How good to see you Major. We've been waiting for you.
From the Associated Press:
Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted Friday in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, a shocking assault against American troops at home by one of their own who said he opened fire on fellow soldiers to protect Muslim insurgents abroad.The guy wants this. He plans on this. He expects to receive a reward for this, his wholly acceptable act of savage worship to a heathen idol.
A jury of 13 high-ranking military officers reached a unanimous guilty verdict on all charges — 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder — in about seven hours. Hasan is now eligible for the death penalty.
Hasan had no visible reaction as the verdict was read. After the jury and Hasan left the courtroom, some victims who survived the shooting and family members began to cry.
The US Army should accommodate Maj. Hasan's wish as soon as possible. Nothing barbaric, a simple firing squad will suffice. Aim for the heart, get it over quickly. Remand his remains to his family and allow them to handle the funeral arrangements in peace.
What will never be completely understood about Hasan's murderous activities is his shock at what transpires as soon as his soul has shucked off his mortal coil. He expects a glorious welcome to Paradise. Instead, he will experience what countless billions have already received, an eternity of absolute, utter terror, condemnation, hopelessness and regret.
But what is hell? Is it flames? Darkness? Nothingness? I found this interesting reference.
Several years ago a book was published, entitled Beyond Death's Door by Dr. Maurice Rawlings. Dr. Rawlings, a specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, resuscitated many people who had been clinically dead. Dr. Rawlings, a devout atheist, "considered all religion "hocus-pocus" and death nothing more than a painless extinction". But something happened in 1977 that brought a dramatic change in the life of Dr. Rawlings! He was resuscitating a man, terrified and screaming — descending down into the flames of hell:Perhaps the terror of hell is indescribable.
"Each time he regained heartbeat and respiration, the patient screamed, "I am in hell!" He was terrified and pleaded with me to help him. I was scared to death. . . Then I noticed a genuinely alarmed look on his face. He had a terrified look worse than the expression seen in death! This patient had a grotesque grimace expressing sheer horror! His pupils were dilated, and he was perspiring and trembling — he looked as if his hair was "on end."
Then still another strange thing happened. He said,"Don't you understand? I am in hell. . . Don't let me go back to hell!" . . .the man was serious, and it finally occurred to me that he was indeed in trouble. He was in a panic like I had never seen before."
(Maurice Rawlings, Beyond Death's Door,(Thomas Nelson Inc., 1979) p. 3).
What does Jesus say about Hell?
- "fire" Matt 7:19, 13:40, 25:41
- "everlasting fire" Matt 18:8, 25:41
- "eternal damnation" Mark 3:29
- "hell fire" Matt 5:22, 18:9, Mark 9:47
- "damnation" Matt 23:14, Mark 12:40, Luke 20:47
- "damnation of hell" Matt 23:33
- "resurrection of damnation" John 5:29
- "furnace of fire" Matt 13:42, 50
- "the fire that never shall be quenched" Mark 9:43, 45
- "the fire is not quenched" Mark 9:44, 46, 48
- "Where their worm dieth not" Mark 9:44, 46, 48
- "wailing and gnashing of teeth" Matt 13:42, 50
- "weeping and gnashing of teeth" Matt 8:12, 22:13, 25:30
- "torments" Luke 16:23
- "tormented in this flame" Luke 16:24
- "place of torment" Luke 16:28
- "outer darkness" Matt 8:12, 22:13
- "everlasting punishment" Matt 25:46
Maj. Hasan seems determined to know it. Then by all means, let him.