The only One who can save the human soul is the One who died on the cross

Published 8:18 am Tuesday, October 17, 2023

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: It is staggering to hear jokes that people tell about Hell and how many people say they won’t mind going there. Some even say they have no desire to go to Heaven because it will be boring. Aren’t they in some way admitting their belief in both places while joking and saying none of it really matters? – H.H.


Dear H.H.: Singer/songwriter John Lennon is famous for his ballad “Imagine,” which invites people to visualize an existence where there is no Heaven, no Hell, no religion, and everybody is “living for today.” But saying there is no Hell doesn’t make it so. This is precisely what the Bible is talking about when it describes people who “became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21 KJV).

French biologist and philosopher Jean Rostand said, “I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer Hell.” This, indeed, is a breathtaking admission, but the truth is that people’s confession of preferring Hell is simply a cover-up for their unwillingness to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and humble themselves before Him.

It was reported once that the rock star Jewel was traveling through Mexico and observed that everyone seemed to be looking “for someone to save them.” Her evaluation was true. She later wrote lyrics to what would become a major hit, “Who Will Save Your Soul?”, in which she reveals people’s worry about who will save their souls. The only One who can save the human soul is the One who died on the cross and shed His blood to cover our sin and bring us to eternal salvation in His Name, the Lord Jesus Christ. No one cares for us as God does, and no one but God loves us with an everlasting love.

(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)