Heaven & Hell

If is true that for every action, there must be an equal and opposite reaction, then what does that mean for us?

In the New Testament, when Jesus speaks of Hell, he speaks of this word “Gehenna”. Now, when Gehenna is translated back into its context, it actually translates back into The Valley of Hinnom. Ironically, the Valley of Hinnom was an actual place (2 Chr. 28:3, 33:6; Jer. 7:31, 19:2-6). This was the place where people would bring their Children to sacrifice to the god Moloch. Later on, they would throw mentally handicapped & sick people, as well as social outcasts like Gypsies here. So, when Jesus spoke of Hell, he may have had eternal ramifications in mind, but, I would argue that his implications had a much more here and now implication.

In the New Testament, Jesus brings this wonderful revolutionary concept called the Kingdom of Heaven to his people. What this concept brought was the promise was that, while there may be a ramification to our lives for an eternal existence, what Jesus was more interested in was bringing his existence and way of life to us here and now. The Kingdom of Heaven, or, The Kingdom of God, was God’s mission for us all to bring his Heavenly ways into our early existence.

Have you ever encountered someone who has experienced an extremely hard life yet is a light to those around them? Whatever life throws at them, they get back on their feet and continue to love, hope and bring peace near to them.

So if it is true that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, then the people who have encountered heaven are the people who have paradoxically encountered hell in the same way.

Now, the greatest liberators are those who both enter heaven and hell in the same experience. For the greatest liberators know that where the greatest depths of hell exist, so there is an equal capacity for heaven to exist.

Think of it this way, it wasn’t until you starved did you understand your appreciation and need for nourishment. It wasn’t until you spent time in the dark, did you understand the great need for light. It wasn’t until you have encountered hate, did you understand your need for love. It wasn’t until you encountered what is truly horrible in life, did you realize your need for something truly beautiful.

Now, there are people out there who haven’t had horrible experiences. Now, I know some absolutely wonderful people who have had happy childhoods, healthy adulthood and terrific experiences. What I also know about these people, is that while they may have encountered hell in such a violent way, they have had hell done unto them. For, these people are the people who walk into hell everyday by spending time with the people Jesus called “the least of these”. So, systemically hell immerses within them. By spending time in the existence of other peoples hell, they also paradoxically understand their own need and existence of heaven with them.

Are you stuck in a rut? Do you seek, but not find? Do you knock, but nothing opens? Do you ask, but do not receive? Then go to hell the around you, for where hell is present, so the greatest of heaven is present.


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