What’s the Hell?

I listen to “Hells Bells” by AC/DC no less than 4 times a week.

I make no apologies for this. It’s usually on the elliptical and honestly there is no better elliptical music than AC/DC. In fact, I believe they had ellipticals and/or college football team intros in mind when wrote the majority of their songs.

That particular song sometimes makes me think about Hell, which may or may not also be related to the time on the elliptical.

We all tend to have a picture in our minds of what Hell looks like. I think that’s because we love to “postcard” places. We love to identify places with one or two iconic things that are there.

Think about it. You do it with Paris, the Eiffel Tower. London, Big Ben. Myrtle Beach, random Wings gift shop.

With Hell it’s usually fire, a costumed devil with a pitch fork, and some combo of Hitler, your worst middle school teacher, and Nickelback.

Just kidding about Nickelback…kinda.

But what is Hell really?

Maybe the answer isn’t in what is there, but what’s not there.

The Bible says that everything good and perfect comes from God. (James 1:17)

If you think about it, we’re always around something good. Even at our worst moments, there is at least one good element present. It might not be huge, but it’s there.

Dumped by your significant other? There’s ice cream. That’s good.

Experiencing the death of a loved one? There’s often the comfort of family and friends. That’s good.

Mowing the yard? Cut grass smells awesome. That’s good.

Heck, even when you wake up depressed and kind of hating life, you still woke up. There’s air in your lungs and you at least have a shot at making the day not completely suck. That’s good.

Whether we realize it or not, during our lives we’re constantly surrounded by something that’s good. 24/7, 365 days a year.

Maybe Hell isn’t about all the bad stuff that’s there, but instead all the good stuff that’s not.

Maybe Hell is really just the absence of God. The absence of his presence, his work, and his goodness.

No air. No water. No friends. No salt. No football. No rest. No Taco Bell. No Diet Dr. Pepper. No movies. No parks. No NBA dunk highlights. No cheese. No Friday Night Lights on Netflix.

OK, you get the point.

Whether I’m right about this or if Hell is actually the postcard of fire and devil guy, I want none of it. I’m too much of a wuss for that.

So I’ll leave you with this quote I love from the late comedian Jerry Clower.

“I am convinced that there is only one place where there is no laughter and that’s hell. I have made arrangements to miss hell.”


About travman44

I work as a reporter for a newspaper in southwest Virginia. I play as a writer specializing in deep thoughts on shallow, and occasionally not so shallow, subjects. I'm also a former history teacher, bible college alum, and lover of the NBA and kids' breakfast cereals. It's a delicate blend. -- @TravisKWilliams on Twitter
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