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The Ultimate Choice

The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Matthew 13:41–42 NIV

the ultimate choiceHollywood and pop culture glamorize hell. Pop song hits such as “Good as Hell” by Lizzo and “Hella Good” by No Doubt are songs about celebrating and inviting others to join. Saturday Night Live has shown skits where they portray the devil as entertaining. Television and movie critics use the term “Funny as h___” when describing comedies.

But the Bible never describes hell as a place of joy or fun, but rather one that is soul-shaking. Hell is so horrific that demons fear its punishment. Hell is not a celebration of life but an everlasting torture created for Satan and those who choose to follow him.

Satan creates temptations to snare us, so we’ll join him in hell. He tries to steal how we spend eternity since he no longer has that choice. One of Satan’s temptations entails attempting to delude us by making us think that what we have done, God won’t forgive. Falling into any of Satan’s temptations never results in grace. Sin’s ramification is disgrace and eventually hell.

Deciding to sin is our choice. Thankfully, God also gives us the option of salvation from hell by repenting of our sins. If we ask, God provides the strength to turn away from Satan’s temptations. We don’t have to share the same sentence as Satan and his demons. God never forces Himself on us, but He desires that we accept His gifts of grace, forgiveness through Christ, and everlasting life.

God will never listen to Satan’s plea for mercy, but He will listen to us if we ask. And isn’t eternity in heaven with God more rewarding than torture in hell?

What keeps you from saying “yes” to Jesus? 

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Denise Pajda

Denise Pajda is a medical technologist and certified medical coder who has put her career on hold to be a full-time grandma. She is married to her wonderful husband, Tom, and they have been blessed with a son, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a grandson, and a granddaughter. Aside from caring for her grandchildren, she loves spending her time with family and friends, traveling, taking pictures, and reading.