Yes, “Points to Ponder” wishes to turn its pondering head to another topic – the condition of some people’s hell fire. Although there will be one hell fire, and all the ungodly will be placed in it, I strongly believe that some people’s hell fire will be hotter than others. Da na bene seed jumpin’ from my mou’h so-o.
Considering the behavior of human beings, and considering what the Bible and other religious books teach, it is certain that a lot of people will go to hell. So there’s no argument about whether people will go to hell or not. Hell exists for some people to go there. But why would God want to waste His time on talking about the existence and condition of such a place, if no one would go there? Indeed, some people will go to hell. The Good news is that I am not one of those who will go there. Da fi-yah?
Anyway, the point I wish to focus on in this article is that the fire of hell will not burn those there the same way. In other words, the burning power of the fire of hell will vary from individual to individual. I am serious. The fire will not burn everyone the same way. It will burn some less, while it will burn others more.
There are many reasons why I hold this view, and I’m not afraid to propound these views. You like it, Jacko; you na like it, Jack-o’-Lantern. Permit me, therefore, to present some clarifying points.
First of all, we believe that God is just. He will not punish anyone more than his crime requires. All sins are not equal – not in the sight of man, and not in the sight of God. If the fire of hell burns everyone equally, irrespective of the kind of sin committed, then the justness of God will be questioned, although we know that He does whatever pleases Him.
Second, hell is like a prison. Those sentenced there have degrees of times. Some are there for three months. Others are there for five years. Still, others are there for even more years. In most instances, the number of years a person is sentenced to depends on the kind of crime, as well as the weight of the crime, committed.
Third, the kind of punishment a person gets in this world, generally speaking, depends on many factors: age of the criminal, how the crime was committed, why the crime was committed, and so forth. Some convicts pay only fines, while others go to prison, and others are hanged. Because crimes are not the same, forms of punishment given for crimes committed are not the same.
If this is true with unfair and unmerciful and wicked creatures like human beings, why should it be the complete opposite when it comes to God instituting justice? Is man more just than God?
If my only sin – or main sin – for example, is stealing over my parents’ food, and another person’s main sin is killing people’s children for ritualistic purposes, why would God make hell fire burn the two of us the same way?
In my main sin is eating all the beautiful girls in my community, and another person’s main sin is cussing God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit day and night, why would God make the fire of hell burn the two of us with the same intensity? This would be unjust.
If my main sin, for example, is pinching my friends when they are sleeping, and another man’s main sin is urinating in people’s food while it is being cooked, and urinating, vomiting and toileting in the community well, why would God burn us with hell fire the same way? That would certainly be unfair.
If my main sin is taking LD5.00 from taxi drivers every day, and another person’s main sin is stealing public money every time, money meant for the development of the country and the betterment of the citizens, why would God want to make my hell fire as hot as that of the other man? This would be unfair.
If my main sin, for example, it loving to all the prostitutes in my neighborhood, and another person’s main sin is loving to all the pastors and faithful servants of God, making them fall in the process, why would God make the two of us feel the same intensity of heat from the fire?
If my main sin, for instance, is bribing teachers for good grades, and another man’s main sin is killing people for positions and government jobs, why would God want to make the fire burn us the same way?
No, my people! I refuse to believe that the fire of hell will burn everyone the same way. I very strongly reject the idea that everyone in hell will feel the fire the same way. I reject it. I refuse it.
I strongly believe that some people’s hell fire will be hotter than others, although they will all be in the same location. God, the originator and controller of hell fire, will arrange that way – He knows how to do it, and He will do it. The fire of hell may pinch some people hard after about 60 minutes. It may pinch some people every second.
Some may be every weekend, every month, every year and so forth. We all don’t commit the same kind of crime. All sins are not the same – are not equal – and, therefore all sins do not have the same punishment and will not have the same punishment. The just God that we serve, the God of the universe, the God that knows the words, deeds and thoughts of each individual, will handle the matter justly appropriately.
To be continued …
Seriously my people, aren’t these points to ponder?