Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Heaven and Hell

I am currently reading through this book now with the men in my church and it is a great book thus far and wanted to recommend this read for all. I wanted to include an excerpt from the book in which the author quotes Jonathan Edwards in his sermon called “The Eternity of Hell Torments.” Let this thought always be on your mind whenever you present the whole counsel of God!!!

“Consider what is it to suffer extreme torment for ever and ever, and to suffer it day and night, from one year to another, from one age to another, and from one thousand ages to another, and so adding age to age, thousands to thousands, in pain, in wailing and lamenting, groaning and shrieking, and gnashing your teeth, with your souls full of dreadful grief and amazement, your bodies full of racking torture, without any possibility of getting ease; without any possibility of moving God to pity by your cries; without any possibility of hiding yourselves from him; without any possibility of diverting your thoughts from your pain. Consider how dreadful despair will be in such torment; to know assuredly that you never, never shall be delivered from them; to have no hope: when you shall wish you might be turned into nothing but shall have no hope of it… when you would rejoice, if you might but have any relief, after you have endured these torments millions of ages but shall have no hope of it. After you shall have worn our the age of the sun, moon and stars……… without rest day and night, or one minutes ease, yet you shall have no hope of ever being delivered; after you have worn a thousand more such ages you shall have no hope… but that still there are the same groans, the same shrieks, the same doleful cries, incessantly to be made by you, and that the smoke of your torment shall still ascend up for ever and ever. The more the damned in hell think of the eternity to their torments, the more amazing it will appear to them; and alas! they will not be able to keep it out of their minds. Their tortures will not divert them from it, but will fix their attention to it. O how dreadful will eternity appear to them after they shall have so long an experience of their torments! The damned in hell will have two infinities perpetually to amaze them and swallow them up; one is an infinite God, whose wrath they will bear and in whom they will behold their perfect and irreconcilable enemy. The other is the infinite duration of their torment.”