If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.” Mark 9:43
The world is full of sinful pleasures, pleasures of the body and mind. Though they feel good at the time, they quickly pass, leaving you feeling worn out and generally disgusted with yourself.
Far worse than the feelings you experience in the aftermath of sin, however, is the punishment that awaits after death. That punishment is a thousand times worse than anything you’ve ever experienced or could even imagine.
The many references to hell in the bible describe it as a fiery lake of burning sulfur (Revelation 21:8), an eternal fire, the fiery furnace where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50), and the punishment of eternal fire (Jude 1:7). But even these descriptions don’t capture the eternal terror and torment that is hell. They are merely the closest approximations the writers of the bible had with limited earthly experience in suffering.
Having the vaguest idea of the kind of punishment we’re talking about when we talk about hell, the kind of punishment that lasts for all of eternity with no hope of ever ending, there is no sinful pleasure worth that cost. Likewise, there is no length not worth going to to avoid eternal damnation.
Mark 9 says, if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. If your eye causes your mind to have sinful thoughts, pluck it out.
You simply must do whatever it takes in this life to redeem your soul, for it is far better to live a less than happy life on earth and receive an eternal reward than to live the most pleasureful life now and spend the rest of forever paying for it.