Mt 5:22 : “ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister, will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”
Mt 5:22 talks about the fires of hell,
Not the fires that we think of, in the afterlife,
But fires that are here today, with us.
It talks about emotions.
Fires are untamable, and hard to control.
The fires of hell are the emotions raging within us, that cause catastrophe; that drive people to do crazy things…
It starts with a thought, it becomes a habit, and sometimes an obsession.
Sometimes it expresses itself outwardly, as outbursts of anger, the silence treatment, fights, and can go on and on to a mass shooting, murder, suicide, acts of terrorism.
Sometimes it’s expressed inwardly. On the outward, nothing unusual is noted, but inside, the person is eaten by guilt, shame, depression, frustration, emotional pain,….
And it can lead to physical illnesses, and even suicide!
The bible clearly talks about the Kingdom of God.
It’s the one thing Jesus was preaching when He was here on earth with us.
Bible scholars have found, that the Kingdom of God, exists in at least 2 places:
1- In the afterlife, heaven,
2- Here, with us right now.
So it is for fires of hell. They are here right now among us, and will be with us in the afterlife as well.
Jesus taught about the kingdom of heaven, because we all fall short of His glory, but through His grace, we can practice the kingdom of God right now, here on this planet.
To walk in the benefits of it’s fruit.
The Kingdom of God, brings forth the fruits of the Spirit. “Love, joy (note: Not happiness, but true joy), peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Gal 5:22
And as an after effect, will also bring forth many earthly blessings, like prosperity and wealth, and technological advancements.
If our people would only spend more time and effort in helpful things, and waste less time in destroying theirs, and their neighbor’s lives, giving into the emotions that enrage their hearts (the fires of hell), our planet would change so rapidly.
Mt 5:22 says that just saying “you fool”, endangers you from the fires of hell (in this case it would be anger).