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William from Bend, Oregon asks...

Hell or Not?

Dear Junebug: Recently a renowned coach was being witnessed to by a Pastor. The coach, who grew up in a non-Christian household, was receptive, but stated, “If you are going to tell me that my deceased father, who was a good man, is in hell, then our discussion is over!" The Pastor responded with the standard, “We don’t know all of God’s mysterious ways and God is the only judge .…”, which didn’t satisfy the coach at all. Junebug, is there anything else that could be said to this man to help steer him toward Jesus? 

Posted in Religion on Fri, Jan 21st 2011

The Truth IS...

Dear William:

When I initially heard your question, I was standing in my kitchen overlooking a pristine nature preserve and with all seriousness prayed, “LORD, how in the world can I provide Your truth, Your insights and Your comfort to this dear man who is seeking You, but has reached such an impasse?” I thought of the pastor’s honest answer - that no one knows how God will judge a person. Yet that answer didn’t seem to console nor provide the coach with what he was seeking. As if I were standing directly in the presence of the Lord, the answer became precisely clear to me. Luke 16:19-31 describes how a rich man dies and goes to Hades while Lazarus, a diseased beggar who sat at the rich man’s gate, died too, but was taken by angels and put into Abraham’s bosom. In the rich man’s torment, he begged Lazarus to go to Earth and tell his five brothers about Jesus, Heaven and Hell. Of course, Lazarus could not. The man’s yearning was that his brothers' know Jesus while on Earth. From this Biblical account, I know without question that the coaches’ father would give anything for his son to know the truth about Jesus and come to love Him personally. This I know for the Bible tells me so….

As difficult as this is to digest, it is the truth. There is but one way to eternal life, and that is through Jesus Christ our Lord.  I suggest you have the coach read the above passages from the Bible; for the truth will set him free.

Junebug