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The Bible teaches that a very real place called hell exists. The two key images of hell—flames
and darkness—represent existence away from the Lord’s presence. This is the real essence of hell: being cut off from the source of life and joy and being separated from God’s blessings forever.
When we live with a daily eye on heaven, it radically changes our attitude toward the difficulties we will inevitably face in this world. It puts our suffering into perspective by giving us the courage we need to face the trials of life, knowing that heaven is waiting for us. Plus, the God of the...