An advertisement for an up-coming movie featured a fascinating ‘tag line’. Scenes in the preview feature demonic caricatures in a horrific venue. One of the grotesque beings was dominating other fiendish creatures. He shouted, “I’d rather rule in Hell than serve in Heaven.” (The quote is actually a slight corruption of a line from John Bunyan’s Paradise Lost.)
In recent years, there seems to be a major increase in the number of ‘horror’ films on T.V. and in theaters. Violence, fear, death, and suffering draw viewers, for reasons beyond my comprehension. People pay to have their minds flooded with images of anarchy and mayhem. As eyes drink in blood, gore, and mutilation, ears tingle with screams of terror and moans of the dying.
The filmmakers glamorize these hellish arenas. Minds grows numb to the disgusting and the vile. People tend to reduce the reality of an actual Hell to movie ‘make-believe’. A devilish, mind blinding deception takes place. Folks soon dismiss the truth that, “There is Heaven to gain and Hell to shun.”
Oh, how people need to know that Hell is real. Jesus said that it is a place of “eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). In Luke 16, Jesus, the One true source, describes the actual nature of Hell as a place of eternal torment, flames, suffering, and with no escape. Scripture speaks of the deceit by the enemy of our souls as he attempts to hide the horrible reality of Hell. “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Anyone tempted to emulate the aforementioned demonic personage and say, “I’d rather rule in Hell than serve in Heaven,” should heed this warning: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). This is a spiritual law that God put in place, and it affects everyone, whether they follow Christ or not. God’s immutable word says, “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). God incontrovertibly declares, “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night,” (Revelation 14:11).
“Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” (Psalm 84:10)
~ Brother Roy