“Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” declares the Lord God, “rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?” – Ezekiel 18:23
All the women laughed when the one lady commented about a new movie coming out. “It’s going to be as funny as hell!” she exclaimed. This scene occurred in the swimming pool as I was swimming laps. For these particular women, going to the pool was more of a social event than a workout. I have heard the phrase “as funny as hell” many times, but that morning it seemed to smack me in the face. You see, this woman’s character indicated that she probably was going to hell, and that was not funny! As a matter of fact, there is nothing at all funny about hell. So where do you think that phrase originated? Who sincerely thinks that hell is going to be a place of laughter and frivolity?
Satan is the author of this lie. He wants us humans to believe that hell is a joke—that there are no real consequences of our sins. He wants us to believe God is a joke. Satan puts the lie in our heads that hell will be a place where we can go party with our atheist friends. The sober truth is that Christ will return, “...dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-10).
I pray that the reality of hell, and the power of Christ to set someone free, and His love for mankind will motivate you to be active in reaching the lost!