Student: Why do I deserve Hell?
Bro. Jed: The Bible teaches that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The wages or penalty for sin is spiritual death which is eternal separation from God and damnation in Hell. We all have sinned and because of our sins we all deserve hell. However, because of Jesus Christ we all can obtain what we don’t deserve: Eternal Life. Through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we can be restored to a relationship with God and go to heaven when we die.
Because of the You Deserve Hell sign we have had this conversation with thousands of students who would have never stopped if we were holding a Jesus Loves You sign. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom! That is why 169 times in the four gospels Jesus spoke of Hell, condemnation or judgment.
Jesus said: "And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him!" (God) Luke 12:4&5
"Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell," Jesus asks in Matthew 23:33.
Jesus also warned, "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." Matthew 5:28-30
Since I had failed to draw a crowd at the class break, I sat in my chair holding a “You Deserve Hell” sign while checking Facebook. Megan approached me asking, “Why do I deserve Hell?”
She understood my answer and she said, “I do need to get back to church.”
“That's good,” I answered. “But you also have to read the Bible, seek God in prayer, turn from all sin and trust in Jesus for forgiveness.”
Megan agreed adding that the Lord was once important in her life.
I responded, “But you came to college and boys started taking priority; Jesus became number two, three and four in your life until you were no longer relating to Him.”
I urged, “You need to return to the Lord. Are you willing to do that?”
She answered in the affirmative.
“Are you willing to do that now?”
Once again Megan said yes.
“Could we pray together now, asking God to forgive your sins?”
“Yes,” she replied.
We both folded our hands, stood and prayed as I led her in a prayer of repentance towards God and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ. I gave her a final exhortation; Megan departed thanking me for talking to her.