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HABITS Americans spend $50 million a year on subliminal message tapes designed to help them do everything from improve their self-image to stop smoking. But there\'s so hidden message in the National Research Council\'s verdict on such techniques. The Council\'s report, released in September 1992, concludes that subliminal messages simply don\'t work. They don\'t deliver the life- transforming power they promise. Today in the Word, June 14, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Habits are first cobwebs, then cables. Spanish proverb. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In Pulpit Digest William H. Willimon used this illustration; \"Philip Haille wrote of the little village of Le Chambon in France, a town whose people, unlike others in France, hid their Jews from the Nazis. Haille went there, wondering what sort of courageous, ethical heroes could risk all to do such extraordinary good. He interviewed people in the village and was overwhelmed by the ordinariness. They weren\'t heroes or smart, discerning people. Haille decided that the one factor that united them was their attendance, Sunday after Sunday, at their little church, where they heard the sermons of Pastor Trochme. Over time, they became by habit people who just knew what to do and did it. When it came time for them to be courageous, the day the Nazis came to town, they quietly did what was right. One old woman, who faked a heart attack when the Nazis came to search her house, later said, \'Pastor always taught us that there comes a time in every life when a person is asked to do something for Jesus. When our time came, we knew what to do.\'\" Willliam H. Willimon. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- True habits of the heart are there when they are most needed. According to a recent Self Magazine article, losing just one dietary bad habit can result in significant weight loss over a period of one year. If you just substitute high calorie offenders for similar tasting, lower calorie choices, the weight loss can still be significant. Give up one teaspoon of cream in your coffee and lose 6 pounds a year, or switch to a similar amount of skim milk and lose 5 pounds. Give up a glazed donut a day and lose 25 pounds a year, or switch to a medium sized bran muffin and lose 11 pounds in a year. Skipping a teaspoon of butter on a daily bagel will leave you 11 pounds lighter at year\'s end, or change to a similar amount of cream cheese and drop 5 pounds. Some other items you can drop and save on are a 12 ounce can of soda a day and forget 17 pounds in a year; a 1.2 ounce chocolate bar a day saves you 12 pounds in 18 months. There\'s nothing to it but to do it. Management Digest, September, 1989. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Studies have shown that an immediate health effect will make more people change a habit than some distant threat. Encounter, January 15, 1980, Vol. 15, No. 2. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Years ago when the western U.S. was being settled, roads were often just wagon tracks. These rough trails posed serious problems for those who journeyed on them. On one of these winding paths was posted a sign which read: \"Avoid this rut or you\'ll be in it for the next 25 miles!\" A habit is something you can do without thinking--which is why most of us have so many of them. Frank Clark, Register and Tribune Syndicate. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It is a commonplace how easily a child of 3 or 4 picks up a foreign language if exposed to it without any formal teaching. Yet we are unwilling to admit that a child of the same age picks up our unconscious attitudes and prejudices without being taught--and often retains these longer than any of his formal education. Sidney J. Harris. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda describes his battle with bad habits: \"I took a pack of cigarettes from my pocket, stared at it and said, \"Who\'s stronger, you or me?\" The answer was me. I stopped smoking. Then I took a vodka martini and said to it, \"Who\'s stronger, you or me?\" Again the answer was me. I quit drinking. Then I went on a diet. I looked at a big plate of linguine with clam sauce and said, \"Who\'s stronger, you or me?\" And a little clam looked up at me and answered, \"I am.\" I can\'t beat linguine. Ron Fimrite in Sports Illustrated. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 75% to 85% of smokers would like to kick the habit. Forty million Americans have already beaten their addictions. Homemade, April, 1989. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On a road not far from my home are some trees that are slowly being destroyed by huge coils of ivy. The vines wind themselves like snakes around the trunk. At this point it is impossible to untwist these runners because they are so firmly embedded into the trees. They are literally strangling the life out of those helpless giants. But there was a day when the ivy was a small plant just seeking a little support in climbing. Had the trees resisted these tiny tendrils, they would not be in the state they are today. Paul Van Gorder. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it. Horace Mann. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. Mark Twain. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. Samuel Johnson. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bad habits are like comfortable beds--easy to get into but hard to get out of Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An elderly teacher, with a pupil by his side, took a walk through a forest. Suddenly he stopped and pointed to four plants close at hand. The first was just beginning to peep above the ground, the second had rooted itself pretty well into the earth, the third was a small shrub, while the fourth was a full-sized tree. The tutor said to his young companion, \'Pull up the first plant.\' The boy did so eagerly, using only his fingers. \'Now pull up the second.\' The youth obeyed but found the task more difficult. \'Do the same with the third,\' he urged. The boy had to use all his strength to uproot it. \'Now,\' said the instructor, \'try your hand with the fourth.\' The pupil put his arms around the trunk of the tall tree and couldn\'t even shake its leaves. \'This, my son, is just what happens with our bad habits. When they are young, we can remove them readily; but when they are old, it\'s hard to uproot them, though we pray and struggle ever so sincerely.\'\" From the Heidelberg Herald. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HANDICAP The greatest obstacle to being handicapped--or challenged, or disabled or whatever label we may be using this year--is not the condition but the stigma society still associates with it. The truth is we are valuable because of who we are, not because of how we look or what we accomplish. And that applies to all of us, the disabled and the temporarily able-bodied alike. I\'m convinced God didn\'t turn His back at the moment of Jeff\'s conception. He is still the God of miracles, but in this instance, the one who received healing was me. Our Lord is still in the business of changing lives, but not always in the ways we expect. Several years ago, Jeff played in a special Little League for kids with disabilities. After many seasons of watching from the bleachers and rooting while his big brother played ball, Jeff\'s opportunity finally arrived. When he received his uniform, he couldn\'t wait to get home to put it on. When he raced out from his bedroom, fully suited up, he announced to me, \"Mom, now I\'m a real boy!\" Though his words pushed my heart to my throat, I assured him he had always been a \"real boy.\" Carlene Mattson, Focus on the Family, April, 1993, p. 13. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A British factory worker and his wife were excited when, after many years of marriage, they discovered they were going to have their first child. According to author Jill Briscoe, who told this true story, the man eagerly relayed the good news to his fellow workers. He told them God had answered his prayers. But they made fun of him for asking God for a child. When the baby was born, he was diagnosed as having Down\'s syndrome. As the father made his way to work for the first time after the birth, he wondered how to face his co-workers. \"God, please give me wisdom,\" he prayed. Just as he feared, some said mockingly, \"So, God gave you this child!\" The new father stood for a long time, silently asking God for help. At last he said, \"I\'m glad the Lord gave this child to me and not to you.