Posted by: cindybythesea | September 2, 2009

our fascination with FIRE

Like a scene straight out of Dante’s Inferno, are the dark, smoldering images coming out of Southern Cal this week.  Eerily attractive, they capture our attention, as we watch their image on our screens, both attracted and repelled by the ferocity of the fire.   What is it about fire that is so immensely attractive, so powerful, almost hypnotic?  Have you ever noticed people  standing about a campfire or sitting in front of a fireplace,  how it isn’t long until they become quiet, contemplative, staring into the flames as if being drawin in to the fire itself? 

Fire, in small controlled increments serves a useful purpose. We cook with it, heat with it, even destroy with it when it serves our purposes.  But fire, the raging, unstoppable kind,   the kind that once started takes on a life of its own – what about it?   Is it possible that the attraction/revulsion we feel for such an inferno is set deep in our spiritual senses, senses that on a conscious level, we may not know even exist.

The Bible has alot to say about fire, not fires in general, but, one particular fire, the fires of Hell.  The word hell is  a repellent word for those of us who respect it, like fire is to be respected and yet curiously, attractive to those foolish enough not to respect it.

Hell according to the bible, is the final destination for those who choose to be apart from God.  Jesus likened it to Gehenna the site outside Jerusalem where rubbish was burned along with the dead bodies of criminals and animals.  It was a place where the fire burned continuously day and night.   But, unlike the rubbish being consumed by the fires of Gehenna, the spirits of those cast in to hell will never be consumed, for the spirit is indestructible. 

In God, there is life and light, outside of Him is darkness and destruction.  The Bible says, “choose this day whom you will serve” – Joshua 24:15.  Will you choose light and life or darkness and destruction.? God does not desire that any should perish, but, that all would come to repentance.  He desires this so much, that He became flesh and walked among us, taking the penalty for our sins on His shoulders.  But, its our choice.

As the fires in Southern California burn, heros risk their lives to stop them.  Jesus, more than a hero, our Savior has already given his life for us.   If you don’t know him today, won’t you ask him to come in?  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice, I will come in.”  Revelation 3:20

 

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  1. YOUR BEST YET, I LOVED YOUR POST TODAY. I THINK HELL HAS BEEN SO AVOIDED BY EVERYONE INCLUDING CHRISTIANS. ONE OF SATANS METHODS HAS BEEN MAKING THE WORLD THINK HE AND HELL DO NOT EXIST. CHRISTIANS UNWILLING TO ADDRESS THIS HAVE AIDED IN SATANS SUCCESS IN DOING SO.

  2. Being of this world, it is hard to imagine that our souls will continue on forever, we cannot even imagine what the other side of this life is like. I for one, want to take what God is offering, it is a free gift. Who would ever want to risk their eternal soul on what this world thinks or tells us. I cannot understand why it is so very hard for people to not want to choose the way of the light, people now days choose healthy lifestyles and they only want the very best there is to offer, so why would they not choose the very best for their soul? God is not trying to scare us into heaven, but what you said is right, God does not choose for us to go to hell or even heaven for that matter, we choose, he just gives us the better option. He loves us and wants us with him, after all he created us. Hell was not designed for humans, it was designed as a place where sin is burned up, humans that do not accept that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins are bodies with sin, so in turn that is where they go. No matter how good we think we are, we are not, and that is why Jesus came to save us, he is perfect without sin.


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