“And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments…” (Luke 16:23)
Camp Quest, a nationwide chain of atheistic summer camps for kids and families, advertises one of its family camps as “A Weekend in Hell.” Organizers call it the atheist’s answer to Bible school. They have six locations in the United States and Canada and have plans to expand into Europe.
Ironically, one of Camp Quest’s facilities is located in the town of Hell, Michigan. (Yes, there is such a place, about 60 miles west of Detroit.)
Of course, professed atheists don’t believe in the biblical Hell, so they think that “A Weekend in Hell” is simply a fun time for the family in a town that bears the same name as a place of eternal punishment for unbelievers, that doesn’t really exist.
Of course, we know that the Bible paints a different picture. Hell is a real, literal place, and I am not talking about a little town in Michigan! Hell is as literal as Heaven.
No one wants to hear preaching on Hell anymore. And to those preachers who do warn of such a place, they are condemned for being “negative.” Well, I would say that Hell is a very negative place!
Imagine a firefighter banging on the door of a house that is on fire, trying to warn the occupants, and the homeowner saying to them, “Please stop being so negative. Who are you to tell me my house is on fire. It just so happens that I do not believe in fire. So mind your own business.”
Well, fighting fires IS a firefighter’s business! And as Christians, warning of Hell is OUR business.
Hell is more than a four-letter word, and it is certainly more than just a weekend camp; it is an eternal place of torment and suffering to those who reject Jesus Christ as their Savior. May we be ever vigilant to warn the lost before it is too late!