\" As this man accepted his disabled son as God\'s gift to him, so David was pleased to show kindness to Saul\'s son who was \"lame in his feet\" (2 Sam. 9:3). Some may have rejected Mephibosheth because he was lame, but David\'s action showed that he valued him greatly. Our Daily Bread, April 6, 1994. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HAPPINESS Are most people happy? Dennis Wholey, author of Are You Happy? reports that according to expert opinion, perhaps only 20 percent of Americans are happy. Those experts would probably agree with the wry definition of happiness offered by psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, who said, \"Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children and by children to adults.\" Our Daily Bread, October 11, 1994. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Quarterback cum ESPN commentator Joe Theismann, allegedly explaining to his soon-to-be-ex second wife why he had an affair: \"God wants Joe Theismann to be happy.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Holiday Inn, when looking for 500 people to fill positions for a new facility, interviewed 5,000 candidates. The hotel managers interviewing these people excluded all candidates who smiled fewer than four times during the interview. This applied to people competing for jobs in all categories. Bits & Pieces, March 3, 1994, p. 11. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A fascinating study on the principle of the Golden Rule was conducted by Bernard Rimland, director of the Institute for Child Behavior Research. Rimland found that \"The happiest people are those who help others.\" Each person involved in the study was asked to list ten people he knew best and to label them as happy or not happy. Then they were to go through the list again and label each one as selfish or unselfish, using the following definition of selfishness: a stable tendency to devote one\'s time and resources to one\'s own interests and welfare--an unwillingness to inconvenience one\'s self for others.\" (Rimland, \'The Altruism Paradox,\' Psychological Reports 51 [1982]: 521) In categorizing the results, Rimland found that all of the people labeled happy were also labeled unselfish. He wrote that those \"whose activities are devoted to bringing themselves happiness...are far less likely to be happy than those whose efforts are devoted to making others happy\" Rimland concluded: \"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.\" (Ibid, p. 522). Martin & Diedre Bobgan, How To Counsel From Scripture, Moody Press, 1985, p. 123. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What really makes people satisfied with their lives? Amazingly, the secret may lie in a person\'s ability to handle life\'s blows without blame or bitterness. These are the conclusions of a study of 173 men who have been followed since they graduated from Harvard University in the early 1940s. The study, reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry, noted that one potent predictor of well-being was the ability to handle emotional crisis maturely. Today in the Word, November 2, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 weeks before he died, a reporter asked Elvis Presley, \"Elvis, when you first started playing music, you said you wanted to be rich, famous and happy. Are you happy?\" \"I\'m lonely as hell\" he replied. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A woman I know climbed on the bathroom scale after two weeks of butterless toast and chilly jogs around the park. The needle was still stuck on the number where she\'d started. This struck her as typical of how things had been going lately. She was destined never to be happy. As she dressed, scowling at her tight jeans, she found $20 in her pocket. Then her sister called with a funny story. When she hurried out to the car -- angry that she had to get gas -- she discovered her roommate had already filled the tank for her. And this was a woman who thought she\'d never be happy. Every day, it seems, we\'re flooded with pop-psych advice about happiness. The relentless message is that there\'s something we\'re supposed to do to be happy -- make the right choices, or have the right set of beliefs about ourselves. Our Founding Fathers even wrote the pursuit of happiness into the Declaration of Independence. Coupled with this is the notion that happiness is a permanent condition. If we\'re not joyful all the time, we conclude there\'s a problem. Yet what most people experience is not a permanent state of happiness. It is something more ordinary, a mixture of what essayist Hugh Prather once called \"unsolved problems, ambiguous victories and vague defeats -- with few moments of clear peace.\" Maybe you wouldn\'t say yesterday was a happy day, because you had a misunderstanding with your boss. But weren\'t there moments of happiness, moments of clear peace? Now that you think about it, wasn\'t there a letter from an old friend, or a stranger who asked where you got such a great haircut? You remember having a bad day, yet those good moments occurred. Happiness is like a visitor, a genial, exotic Aunt Tilly who turns up when you least expect her, orders an extravagant round of drinks and then disappears, trailing a lingering scent of gardenias. You can\'t command her appearance; you can only appreciate her when she does show up. And you can\'t force happiness to happen -- but you can make sure you are aware of it when it does. While you\'re walking home with a head full of problems, try to notice the sun set the windows of the city on fire. Listen to the shouts of kids playing basketball in the fading light, and feel your spirits rise, just from having paid attention. Happiness is an attitude, not a condition. It\'s cleaning the Venetian blinds while listening to an aria, or spending a pleasant hour organizing your closet. Happiness is your family assembled at dinner. It\'s in the present, not in the distant promise of a \"someday when...\" How much luckier we are -- and how much more happiness we experience -- if we can fall in love with the life we\'re living. Happiness is a choice. Reach out for it at the moment it appears, like a balloon drifting seaward in a bright blue sky. Condensed from Glamour, Adair Lara, Reader\'s Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At the height of her fame as the other woman in the Ivana and Donald Trump breakup, Marla Maples spoke of her religious roots. She believed in the Bible, she told interviewers, then added the disclaimer, \"but you can\'t always take [it] literally and be happy.\" C. Colson, The Body, p. 124. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In answer to the question, \"Where is happiness?\" Clarence Macartney said, \"It\'s not found in pleasure--Lord Byron lived such a life if anyone did. He wrote, \"The worm, the canker, and the grief are mine alone.\" Happiness is not found in money--Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. When dying, he said, \"I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.\" It\'s not found in position and fame--Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. He wrote, \"Youth is a mistake, manhood a struggle, and old age a regret.\" It\'s not found in military glory--Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Having done so, he wept in his tent because, he said, \"There are no more worlds to conquer.\"\" Clarence Macartney. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have now reigned above 50 years in victory or peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity. In this situation I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: they amount to 14! O man, place not thy confidence in this present world! Abdalrahman, in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ever notice that when your cup of happiness is full, somebody always jogs your elbow? Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An old man was asked what had robbed him of joy the most in his lifetime. He replied, \"Things that never happened!\" Someone has cited these three keys to happiness: 1)Fret not--He loves you (John 13:1), 2)Faint not--He holds you (Psalm 139:10), 3)Fear not--He keeps you (Psalm 121:5). Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ten rules for happier living: 1. Give something away (no strings attached) 2. Do a kindness (and forget it) 3. Spend a few minutes with the aged (their experience is a priceless guidance) 4. Look intently into the face of a baby (and marvel) 5. Laugh often (it\'s life\'s lubricant) 6. Give thanks (a thousand times a day is not enough) 7. Pray (or you will lose the way) 8. Work (with vim and vigor) 9. Plan as though you\'ll live forever (because you will) 10.Live as though you\'ll die tomorrow (because you will on some tomorrow) Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To ask that God\'s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God: because He is what He is, His love must, in the nature of things, be impeded and repelled by certain stains in our present character, and because He already loves us He must labour to make us lovable. We cannot even wish, in our better moments, that He could reconcile Himself to our present impurities--no more than the beggar maid could wish that King Cophetua should be content with her rags and dirt, or a dog, once having learned to love man, could wish that man were such as to tolerate in his house the snapping, verminous, polluting creature of the wild pack. What we would here and now call our \"happiness\" is not the end God chiefly has in view: but when we are such as He can love without impediment, we shall in fact be happy. C.S. Lewis. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Happiness is not the end of life; character is. H.W. Beecher. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. Robert Louis Stevenson. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it. Nathaniel Hawthorne. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Happy New Year - ABBA
Happy New Year - ABBA No more champagne and the fireworks are through here we are, me and you feeling lost and feeling blue it\\\'s the end of the party and the morning seems so grey so unlike yesterday now\\\'s the time for us to say 이제 샴페인도 떨어지고 불꽃놀이도 끝났습니다. 여기 우리, 나와 당신은 허무함과 우울한 기분에 싸여 있죠? 파티는 끝나고 아침은 왜 이리 쓸쓸해 보이는지... 어제와는 너무 다르네요 이제 이렇게 말할 시간입니다. Happy new year may we all have a vision now and then of a world where every neighbour is a friend happy new year happy new year don\\\'t we might as well lay down and die you and i sometimes i see how the brave new world arrives and i see how it thrives in the ashes of our lives may we all have our hopes, our will to try if we 새해 복 많이 받으세요 때로는 모든 이웃이 친구인 그런 세상을 꿈꿔도 되지 않을까요? 새해 복 많이 받으세요 새해 복 많이 받으세요 우리 모두 희망과 해보려는 의지를 가져봐요 그렇지 않으면 죽는 것이 차라리 낫죠 당신과 나 나는 가끔 훌륭한 신세계가 도래하는 것을 봅니다. 그리고 그 세계가 우리 삶의 슬픔속에서 어떻게 번영하는지도 oh yes, man is a fool and he thinks he\\\'ll be okay dragging on feet of clay never konwing he\\\'s astray keeps on going anyway 그래요, 인간은 정말 어리석어요 괜찮을 거라고 생각을 하면서 약점을 가지고도 앞으로 나아갑니다. 길을 잃을 줄도 모르고 계속 나아가죠.. Happy new year Happy new year May we all have a vision now and then Of a world where every neighbour is a friend Happy new year Happy new year May we all have our hopes, our will to try If we don\\\'t we might as well lay down and die You ~ and I 새해 복 많이 받아요 새해 복 많이 받아요 때로는 모든 이웃이 친구인 그런 세상을 꿈꿔도 되지 않을까요? 새해 복 많이 받아요 새해 복 많이 받아요 우리 모두 희망과 해보려는 의지를 가져봐요 그렇지 않으면 죽는 것이 차라리 낫죠 당신과 나 seems to me now that the dreams we had before are all dead nothing more than confetti on the floor it\\\'s the end of a deacde in another ten years time who can say what we\\\'ll find what lies waiting down the line in the end of eighty-nine 내겐 이렇게 보여요 우리가 이전에 가졌던 꿈들은 이제 모두 죽었다고 바닥에 떨어진 색종이처럼 이제 80년대의 마지막입니다. 앞으로 올 90년대에는 무슨 일을 맞게 될지 미래에 어떤 일이 기다리고 있을지 모릅니다. 80년의 끝 무렵에... Happy new year Happy new year May we all have a vision now and then Of a world where every neighbour is a friend Happy new year Happy new year May we all have our hopes, our will to try If we don\\\'t we might as well lay down and die You ~ and I 새해 복 많이 받으세요 새해 복 많이 받으세요 때로는 모든 이웃이 친구인 그런 세상을 꿈꿔도 되지 않을까요? 새해 복 많이 받으세요 새해 복 많이 받으세요 우리 모두 희망과 해보려는 의지를 가져봐요 그렇지 않으면 죽는 것이 차라리 낫죠 당신과 나
HARDENED If you live in a graveyard too long you stop crying when someone dies. Traditional.
HARMONY In his early years, American landscape photographer Ansel Adams studied piano and showed some talent. At one party, however, as Adams played Chopin\'s F Major Nocturne he recalled that \"In some strange way my right had started off in F-sharp major while my left had behaved well in F-major. I could not bring them together. I went through the entire nocturne with the hands separated by a half-step.\" The next day a fellow guest gave Adams a no-nonsense review of his performance: \"You never missed a wrong note!\" Daily Walk, May 14, 1992.
HARVEST 1. The harvest God provides: \"Seedtime and harvest...shall not cease\" (Gen. 8:22). 2. The harvest sin produces: \"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap\" (Gal. 6:7) 3. The Gospel harvest: \"They (fields) are white already to harvest\" (John 4:35). 4. The harvest of judgment: \"The harvest is the end of the age\" (Matt. 13:39). Source Unknown.
HASTE There are good reasons for doing some things fast: because life is crowding in hard, and if the thing isn\'t done fast it won\'t be done at all, or because doing it isn\'t half so rewarding as doing something else. Therefore, iron fast so you can paint slow. Shop fast so you can sew slow. Cook fast so you can spend some time with a child before it disappears into an adult. Peg Bracken, in The I Hate to Cook Almanac.
HATE One of the worst cases of hatred I have ever come across is found in a will written in 1935 by a Mr. Donohoe. It says, \"Unto my two daughters, Frances Marie and Denise Victoria, by reason of their unfilial attitude toward a doting father, . . . I leave the sum of $1.00 to each and a father\'s curse. May their lives be fraught with misery, unhappiness, and poignant sorrow. May their deaths be soon and of a lingering malignant and torturous nature.\" The last line of the will is so vicious I shudder to quote it. It reads, \"May their souls rest in hell and suffer the torments of the condemned for eternity.\" Our Daily Bread, February 18, 1994. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hate is like acid. It can damage the vessel in which it is stored as well as destroy the object on which it is poured. Ann Landers, Bits & Pieces, September 17, 1992, p. 3. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A man who hates to be slapped on the back packs his coat with TNT and waits for this man who always slaps his back. His idea is when he hits me I will get him, I\'ll blow him up. Hate kills both the person who you hate, but also yourself as well. Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat. H.E. Fosdick. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HEADACHE Common causes of headaches: Hunger, overuse of medication, sleeping more or less than you usually do, sleeping with your head under a pillow or blanket, a change in the weather, stressful driving, caffeine withdrawal. Quality Press, August, 1992. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HEADSHIP There were two lines of husbands in heaven, one for the dominant husbands and one for the passive, submissive husbands. The submissive husband line extended almost out of sight. There was one man in the dominant husband line. He was small, timid, appeared anything but a dominant husband. When the angel inquired as to why he was in this line, he said, \"My wife told me to stand here.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mark Twain was known for his wit. A Mormon acquaintance once pushed him into an argument on the issue of polygamy. After long and tedious expositions justifying the practice, the Mormon demanded that Twain cite any passage of Scripture expressly forbidding polygamy. \"Nothing easier,\" Twain replied. \"No man can serve two masters.\" Mark Twain. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HEALING Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things only learned in a fiery furnace. Oswald Chambers in Run Today\'s Race. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About half of the Americans who are familiar with the New Age movement don\'t take its teachings seriously, and a third of them say New Age thought runs counter to Judeo-Christian teaching, says a new poll by the Princeton Religious Research Center. The poll also shows that the general population\'s awareness of the New Age is low, but the number of Americans who adhere to New Age practices is alarmingly high, even among professing Christians. \"Many who consider themselves good Christians nonetheless have engaged in practices that seemingly are counter to the teaching of their church,\" the pollsters said. Roughly half of all Americans say they believe in extrasensory perception. Thirty percent of Roman Catholics and 22 percent of Protestants say they believe in clairvoyance, while 48 percent of Roman Catholics and 44 percent of Protestants say they believe in psychic healing, the poll shows. The poll indicates that 25 percent of both groups believe the movement of the stars may help govern the affairs of men and women. Christianity Today, February 10, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul\'s frequency of healing declined with the passing of time: Galatians 4:13-15 Paul was ill 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Paul was afflicted Philippians 2:25-30 Epaphroditus was ill (A.D. 60) 1 Timothy 5:23 Timothy was ill (A.D. 62-3) 2 Timothy 4:20 Trophimus was ill (A.D. 64). Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Even back then I was searching for hard evidence of God as an alternative to faith. And one day I found it--on television, of all places. While randomly flipping a dial, I came across a mass healing service being conducted by Kathryn Kuhlman. I watched for a few minutes as she brought various people up on the stage and interviewed them. Each one told an amazing story of supernatural healing. Cancer, heart conditions, paralysis--it was like a medical encyclopedia up there. As I watched Kuhlman\'s program, my doubts gradually melted away. At last I had found something real and tangible. Kuhlman asked a musician to sing her favorite song, \"He Touched Me. That\'s what I needed, I thought; a touch, a personal touch from God. She held out that promise, and I lunged for it. Three weeks later when Kathryn Kuhlman came to a neighboring state, I skipped classes and traveled half a day to attend one of her meetings. The atmosphere was unbelievably charged--soft organ music in the background; the murmuring sound of people praying aloud, some in strange tongues; and every few minutes a happy interruption when someone would stand and claim, \"I\'m healed!\" One person especially make an impression, a man from Milwaukee who had been carried into the meeting on a stretcher. When he walked--yes, walked--onstage, we all cheered wildly. He told us he was a physician, and I was even more impressed. He had incurable lung cancer, he said, and was told he had six months to live. But now, tonight, he believed God had healed him. He was walking for the first time in months. He felt great. Praise God! I wrote down the man\'s name and practically floated out of that meeting. I had never known such certainty of faith before. My search was over; I had seen proof of a living God in those people on the stage. If he could work tangible miracles in them, then surely he had something wonderful in store for me. I wanted contact with the man of faith I had seen at the meeting, so much so that exactly one week later I phoned Directory Assistance in Milwaukee and got the physician\'s number. When I dialed it, a woman answered the phone. \"May I please speak to Dr. S_____,\" I said. Long silence. \"Who are you?\" she said at last. I figured she was just screening calls from patients or something. I gave my name and told her I admired Dr. S_____ and had wanted to talk to him ever since the Kathryn Kuhlman meeting. I had been very moved by his story, I said. Another long silence. Then she spoke in a flat voice, pronouncing each word slowly. \"My...husband...is...dead.\" Just that one sentence, nothing more, and she hung up. I can\'t tell you how that devastated me. I was wasted. I half-staggered into the next room, where my sister was sitting. \"Richard, what\'s wrong?\" she asked. \"Are you all right?\" No, I was not all right. But I couldn\'t talk about it. I was crying. My mother and sister tried to pry some explanation out of me. But what could I tell them? For me, the certainty I had staked my life on had died with that phone call. A flame had flared bright for one fine, shining week and then gone dark, like a dying star. Philip Yancey, Disappointment With God, Zondervan, pp. 38-40. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HEALTH People who practice their religious faith regularly may be getting some earthly benefits: They appear to be healthier compared to people who never attend a house of worship. A study conducted by sociologists at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., found that 4 percent of those who regularly went to church or synagogue reported poor health, compared with 9 percent of those who did not attend a house of worship. And 36 percent of weekly worshippers reported they were in excellent health, compared with 26 percent of non-attenders. Why the difference? Researchers aren\'t sure, but they say the reason may be that people attending weekly services may be more likely to see friends who ask about their health and can recommend a doctor. Spokesman Review, October, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In 1846 former president John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke. Although he returned to Congress the following year, his health was clearly failing. Daniel Webster described his last meeting with Adams: \"Someone, a friend of his, came in and made particular inquiry of his health. Adams answered, \'I inhabit a weak, frail, decayed tenement; battered by the winds and broken in upon by the storms, and from all I can learn, the landlord does not intend to repair.\'\" Today in the Word, April 11, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don\'t want, drink what you don\'t like and do what you\'d rather not. Mark Twain. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Be careful about reading health books. You might die of a misprint. Mark Twain. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. Erma Bombeck. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On October 7, 1983, United Press International sent out a second-day story on the funeral of New York\'s Cardinal Terence J. Cooke. This was the eighth paragraph: \"As the coffin was lifted and carried to the altar, more than 3000 mourners sung the hymn, \'O God Our Health and Age Has Passed.\'\" United Press International. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HEAR The banter of the operating room may have to be toned down, if new research on unconscious awareness in patients under total anesthesia is borne out. Surgeons have taken their patients\' oblivion as license for talking as though the patient were not there--even making remarks that patients would find frightening if they heard. But two research groups report that what anesthetized patients hear can affect them. \"What the patient hears--say a remark like, \'He\'s a goner\' --could conceivably have an adverse effect on his recovery,\" says Henry Bennett, one of the researchers. In one study, anesthetized patients heard a taped voice tell them during surgery they should signify having heard the message by touching their ears in a postoperative interview. Later, in the interview, the patients tugged at their ears, although none could recall having heard the message, nor were they particularly aware of touching their ears. Dr. Bennett, a psychologist now at the Univ. of California Medical school at Davis, reports that when patients were given the suggestion during surgery that one hand was becoming warmer and the other cooler, the hands\' temperature did so. This suggests, says Bennett, inadvertent negative remarks--such as, \"Holy Moses, this is a terrible bone graft\" --could interfere with recovery. Under anesthesia, \"Patients may be more vulnerable to upsetting remarks they might hear,\" Bennett says. \"Their normal coping techniques aren\'t available, since they are drugged.\" Other research involving patients undergoing back surgery suggests possible beneficial applications. Because a common postoperative complication of back surgery is difficulty is urinating, most patients require a catheter. During surgery, the researchers suggested to the anesthetized patients that they would be able to relax their pelvic muscles afterward, and so need no catheter. None of the patients who received the suggestion subsequently needed a catheter. Spokesman Review, February 13, 1984. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HEART Heart is used in Scripture as the most comprehensive term for the authentic person. It is the part of our being where we desire, deliberate, and decide. It has been described as \"the place of conscious and decisive spiritual activity,\" \"the comprehensive term for a person as a whole; his feelings, desires, passions, thought, understanding and will,\" and \"the center of a person. The place to which God turns.\" J. Stowell, Fan The Flame, Moody, 1986, p. 13. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We come to know truth not only reason, but still more so through our hearts. B. Pascal. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The heart has its reasons that reason does not know. B. Pascal. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HEART, HARD If you live in a graveyard too long you stop crying when someone dies. Traditional.
