More Than Slang
Centralia was a small mining town in the eastern part of Pennsylvania with about 1000 residents making their income off of the coal dug just underneath the crust. The town had existed the same way for over a century when pre-Civil War settlers moved there to dig up the anthracite from the earth. But in 1962, a small fire created from trash burning near the mine’s opening swept slowly into the tunnel causing a problem that the city couldn’t figure out how to fix. They were told that the cost to extinguish the fire was more money than they could acquire.
Today, the fire rages. At the heart of this underground inferno are blazes that register hotter than Mercury, an atmosphere that is as poisonous as Saturn, and lethal clouds of carbon monoxide and gaseous chambers that would frighten even the strongest and most distant star. Spurred on by mild flows of oxygen that cannot be prevented unless every hole in the county was adequately covered, it would appear that the fire in Centralia will continue to burn. The cost of containing the fire has been put in the billions of dollars, and that would be the cost of just containing it–not stopping it.
The town’s population of 1,100 back during the Kennedy administration has since dwindled down to 21 at the last census, and now has only 5–all of which are there illegally as they refuse to leave their property. All of the businesses, churches, and schools are all closed. Even their own zip code has been declared extinct. The good news is that scientists point out that over time the fire will burn out….in about 250 years or so.
Can you imagine, living over a giant piece of land that is actually on top of continual fire? Well, we are. We actually do live on top of fire. The Bible calls it “Hell”. Jesus told us more about hell than any other person in the Bible. Acts 2 calls it a place for disembodied spirits. Luke 16 states it’s a place of torment. Matthew 25 states hell is a place of fire, and also describes it as a place for punishment. Matthew 3 says it is unquenchable, which makes it much more dangerous to the fire that breeds under Centralia because at least that 1000 degree inferno in Pennsylvania will go out some day. (Copied).
We live in a strange era for a lot of reasons. Spiritually, the weird beliefs of 21st century people border on the bizarre. In America, many believe that “everyone” is going to heaven. You will see that belief espoused when any person (especially one who is famous) dies. The social media along with outlets will state that the deceased “is now in heaven”, or “God took them home to be with Him”, or (because we are a generation that has no knowledge of what the Bible teaches) some say, “God took my (loved one) because He needed another angel”. “Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man sows that shall He also reap”. Those that live and die without Christ will not see heaven. They will hear God say, “Depart from Me. I never knew you.” And, upon that Word, they will be in the place of their choosing. For in life, those that rejected Jesus said repeatedly, “I don’t want to hear about all of that ‘Jesus stuff’. Just leave me alone.” So, upon entry into eternity, God honors that request made by carnal men. He allows them to be left alone and away from God forevermore in Hell! Don’t be one that is in that condition when death comes! Repent and believe in Jesus! Today, you still have time.