Tragedy is defined by Webster’s Concise Dictionary as a serious drama with an unhappy ending, or a sad event. Some tragedies happen by accident, but some are foreseeable and avoidable, and should therefore be prevented at all costs.
One such tragedy is eternal separation from God. You might wonder what it means to be separated from God, and why it is a tragedy. Understand that God is holy and therefore cannot coexist with sinners, but we are sinners, so right there, sin has separated us from Him. And it is a tragedy, because not having a relationship with God on a personal level, in this life, is a big loss; but in addition, the Bible teaches that not being in a personal relationship with God sends a person to hell after death, a tragedy that does not need to happen. Hell is not a desirable place; it is a place of never ending torment.
But really, why does one need to have a relationship with God; what good would that do? God created humans for a loving, ongoing relationship, but that relationship was broken by sin: the sin of disobedience. So our sin is what caused the separation between us and God. We know from the Bible that sin has to be either forgiven or punished. The punishment for sin is eternal separation from God in hell. Although the other option is to be forgiven, one has to decide one wants to be forgiven, or by default be punished by going to hell.
Anyone who would like to be forgiven would have to repent of their sins, and ask God for forgiveness through Jesus Christ, who took upon Himself God’s prescribed punishment in our place—death on the cross. Anyone who accepts Christ’s offer is saved from hell and their relationship with God is restored; the gap is closed, and one becomes a child of God.
Since a personal relationship with God in this life and eternity in heaven are both possible, don’t you think it would be tragic to end up in hell? Hell can and should be avoided, because the Bible’s description of hell is frightening. See some of hell’s descriptions below:
Now that you know what the Bible says about hell, would you agree that not having a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ is the worst tragedy that could ever happen to anyone? I think so, and I encourage you to make the decision that will keep you out of that awful place called hell.
On the other hand, heaven is a desirable place, and is described below:
Now compare these two places! Please don’t go to hell, because you don’t have to. Repent and turn your life over to Jesus; know that, “Just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:27 NLT).
Think about it, call on Jesus, and do it soon!