By Lisa Voyles
Heaven and Hell are real
Job asked, “If a man die, shall he live again?” Job 14:14.
Some people have different ideas about what happens to us after we die. Some think we die, our bodies go back to dust, and that’s the end. Some think we live again in another body as a person or maybe an animal. Let’s look in the Bible for answers. That’s the best book to find answers to all our questions.
Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after that the judgment.” We all know that we are going to die, but after death there is a life. There is a heaven and a hell. We actually get to choose which it will be for ourselves; we have to make the decision while we are still living, before death takes us.
Hell is described in Luke 16:19-26.
Jesus talked about a certain rich man and a certain beggar named Lazarus. We use the word “hell” to mean may different things. “Living in hell” is used to describe violence, filth, physical abuse, extreme poverty, and sometimes when we are dealing with guilt, shame, or grief. But none of these definitions compare with the place where the rich man found himself.
The rich man found himself in a place of physical torment. Hell is a place of eternal punishment, “where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:44.
Memory will be a part of hell’s torment. The rich man remembered the good things that he had enjoyed on earth. He also remembered that he had five brothers still living. People will remember the opportunities they had to decide their future, and they will remember that others are being rewarded while they are being punished.
Guilt is an awful punishment, and a part of the punishment of hell will be knowing that one deserves what he got.
There will be no companionship in hell, because everyone will be experiencing his own torment. Nothing on earth can compare to how we would feel in hell.
The worst thing is that hell will never end. On earth we endure things sometimes because we have hope that the torment will soon be over. In hell there is no hope. That is what hell is like.
Heaven will be better than our best dreams. According to 1 Corinthians 2:9, we can’t even imagine the things that God has in store for us.
John described heaven as he saw it in a vision in Revelations 4:1-4. Heaven is the home of God. God is our Father and we will feel at home in heaven. John saw our Father sitting on a throne, in charge. Anyone who loves us as much as God loves us will make a good ruler.
The stones, the jasper and sardine, suggest how pure, just and merciful God is. The rainbow round about the throne tells us that He will always keep His promises. We will be dressed in white, and crowns of victory on our heads.
There will be no night in heaven. No sin, sorrow or death will be there. No violence or insecurity in heaven. No need to close the doors, or even lock them.
Everything is provided in abundance. The thing that is most precious on earth (gold) will be so someone we will walk on it. Somewhere in heaven there is a special place reserved for you.
The Bible doesn’t tell us very much about what we will be doing in heaven. We probably would not understand if God did tell us. Or maybe it is a mystery that we are not to know yet.
John tells us in Revelations 5:11-14, that we will be eternally worshiping God. It will be an awesome experience to be a part of such a choir. We will be able to do what we were created to do – worship God without restraint.
Willie Lee Schmitz.