HEAVEN In my first film series, \"Focus on the Family,\" I shared a story about a 5-year-old African-American boy who will never be forgotten by those who knew him. A nurse with whom I worked, Gracie Schaeffler, took care of this lad during the latter days of his life. He was dying of lung cancer, which is a terrifying disease in its final stages. The lungs fill with fluid, and the patient is unable to breathe. It is terribly claustrophobic, especially for a small child. This little boy had a Christian mother who loved him and stayed by his side through the long ordeal. She cradled him on her lap and talked softly about the Lord. Instinctively, the woman was preparing her son for the final hours to come. Gracie told me that she entered his room one day as death approached, and she heard this lad talking about hearing bells. \"The bells are ringing, Mommie,\" he said. \"I can hear them.\" Gracie thought he was hallucinating because he was already slipping away. She left and returned a few minutes later and again heard him talking about hearing bells ringing. The nurse said to his mother, \'I\'m sure you know your baby is hearing things that aren\'t there. He is hallucinating because of the sickness.\" The mother pulled her son closer to her chest, smiled and said, \"No, Miss Schaeffler. He is not hallucinating. I told him when he was frightened -- when he couldn\'t breathe -- if he would listen carefully, he could hear the bells of heaven ringing for him. That is what he\'s been talking about all day.\" That precious child died on his mother\'s lap later that evening, and he was still talking about the bells of heaven when the angels came to take him. What a brave little trooper he was! Focus on the Family, September, 1993, p. 3. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We know very little about heaven, but I once heard a theologian describe it as \"an unknown region with a well-know inhabitant,\" and there is not a better way to think of it than that. Richard Baxter expresses the thought in these lines: My knowledge of that life is small, The eye of faith is dim, But it\'s enough that Christ knows all, And I shall be with him. To those who have learned to love and trust Jesus, the prospect of meeting him face to face and being with him forever is the hope that keeps us going, no matter what life may throw at us. James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As I get older, I find that I appreciate God and people and good and lovely and noble things more and more intensely; so it is pure delight to think that this enjoyment will continue and increase in some form (what form, God knows, and I am content to wait and see), literally forever. In fact Christians inherit the destiny which fairy tales envisaged in fancy: we (yes, you and I the silly saved sinners) live and live happily, and by God\'s endless mercy will live happily ever after. We cannot visualize heaven\'s life and the wise man will not try to do so. Instead he will dwell on the doctrine of heaven, where the redeemed will find all their heart\'s desire: joy with their Lord, joy with his people, and joy in the ending of all frustration and distress and in the supply of all wants. What was said to the child -- \"If you want sweets and hamsters in heaven, they\'ll be there\" -- was not an evasion but a witness to the truth that in heaven no felt needs or longings go unsatisfied. What our wants will actually be, however, we hardly know, except the first and foremost: we shall want to be \"always...with the Lord\" (1 Thess. 4:17). What shall we do in heaven? Not lounge around but worship, work, think, and communicate, enjoying activity, beauty, people, and God. First and foremost, however, we shall see and love Jesus, our Savior, Master, and Friend. James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Anonymous writer, about an American tourist\'s visit to the 19th century Polish rabbi, Hofetz Chaim: Astonished to see that the rabbi\'s home was only a simple room filled with books, plus a table and a bench, the tourist asked, \"Rabbi, where is your furniture?\" \"Where is yours?\" replied the rabbi. \"Mine?\" asked the puzzled American. \"But I\'m a visitor here. I\'m only passing through.\" \"So am I,\" said Hofetz Chaim. Christopher News Notes. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We are very shy nowadays of even mentioning Heaven. We are afraid of the jeer about \"pie in the sky,\" and of being told that we are trying to \"escape from the duty of making a happy world here and now into dreams of a happy world elsewhere.\" But either there is \"pie in the sky\" or there is not. If there is not, then Christianity is false, for this doctrine is woven into its whole fabric. If there is, then this truth, like any other, must be faced, whether it is useful at political meetings or no. C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We are afraid that Heaven is a bribe, and that if we make it our goal we shall no longer be disinterested. It is not so. Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain, Christianity Today, p. 46. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In 1991 a Gallup poll showed that 78 percent of Americans expect to go to heaven when they die. However, many of them hardly ever pray, read the Bible, or attend church. They admit that they live to please themselves instead of God. I wonder why these people would want to go to heaven. In an article title, \"Are We Ready for Heaven?\" Maurice R. Irwin points out that only 34 percent of the American people who call themselves Christians attend church at least once a week. He says, \"We sing, \'When all my labors and trials are o\'er, and I am safe on that beautiful shore, just to be near the dear Lord I adore will through the ages be glory for me.\' However, unless our attitudes toward the Lord and our appreciation of Him change greatly, heaven may be more of a shock than a glory.\" Daily Bread, July 31, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There is an old legend of a swan and a crane. A beautiful swan alighted by the banks of the water in which a crane was wading about seeking snails. For a few moments the crane viewed the swan in stupid wonder and then inquired: \"Where do you come from?\" \"I come from heaven!\" replied the swan. \"And where is heaven?\" asked the crane. \"Heaven!\" said the swan, \"Heaven! have you never heard of heaven?\" And the beautiful bird went on to describe the grandeur of the Eternal City. She told of streets of gold, and the gates and walls made of precious stones; of the river of life, pure as crystal, upon whose banks is the tree whose leaves shall be for the healing of the nations. In eloquent terms the swan sought to describe the hosts who live in the other world, but without arousing the slightest interest on the part of the crane. Finally the crane asked: \"Are there any snails there?\" \"Snails!\" repeated the swan; \"no! Of course there are not.\" \"Then,\" said the crane, as it continued its search along the slimy banks of the pool, \"you can have your heaven. I want snails!\" This fable has a deep truth underlying it. How many a young person to whom God has granted the advantages of a Christian home, has turned his back upon it and searched for snails! How many a man will sacrifice his wife, his family, his all, for the snails of sin! How many a girl has deliberately turned from the love of parents and home to learn too late that heaven has been forfeited for snails! Moody\'s Anecdotes, pp. 125-126. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, New York, Macmillan, 1960, p. 119. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The caricature of heaven as an eternity of idleness has no basis in Scripture. Instead, the N.T. conception unites the two thoughts of being with Christ and of service for Christ. This blending is definitely set forth in the last chapter of Revelation where we read of \'those who serve Him, and see His face.\" Here the life of contemplation and the life of active service are welded together as being not only compatible, but absolutely necessary for completeness. But remember that if there is to be service there, the exercising ground is here. I do not know what we are in this world for unless it is to apprentice us for heaven. Life on earth is a bewilderment unless we are being trained here for a nobler work which lies beyond the grave. Alexander Maclaren in Liberating Ministry From The Success Syndrome, K Hughes, Tyndale, 1988, p. 153ff. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I once led a man to Christ who loved the sunny country of common sense, but he could not put up with the mysteries of godliness. He kept shoving common sense at me, while I kept trying to show him that the mysteries held the meaning of faith. One day he said, \"Pastor, you know this new eternal life I have -- well, I\'ve been thinking about it. What are we going to do all day long for eternity?\" \"We\'ll praise the Lord,\" I said. \"Forever - for ten million years! --we\'re going to stand around and praise the Lord?\" \"Well, yes,\" I said, although heaven was beginning to sound like cable television. \"For millions and millions of years?