Your Own Personal Hell




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Carl Thomas

Pastor | Live Free Founder | Lover of Jesus, Philly sports, fitness, tattoos, sarcasm, and craft beers.

One of the good things about running a ministry like ours is that we don’t get bogged down in theological debates like the end times, baptism requirements, predestination vs. free will, and the nature of Hell.

And for that I am eternally grateful.

But I wanted to share a short thought with you that I had the other day and that’s this…

Why are many Christians so concerned with the existence of Hell, and its fiery nature? It’s almost as if we need to make Hell the scariest place possible to be good and faithful believers. If there is no fire and brimstone, Hell loses some of its bite, right?

Maybe not.

See while people can argue about what the Bible says about Hell all day long, we can all agree that one thing is for sure: Hell means eternal separation from God.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Eternal separation from God is the defining quality of Hell that God seems most concerned with. And why? 

Because we need connection that badly.

I truly believe that if we fully understood and appreciated the gravity of eternal separation, Hell would be the most terrifying place one could imagine. And regardless of what you think or don’t think about Hell, one thing I want you to walk away with is the fact that connection is not an option, luxury, or privilege. 


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It’s a biological, emotional, and spiritual necessity.

In fact, the need for connection is woven into our very DNA.

So while people can debate back and forth about their future destination and what that might look like, the truth is that many choose to live in their own personal hell today because they lack community and connection and live in isolation and shame.

Maybe you can relate?

Recognize that when we lack the meaningful connections in our life our brains and souls demand, we feel threatened, uneasy, even scared. Because when it comes to our brains, connection equals security, and disconnection equals danger. 

Consequently, when we live in a constant state of danger, we tend to make decisions and choices based on short-term survival rather than long-term benefits. And when that happens, we often worsen the state of our condition. 

This is in large part why so many people feel stuck in their addiction. They feel trapped, alone, and lose hope because everything they do seems to suck them down even father into their own personal pit of despair.

And while it seems like the safest thing to do to stay isolated and hidden, the truth is that it is the absolute worst thing you can do.

The good news is this: you can change your situation. 

You can escape your hell and live a life defined by connection and love. It just takes some courage, commitment, and a degree of courage.

Both your hell now, the Hell that awaits some in the future can be avoided. No one has to live a life of disconnection and/or separation. But you need to reach out and connect with those who love you, and that includes your creator.

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