Monday, September 24, 2012

The Darkness of Hell

By Travis L. Quertermous
Do you remember as a child waking up in the middle of the night unable to see your hand in front of your face? I remember how frightened I was at times like that as I crept slowly across my room to the light switch! Even as adults, we sometimes have terrible nightmares that are made all the worse by waking up in a pitch black room!
Do you know that’s how the Bible describes hell? While the predominant image is that of eternal fire, Scripture also describes hell as a place of outer darkness. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, once described hell in this way: “But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 8:13)? Notice that Jesus did not just describe hell as a place of darkness, but outer darkness. Pitch black darkness from which there will never be an escape! It is such a terrifying thought that Jesus further said hell will be a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth from the pain and the terror of that eternal nightmare!
Thomas Watson once said, “Eternity to the godly is a day that has not sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise.” He was exactly right! So where will you spend eternity: in the sunlight of heaven or in the outer darkness of hell?
- Travis L. Quertermous preaches for the Church of Christ in Dexter, MO.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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