Have you heard of Dr. Samuel Mudd? He was the doctor who treated the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth. He was found guilty of conspiracy by a military court in the death of Abraham Lincoln. He escaped being hanged by one vote, and was delivered to a mosquito infested prison off the coast of Florida, called “Dry Tortugas,” that was said to be a Hell on earth. When Hollywood made a movie of the life of Mudd, they wrote across the doorway of the prison “Leave hope behind who enter here.” What a terrible thought--that any human being would have to enter a place that has no hope. Listen to how the world describes hopelessness--by saying “He hasn’t a hope in Hell.” What fearful truths the world often says in vain. There will be no hope of escape for those who are damned in Hell forever. The Bible asks a rhetorical “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3). How we must pray with earnest passion, be true and faithful in our witness, and plead with this dying world with the utmost sobriety.