\" he said. \"Couldn\'t we just stop now and then and mess around a while?\" I kidded him about his \"dumb questions,\" but I have to admit similar questions of my own at times. How meager our understanding of praise -- and heaven! Calvin Miller. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A little girl was taking an evening walk with her father. Wonderingly, she looked up at the stars and exclaimed; \"Oh, Daddy, if the wrong side of heaven is so beautiful, what must the right side be!\" Charles L. Allen in Home Fires. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One day when George MacDonald, the great Scottish preacher and writer, was talking with his son, the conversation turned to heaven and the prophets\' version of the end of all things. \"It seems too good to be true,\" the son said at one point. A smile crossed MacDonald\'s whiskered face. \"Nay,\" he replied, \"It is just so good it must be true!\" Philip Yancey, Disappointment With God, Zondervan, p. 97. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As Marco Polo, the famous Venetian traveler of the 13th century, lay dying, he was urged by his detractors to recant--to withdraw the stories he had told about China and the lands of the Far East. But he refused, saying, \"I have not told half of what I saw.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In Valladolid, Spain, where Christopher Columbus died in 1506, stands a monument commemorating the great discoverer. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the memorial is a statue of a lion destroying one of the Latin words that had been part of Spain\'s motto for centuries. Before Columbus made his voyages, the Spaniards thought they had reached the outer limits of earth. Thus their motto was \"Ne Plus Ultra,\" which means \"No More Beyond.\" The word being torn away by the lion is \"ne\" or \"no,\" making it read \"Plus Ultra.\" Columbus had proven that there was indeed \"more beyond.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Two things will surprise us when we arrive in heaven: who is there and who is not. John Hannah. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A widely respected man known as \"Uncle Johnson\" died in Michigan at the incredible age of 120. Perhaps his advanced years could be credited in part to the cheerful outlook that characterized his life. One day while at work in his garden, he was singing songs of praise to God. His pastor, who was passing by, looked over the fence and called, \"Uncle Johnson, you seem very happy today.\" \"Yes, I was just thinking,\" said the old man. \"Thinking about what?\" questioned his pastor. \"Oh, I was just thinking that if the crumbs of joy that fall from the Master\'s table in this world are so good, what will the great loaf in glory be like! I tell you, sir, there will be enough for everyone and some to spare up there.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here in this world, He bids us come; there in the next, He shall bid us welcome. John Donne. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An unknown author once said, \"As a boy, I thought of heaven as a city with domes, spires, and beautiful streets, inhabited by angels. By and by my little brother died, and I thought of heaven much as before, but with one inhabitant that I knew. Then another died, and then some of my acquaintances, so in time I began to think of heaven as containing several people that I knew. But it was not until one of my own little children died that I began to think I had treasure in heaven myself. Afterward another went, and yet another. By that time I had so many acquaintances and children in heaven that I no more thought of it as a city merely with streets of gold but as a place full of inhabitants. Now there are so many loved ones there I sometimes think I know more people in heaven than I do on earth.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In one of his lighter moments, Benjamin Franklin penned his own epitaph. He didn\'t profess to be a born-again Christian, but it seems he must have influenced by Paul\'s teaching of the resurrection of the body. Here\'s what he wrote: The Body of B. Franklin, Printer Like the Cover of an old Book Its contents torn out, And stript of its Lettering and Guilding, Lies here, Food for Worms, But the Work shall not be wholly lost: For it will, as he believ\'d, Appear once more In a new & more perfect Edition, Corrected and amended by the Author. Benjamin Franklin. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In one of his books, A.M. Hunter, the New Testament scholar, relates the story of a dying man who asked his Christian doctor to tell him something about the place to which he was going. As the doctor fumbled for a reply, he heard a scratching at the door, and he had his answer. \"Do you hear that?\" he asked his patient. \"It\'s my dog. I left him downstairs, but he has grown impatient, and has come up and hears my voice. He has no notion what is inside this door, but he knows that I am here. Isn\'t it the same with you? You don\'t know what lies beyond the Door, but you know that your Master is there.\" A.M. Hunter, Christian Theology in Plain Language, p. 208. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Following a campaign speech, a young man rushed up to Senator Everett Dirksen and said, \"Senator, I wouldn\'t vote for you if you were St. Peter!\" Dirksen eyed the young man for a moment, then said: \"Son, if I were St. Peter, you couldn\'t vote for me, because you wouldn\'t be in my district.\" Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HEDONISM I read that when a terrible plague came to ancient Athens, people there committed every horrible crime and engaged in every lustful pleasure they could because they believed that life was short and they would never have to pay any penalty. In one of the world\'s most famous poems, the Latin poet Catullus wrote, \"Let us live and let us love, and let us value the tales of austere old men at a single halfpenny. Suns can set and then return again, but for us, when once our brief light sets, there is but one perpetual night through which we must sleep.\" Morning Glory, January 29, 1994.
HEIGHT Alexander Pope, English poet 4\'6\" Olga Korbut, Soviet gymnast 4\'11\" Dolly Parton, U.S. Singer 5\' Victoria, British queen 5\' John Keats, English poet 5\'3/4\" Debbie Reynolds, U.S. actress 5\'1\" St. Francis of Assisi, Italian saint 5\'1\" Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut 5\'2\" Margaret Mead, U.S. anthropologist 5\'2\" Nikita Khrushechev, Soviet leader 5\'3\" Micky Rooney, U.S. actor 5\'3\" Voltaire, French writer 5\'3\" James Madison, U.S. president 5\'4\" Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer 5\'4\" Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter 5\'4\" Haile Selassie, Ethiopian emperor 5\'4\" George \"Baby Face\" Nelson, U.S. gangster 5\'4 3/4\" Hirohito, Japanese emperor 5\'5\" Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping tycoon 5\'5\" Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor 5\'6\" Joseph Stalin, Soviet political leader 5\'6\" Tutankhamen, Egyptian king 5\'6\" Book of Lists, No. 2, p. 6. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A recent survey at the University of Pittsburgh shows that the higher one goes, the greater the preferential treatment. Thus, graduating seniors over six feet, two inches received an average starting salary 12.4 percent higher than graduates under six feet. The Humanist, quoted in His, October, 1974. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
HELL JUDGMENT, HELL The idea of hell and judgment are nowhere to be found [in Betty Eadie\'s bestseller, Embraced By The Light, on the N.Y. Times bestseller list for more than 40 weeks, including 5 weeks as #1]. In November 1973 Eadie allegedly died after undergoing a hysterectomy, and returned five hours later with the secrets of heaven revealed by Jesus]. Eadie says that Jesus \"never wanted to do or say anything that would offend me\" while she visited heaven. Indeed, Jesus seems to be relegated to the role of a happy tour guide in heaven, not the Savior of the world who died on the cross. Richard Abanes, in Christianity Today, March 7, 1994, p. 53. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We are told in the parable of the sheep and goats (Matt. 25:31-46) that those whom the judge rejects go away into Kolasis (punishment) aionios (a final state). The phrase is balanced by the reference to zoe aionios (eternal life) which is also a fixed and final state. Even if this word aionios is believed to mean only \"belonging to the coming aion\", and not to imply endlessness in the sense of perpetual continuity, the thought of endlessness is certainly bound up in the phrase \"eternal life,\" and can hardly therefore be excluded from the corresponding and balancing phrase \"eternal punishment.