Hell On Earth Is Rejecting God
As a father who honestly and sincerely believes that there is much more to this life than simply working, playing and sleeping until death overtakes us, I don’t think it is possible for me to overstate how important it is that God would overtake your hearts and dwell within. You see, I don’t believe for a second that this earth and all the life that lives on it simply popped into existence by mere chance. I don’t think that you or I are mere flesh machines running to and fro, guided only by the chance electron flows in the gray substance that just happens to fill our heads. No! You have a purpose that transcends all that your eyes can see, your ears can hear, your skin can feel and your mind can think.
But there are those who reject God, indeed God says that very few will not reject Him. And in their rejection they march on past the narrow gate which leads to a narrow path and then to an eternity, free from the sin, and all of its fallout, that corrupts this world. But by passing the gate, they forego more than all that. Much more. They pass up an eternity in the presence of their creator and redeemer. They pass up all that they ever wanted, their Utopia, free of death, free from tears, free from pain, and free from the chains of time.
And for our short lives here, when we reject God we necessarily reject along with God other things that, though they may not be acknowledged, they nevertheless undermine. We reject:
Eternity. Just like those who came before you, you were born. And likewise you will also die. Do not be fooled. That day is a certainty, though it may seem now to be far off. Life as you now know it will not go on forever. It is finite. But its worse than that. For those who reject God, any hope of eternal remembrance is vane. The sun will one day burn out and this planet will be but a cold cinder in space; no one left to remember, no purpose, no nothing, just cold dead matter.
Purpose. Without eternity the idea of purpose is just another meaningless spark in the neurons in your brain. Anything “good” that was ever done, any sacrifice that was ever made, any great feat that was ever accomplished, all will disappear and are ultimately as meaningless after the sun burns out as they were when they were accomplished. Without eternity there can be no purpose, no ultimate reason to do good, nor any ultimate reason to avoid or embrace evil. There in fact will be no ultimate reason for anything. Matter, even matter with electrical impulses, is still only matter.
Absolute truth. Without eternal meaning and purpose there can be no truth. The very words good and evil become finite and relative. Good for me can mean what the meaningless thoughts in my brain tell me it is. I could just as well consider it a good thing to kill someone and take their food when my body tells me I’m hungry. Who’s to say it would be evil? The masses on the road to destruction like to think that they can derive truth from themselves through consensus. That is to say, they believe that good and evil can be determined by simply programming the majority of their fellow flesh machines to agree. Of course they must destroy and oppress those who refuse to be reprogrammed for they are defective. But in the end it is meaningless either way.
Men have risen to power and lorded themselves over other men since time began. And they will until it ends. They will become little gods for awhile, decreeing this and that good and evil. But their decrees, just like the electrical charges that cause them to think that their decrees have meaning, are ultimately meaningless. They will die and turn to dust just like all that came before them.
Love. God is love. In a world that rejects God, love is corrupted also. God is love becomes “God is what I think love is”. But man cannot even know what love is unless he first knows who God is. To know God is to begin to get a glimpse into the meaning of “love”. But without God, love becomes just as meaningless as everything else. It becomes the result of some warm and fuzzy feelings brought about by chemicals and electrical impulses in the brain. To love might very well be to murder. When I, your father, am old, it might seem like the loving thing to do is to give me a pill that will put me out of my suffering and send me back to the dust from whence I came. But more importantly, by labeling it love, you can go on without any feelings of guilt for murdering your father. There are perhaps a million ways that hell can be unleashed on this earth in the name of love, for when you reject the Father, you must therefore reject any true meaning or understanding of “love”.
Hope. The Bible says that “hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one hope for what he already sees? When we reject God, we abandon all hope except that our eternal state will be nothingness and we really aren’t ultimately accountable for our decisions in this life. But if our eternal state really is nothingness, then all meaning, all purpose, all truth, and all hope are just as meaningless while we exist. Man is left with YOLO, (you only live once) and he becomes an hedonistic animal attempting to somehow derive meaning from self-gratification; ever on the lookout for that next thrill or pleasure, driven on by nothing more than minuscule little electrical and chemical signals in his head. His short existence is plunged into a Hell as millions claw and scratch in their attempts to live this one and only meaningless life doing what the impulses in his brain tells him to do. He is a slave to his flesh and without hope.
Life on the narrow path is nothing like this bleak and hellish existence. Jesus said “pick up your cross and follow me”. Picking up our cross is rejecting the flesh’s rule over your destinies. We are liberated from our slavery to the flesh through the cross. In the eyes of a world that has no basis for purpose, truth, love or hope, a world that orders itself according to YOLO, picking up your cross and following Jesus will of course make no sense. But for those on the narrow path it makes perfect sense and in fact, for them senselessness is trying to derive meaning from nothing.
It is my prayer that you not suffer during your short life. But I also pray even more that you enter through the narrow gate and walk along the narrow path. I, in fact, pray that even if the narrow path is filled with suffering, and it may well be, that you will walk that path anyway in God’s abundant grace. His grace is able to sustain you in temporary suffering much more than all the riches in this meaningless world can in a comfortable pain-free life, and I pray that His Grace will do that very thing. Paul tells us that “For the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us.” So I admonish you dear children, ask your Father in heaven to give you the grace to enter through that narrow gate, and then to walk along that narrow path, and to set your sights beyond the grave which, you should remember, looms much nearer than you think.