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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HELL?
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11/04/11
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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HELL?


By

Michael L. Trapasso

Attorney and Counselor At Law
DOCTORATE IN JURISPRUDENCE SUMMA CUM LAUDE


Preface

ONE NIGHT, I AWOKE FROM A DEEP SLEEP; AS I WAS

AWAKENING, I SET-UP IN MY BED. I HEARD THESE

WORDS SPOKEN TO ME,

"WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HELL?" IMMEDIATELY, I KNEW

I WAS BEING INSTRUCTED BY THE LORD TO WRITE THIS

BOOKLET - WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HELL?


The John Wayne of our family was my Uncle Ray – he was a tall Texan,

handsome ... and yes, a cowboy. His cattle ranch was on the outskirts

of Huntsville, Texas. Strong and independent, he seemed to have little

need or interest in religion. Something happened that changed all of that.


In 1978, this rugged cowboy was working in his pasture when suddenly

he began to experience chest pains. He rested under an old tree, but

was no better. A few hours later he was in the emergency room having

suffered a massive heart attack. The emergency staff worked tirelessly

to save him. Soon, however, he lost consciousness ... only to awaken to

a greater and deeper con­sciousness.

As his life slipped away, he descended, accord­ing to his own testimony,

to a place that was un­mistakable: into the regions of the damned! This

rough, tough icon of masculinity experienced such terror that it melted

away the persona of fearless­ness.

After he descended into this bottomless pit, absolute horror gripped him

as the doors to this black hole of hell began to open for him. He knew

once he entered, there would be no exiting of this place of eternal night.

The staff was able to save his life before he made an entrance into

this hellish abyss. Upon regaining consciousness, he told the story of

what happened to him. He asked for a Bible and read it. In it, he found

a description of the place he had been to and never wanted to return

again - a place called ‘hell.’ So shaken by the experience, he not only

became deeply religious, but later became a pastor, warning others

of that dreadful place.

After my Uncle’s experience and the life-changing effect it had on him,

the question of hell’s exis­tence was settled for him. Many people, however,

if not most, while believing in a heaven, doubt that there is such a hell.


PURPOSE OF THIS BOOKLET - E- BOOKLET


The purpose of this BOOKLET is to address such questions as: Is there

a rational basis for a belief in hell in this day of enlightenment? Is hell

really real? We think the evidence shows there is not only a rational basis,

but a compelling one - and so much so, that it demands a response from

a reasonable person.

NATURE

Nature has proven to be a wonderful teacher. Take the lowly ants for example.

Merely watching them for a while, one learns the value of organi­zation, hard

work and cooperative effort for the common good.

Birds too, have not only aided our understand­ing of the dynamics of flight,

but flamed our passion for freedom. Is there anyone who has watched

these creatures soar effortlessly thru the sky and not admired the beauty

and value of their freedom? As long as birds fly, they will remain a testimony

to mankind that freedom is better than bondage, better than tyranny.

Even the changing seasons of the year are nature’s witness and reminder

of the transitory nature of our own lives. And speaking of our lives, nature

has a clarion message – for those who will listen – about the nature of the

afterlife.

Nature, indeed, strongly suggests the nature of reality beyond the grave.

Consider the‘extremes in life expressed the imprint of dualism’ upon our

very existence:

birth/death,

entrance/exit,

day/night,

good/evil,

healthy/sick,

odor/odorless,

taste/tasteless,

balanced/unbal­anced,

silence/noise,

happy/sad,

up/down,

right/wrong,

yes/no,

victory/defeat,

sight/blindness,

straight/crooked,

pure/impure,

sweet/bitter

seal/unloose,

break/fix,

dry/wet

loud/silent,

white/black,

open/close

and positive/negative (electricity) to cite a some examples. Yes,

this dualism, this two-ness, this either/or – as forms of opposite extremes,

is plainly the nature of our reality. Amazing isn’t it?

