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Matthew 13:49-50“Is Hell Real??”

This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Now and again, you’ll hear people discussing whether or not “hell” really exists. I think this passage clears it up, don’t you? The reason I believe in a heaven and a hell is because God taught about both. If my understanding is wrong, good for all those people that were headed straight there. As it teaches in the Bible, if we read and misinterpret what the Bible says, then when we get to heaven, we’ll be perfectly and completely informed. All we can do is trust that as we continue to study and learn, we’ll understand more and more about what the Bible means.

Bottom line...You’ll have a happier and meaningful life if you are a righteous person who serves others, adds value to society and gives more than you take. Doing positive stuff makes us feel like we make a difference. When we treat people better than they treat us, we’re paying forward, knowing we may never get paid back. When we serve others, it’s almost impossible to develop the wrong spirit and attitude in life. When we do good and avoid bad, we don’t have to conceal, hide or lie because we are an open book.

That’s why we stay focused on doing good, because it’s a slippery slope that leads to “I’m pretty darn good, if I do say so myself!” Suddenly, you block out what’s right, stop discerning the little wicked things and build habits of “Me first!” It doesn’t happen with a bang; it’s more like what happens to a boiling frog. The story was researchers found if they put a frog in a pan of warm water, the frog would sit comfortably in the pan as the heat was turned up to boiling. Can you hear the frog? “Ah, this warm water is starting to feel like a Jacuzzi, ribbit, nice! It’s getting kindawarm, ribbit, hmmm” and then, off to sleep as the water begins to boil. Yuck, that’s the same story with being selfish and wicked, just a little more wicked and a little more selfish, and before you know it, everything you do becomes focused on bad habits. It happens to SO many people. If they don’t stay focused on doing the right things, it’s just so easy to slip into unproductive, non-goal oriented laziness and slothfulness, especially when 24/7/365, the world tells you to “get yours.”

Experience and observation shows that the ultimate reward for wicked, lazy and unproductive people is a trip to somewhere bad. I don’t want to live around a bunch of wicked people, always watching my back; that doesn’t sound too wonderful in the first place. If we become a “star of wickedness,” we might ultimately earn a trip to prison or worse? No thanks! No matter how you look at the wicked lifestyle, it’s not leading to anywhere you want to go. And above all, I don’t want to challenge God on whether He was bluffing about hell or not. That just doesn’t seem wise no matter how you analyze it.

I don’t know about you, but Jesus just explaining hell scared me straight!!!

A personal message...

“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”

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