God, then we are rebelling. Continued rebellion prompts a person to deny the Truth and deceive himself (Ja. 1:22) –which incurs more delusion (2 Tim. 2:18 & 3:13), a return to vomit (2 Pe. 2:20-22), a shipwrecked faith (1 Tim. 1:19), and thus condemnation from God. (2 Thes. 2:10-12) Truly, it is God’s love which causes Him to hate sin and to punish those who refuse to live out the Gift of Christ’s holy Life.

Listen to Jesus’ words in Mt. 25:30 regarding the Master’s lazy servant: “And thrown that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And in verses 41 & 46 concerning those who neglected others: “‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ …Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Jesus is definitely contrasting eternal punishment (in the eternal fire) with eternal life. He is stating that there are two destinations, two places of eternal existence. And that where the Judge sends them is based upon what they have done.

Hell is a real place. It’s a place of torment. Yes, it was prepared for the devil and his angels, but because most people are following the devil instead of Jesus, the people will wind up there as well. It’s their fault, not God’s fault, due to their resistance to walk in God’s love.

with love,