Now think about it; for peace of mind, a person may choose to believe that

there is birth, but no death; that there is day, but no night; that there is

good, but no evil; that there is sweet, but no bitter; that there is a positive

charge, but no nega­tive. Would disbelief in these opposites – that is, in

death, night, evil, bitter and a negative charge cause these to not exist?

Of course not! The whole world could believe these realities do not ex­ist,

but it would have no effect ... they would just continue to be real.

Yet, this seems to be precisely the state of mankind. Let me explain.

The major­ity of people believe in a heaven or some vague notion of a

pleasant state in the life to come. They not only believe this, but also

believe their loved ones will be there with them.

But if you were to ask these same people, “Do you believe there is a

place called hell in the life to come and is it possible you or your loved

ones could be there for eternity?” Many, if not most, would say, “No”

to both questions. No offense is intended, but such thinking is irrational.

It seems that mankind – to overcome the fear of the unknown – imagines

one place, but denies the other. Nature, by way of the ostrich, tells us

that sticking-the-head-in-the-sand approach to dangerous or unpleasant

realities, doesn't make the danger disappear. Now I ask the reader to

consider this: “In this dual nature of our existence, as illustrated in the

examples above (birth/death, etc), is even rational to believe there is no

dualism in the life to come of extremes, only a heaven but not a hell?

SIGNS FROM ABOVE

To many, because they have neither seen nor experienced the reality

of hell, they, therefore, do not believe it exists. Unfortunately, such

reason­ing is flawed. For example, while reading this pamphlet, you

may be sitting perfectly still ... or so it seems. All of your senses, at

this precise moment, would sug­gest to you this calmness, this stillness

is in fact your state of reality. The truth is, however, – right now – you,

the author and the rest of humanity are spinning thru space on the

earth’s axis at a speed of up to 1,000 m.p.h. (depending on your

exact location). Buckle your seat belt. You are also traveling even

faster – approx. 67,000 m.p.h. in a circular motion around a huge,

flaming ball we call our sun. Are you dizzy yet? Hold on to your hat.

You are also traveling approx. 490,000 m.p.h. as our solar system

travels around our galaxy!

This journey by you thru space doesn't seem real does it ... but it

is ... you space traveler you! Does the fact it doesn't seem real

negate such reality? No, it doesn't and the point is, neither would

a disbelief in a place called hell negate its reality.


BLACK HOLES

Yes, nature speaks to those who will listen. The sun is wonderful,

bathing the earth with light and heat. But there is a dark side to the

universe: black holes. The nature of black holes is such that

descriptions of them are found – not just in science books – but in

horror stories and films as well.

Black holes are invisible holes in space. You can't see them with human

eyes, nevertheless, they're there. If warning signs could be posted in

space before these gigantic suck holes, the words, ‘ABANDON ALL

HOPE, YE WHO EN­TER IN’ would be appropriate. Black hole is an

apt name because even light itself cannot escape from the clutches of

a black hole! If it be true that the phenomenon of black holes is a sign

in the heavens, what warnings do they declare? Are not black holes

analogous to that which is described in the afterlife? Strange is it not,

that Jesus Christ described hell as an ‘outer darkness’ from which there

is no escape – an eternal black hole one might say. (Matt. 8:12, 15:46,

22:13; Luke 16:26).



FIRE BENEATH OUR FEET



Earlier, reference was made to the reader’s perception of sitting still

while reading this booklet. It was pointed out, however, contrary to

such perception, we are all ‘men in motion’ (ladies, pardon the use

of masculine gender for both sexes). At times, we rely too much on

our five senses to grasp the nature of reality around us.

Consider the earth, our temporary abode. Whenever in flight, the

author looks forward to getting his feet planted on the ground

again. The ground, envisioned as security, is of course the upper

crust of the earth. This crust varies in thickness, but on average,

it is only about twenty miles deep. That, my fellow earth dweller,

means that this safety net we call the crust, is only an extremely

small percentage of the earth’s mass – approximately .0005%. Relatively

speaking, this very thin layer is the only thing protecting us from being

pulled down by gravity to the next layer, the mantle. The mantle is

approximately 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Extremely hot con­sidering water

boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. This mantle is approximately 1800 hundred

miles thick.

