Why did God make Hell?

DID GOD MAKE HELL?

John 1:3 says, “All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.”

God alone has the power to cast someone into hell (Luke 12:5).

Jesus holds the keys of death and Hades (Revelation 1:18).

WHY WAS HELL MADE?

Hell was “prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matt. 25:41.

In 2 Peter 2:4, “God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell…. to be reserved unto judgment.”

WHO ELSE WILL BE IN HELL?

“Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels, ” Matt. 25:41.

Also in Psalm 9:17, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”

WHAT IS HELL?

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelations 21:8)

“This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:49-50)

Hell in the Bible is a place of future punishment and the final destination for unbelievers. It is described in Scripture using various terms such as eternal fire, outer darkness, a place of weeping and torment, the lake of fire, the second death, unquenchable fire. The most terrifying reality of hell is that it will be a place of complete, unending separation from God.

-Punishment in Hell Is Eternal (Isaiah 66:24; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43; Jude 7; Revelation 14:11)

-Hell Is a Place of Separation from God (2 Thessalonians 1:9)

-Hell Is a Place of Fire (Matthew 3:12; Matthew 13:41-50; Revelation 20:15)

-Hell Is for the Wicked (Psalm 9:17)

-The Wise Will Avoid Hell (Proverbs 15:24)

-We Can Endeavor to Save Others from Hell (Proverbs 23:14; Jude 23)

-The Beast, False Prophet, Devil and Demons Will Be Thrown into Hell (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10)

-Hell Has No Power Over the Church (Matthew 16:18; Revelation 20:6)

THE GOOD NEWS?

The good news is that people can avoid Hell. By God sending his son to die on the cross and wash away our sins, we are able to avoid Hell and enter into Heaven in the presence of God by accepting Jesus into our hearts (John 3:16; 3:36; 5:24)

As Christians, we are called to be “salt and light” to the world. We are to lead by example. I have always felt that shoving Christ down someone’s throat is not the way to bring people to Christ. Christians sometimes get a bad reputation for “bullying” people into Christianity. People are afraid to come to Christians with their problems for fear of shame, shunning, etc. That shouldn’t be the case. We are to be “Christ-like” in all we do. When Christ walked the earth, he did not only hang out with the people who were his disciples and thirsting after God, he hung out with prostitutes, adulterers, liars, etc. so that he could lead by example. Your actions say way more than your words ever could. So live life like Christ! You never know who is watching. Make them wonder what sets you apart. Make them wonder why you have a spark that others don’t. Live like Christ and keep others out of Hell!

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of childhood cancer awareness month,

Do you really know what children with cancer have to go through?

My little, seven year old baby has to get her arm pricked at each clinic visit (which is now once every 28 days, but during the height of treatment, it was every 7-10 days). Her arms now have so much scar tissue on her inner-elbows that on occasion, the needle moves when they put it in and they have to poke her multiple times.

She gets spinal taps on a routine basis which means they lay her in the fetal position on her left side and stick a needle into her spinal column and inject chemotherapy medicines directly into her spine.

Her port is in the exact center of chest around her breastbone. She is poked there (sometimes more than once) to get the needle in just the right spot. They have to get blood return from the port to make it work and sometimes, depending on the day, it just does not want to cooperate which makes for more medications, more pokes, and a longer time at the clinic.

Not to mention the emotional aspect of it all…Bella loves being the center of attention (as I’m sure most of you have seen from her videos), and she is really good about putting on a brave face for her fans , but it is still a scary ordeal to go through. She is on Prozac every day which helps (she has severe anxiety and night-terrors from all of her medical ordeals still, but they are improving).

My baby’s body is covered in scars (her port scar in the center of her chest, two chest tube scars: 1 on either side of her body (under her armpit area), 1 under her chin from the tape from her ventilator tube (to hold it in place), her elbows are permanently purple and rough to the touch from all the blood draws, her fingers are numb from blood draws, and she has stretchmarks on her hips, thighs, and stomach from the SUB-Q air that accumulated during her intubation and last PICU stay. But despite it all, she remains optimistic. She keeps a positive attitude. She keeps smiling. Does she have bad days? Yes. Does she have days where she doesn’t want to go to clinic or doesn’t want to take her pills? Of course. She’s 7. She’s a child. She has said before “Mom, I don’t think kids are supposed to take pills.” And she’s right. They’re not.

Every childhood cancer story is different. Some of these kids have to get bone marrow biopsies, some have to have transplants, some have to have tumors or even limbs or organs removed, some end up in the hospital for months like my Bella-boo did, and some even lose their lives.

These children truly are remarkable. They face what is thrown at them with such dignity and grace.

My daughter is one of the many faces of childhood cancer. And the cancer, and the treatment of it, has given her many “faces” (changed her appearance in so many ways) but she is still the sassy, fighter everyone on Facebook has come to know and love.

If you are able to, please donate to the CURE Childhood Cancer organization today. Do it in honor of Bella; in honor of one of your family members; in honor of all the other fighters out there; in honor of all the fighters who lost their battles and their families. Spread awareness for childhood cancer. It is ugly. It is scary. It steals pieces of our children away and many lose their life to this monster. Let’s find a cure!!!! https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=2037

How much chemotherapy treatment(s) and cancer has changed my baby girl’s appearance:

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The Month of September

I wanted to apologize for my lack of posts this month. It’s going to be a busy month for us, but my regular posts should resume October 1st, 2014.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and as many of you already know, my 7-year-old daughter is currently fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This month is extremely busy for us as we are attending fundraisers, hosting events, and trying to raise awareness through her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/isabellavsleukemia).

My daughter is also scheduled for oral surgery September 24, 2014 and will be hospitalized for 1-2 days as a precautionary measure due to her medical history. Your prayers are appreciated. Please feel free to share her webpage and raise awareness for childhood cancer!!!

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