Hell and Everlasting Punishment
Part 4: Damnation
"But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation." (Mark 3:29). Jesus asked the question, "how can you escape the damnation of hell?" (Matthew 23:33). "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:16). "And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." (John 5:29).
Paul spoke of those who refused the truth and were not saved and said of them: "That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thessalonians 2:12).
Here are the testimonies of people when they came to die, who realized they were damned:
TALLEYRAND PERIGORD: "I am suffering the pangs of the damned."
SIR THOMAS SCOTT: "Until this moment I believed that there was neither a God nor a hell. Now I know and feel there are both and I am doomed to perdition by the just judgement of the Almighty."
THOMAS PAINE: "I would give worlds, if I had them, if the 'Age of Reason' had never been published. O Lord, help me! Christ, help me! Stay with me! It is hell to be left alone!"
FRANCIS NEWPORT: "That there is a God, I know, because I continually fell the effects of His wrath; that there is a hell, I am equally certain, having recieved an earnest of my inheritance there already in my breast. I have despised my Maker and denied my Redeemer; I have joined myself to the atheist and profane, and continued this course under many convictions, till my iniquity was ripe for vengeance and the just judgement of God. How idle is it to bid the fire not burn when fuel is administered, and to command the seas to be smooth in the midst of a storm! Such is my case; and what are the comforts of my friends? Whither am I going? Damned and lost forever. God has become my enemy and there is none able to save me. Oh, insufferable pangs of hell and damnation!"
VOLTAIRE: "I am abandoned by God and man! I shall go to hell! O Christ! O Jesus Christ!
CHARLES IX, KING OF FRANCE: "What blood, what evil counsels have I followed! I am lost; I see it well!"
HOBBES: "I say again, if I had the whole world to dispose of, I would give it to live one day. I am about to take a leap in the dark!"
GIBBON: "All is now lost, finally, irrecoverably lost, All is dark and doubtful!"
QUEEN ELIZABETH: "All my possessions but for a moment of time!"
SIR THOMAS SMITH: "It is lamentable that men consider not for what end they are born into the world till they are ready to go out of it."
NAPOLEON BONAPARTE: "I died before my time, and my body will be given back to the earth to become food for the worms. Such is the fate of him who has been called the great Napoleon. What an abyss lies between my deep misery and the eternal kingdom of Christ!"
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