by Ernest Liu
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    • The Malignancy of Sin
      Hell makes a lot more sense when you get past the elementary understanding of “eternal fire.” The thing that really burns in Hell is often misunderstood.
  • The Malignancy of Sin

    Hell makes a lot more sense when you get past the elementary understanding of “eternal fire.” The thing that really burns in Hell is often misunderstood…

    I recently started reading the book Respectable Sins. In chapter three it reads:

    “Another term for cancer is malignancy. Medically, the word malignant describes a tumor of potentially unlimited growth that expands locally into adjoining tissue by invasion and systemically by metastasizing into other areas of the body. Left alone, a malignancy tends to infiltrate and metastasize throughout the entire body and will eventually cause death. No wonder cancer and malignant are such dreaded words.

    Sin is a spiritual and moral malignancy. Left unchecked, it can spread throughout our entire inner being and contaminate every area of our lives.”1

    In Hell, God is no longer present to help you suppress your sin. It grows like a cancer, just like it did on Earth, but without restraint and for eternity. It invades every fiber of your soul until your burning pride, anger, selfishness, frustration, anxiety, and worldliness consumes you. But it doesn’t end. It never ends. Spiritual malignancy is eternal.

    The longer I live, the more I realize how sinfully capable I am and how lost my soul would be without the sanctification granted by my Savior. I can only begin to imagine where my sin would take me if given an eternity. And it’s not pretty.

    Thanks for the sacrifice, God.

    1Bridges, Jerry (2014-02-01). Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate (p. 23). NavPress. Kindle Edition.