What! (In) The "Hell"?
Please don't get the wrong idea, either from the title or the "word" that you'll find in the opening sentence, you'll know which one when you see it. This is yet another observation, it doesn't apply to everyone, but it may apply to "you" it may not. We do live in a negative world and I think / feel / fear that may be where the this obsrvation gets it's "fuel". Hope you enjoy.
In a recent conversation thread that I observed started by a Universalist I "noted" something and the more I thought on it - I realized something we as Christians might often "do" / "say". The thread was about this persons belief that there isn't a hell, and according to the Universalists that makes sense as they believe that everyone is saved. Just wanted to clear that up for anyone not familiar with the term.
What struck me or stood out to me was how often in witnessing Christians do something, that thing is focus on hell. It often seems that more than "we" proclaim Christ, we offer the alternative - "scare people to Jesus". Do "we" not have the Faith in Christs goodness, His promises, His love and His abundance? It seems that the mercy & grace and the glory & joy we experience in Christ would alone be a powerful witness, the beauty of fellowship with Him! Yet, sadly I "fear" that many may be "led" not so much out of a desire to know and experience Him, but to "avoid hell". It's not so much that they are "choosing Jesus" as they are "avoiding hell".
Look at it like this, our union with Christ is viewed by God and Christ as a "marriage", thats often used as the "picture" or example of our relationship to Him. So, lets look at this as a marriage proposal in "human words".
Guy - "Young lady, will you marry me? I love and adore you, you are my everything, I'd lay down my very life for you, I desire to spend every day from now forward with you, please spend forever with me, become my "bride"."
Girl - "Well, I don't want to be single, so OK, I guess so."
Ouch huh? Would you want that response? You got the "result" you sought, but maybe not the "answer" you wanted. How often is that the "leading to Christ", more focus on the alternative than on Him. Imagine the great "joy" Jesus must feel when He hears that response. If we are not active and growing in our relationship with Him, this is likely what we'll be saying to others. There is such great joy in fellowship and a relationship with Him, yet you have to wonder if some believe it or not as they talk more about the alternative. Maybe you came to Christ this way and what like to reevaluate that and recommit to him and let it be TO HIM, not just avoiding "other" options.
Would you go to "another" fast food place because a friend said "this one is no good, it's yucky" so go "there" instead, huh, is "there" any good? Well, I don't know.. but "here" isn't good. Thanx everyone, be blessed, once again, just an observation based on some things I've heard from time to time. I've got to be honest, I've likely done this myself at points. God is good! God is SO good! The way of the Cross leads to home. He never wastes a hurt. And if He brings you to it, He'll bring you through it.