Life After Death Week 3

Life After Death Week 3

 “Just listening to these patients has changed my life. There is a life after death, and if I don’t know where I’m going it’s not safe to die.” –Dr. Maurice Rawlings

“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.” Luke 16:19-23 (ESV)

24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’ ”          Luke 16:24-31 (ESV)

“The most certain road to hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” –C.S. Lewis 

“…in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might…” 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 (ESV)

4 Kinds of Suffering in Hell

  1. ___EMOTIONAL___________ SUFFERING
  2. ___PHYSICAL_____________ SUFFERING
  3. ___RELATIONAL__________ SUFFERING
  4. ___SPIRITUAL_____________ SUFFERING

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”  James 1:17 (ESV)

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41 (ESV)

“Essentially, hell is a place where all aspects of the presence of God will be completely withdrawn forever. Thus in hell there will be no love, for God is love. And there will be no light, for God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all. And there will be no peace or rest or joy since these are all attributes of God. On the contrary there will be eternal corruption, strife, rebellion and hatred.” –Henry Morris

Question of the Ages: “How can a loving God send people to hell?”

 “Those who do not wish to love God must be allowed not to love Him, and those who do not want to be with God must be allowed to be separated from Him.” –Peter Kreeft

 “In the long run the answer to those who object to the doctrine of hell is itself a question: What are you asking God to do? To wipe out sin at all costs and give them a fresh start? He did. To forgive them? But they don’t ask for forgiveness.  To leave them alone?” Is that…is that your problem? You just want God to leave them alone? That’s what hell is. There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in hell choose it.” –C.S. Lewis

 “Hell is God’s great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human choice. Without hell there is no choice, and without a choice heaven would not be heaven; heaven would be hell.”

–G.K. Chesterton


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