The man was convinced that he was a sinner who needed God’s forgiveness. He also believed the good news that Jesus died on the cross for his sins and destroyed the power of death through His resurrection. But he balked when I suggested that he receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He said he wasn’t sure he wanted to go to heaven if his parents were in hell. They had been churchgoing, loving, honest people. But he didn’t think they had ever heard the gospel clearly presented.
Sensing his resistance, I said, “Neither you nor I know for sure where your parents will spend eternity. It’s possible that they believed Jesus died for their sins and trusted Him to save them. But we can be sure of one thing, God will do right by them. Trust Him and do what He says. Receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.” He did, and today he is a strong Christian man.
We don’t like the idea of eternal punishment. We may even find ourselves repulsed by the concept. But we need to be careful. God sees and understands, infinitely more than we do.
He has proven His love in so many ways, especially providing salvation through Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). He wants you to place your trust in His Son. Listen to Him, accept His salvation, and trust Him to do what is right to you and to all mankind. Accept His warning to escape “the fire that shall never be quenched, where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched’ “ (Mark 9:44, 46, 48).