“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.” (Matthew 25:31–33, NIV 1984).
My Musings – I do not know what the current statistics say, but in a 2015 survey by Pew Research, 72% of U.S. adults believe there is a heaven while only 58% believe there is a hell. The facts that fewer people believe in hell than those who believe in heaven is not surprising. In fact, while broken down by various categories, there was no category where more people believed in hell than those who believe heaven. When you think about it, also not surprising.
- Heaven –“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.'” (Matthew 25:34, NIV 1984).
- Hell –“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'” (Matthew 25:41, NIV 1984).
When we die, if we believed there was a heaven but there does not happen to be one, it matters very little. But if we did not believe in hell and there really is one, it matters a great deal. Despite this simple logic, there are probably many who “swear there ain’t no heaven” while praying “there ain’t no hell.”
And When I Die
My troubles are many, they’re as deep as a well
I can swear there ain’t no heaven but I pray there ain’t no hell
Swear there ain’t no heaven and pray there ain’t no hell,
But I’ll never know by living, only my dying will tell,
Only my dying will tell, yeah, only my dying will tell.
— Blood, Sweat and Tears
My Advice – “Only my dying will tell?” Not if you believe Jesus is who He said He was and did what the Bible says He did. Jesus talked about hell. He talked about it a lot. To Him, it was neither allegorical or figurative. It it were, He had no reason to go to the cross. Because there was nothing to save us from. But He did go to the cross to save us from going to hell. Believe Him, believe the Bible. Do not waste your time praying “there ain’t no hell.” Rather pray to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. You don’t want to die to tell. If He comes before you die, you don’t want to be a goat. And the signs are pointing towards a soon return.