Friday, December 02, 2005

i wonder what hell will be like...

These are the words I heard come out of the mouth of one of our cooks at Applebee's. He proceeded to talk about hell and how he's excited to go there because all his friends will be there. Two of the other cooks joined in. They said, "yeah, if we go to heaven we have to make all new friends and I don't want to go through that again."

My heart broke. I said a silent prayer and went on with my day. Is that wrong? I should have said something. I didn't know what to say. I will continue to pray for them and if you'd join me that would be great.

People always say that actions speak louder than words...but is that really true? Help me out here...I'm struggling with this one. What would you have done in my situation?


Cory and Kristin Wielert said...

It may be too lmuch past the moment now, but, and this is just an idea...ask them if they have ever seen the movie "What dreams may come." In it is a very bleak and dark, and very scary depiction of hell, though not completely what we Christians would say it is. It still gives a non happy rendition. Maybe ask if they have seen it, and say, yep, to me hell isn't going to be a fun place where ou get do what ever you want, but is going to be somewhat like this movie's depiction of suffering and hopelessness. Heaven on the other hand is going to be a place where hope is fulfilled, or however you want to make the transition to what the Bible says about heaven...maybe even use another movie depiction that is close to our's. Hope this's an idea at least, though it may not be practical. Blessings, Cory

tom king said...

You're fine. Sometimes it is good to speak at that moment...sometimes it is better if they "lose their emotion" first as they may get caught up in their emotions and react with what's comfortable...not necessarily reasonable. We know that God sends rain on the just and unjust. We know that he is patient to endure so that all will come to repentance. I would try and help them understand that anything good here is "upkept" by God, himself (knit us in the womb...etc). Heaven will be the best...hell will have no upkeep. Also take a look at the document at Dare2Share Ministries...I will send it to you. I think they do a nice job "bottom-lining" how to witness in love. Keep praying for them...they aren't the only ones who have been tricked by the Devil's lies...but what an opportunity for you to change their lives for eternity! God bless you as you do. tom

gamebuzz said...

I would have joined in on the conversation and argued it from heaven's side. But that's just who I am, I love having religious debates with people. God bless, and in my prayers it'll be.
Through Christ's Love,

περιμήκετος said...

Continuing with Cory's movie method, I've always liked the movie Shawshank Redemption. At the beginning of the movie, Red (Morgan Freeman's character) says "They send you here for life and that's exactly what they take." The whole movie is about hope in a hopeless world. The finally hits home when Red is put on parole, on his way down to Mexico to meet Andy, Red says this:
I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still, or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at the start of a long journey who's conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.

That insight, that only a free man can feel the excitement of hope is very important. Sure the guys at your work may feel there's some comfort and hope in going to hell with all their friends, but where is the hope in that? They are just like the prisoners of Shawshank who all claim that they are all innocent men. Give them the hope that lies in Christ, and if necessary use words.