Beneath it is the earth’s core, approximately 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit – hotter

than the sun! While not continuously cognizant of this reality, we are reminded

of it, nevertheless, when we see on the national news pictures of an explosive

volcano. The ascending smoke, the ground shaking force, the spewing of hot,

molten fire and lava, high into a black sky are the voice of nature speaking

once again. Such explosive events in nature sound an alarm. They say in the

natural (with overtones of the spiritual) what an ancient prophet, John the

Baptist warned. He spoke of fleeing from the ‘wrath to come,’ warning those

who don’t, they would suffer destruction by ‘un­quenchable fire.’(Matt. 3:8,12)

So too, volcanoes remind us that we live on a fiery ball, protected only by a

few miles of ground. Were this thin layer suddenly removed, our fate would

be sealed by fire.

Based on an ancient text of Scripture (I Peter 3:20), the ground might properly

be analogized to the longsuffering and mercy of God, only temporarily protecting

us from the wrath to come.


WITNESS SUBSTANIATION

This booklet began with my uncle’s testimony of having descending into the

regions of the damned. His witness bore great weight with many who knew

him because of the immediate, radical change that he made in his life. His

witness is not alone, however; there are many others.

My wife’s physician, Dr. Donald R. Whitaker of Jefferson, Texas is an

outstanding doctor. In fact, he was honored as Doctor of the Day six years

in a row in Oklahoma. Dr. Whitaker was an avowed atheist. Something

happened to him that changed all that. In 1975 he was diagnosed with acute

hemorrhagic necrotic pancreatitis. After surgery was performed on

him, he was expected to live only six hours, no more than seventy-two.

While he lay dying, suddenly, according to his own testimony, he slid

down into a “black void like you can’t believe, it is so black...” He had a

feel­ing of ‘impending doom.’ He was so frightened, he couldn't stop

shaking. After this terrifying descent, he saw what appeared to be

flickering fire. Three times during this, the longest night of his life, he

descended into the horrid blackness. According to his own testimony, he

was prayed over by a Christian friend for approximately three days after

coming off the respirator and laying in a coma. After receiving prayer, he

then came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior and received a mi­raculous

healing. Since that time (some twenty-five years ago), he has radically

changed his life, still proclaiming Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

In 1933, Kenneth Hagin’s heart stopped beat­ing; he had an incurable heart

condition. He de­scended down, down, down into a pit. “Darkness encompassed

me ‘round about – darkness that is blacker than any night man has ever

seen,” is how he described that awful experience. The farther down he went,

the darker and hotter it became. At last as he descended, he could see fingers

of light on the darkness wall. Like Dr. Whitaker, he also traveled downward

three times. Likewise, this experience caused him to cry out to God resulting

in salvation; later Kenneth Hagin was healed of his heart condition that five

doctors said he had to die from.

OTHER DEATH BED TESTIMONIES


In the summer of 1849 in New York City, there was a Cholera rage. As a

result, Davis W. Clark witnessed many a person’s dying words. He made a

compilation of these testimonies in a 569 page book entitled, Death Bed

Scenes. Below are just a few examples from his book of the some of the last

words of people who were dying:

“I see a sad, horrible night approaching, bring­ing with it the blackness of darkness

forever ... this is but the beginning of sorrows!”

“until this moment, I believed that there was neither a God nor a hell. Now I know

and I feel that there are both and I am doomed to perdition by the just judgment

of the Almighty.”

“Last night I believe I was in hell and felt the horrors and torments of the damned!

But God has brought me back again and given me a little longer respite.”

SACRED WRITINGS


Various ancient texts from Christendom’s sa­cred book, the Bible, warn of such a place as de­scribed by those whose testimony is cited above:

“And as he was tormented in Hades ... he cried out and said ... send Lazarus to

dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in torment in this

flame.” (Luke16:23-24) “Their part will be in the lake that blazes with fire and

brimstone.” (Rev. 21:8).


