Staying out of Hell

As Christmas approaches, my thoughts have been turning towards an official ‘Christmas post’, but I doubt that will happen. My thoughts have also been turning towards the concept of loving others, forgiveness…that kind of thing. I’m wondering about the dynamics of spiritual realities, and wondering also, when I die & look back, will it be a case of, “Aw, man! I shoulda known! Jesus said (insert specific Scripture) and I didn’t do it…!” A case of, too little, too late? I’m wondering, is there more of a – what would be the word, maybe ‘metaphysical’? – essence to the instructions from our Saviour than we know?

I’m thinking about what we call ‘hell’. I’m not saying it isn’t a place, but I am saying that I consider the possibility that hell is a condition, as well. We use terms like ‘a living hell’. Maybe your marital situation is such a hell, or you’ve spiraled so far downwards into drugs, or poverty…maybe your life is in danger…maybe you’ve served in Iraq or Afghanistan, or been captured as a prisoner of war…these are surely conditions. They exist in places, but they are, concurrently, conditions.

When Jesus issues certain commands/directions, through the living Word, I balk. I am concerned that I balk, but nonetheless..balk I do. I know that I’m saved by grace, not works of my own, so I feel relatively secure in that, but…still balking, and what will happen, in this realm and/or the next, if I don’t get with the program?

Now, the key, as I see it, is love. Not my ability to love, but God’s love. We love, because our Father loved first. Loved us first. And, let’s not forget God IS love. Wow….imagine being love. There must be moments when you feel it, so much so that you are just about lost in loving someone, or so appreciating what a person has done for you…or you’ve created something, designed something, and it is close to perfect, in your eyes…that you are so absorbed by love, that for that instant, you become love. What you generate in that instant is love. It is a good and a healing place in which to be, for you and everyone/thing around you.

I would theorize that hell is just the opposite. No love there, I’m thinkin’!

The commands & directives of our Saviour are designed to protect us, and keep us out of hell. He knows the dynamics of our nature, because He created us in the first place. He created all things, including the fallen Lucifer, who wants company in ‘hell’ and hellish places, and has a vast array of plots & schemes designed to lure us there. But Jesus is, may I say, ‘One up’ on him, and has His own designs for us. Those designs originated in love, and operate in that realm as well. They function as a safeguard, and can counter-act hostility, hate, & resentment, to name a few.

Neutralize those bad guys!! Stay out of hell!



(There may be a Part 2 on its way)




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