Author’s Note: Recently, I had a conversation with a high school friend of mine, concerning how people rarely think about the reality of hell, and going there for all eternity. We agreed that very few people do. This article is a work of pure fiction. However, hopefully, it will get people to at least start thinking about what awaits us after death, if we do not repent.
Today, I am in hell. Yesterday, I was just like you are now – eating, drinking, laughing, watching TV, enjoying my family, etc. Then, I got in my car to go to work, and a drunk driver ran a stoplight, hitting me broadside while going 70 mph in a 30 mph zone. I never even saw him coming. It all happened so fast. One minute I was alive listening to the oldies on my car radio, and the next minute I was dead, floating over my wrecked car, looking at my lifeless, bloody body. I didn’t plan for this. It took me a while to realize that I was dead, and that I was looking at myself from above.
Suddenly, I was pulled through a really dark tunnel, where nasty vile people were making fun of me and tearing at my flesh. I tried to fight them off, but there must have been a thousand of them. The more I fought, the more they laughed at me, and the nastier they became.
As I was sliding down this tunnel against my will, I caught a glimpse of what must have been heaven. It was beautiful beyond belief; plants that seemed to be alive and giving off light, beautiful music that I had never heard before, and a kaleidoscope of colors there that did not exist on earth. I heard a voice inside my head, which I surmised was Jesus, telling me that I had forfeited heaven and being with Him for all eternity. Why? Because He said, while I was still alive, I did not fully commit my life to Him and His teachings. I always thought that Jesus was real, but I never seemed to make that life-changing commitment to follow Him, always thinking that there would be time for that when I was old.
I kept hearing Jesus repeat my sins to me – pornography, bad language, dirty jokes, greed, envy, lust, drinking, and gluttony. Then there was that abortion I had my girlfriend get back in 1978. He said that my son, who I had my girlfriend kill in the womb, would have grown up and found a cure for cancer, and that many cancer patients suffer today, because of my selfish act. Sadly, his son, my grandson who never was, would have prevented the US and China from starting WWIII in 2050.
Jesus told me that He continued to send me unlimited grace every day of my life, but that I had always rejected it in favor of sin. Since my lifestyle rejected His living water, Satan was allowed to take over my life, and to eventually cause my death. I told Jesus that I really didn’t know what He expected of me, but He said that that was no excuse. The evidence of His love for me is written in the Bible, handed down throughout generations since his Resurrection. In it are the keys to Heaven; the sacraments in His church to strengthen me, as well as His Mother and His saints and angels descending down to earth many times to help me. He said that I ignored them, preferring instead to play computer games, carouse and drink a lot of beer, and to watch endless sports and entertainment on my huge flat screen TV. He told me that since I truly preferred these temporary things of the earth, rather than everlasting heavenly things, that I therefore got my wish upon death – not to go to heaven. And the really sad part to all of this for me is that He told me all I had to do was to go to a priest and make a good confession to be forgiven for all of my sins. This, I never did.
Soon I was covered with millions of worms, surrounded by snakes, unrelenting fire, loud noises and screams, a horrible stench, and terrible looking demons who torture me relentlessly day and night, with both physical torments that correlate to all of my sins, as well as mocking insults that I had the faith and threw it away. I cannot move any part of my body on my own. Knowing what I threw away and that I am totally separated from God and His love FOREVER is the most depressing part, along with the fact than I am NEVER getting out of this place. There will be no Mom and Dad to come and save me. If only I had listened to the Church’s teachings, instead of trying to come up with my own path to salvation. I always thought that being a “good person” was enough to save me. It never entered my mind while I was still alive that I could be wrong about anything, especially about salvation. I always considered it to be a strong virtue to “think for myself,” and that it was always a weakness to listen to anyone, especially to have some old-fogey medieval church tell me what to believe.
Too Late to Repent Now
Now, I would gladly give up every penny I ever made to be sent back to earth for 5 minutes, but that will never happen. I was a victim of Satan’s great deception, which fooled me into believing that I would never die, that self-pride was a good thing, that the sexual pleasures of earth were more important than obeying His commandments, and that the real goal of life was the pursuit of wealth and to be surrounded by beautiful possessions. After all, I thought, there would always be time to repent of my sins before dying. I really wish I would have listened when those “Holy Joes” tried to tell me about my salvation and what I was supposed to do with my life. But I laughed at them instead of listening. I never seemed to find the time to read scripture for myself and to find out what it said. That was as stupid as never reading my college textbooks in preparation for the final exam.
The Allure of Sin
Satan disguised himself as an angel of light many times during my earthly sojourn, and I was totally taken in by him – the beauty, the glamour, the glitz, the power, the sex, the money, the feel-good mentality, being entertained all the time, etc. I also believed everything the secular media and Hollywood ever said, instead of listening to His Church and to the Pope. The devil’s bait of sexual gratification seemed wonderful at the time, but it had lots of poison in it, which I know about now, when it is too late. Television calls their shows “programs,” and now I know why. They program humans into loving the ungodly, and to ignore God.
What About You?
So, now that you know my story, what will your story become? What will you do with your life? Like me, you may not have tomorrow to decide. Will you follow me to hell, or will you follow Jesus to heaven? The choice is yours, and only yours to make – today.”
The Word of God
Sirach 15:15-17: “If you will, you can keep the commandments, and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice. He has placed before you fire and water: stretch out your hand for whichever you wish. Before a man are life and death, and whichever he chooses will be given to him.”
Matthew 7:19-23: “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.”
John 15:4-7: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.