All my life I have listened to sermons on hell. They are very descriptive, and do what they were designed to do, wake a person up or put fear into a person. As I get older, I have found myself resenting these sermons very much. This is my reasoning. Our primary motivation for looking forward to eternity is to be with the Lord forever, to be able to see the face of Jesus, and to worship and honor Him for the love He showed us. There could be no deeper experience or love in existence. We serve Him now on this earth for the exact same reason. We are His, and He is our Savior. Now, the sermons on hell approach salvation from a totally different angle. It is designed for a person to see the need of salvation out of fear. The motivation focuses on the well being of the person instead of focusing on the Lord. The kindest thing that could be said about such sermons is that they are shallow, totally devoid of any mention of love for the Lord, and quite frankly, paint a picture of the Lord that is inaccurate. It is a fact all lost will be in the Lake of Fire. That should not be hidden or minimized. But why on earth, would that be the first message someone hears about the Gospel. Any thoughts?