Heaven OR Hell is the destination awaiting us after this life is over. Those who feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the weak and visit the sick; in other words, those who are obedient to Christ and who live faithful lives for Christ, will one day shuffle off this mortal coil and enter into life in Heaven. On the other hand, those who leave the hungry to starve, leave the naked to freeze, leave the weak to suffer and leave the sick to die alone; in other words, those who are disobedient to Christ and who are unfaithful in their lives to Him, they too will die, but their life will end, and a perpetual punishing existence will take its place.

The truth about Heaven AND Hell is…

they are forever.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Matthew 25:46

My translation uses two different words here, probably for effect: eternal and everlasting. They are, however, the same word in the original language. Whether you prefer “everlasting” or “eternal,” they are the same.

Personally, when I hear “everlasting” I think about a starting point with no ending point. My time there will “begin” but it will never “end.” When I hear the word “eternal” I always think of God, who has no beginning and no ending. When I arrive at His feet, He will have always been from the dawn of time, and it ever shall be, because time is not a factor where His throne resides.

In that case I can see why “everlasting” would describe hell: It was a created place; it has a beginning but no ending. If I were to go there, I would remain there forever. Heaven, on the other hand, is where God is, and God is eternal.

Regardless: all of eternity is everlasting.

If I’m in Heaven that’s a great thought. If I’m in Hell…it’s terrifying.

That’s the Truth.