“ ... there no longer remains any other sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful

expectation of judg­ment and a fiery indignation...” (Heb. 10:27)“... but the sons

of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; there will be the

wailing and the gnashing of teeth.” Matt. 8:12)

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Jude 1:12-23: Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for

ever...And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire...;

DECEPTION


Suppose with me for a moment that there really is a satan, that he and an army

of fallen angels were thrown out of heaven ages ago. Suppose with me further

that he hates God and that this satan knows his destiny is eternal damnation.

What would you expect him to do? Would he not try and turn mankind away

from God? Would he not try to bring as many people as he could to hell with him?

Assuming this is true, how then would he im­plement such a master plan? First,

would he not contradict what God has said to mankind about a coming judgment?

In fact, this is precisely what we find satan doing in the opening pages of the Bible

written thousands of years ago. In Genesis the 3rd chapter, we have an account of

the woman God made for Adam being lied to He tells her that, contrary to what God

has said, she will not suffer destruction for disobeying God. Convinced, she

disregards what God has said, but to her hor­ror, she suffers the fate God

had warned her of. Likewise the masses today, like this first woman, have been

deceived too. They no longer believe God will punish sin and disobedience; they

no longer believe they themselves will suffer the fate God has warned of: an

eternal night in a place called hell. (Some of you might say, "I don't believe

this, I believe in evolution." Friends, I taught evolution both at the high school

and college level. After teaching the theory of evolution to my students, I would

then inform my students that I was required to teach you this "junk science"

they call evolution, but that evolution has no basis in reallity - but is pure

fiction without repeatable verifiable experiments to prove the same. It is not

worthy to even be called a theory, but is a modern day myth used by man

to run from accountability to God Who will judge all in the last day. I would then

given them mountains of solid, scientific evidence to support creation.)

Back to reality, Satan has a second ploy that’s just as danger­ous and effective

as the first. This second strategy is simple: change man’s perception of hell. How?

Have so-called heroes – rock stars, movie stars and the like, make light of hell,

make fun of hell. Make hell the butt of all kinds of jokes, of plays, movies and

books. Begin the brain washing at an early age – create cartoon characters of

a cute red devil with a pitch-fork in his hand and cause the little ones to laugh

and laugh real hard. Continue the process by putting such imagery on prod­ucts

and labels. Let the bigger-than-life tough guy, magnify his machismo by saying,

“hell this and hell that” so that hell itself becomes in the public’s mind, no more

than a ‘cuss word’ rather than reference to an actual place. The sheep will

surely follow. His plan has worked rather well, don’t you think?

The next time you hear a joke about hell or you see an audience mesmerized

by some movie star demeaning the reality of hell in word and deed, remember

that someday the laughter will stop.


JUSTICE

“I want justice” is a cry from the lips of man­kind, regardless of their station in life.

Whether it’s the victim of a crime or the perpetrator of that crime mistreated in

prison, both want justice.

Some would define justice as the impartial as­signment of merited rewards or

punishment. The desire to right the wrong is universal. No wonder we have a

Justice Department! From the dawn of history, the world has known injustice on

a global scale. This universal desire for justice will be perfectly meted out at the

end of time described as the Day of Judgment. Daniel, the Jewish writer,

described it as some arising to everlasting life, others to everlasting shame

and contempt.

What kind of God would God be if He himself did not right the wrong by doing

justice. Is God, Who is called the Righteous Judge, going to allow Adolph Hitler in

heaven with the little children he murdered? Not if God is a God of justice – and

He is. “For truly God’s justice must render back trouble to those who are troubling

you, and give to you, who now are troubled, rest, along with me at the unveiling of

the Lord Jesus from heaven, with his mighty angels, in flaming fire. Then

shall he take vengeance on those who know not God, even on those who do

not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” (II Thes. 1:6-9)


