The fishermen in the movie are watching a monster of a wave that is headed straight for
    them. They know there is no surviving it.

    In July of 2000, I had gone to the movie with my friends Nellie and Marilyn. For some
    reason, Cindy, our other "YaYa"  wasn't with us that day. We missed her too.

    I have always been a "fixer" type person, a defender of the underdog. And, probably,
    somewhere deep down considered it a flaw or weakness of mine. But knowing what I
    know now, I have no doubt that it is by divine design.

    Seeing the hopelessness in the faces of those fishermen caused an explosion in my soul.
    It forced me to face what I believed about the ultimate outcome of humanity: a fate much
    worse than death. That was eternity in hell.

    I was overwhelmed with grief and very ashamed that I didn't care anymore than I did for
    people. I had been walking with God for about twenty five years at that time and I knew He
    would answer prayer that was in line with His will. So, I got real honest with Him and
    confessed that I didn't love people, but I wanted to. So...you know God...He changed my
    heart! I am absolutely in love with people now... Christian and non-Christian alike. We are
    all made in God's image and are all reconciled to God by Christ.  It is a privilege to love
    people!  It is a privilege to see God answer prayer!

    When Jesus talked about a few going in
    through the narrow way and many going
    down the broad way to destruction, do
    you understand Him to be talking about
    Heaven and Hell after we die?

    Well, I did. But do we really realize what
    that is saying?  Do the math

    Why are you browsing a web site and
    why am I working on one when the
    majority of people in the world are
    headed for hell?
    Why aren't we out in 24 hour shifts
    warning them of a fate that no human
    being can possibly imagine?
I was watching the movie, "The Perfect Storm,"  when I started to question my  beliefs about the end
result of humanity.
(at that time I DID believe in an endless Hell) I was noticing the looks of total
resignation on the faces of the fishermen as they realized there was no way to survive the storm
they were in, In an instant a scripture popped into my thoughts.  
 

"
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For as in the days that
were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,"  

The world was headed for Hell and here I was WATCHING A MOVIE!!!   How much sense does that
make?  That was the greatest "life-changing" realization I have had since experiencing faith in
Christ.  As you scroll down the page, notice the looks on the actor's faces.... fear, dread and
hopelessness. I guess that is what really got my attention. I was overwhelmed with so many
emotions at the time... fear, shame, regret, shock. I believe God used this movie to shake me up
enough to realize what I really believed.....more importantly what I did not believe....
What Changed My Mind About Hell ?
Do We Really Believe It?
I started thinking...I
coudn't remember a
single time when I saw
anyone upset and
broken at the thought of
millions of people dying
and going to Hell..Have
you?

Have you been upset
about people going to
Hell forever?  How can
we be so passive about
it?


      So..you believe in an endless Hell?
                                                                                                                    






         
                     

                               

                                 
   
 How many people have you warned about it today?
The movie, "The
Perfect Storm",
brought about my
own spiritual
storm.

I really did believe in Hell,  
but once I realized all that
my believing it entailed, I
had to face the fact that
I was doing absolutely
nothing to keep people
from going there.

So, did I really believe in it?

If I did and didn't try to
prevent anyone else from
going, I should be the first to
go myself.

For more of what changed
my mind see

My Testimony

When I had my "epiphany" at the theatre I became obsessed with hell and who would go
there. I found this particular image on a site that shows 31% of the world's population affiliated
with Christianity. I found other statistics then but can't find them now but I do remember that
22% of the 31% were Roman Catholic. Well, us good Ole fundamentalists aren't brought up
believing that anyone will go to heaven without being born again and that leaves the Catholics
out cold.

So, we are left with about 9% that could possibly go to heaven or are we? That 9 % includes
Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses. For one who was taught that the Missionary Baptists
would inhabit the New Jerusalem (
because we were the "real" Baptists) and the Southern
Baptists would live outside the great city, the picture was bleak indeed. You know, it's a
wonder anyone survives religion isn't it?

Finally, I started to question....could we have missed it somehow on this hell thing? Could we
have misinterpreted the Bible? Could the Bible have been mistranslated?

I have concluded the answer is YES!

Could it be possible that we just think we believe in an endless Hell?  Have you ever picked
up the phone to warn a loved one about a tornado headed their way? A gas shortage? Have
you warned visitors to stay away from your house because your family had a stomach virus?
Honestly now, how many people do you warn about Hell?

I remember one woman who actually believed in endless hell. Her name is Andrea Yates. She
killed all of her children, believing that she was saving them from the possibility of spending
eternity in Hell.  As far as she knew she ended their lives before they could reach the age of
accountability, reject God, die and go to hell for eternity. Personally, I don't see how anyone in
their right mind, who actually carries out the thought process of Hell, could bring a child into
this world. Saddam Hussein pales in comparison to anyone who would, knowingly, bring a
child into the world with the full knowledge that eternity in Hell could be his fate.
                  
                                 
At least the victims of a terrorist get to die!
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