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FAQs

Answering the critics and supposed scriptures that teach otherwise

Thankfully, Conditionally Immortality is growing in belief among evangelicals. A great article was written by respected evangelical scholar Clark Pinnock who has come out strongly in favor of this position: The Destruction of the Finally Impenitent.

The fact that it is gaining ground must be the reason why a few are writing responses to it. They usually all quote the same four or five verses in defense of eternal torment, so these are now going to be addressed in this section.

First, in scripture, Jesus speaks definitively on the fate of the unsaved soul, it will be destroyed. 

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt 10:28)

It is Jesus who gives us the truly critical and pivotal scripture for understanding the fate of the lost soul–that it can and will be destroyed. It will die (cease to function anymore) on Judgment Day at the end of the age. This will happen in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15) which will be a terrible fate-cremation. However, Matthew 10:28 is the text through which all other scriptures and their interpretations must be filtered. Without using this text as the foundation for the fate of the lost, there will be confusion. With this text, (Matthew 10:28) as a foundational text, all other texts follow smoothly. Additionally, Paul also taught that immortality is brought to light through the gospel only. (2 Timothy 1:10) With this as a biblical filter, an important rule of biblical hermeneutics can now be followed-plain texts must interpret any symbolic texts.

Here are common questions:

 

More Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)

 

What about the eternal punishment of Matthew 25:46?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in FAQs | 0 comments

This is covered in Are you saying there is no “punishment” for the unsaved? But to state very briefly, the punishment (or wages) of sin according to scripture is always death. Romans 6:23 and many other scriptures state this very clearly, “The wages of sin is death.” And how long will this punishment of death last? Remember, this verse is taking place while they are standing before God and know that He can bring anyone back from death. Perhaps God will raise them back to life to enjoy the Kingdom they will clearly see...

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What about the unquenchable fire in Mark 9:48?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in FAQs | 0 comments

First of all, we need to realize that Jesus is quoting verbatim Isaiah 66:24 in this passage so please read, Why rarely cited Isaiah 66:24 is a key for a more complete understanding of this scripture. Proper hermeneutics demands that we interpret scripture with scripture. If Jesus is quoting Isaiah, shouldn’t we read Isaiah too? Obviously Jesus would not disagree with Isaiah. Was Isaiah talking about the soul? Clearly he was not. Second of all, if God throws something into eternal fire, who says that what is thrown in, is eternal...

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Everlasting contempt means disgust not torment

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Conditional Immortality, FAQs | 9 comments

Everlasting contempt means disgust not torment

Doesn’t Daniel 12:2 say some will face “everlasting contempt”? “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2 This verse is used constantly to prove the Traditional view. However, upon closer examination of the text, it is nowhere to be found. The Hebrew word here for “contempt” is “darone.” It is very important to note that the only other time it is used in all of Tenach (The Hebrew...

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Gnashing of teeth refers to anger and sadness not pain

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Conditional Immortality, FAQs | 1 comment

Gnashing of teeth refers to anger and sadness not pain

Traditional theology is Biblically wrong about the first century phrase “gnashing of teeth” A simple review of a few of the texts which have this phrase will clearly show that the Traditional way of thinking of it as a statement of pain and suffering will be unwarranted. Our language and idioms simply are not the same as the biblical ones. Case in point: Job 16:9-He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.  The one doing the “gnashing of teeth”...

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Did Jesus really talk more about hell than heaven?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in FAQs | 0 comments

Did Jesus really talk more about hell than heaven?

Answer: Hell no! Not even close. And the word translated as “hell” was sometimes Hades (Sheol) or mostly Gehenna…the ancient garbage dump outside of Jerusalem where trash and dead bodies were burned and destroyed.   Concordance search on “hell” in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.    Concordance search on “fire” in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.    Versus   Concordance search on “heaven” in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.    Concordance search on “kingdom of God” in Matthew, Mark,...

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Why Do My People Call Me a Sadist and Tell the Lost I Will Torment Them Forever?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in FAQs, Miscellaneous | 3 comments

Why Do My People Call Me a Sadist and Tell the Lost I Will Torment Them Forever?

Would Jesus say something like this to the church today? Is His gift of eternal life not good enough? Do people think they have to scare the lost into His arms with a heinous threat of eternal torture? The disciple John never tried to scare people in his gospel account or his letters in this way, nor did Paul. God used the clearest words He could throughout His word: –That those who live a lifestyle of unrepentant sin deserve DEATH—Romans 1:32 –That all who sin apart from the law will also PERISH apart from the law— Romans 2:12...

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