Fire is a beautiful thing. Every since I was a little boy, I have been fascinated with fire. Unfortunately, there are no schools about fire so . . . I couldn’t really get a degree in firology. Anyway, I recently read a riddle about our topic and it really got me thinking about eternity. Here is the riddle, unfortunately you already know the answer:
No legs have I to dance,
No lungs have I to breathe,
No life have I to live or die
And yet I do all three.
What am I?
Of course, the answer is “fire”. But, before you dismiss this riddle and continue on with this article, think about what it said. If you were to read the four verbs (dance, breathe, live, die) you would think of a living thing. However, we are talking about fire, something that is not living. Yes, it may do all those things but it doesn’t live.
Needless to say, this got my curiosity peaked. So, I looked into it and found out some amazing things about fire, eternity and hell.
If you think about it, fire is a ghostly thing. It can breathe, and if it does not have air it dies. It can move (against gravity) without the slightest breeze and yet it has no muscles or ligaments that could move it. It can live but not be living and it can die though it never had life. If you ask me, fire is a almost a supernatural element of nature.
Now, don’t blow me off. Think about it. How many times do we hear, in the Bible, hell spoken of as a lake of fire, or a placing burning with brimstone and fire? We also hear things like ashes associated with hell. Why all the things about fire?
See, fire is almost a supernatural force. It can do so many things that living things do (not to be confused with what makes thing living) yet it comes no where close to a living thing. If you think about it, it is really quite creepy.
Who cares if fire is a more real thing than a supernatural thing? Does it really matter? Of course it does!
In this day and age, so many people are regarding hell as a place made up to scare kids into listening to their parents, like the bogeyman. However, as Christians, we know that hell is very real, and if it burns with fire then it makes all the more sense that that fire, by being part supernatural, is something that can “punish” the soul in hell, right?