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Should We Celebrate the Life of Hugh Hefner?

Hugh Hefner died yesterday. A lot of men wanted to live the life that he did, but possibly a lot of men despised him for making it easy for their addictions to take over their lives.
I was talking with an older gentleman who said of him, something along the lines of, “I don’t know how a man could do such a thing with his life…” I immediately looked at him and said, “I bet if most men were given the chance, they would do the same thing.”
Think about this... If you had the ability to become invisible at your own command, what would you do with that ability? Many readers might think that probably nothing would change. Then the more you thought about it, the more fun you would have with the idea of it. I bet, if you were honest with yourself, you would come to admit that you would find yourself in the women’s locker rooms and Banks after hours or on airplanes traveling the world free of charge, etc.
Eventually you would use this power and ability to serve yourself. Even if you were older and married. The accountability would leave and eventually you would come to serve only yourself. Why?
The point here is that people are inherently evil. All we have to do to know this is look at the comment section of most of the posts on the internet. But seriously, Hugh Hefner was not a hero or a model citizen by any means. He was self-serving. All of these women now have to explain to their granddaughters that they sold their body for money. What do we call that? Prostitution. What does that make Hefner? Nothing short of a pimp. What is a pimp? Someone who exploits women. What does that make women? Objectified.
What does the Bible say about this kind of thing? Romans 1:21-25 seems to speak very clearly on the subject:

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

Isn’t it interesting how such an ancient text seems to have words which are timeless? God is such a gentleman that He will step aside and let people do what they want. If they want to be their own God, then He will let them for a time. Unfortunately, this comes with consequences. The Bible also says that “It is appointed unto men once to die, and then after this comes the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Listen to that claim! How audacious can the author be!
Speaking of audacious claims, Jesus makes the claim that He is “the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6). Think about that for a moment. Would you ever make a claim like that about yourself? Would anyone you know make a claim like that about themselves in all seriousness? Definitely not. So either Jesus was insurmountably crazy, or He is the Lord.
These kinds of things ought to drive us toward researching the evidence of Christianity ourselves. With claims like these, we can’t just let them go. We have to ask, how did a document with claims like these survive the ages?
Lee Strobel was being interviewed by John Ankerberg and Lee was asked to reflect on his meeting with Hefner:

I had a chance to go to the Playboy Mansion, interview Hugh Hefner for a TV program that I was doing. And I asked him about the resurrection. And he seemed confused. And I said, “What about the evidence for the resurrection?” and he said, “What are you talking about?” And I said, “What do you do with the historical data that support the return of Jesus from the dead?” And he said, “I have never heard this before.” And I gave him a copy of my book The Case for Christ. And he was looking through the Table of Contents and said, “This is fascinating. Nobody has ever told me this before.”
And then he said something very interesting. He said, “If this is true, this trips a whole bunch of dominoes that have a wonderful effect.” He said, “I am getting to be an old man. I wish it were true that there were eternal life.” And I said, “You know what, look into the evidence yourself. Come to your own verdict. But I am telling you there is convincing, there is powerful, persuasive, compelling evidence that Jesus did return from the dead. And when He tells His followers they will spend eternity with Him, we can believe Him as a result” (

We will never know the decision that Hefner made that day, but we can be certain that Strobel’s words ring true. We have to look at the evidence. We live in a world today where everyone is a skeptic first and foremost. For good reason though. In a world of information and technology, people who are inherently evil will publish false information in order to get what they want. Manipulation is an easy way for people to serve themselves and not look evil to the masses right off the bat.
Research requires real work for real information. Don’t google sensational articles on the internet that an irresponsible person has written, with a pink background and blue letters and call yourself convinced. Examine the real facts. If you are up for the challenge, do the research. Your eternal life depends on it.

Written by Nace Howell through the grace of the Lord Jesus.


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