\" The idea that in this text aionios as applied to kolasis must imply everlastingness seems to be unbreakable. The New testament always conceives of this eternal punishment as consisting of an agonizing knowledge of one\'s own ill desert, of God\'s displeasure, of the good that one has lost, and of the irrevocable fixed state in which one now finds oneself. The doctrine of eternal punishment was taught in the synagogue even before our Lord took it up and enforced it in the Gospels. All the language that strikes terror into our hearts -- weeping and gnashing of teeth, outer darkness, the worm, the fire, gehenna, the great gulf fixed -- is all directly taken from our Lord\'s teaching. It is from Jesus Christ that we learn the doctrine of eternal punishment. Study the following Bible passages and any other relevant ones on this topic, and reach your own conclusions, prayerfully: Luke 16:26; John 3:18-19, 36; 5:29; 12:32; Acts 3:21,23; Rom. 1:16, 5:18-21; 1 Cor. 15:25-28; 2 Cor. 5:10, 19; 6:2; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 5:25; Phil. 2:9-11; 1 Tim. 2:4; Titus 2:11; Heb. 2:9; 9:27; 1 Pet. 3:19; 2 Pet 3:9; 1 John 1:5; 2:2; 4:8. James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Why do men shy away from the thought of God as a judge? Why do they feel unworthy of him? The truth is that part of God\'s moral perfection is his perfection in judgment. Would a God who did not care about the difference between right and wrong be a good and admirable being? Would a God who put no distinction between the beasts of history, the Hitlers and Stalins (if we dare use names), and his own saints be morally praiseworthy and perfect? Moral indifference would be an imperfection in God, not a perfection. And not to judge the world would be to show moral indifference. The final proof that God is a perfect moral being, not indifferent to questions of right and wrong, is the fact that he has committed himself to judge the world. It is clear that the reality of divine judgment must have a direct effect on our view of life. If we know that retributive judgment faces us at the end of the road, we shall not live as otherwise we would. But it must be emphasized that the doctrine of divine judgment, and particularly of the final judgment, is not to be thought of primarily as a bogeyman, with which to frighten men into an outward form of conventional righteousness. It has its frightening implications for godless men, it is true; but its main thrust is as a revelation of the moral character of God, and an imparting of moral significance to human life. James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On one occasion Col. Robert G. Ingersoll, the agnostic lecturer of the last century, was announced to give an address on hell. He declared he would prove conclusively that hell was a wild dream of some scheming theologians who invented it to terrify credulous people. As he was launching into his subject, a half-drunken man arose in the audience and exclaimed, \"Make it strong, Bob. There\'s a lot of us poor fellows depending on you. If you are wrong, we are all lost. So be sure you prove it clear and plain.\" No amount of reasoning can nullify God\'s sure Word. He has spoken as plainly of a hell for the finally impenitent as of a heaven for those who are saved. H. A. Ironside, Illustrations of Bible Truth, Moody Press, 1945, p. 40. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A flood of false doctrine has lately broken in upon us. Men are beginning to tell us \"that God is too merciful to punish souls for ever...that all mankind, however wicked and ungodly...will sooner or later be saved.\" We are to embrace what is called \"kinder theology,\" and treat hell as a pagan fable...This question lies at the very foundation of the whole Gospel. The moral attributes of God, His justice, His holiness, His purity, are all involved in it. The Scripture has spoken plainly and fully on the subject of hell... If words mean anything, there is such a place as hell. If texts are to be interpreted fairly, there are those who will be cast into it... The same Bible which teaches that God in mercy and compassion sent Christ to die for sinners, does also teach that God hates sin, and must from His very nature punish all who cleave to sin or refuse the salvation He has provided. God knows that I never speak of hell without pain and sorrow. I would gladly offer the salvation of the Gospel to the very chief of sinners. I would willingly say to the vilest and most profligate of mankind on his deathbed, \"Repent, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be save.\" But God\\ forbid that I should ever keep back from mortal man that scripture reveals a hell as well as heaven...that men may be lost as well as saved. Anglican Bishop J.D. Ryle, about 100 years ago, quoted in The Berean Call, April, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Many things we don\'t know about hell. But Jesus and the New Testament writers used every image in their power to tell us that hell is real, it\'s terrible, it\'s something to be feared, and something to avoid. In his description of the last judgment, Jesus taught that some would go to eternal punishment, some to eternal life (Matt. 25:46). In other words, hell will be as real and as lasting as heaven. The horror of hell is not physical pain. After all, the Bible tells us hell was \"prepared for the devil and his angels\" (Matt. 25:41), and they\'re not physical beings. Rather the fire and outer darkness and the thirst depict spiritual separation from God, moral remorse, the consciousness that one deserves what he\'s getting. Hell is disintegration -- the eternal loss of being a real person. In hell the mathematician who lived for his science can\'t add two and two. The concert pianist who worshiped himself through his art can\'t play a simple scale. The man who lived for sex goes on in eternal lust, with no body to exploit. The woman who made a god out of fashion has a thousand dresses but no mirror! Hell is eternal desire -- eternally unfulfilled. But there\'s another side. G.K. Chesterton once remarked, \"Hell is God\'s great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human personality.\" Hell, a compliment? Yes, because God is saying to us, \"You are significant. I take you seriously. Choose to reject me -- choose hell if you will. I will let you go.\" Lieghton Ford, Good News is for Sharing, 1977, David C. Cook Publishing Co., p. 34. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The most dreadful torment of the lost, in fact that which constitutes their state of torment, will be this coming to themselves, when too late for repentance. H. Alford, The New Testament for English Readers, Moody, p. 395. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One day, when Vice President Calvin Coolidge was presiding over the Senate, one Senator angrily told another to go \"straight to hell\". The offended Senator complained to Coolidge as presiding officer, and Cal looked up from the book he had been leafing through while listening to the debate. \"I\'ve been looking through the rule book,\" he said. \"you don\'t have to go.\" Crossroads, Issue No. 7, p. 16. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A new believer was on a plane with an intellectual (a man educated beyond his intelligence). He sneered at her reading the Bible. Asked if she believed it? \"Yes.\" \"Jonah and the whale story?\" \"Yes.\" \"How did it happen?\" \"Don\'t know, but I\'ll find out when I get to heaven.\" \"What if Jonah isn\'t there?\" \"Then I guess you\'ll have to ask him for me.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Before British actor Robert Morley died two weeks ago, he asked that his credit cards be buried with him. Since his funeral, the London Times\' letters pages have been filled with the thoughts of readers pondering their perpetual needs. Wrote M.L. Evans of Chester: \"In the unfortunate event of the miscarriage of justice and several thousand years ensuing before my sentence is quashed, I will take a fire extinguisher.\" Ms. Tanner of Woodbridge specified a good map. \"I have immense trouble finding my way in this life,\" she said, \"so am extremely worried about the next.\" A pair of earplugs would accompany Sir David Wilcocks of Cambridge \"in case the heavenly choirs, singing everlastingly, are not in tune.\" Maurice Godbold of Hindhead would take a crowbar, \"in case the affair proved premature.\" Even in the hereafter, there will always be an England. U.S. News & World Report, June 22, 1992 p. 26. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- R.W. Dale, in his day Britain\'s leading Congregationalist minister, did not believe in eternal punishment. Yet, before he died, Dale sighed and said, \"No one fears God nowadays.\" W. Wiersbe, The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, p. 188. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"Those who choose evil shall have their choice. Men who hate divine mercy shall not have it forced upon them, but (unless sovereign grace interpose) shall be left to themselves to aggravate their guilt and ensure their doom. \"They have loved darkness rather than light, and in darkness they shall abide. Eyes which see no beauty in the Lord Jesus, but flash wrath upon Him, may well grow yet more dim, till death which is spiritual leads to death which is eternal. \"What can be too severe a penalty for those who reject the incarnate God, and refuse to obey the commands of His mercy? They deserve to be flooded with wrath, and they shall be; for upon all who rebel against the Savior, \'wrath has come upon them to the uttermost\' (I Thessalonians 2:16). \"God\'s indignation is no trifle. The anger of a holy, just, omnipotent, and infinite Being, is above all things to be dreaded; even a drop of it consumes, but to have it poured upon us is inconceivably dreadful.