Auguste Rodin was commissioned in 1880 to create an inviting entrance for a planned Art Museum. Deeply moved by Dante’s poem Inferno, the first section of the famous Divine Comedy, Rodin began to create the Gates of Hell.
In the centre, right above the gates, Rodin placed The Thinker, which became more famous in its own right. He wanted people, not only to be in awe of the massive sculpture, but to stop and think upon the experience of hell and its hopelessness. To quote Dante:
‘Abandon all hope, ye who enter here’
Our eternal destiny is certainly worthy of our thoughts. Indeed, the Bible warns us of the danger of thinking only of this life.
‘What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul’ [Mark 8:36]
However, as you consider your soul and its eternal destiny, I want you to have hope, for in this life there is always hope, and that hope is found in Jesus Christ the Lord.
Not only was the eternal Word made flesh (John 1v14), but Jesus Christ went into death for us. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities (Isa 53v5), and having suffered under the fulness of the wrath and judgement of God, He then rose from among the dead to give us a sure and eternal hope.
There are many things we could think about, but while you enjoy the articles here, keep your focus and thought primarily on Jesus Christ that you might go forward in hope.
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit;
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. [Titus 3v4-7]