The fires of Hell…

Mt 5:22 : “ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sisterwill 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,
and,
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).

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speaking with a forked tongue

Today I met a woman whom I would call “speaks with a forked tongue”.

In one breath, she both cursed her husband, calling him names I would not dare saying in front of kids, yet in the same she said to me: “God bless you”.

It brought me to think about how people are so easy swayed by emotions, including myself.
The bible, an ancient book that is not only full of history, but also full of life lessons of generations past, has something to say about this, in Revelation 3:15:

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!”

God wants us to be either cold or hot. Either liar, or a truth speaker. Either one that honors Him, or one that defiles Him.
This would be the only way you’re going somewhere. Either up, or down.

 

It’s funny how John 3:16 is quoted as the most loved verse of the bible.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Yet in that same Bible, Revelation 3:16 brings quite a revelation to the surface:
“So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

The meaning of this verse to me, means that God wants nothing to do with a double tongued person. And I don’t mean this physically.

The aim and effort is to ALWAYS let your words glorify God. Though this is impossible for humans, it is possible with God, if you let Him cleanse your heart, because “the heart“, the emotions, the core of a human behavior, “is the source of all wickedness”.

The fires of hell, the bible mentions in MT 5:22, is not talking about a lake of fire you go to when you die.
It is talking about an untamable fire, that once ignited, will devour one’s heart. It could be through hatred, jealousy, anger, egoism, or anything else… But that’s for another topic.