Hell Hath No Fury?
The phrase, “Hell hath no fury,” is a shortened version of the phrase, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” It suggests that a woman rejected in love can be very angry and vengeful. Which she can of course, but men can, too, can’t they? Either way, if not careful the phrase may lead us away from a vitally important truth. Nobody on earth, man or woman, scorned or not, has fury like the place Jesus referred to in the New Testament as “hell.” One place that fury is described is Mark 9:42-48 — “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched — where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched — where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire — where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’” Some translations leave out verse 44 and the same phrase in it at the end of verse 45 along with verse 46. Even if allowed, an honest reading of the rest of the passage makes clear nobody on earth can muster up a scorn that contains the kind of fury found in hell. By the way, the word translated “hell” in these verses is from the Greek word “gehenna.” That word is found 12 times in the Greek New Testament, and eleven times the word comes from the lips of Jesus Christ, the One who willingly died on a cross where the same kind of fury found in hell was loosed on Him so it wouldn’t have to be let loose on all those who come to God through Him (see Matthew 26:41 * 1 Thessalonians 1:10, etc.). Consider these sobering words from Jesus in Luke 12:4-5 — “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” A bigger lie never came out of hell than the idea that hell is on earth, or some one or some place somehow has more fury than hell.
One writer I read expressed concern over Christians trying to soft-peddle the reality of hell. He says many think fear of hell is an outdated and terrible motive for moving one toward Christ. To counter that he asks, “Upon hearing the rattle of a diamondback, who would stand and debate the persuasive power of terror? If running for one’s life makes sense in the presence of a snake, how should we respond to the soul-threatening reality of hell?” (publication unknown). His point will be well-taken by every person who cares about his / her own soul and the souls of other people. The sobering truth is hell does have fury, a fury beyond any earthly fury. The good news today is that you don’t have to go there, and you won’t if you trust Christ and obey His gospel
(1 Timothy 2:4-6 * Mark 16:15-16 *). Praise the Lord!