One song that I like simply for the lengthy arrangement and composition is “Heaven and Hell” by Black Sabbath. This song is from the album that shares the same name and the first to feature Ronnie Dio, the lead singer from Rainbow, as their new vocalist since Ozzy Osbourne left in the late 70s.
Now, many Christians will feel some type of way about Sabbath. They conjure images of Ozzy Osbourne and his devilish horror rock antics. They immediately point to the occult or associate the band with those things. For the sake of this small post, let’s assume we know 0% about the group or alleged Satanism and judge the song on its lyrics.
The song basically points out that everyone has the power to control their own life. No heaven or hell can ultimately determine or guide the path one creates. As Christians, we know this is totally contrary to the Gospel because Christ, the author of all life, absolutely said: “Without me, you can do nothing.” Those are deep words that point to man’s inability to produce true Christ abounding charity and works without the aid of God.
Ronnie Dio was very cynical to ideas of Christianity and saw them as incompatible with his views. As a result, it’s not a surprise when he says in the song “The closer you get to the meaning..the sooner you’ll know that you’re dreaming.” To Dio, religious truth is simply a matter of being misguided.
This got me thinking about the goal of evil spirits. The evil one wants us to abandon the goodness of God. Consequently, he will do anything in his power to get us to leave. Spiritual attacks creep upon us to be self-dependent and despite being poor at heart. What’s even sadder is that demons know God exists, and they tremble at this (James 2:19).
Ronnie Dio could claim the believer is the “fool fool fool” all he wanted, but Jesus Christ defeated evil on the cross. His resurrection proved you can’t keep God down.
How could God die?
Ronnie was thoughtful in his ideology, but Christ crucified is folly to non-believers. It’s a stumbling block to those who don’t see the power of the cross.
When I listen to the song, I’m reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:13-14
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Ultimately, it’s not heaven and hell, but heaven OR hell. Both are eternal, one is separation from the Creator and the other is a joy with the Creator. Sabbath urges us to “Look for the answer” but Jesus stated he is the way, the truth, and the life.
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