BURN VICTIMS - LITTLE CHILDREN


As part of a Legal Medicine course in law school, I, along with my classmates,

watched an autopsy at Ben Taub Hospital in the basement morgue. What was

particularly grievous to me was seeing the burned bodies of little children who had

died in a fire. Such a tragedy and hor­rendous end cannot be adequately expressed

in mere words. Yet there is something out of this tragedy, and so many others like it,

that speaks a clear message to all of mankind. That message is this: Since the God

of heaven allows such a terrible end for the most innocent of victims (though He did

not will it or cause it) and these little victims sometimes linger for many days in

pain before they die, how can you reader, or for that matter, any reason­able

person believe that this same God would not punish the unrighteous and disobedient

in the day of Judgment? Yet so many people have been deceived (by you know

who) into believing God would not permit people to descend into hell.


CONCLUSION


To the question, whatever happened to hell, the answer is “nothing.” Hell remains. It

holds forever, within its grip the lost – some of whom, God forbid, you might even

know. There are no exits, only entrances - no one will escape. Though a per­son

may deny hell exists, nevertheless, it awaits patiently for them, knowing death will

surely take hold of the lost, terrified and screaming to this bottomless, hellish abyss.

It is in this, their eternal home of the damned, that they really experience full

awareness of their eternal state. The worst part of all, is that they will know that

for sure, they will never, never, never, never ever be free from this damnation.

The Apostle Peter wrote, “But the heavens and the earth which now exist are

kept in store by the same word, reserved for fire until the day of judgment and

perdition of ungodly men...”


Wake up out of your slumber, wake up I say. If your lost, it is really true: something

wicked your way comes.

Today is the day of salvation. Accepting Christ into your life is not about religion,

it is about the privilege of being free from sin and its guilt, and about the peace that

passes all understanding, giving you the assurance that if you died today,

you would be in heaven - a place too beautiful to describe with mere words.

The great news for you, my friend, is, “The Lord is ... longsuffering toward us,

not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repen­tance”

(II Peter 3:7-9). Yes, God is a loving God and has provided a way of escape.

“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten

Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have eter­nal life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the

world through him might be saved” (Jn. 3:16-17). If you haven’t done

so already, I would encour­age the reader to trust in the Lord Jesus

Christ. Simply call upon His Name (Jesus Christ) for salvation (Acts 2:21)

by purposing in your heart to turn away from sin (repentance) and then confess

with your mouth that Jesus is Lord of your life at the very moment you are

de­scending into the waters of baptism in the name of Jesus Christ

for the forgiveness of your sins(Mk. 16:16, Acts 2:38).; receive his Holy Spirit

evidenced by the utterance of another language flowing from your lips. Thereafter live

a life worthy of the glorious salvation ( which was purchased for you with the blood of

God’s only Son, Jesus Christ (II Pet. 3:11.14). One walks worthy, by walking

in love toward others which includes forgiving others of wrong. Live above reproach

as much as possible And remember in your journey thru life, trust in His Grace;

not in your works.

Lastly, join me in That Great Day when He welcomes His own into that glorious

kingdom called heaven while sadly, the masses of humanity who rejected God’s

Only Son, go weep­ing and wailing into that place called hell. Last, warn

others of this place called hell, and share the good news of your salvation

in Jesus Christ.



Poem about Hell



Ten thousand demons


from a raging, burning hell,


shrieked and screamed when into the



flames they fell.



Oh, from that place of eternal night,



they beg for water, they beg for light,



But there they are and



there they will ever be,



forever cast into that fiery sea.



About the author:


• Doctorate in Jurisprudence summa cum laude 1983 South Texas College of Law.

Prac­tices law in Beaumont, Texas.

• Former science teacher (biology and physi­cal science). Also, a former instructor

in law, math and English.

Founder and Publisher of SCIENCE & SCRIPTURE magazine on the

Evidence for Creationism and against Evolution.

• Author of the books, YOUR CALCULATOR KNOWS and

WHEN GOD CAME DOWN (A story of about God miraculously intervening

in a child custody case),

If this writing has helped you in anyway, the author welcomes you

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