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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 25 Oct

What do you think of when you think of heaven? May be that last piece of chocolate was heaven. Maybe you had a heavenly sleep? May be your holiday destination was just heaven? What do you think of when you think of hell? May be you had a dream that was no dream but a nightmare from hell. Or perhaps you have some tenants from hell. Usually we use the words heaven to describe something good, a hell is something terrible that we don't want to go near again. Jesus talked quite a bit about heaven and hell. They were specific destinations in some of the Jesus' Parables. Heaven is that special place God has reserved for those who have repented and placed their trust in Jesus Christ. Hell is set aside foe those who have suppressed the truth about God and basically ignored him. What then is heaven like? We are given a brief description in the Book of Revelation when we are told, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes/ There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things have passed away" (Revelation 21:4). What will hell be like? Jesus lays it on the line when He says it is a place of torment where there will be darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30). If the scriptures are correct then it is the opposite of heaven. Make no mistake, if you think you can escape from God's presence in hell, think again. God will be there unleashing His wrath on those who ignored Jesus and refused to take God as their God. If I was to ask you what your destination was in eternity and why, what would you say? Could you back your response up from the Bible?