Sunday I began a series on Heaven. I have never had as much feedback from a lesson as I did this one. I'm guessing because it is a subject we just don't talk about much. People were extremely inquisitive. So I am looking forward all the more to coming weeks. However, this week is one I would just as soon forget -- even though we need to study it to. This week I will preach about hell.
I am going to mention it in my lesson, but I wonder: Is hell an eternity of torment? If so, people in hell also have eternal life. Or, is it a place of separation from God -- and then annihilation? I believe one could make an argument both ways. After all, if a person who commits a capital crime under our court system is found guilty, he might receive the death penalty. That is an eternal judgment against him, but if it is carried out -- he doesn't stay in jail for eternity.
I guess I am at a point in my life where I hope hell is like the latter description. I am being selfish in that, because I loved my granddad -- but he refused to ever claim the name of Jesus. I would prefer to think that he simply ceases to exist rather than the thought of him spending an eternity in torment.
Tonight Beverly goes to Southside Church of Christ for her monthly "Young Mothers' Night." I have been wanting to see "I am Legend" -- so I think I will go to the movies.