The death of Dead Tom and its biblical proportions

Okay, I have had enough talking about hell to last me a lifetime. Seriously, is there anything else more important that we can talk about besides hell?

What’s lost if we have questions about hell or are unsure of the length of torment, the temperature, or the suffering involved? To some there is apparently a lot at stake.  But how much is at stake?

Wow! There’s evidently way more going on than I thought.

Please understand, sin is bad…very bad. Sin steals life. It destroys life. Sin is death. The problem with sin is that we think it will lead to life, liberty, and happiness. It does not. Sin has taken our lives. We, are already dead. We pursue things we think will bring life, but in the end simply leave us disappointed and broken. Paul writes that, “all of have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”[1] And, “the wages of sin is death…”[2] We’ve all sinned and we are all dead.

We are all like Dead Tom (from Muppet Treasure Island)…dead. Hell, death, destruction, whatever you want to call it is our default position. Jesus did not come to protect us from hell, but to give us new, abundant, and everlasting life.

The Gospel message is about life. “But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”[3] It is an amazing story that gives us freedom, peace, and joy. It takes our broken and shattered lives and replaces despair with hope. The Gospel message is so attractive, so inviting, so exhilarating, so amazing that anything and everything else pales in comparison. We’ve made the discussion about hell when we should be talking about life.

Maybe the question sounds like this, “Would you like to learn how to keep from burning in a sinner’s hell for eternity even though that is exactly what you deserve?” Or, “Would you like to learn how to live an abundant, joy-filled life that leads to wholeness and contentment?” I choose the second one. How about you?

Our lives are one disappointment after another. We are promised that this product, that service, this vacation, this or that religion will make us happy. But they never live up to the hype, at least not for long. There is a better way.

It is not found in talking about hell all the time. If hell is really important to you, great! Have at it. Talk about it until you are blue in the face.

I’m just going to go on helping people connect with the source of life.  Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”[4]


[1] Romans 3.23

[2] Romans 6.23a

[3] Romans 6.23b

[4] John 10.10

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2 thoughts on “The death of Dead Tom and its biblical proportions

  1. Kim Nebel

    yeah, it’s about loving someone because His beauty is so compelling it draws you like a magnet, not because you’re terrified to death of what will happen if you don’t! I love Jesus because I love him, not because I’m afraid of the beating if I refuse! How can love grow amidst all that fear?

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