Have you tasted Hell? Look no more, go to New Zealand!
I love New Zealand. The Land of the Long White Clouds. Greener than where I am now here in Sydney, Australia. Famous for its white sand and clean beaches, millions of sheep, outdoor adventures, rugby (I’m a fan of the All Blacks), fishing spots, and home of Sir Edmund Hillary, first man to conquer Mt Everest. New Zealand was my home for the past six years and I can say, it’s a country of friendly Kiwis – both the bird (kiwi) and the people. New Zealand has a very Godly National Anthem. The first stanza goes like this:
God of nations! at Thy feet
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our Free Land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star,
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand
I went to New Zealand last month and as I was driving in town, I found this bizarre looking shop. A black painted building with a sign of Hell. Fiery flames. Demon’s tail. Little demons. A 0800 number 666! Their website says this:
Hell Pizza is a 666% original concept founded by Callum Davies in Wellington, New Zealand. Since 2003 the “unholy trinity” have taken NZ by storm spreading Hell fire throughout New Zealand, then to London, Brisbane (Australia), and soon to open in Dublin (Ireland) and Vancouver (Canada)! …. See you in Hell!
I don’t know about you but for me hell is really a very serious matter to talk about. It makes me think like hell! If you’re in a fight, you say “Go to hell!”If you’re going through marriage break-up or divorce, you say “You’re going through in hell”. And if you feel disgusted and annoyed, you say “What the hell is going on!”These are just minor demonstrations of hell. God’s Word tells us that hell is a place of eternal torment – an irreversible destination!
Revelation 14:11 also tells us that “the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever and they have no rest day and night”. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire (Revelations 20:15
) – the second death! Is your name written in the Book of Life?
It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. Heaven or hell is a conscious choice, a decision. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish but have everlasting life. It is God’s desire that all men shall be saved. He provided THE ONLY WAY to be saved and that is through His son, Jesus Christ. That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 9:10-11). Also, Acts 4:12 tells us “Nor is there alvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” – the name of Jesus!
Going back to the pizza, I dare not try it. Pizza Hut or Domino’s? Anything, as long as it’s not from Hell. And my friend, if you want me to pray for you and lead you to a simple yet powerful prayer to avoid the gates of hell, feel free to drop me a line.