Annihilationism Debate: Glossary of Terms

Here’s an interesting synopsis on the Annihilationism Debate. According to Traditionalists, the Bible doesn’t actually mean what it says. 

TRADITIONALIST

ANNIHILATIONIST

Perish: Eternally tortured in hell Perish: To die.
Death: Eternally tortured in hell. Death: To die. Opposite of living.
Die: Eternally tortured in hell. Die: The opposite of living.
Everlasting punishment: Torturing someone for all eternity. Everlasting punishment: Dead for all eternity.
Hell: A place where God tortures unbelievers forever. Hell: A place of the Second Death where unbelievers are permanently destroyed.
Destroyed: Eternally tortured in hell. Destroyed: Completely annihilated with no more existence.
Wages of sin is death: Unbelievers will not actually suffer death but will be eternally tormented in hell. Wages of sin is death: Unbelievers will suffer the Second Death in hell and no longer exist.
Gift of God is eternal life: Which is redundant since you are already born with an “immortal soul.” Gift of God is eternal life: God gives you immortality for accepting Jesus as your Savior.
Second Death: Suffering eternal torture in hell. Second Death: To be totally destroyed in hell and no longer exist.
Consuming fire: A fire that tortures people, never totally consuming them. Consuming fire: A fire that consumes and destroys.
Destruction: A term to describe the eternal torment of those in hell. Destruction: The total annihilation of something so that it no longer exists.

 

Bible Interpretation

The Bible says:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 
—John 3:16-17

Traditionalists say:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not suffer eternal torment in hell but have eternal life (which he is born with anyway because he has an immortal soul).”

 

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The Bible says:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
—Rom 6:23

Traditionalists say:

“For the wages of sin is eternal torment in hell, but the gift of God is eternal life (which you are already born with because you have an immortal soul that God cannot destroy) in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

 

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The Bible says: 

“The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.  If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
—Rev 20:13-15

Traditionalists say:

“The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire to be eternally tormented because it doesn’t actually destroy anything. The lake of fire is the second death where no one actually dies but are, rather, tortured forever.  If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire but he is never destroyed by the fire, only tortured.”

 

2 Comments

  1. Samual Yoder
    Jan 28, 2018

    The traditional stance never made sense to me if one reads those verses as stated. Death is death, perish is perish, destroy is destroy, kill is kill, etc. When the traditionalists change the meaning of these words then the words in scripture really have no meaning as such, one can make the words mean whatever they want. However, if you take those words at face value and state so to a traditionalist you’ll get a lot of flack, hassle, maybe even be called a heretic.
    I hold as the annihilationist, but will let the traditionalists believe whatever they want to keep peace since it is not a salvation issue. Maybe that is wrong of me, but I hate arguing.

  2. Michael Bunnell
    Dec 7, 2016

    It is impossible for a consuming fire to last forever because sooner or later it will consume everything and then have nothing more to consume.

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