\" Charles Spurgeon. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Many accidental deaths result from taking risks. That\'s the conclusion of an organization in Canada that is seeking to decrease accidents between cars and trains. Roger Cyr, national director of Operation Lifesaver, puts most of the blame for fatalities on drivers who are risk-takers. \"Studies have shown that when people hear a train whistle their minds tell them to accelerate their speed,\" says Cyr. About 43 percent of the accidents occur at crossings equipped with flashing lights and bells or gates. Cyr also said that many drivers \"even have the audacity to drive around or under gates.\" They take the risk, thinking they can beat the train and somehow miss the collision--but with tragic consequences! Daily Bread, April 6, 1991. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"Fire is evidently the only word in human language which can suggest the anguish of perdition. It is the only word in the parable of the wheat and the tares which our Lord did not interpret (Matt. 13:36-43)...The only reasonable explanation is that fire is not a symbol. It perfectly describes the reality of the eternal burnings. As we paid nothing for God\'s eternal love and nothing for the Son of His love, and nothing for His Spirit and our grace and faith, and nothing for our eternal rest...What an astonishing thought it will be to think of the unmeasurable difference between our deservings and our receivings. O, how free was all this love, and how free is this enjoyed glory...So then let \"Deserved\" be written on the floor of hell but on the door of heaven and life, \"The Free Gift\", Richard Baxter. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Non-Christians often ask the Christian, \"But how can the God of love allow any of his creatures to suffer unending misery?\" the question is, how can he not? The fact that God is love makes hell necessary. \"Hell,\" as E.L. Mascall once said, \"is not compatible with God\'s love; it is a direct consequence of it.\" That was his way of stressing the fact that the very God who loves us is the one who respects our decisions. He loves us, but he does not force his love on us. To force love is to commit assault. He allows us to decide. He loves us, he encourages our response, he woos us, he pursues us, he urges us, but he does not force us, because he respects us. Christian Theology in Plain Language, p. 219. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you in any way abate the doctrine of hell, it will abate your zeal. R.A. Torrey. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am the way into the city of woe. I am the way to a forsaken people. I am the way to eternal sorrow. Sacred justice moved my architect. I was raised here by divine omnipotence, Primordial love and ultimate intelligence. Only those elements time cannot wear Were made before me, and beyond time I stand. Abandon all hope ye who enter here. The gate of hell, from The Inferno by Dante Alighieri. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. A.W. Tozer. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What hell is, we know not; only this we know, that there is such a sure and certain place. Martin Luther. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 67% of American adults believe in a hell. But less than 25% believe they will go there, while 25% believe their friends will be there. USA Today poll, December 1986. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You need not tell me there is no hell, for I already feel my soul slipping into its fires! Wretches, cease your idle talk about there being hope for me! I know I am lost forever.\" Sir Francis Newport, head of an English infidel club, on his deathbed. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In the 18th century, Archibald Boyle was the leading member of an association of wild and wicked men known as \"The Hell Club\" in Glasgow, Scotland. After one night of carousing at the Club\'s notorious annual meeting, Boyle dreamed he was riding home on his black horse. In the darkness, someone seized the reins, shouting, \"You must go with me!\" As Boyle desperately tried to force the reins from the hands of the unknown guide, the horse reared. Boyle fell down, down, down with increasing speed. \"Where are you taking me?\" The cold voice replied, \"To hell!\" The echoes of the groans and yells of frantic revelry assaulted their ears. At the entrance to hell, Boyle saw the inmates chasing the same pleasures they had pursued in life. There was a lady he\'d known playing her favorite vulgar game. Boyle relaxed, thinking hell must be a pleasurable place after all. When he asked her to rest a moment and show him through the pleasures of hell, she shrieked. \"There is no rest in hell!\" She unclasped the vest of her robe and displayed a coil of living snakes writhing about her midsection. Others revealed different forms of pain in their hearts. \"Take me from this place!\" Boyle demanded. \"By the living God whose name I have so often outraged, I beg you, let me go!\" His guide replied, \"Go then--but in a year and a day we meet to part no more.\" At this, Boyle awoke, feeling that these last words were as letters of fire burned into his heart. Despite a resolution never to attend the Hell Club again, he soon was drawn back. He found no comfort there. He grew haggard and gray under the weight of his conscience and fear of the future. He dreaded attending the Club\'s annual meeting, but his companions forced him to attend. Every nerve of his body writhed in agony at the first sentence of the president\'s opening address: \"Gentlemen, this is leap year; therefore it is a year and a day since our last annual meeting.\" After the meeting, he mounted his house to ride home. Next morning, his horse was found grazing quietly by the roadside. A few yards away lay the corpse of Archibald Boyle. The strange guide had claimed him at the appointed time. Paul Lee Tan. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The safest road to hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. C.S. Lewis. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cable television\'s Ted Turner, who has condemned abortion foes as \"bozos\" who \"look like idiots,\" recently lashed out at Christianity. \"Christianity is a religion of losers,\" Turner told the Dallas Morning News. Referring to Christ\'s death on the cross, Turner said, \"I don\'t want anybody to die for me. I\'ve had a few drinks and a few girlfriends, and if that\'s gonna put me in hell, then so be it.\" Turner also told a group of broadcasters, \"Your delegates to the United Nations are not as important as the people [broadcasters] in this room. We are the ones who determine what the people\'s attitudes are. It\'s in our hands.\" Quoted in Confident Living, February, 1990 , p. 36. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hell is the greatest compliment God has ever paid to the dignity of human freedom. G.K. Chesterton. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Several years ago a book was published entitled Looking Out for Number One. On the dedication page the author wrote, \"Dedicated to the hope that somewhere in our universe there exists a civilization where the inhabitants possess sole dominion over their own lives.\" There is such a place. It\'s called Hell. Revelation 20:1-2 Bottomless pit--no physical, solid surroundings, total isolation. Utter darkness--a person is isolated, restricted, totally and forever to himself/herself. I see the doctrine of hell as being probably the major stumbling block to the return of a de-Christianized world to Christ. The doctrine of eternal damnation, more than any other teaching of the church, produces atheism. If you examine closely all the big name atheists--like Feuerback and Nietzsche--it is this teaching more than any other that offended them and turned them away. Out of these famous atheists came all the movements that have caused so much hell here and now. If God is to practice what He preaches, then it makes it hard to believe in eternal damnation. In the New Testament, Peter asks how many times he should forgive his brother and Jesus tells him, \"I don\'t say 7 times, but 70 times 7\" which is a way of saying \"infinitely.\" If God commands that of us, then how does He get away with not being infinite in His forgiveness? Robert Short, author of The Gospel According to Peanuts, in His, October, 1983. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- No one who is ever in hell will be able to say to God, \"You put me here,\" and no one who is in heaven will ever be able to say, \"I put myself here.\" John Hannah. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------