• Fr. Michael J.Truongluan, C.Ss.R.

A Very Important Thought: How You Go To Hell?


How You Go To Hell According To The Book Of Revelation

Today, so many of us are ignorant of the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, and thus unknowingly, they are living in hell. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray to God the Father for our deliverance “from evil” which also means “the Devil.”

That last petition from the Lord’s Prayer presupposes that we are already under the grip of the Devil. Many of us would not agree with this interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer because none of us “feel” that we are under the control of the Devil. Instead we “feel” that we are free and we can do whatever we want. But is it true that we are really free and can do whatever we want? Is it true?!

It would benefit us tremendously to know with certainty and understand with clarity where we are now in relation to God and the Devil. It stands to reason that we should learn who or what kind of people will go to hell or are already in hell, and how we might go there ourselves.

Be assured that we do not name specific individuals here, but rather we will take a look at the Word of God in the Book of Revelation and see for ourselves what determines in concrete terms who would deserve hell. Let’s take a look.

"But as for cowards, the unfaithful, the depraved, murderers, the unchaste, sorcerers, idol-worshipers, and deceivers of every sort, their lot is in the burning pool of fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

What can we learn from this one verse of Revelation? The answer to the question: “Who will die a second death and go to eternal hell?” And here they are:

  1. The Cowards – those who cause harm behind the scene.

  2. The Unfaithful – those who broke their word.

  3. The Depraved – those who worship obscenities.

  4. The Murderers – those who make money by abortion and promote it.

  5. The Unchaste – those who commit fornication and adultery.

  6. The Sorcerers – those who tell fortune and give their soul to the Devil.

  7. The Idolators – those who worship human-made idols.

  8. The Deceivers – those who lie and spread false accusation.

These eight types of people are wicked. Which of these eight above types of wicked people can you identify?

How about with yourself? Please do not feel condemned or despair. There always is mercy.

Now suppose we want to get to the bottom of hell in order to see what is its origin or how it comes about, we must ask another very important question: “How do we become “wicked?” Let’s find out.

Psalm 36 of David gives us a clear-cut answer. This Psalm is entitled “The sinner's wickedness; God's goodness.” Here’s how it goes:

I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:

There is no fear of God before their eyes.

In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.

The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;

they fail to act wisely or do good.

Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong. (Psalm 36:1-4).

Once again, let us iterate the question: “Where is the origin of wickedness? Or how do you become wicked?” There are seven points:

  1. You look, love and listen to the voice of sin.

  2. You have no fear of God.

  3. You flatter yourself in your mind all the time.

  4. You deny your guilt; you rationalize it away.

  5. You lie to others and deceive, even yourself.

  6. You plot to discredit the good and do harm to the innocent.

  7. You set foot on evil ways, i.e. you love evil and brag about it

Without repentance and true contrition, hell is awaiting these people. Nonetheless, the Lord is merciful.

Psalm 36 continues:

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.

See how the evildoers lie fallen— thrown down, not able to rise! (Psalm 36:5-12).

The Lord God is merciful. He admonishes us but behind the severe warning lies the loving Face of the Merciful Father who is awaiting our coming back to Him.

Choose God, shun wickedness and trust in His merciful love.

Veni Sancte Spiritus!


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