“Sin makes earth a suburb of hell” by Horatius Bonar

“The history of six thousand years of evil has been lost on man. He refuses to read its awful lesson regarding sin, and God’s displeasure against the sinner, which that history records. The flood of evil that has issued forth from one single sin he has forgotten.

The death, the darkness, the sorrow, the sickness, the tears, the weariness, the madness, the confusion, the bloodshed, the furious hatred between man and man, making earth a suburb of hell,—all this is overlooked or misread; and man repels the thought that sin is crime, which God hates with an infinite hate, and which He, in His righteousness, must condemn and avenge.

If sin is such a surface thing, such a trifle, as men deem it, what is the significance of this long sad story? Do earth’s ten thousand graveyards, where human love lies buried, tell no darker tale? Do the millions upon millions of broken hearts and heavy eyes say that sin is but a trifle? Does the moaning of the hospital or the carnage of the battlefield, the blood-stained sword, and the death-dealing artillery, proclaim that sin is a mere casualty, and the human heart the seat of goodness after all?

Does the earthquake, the volcano, the hurricane, the tempest, speak nothing of sin’s desperate evil? Does man’s aching head, and empty heart, and burdened spirit, and shaded brow, and weary brain, and tottering limbs, not utter, in a voice articulate beyond mistake, that sin is Guilt, that that guilt must be punished,—punished by the Judge of all.”

–Horatius Bonar, The Everlasting Righteousness; or, How Shall a Man be Just with God? (Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth, 1874/1993), 9-10.

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2 responses to ““Sin makes earth a suburb of hell” by Horatius Bonar

  1. Wow. Not too familiar with Horatius Bonar, but this quote gave me goosebumps. Thanks for posting.

  2. Ken Muir


    G-d created the Earth and it was good. Death existed before man came on the scene. Dinosaurs and ants fought millions of years before mankind.

    Earth is not Hell. The Earth is a dangerous paradise that can be survived if you are smart.


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