Author/Pastor Francis Chan’s book “Erasing Hell” is not what one might expect. When I read the title, I questioned whether this book would be something based on the “Bible” or just another pop book which explains away a tough Biblical truth. BOY, was I wrong and MAN, did Francis not only keep his topic Biblical, but I believe he nailed many of ‘us’ to the wall.
Candidly, there is not one who would not want to ‘erase hell’ from existence. The Bible is very clear about the existence of hell and about who it was ‘designed for’ and ultimately about who will ‘go there.’ While we may not 'like' the existence of hell, we would not dare mess with that place God designed for the Devil and his angels.
Jesus told a story about a ‘rich man’ who went there. His story indicates that people who ‘go there’ are tormented in the flame and yet, have all their senses in working order.
Scripture also says, ‘it’s appointed to man once to die and after that the judgment’ and then follows with ‘whoever’s name is not written in the Lamb book of life will be cast into the Lake of fire which is known as the second death.’ Personally, the picture of a ‘lake of fire’ is enough to get my attention and convince me that I don’t care to go there.
The Bible teaches us that it is only with a relationship with Jesus that our names are written in the Lamb Book of Life. (This is an important book).
Now for the erasing part – most of us have those times when we would ‘like to erase hell’ – like when one of our friends or family members pass from this life and have made no preparations with God for eternity. We tend to rationalize that their eternal destination cannot be hell because they were such ‘good people.’ However, God sent Jesus to make a way for us to miss hell and make heaven. Jesus did this at the price of His blood on the cross. Were God to erase hell, He would owe Jesus an apology.
Let us never forget those words which says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This means the only way to erase hell from our life in a relationship with Jesus. He is our answer.