The Problem of Hell: “Traditionalism” vs. Annihilationism

The Problem of Hell: “Traditionalism” vs. Annihilationism

What Does the Bible Teach about hell? Traditionally, the most prominent view regarding eternal damnation is that the people cast into hell — the lake of fire — will suffer fiery conscious torments forever and ever. Depicting the horrors of this belief was a favorite subject amongst artists in medieval times, resulting in all manner of imaginative and ghastly portraits of people suffering unending agony. Some have since tried to modify this position a bit, suggesting a more metaphorical view, that the unending pain experienced probably refers to the mental anguish of eternal loss and “separation from God”; but it makes no significant difference as both views involve the notion of eternal torment. This may indeed be the traditionally prominent...

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The Truth About Hell: Other Arguments proving Annihilation

The Truth About Hell: Other Arguments proving Annihilation

      In light of the overwhelmingly clear biblical support for literal everlasting destruction and the lack thereof for eternal torment, adherents of the latter view have had to resort to all sorts of bizarre religious theories and objections. This chapter and the next one are devoted to looking at the truth about hell and these various extra-biblical arguments.   “Death Means ‘Separation’ ”    Let’s start with the strange theory that death doesn’t really mean death, but “separation.” Consider Paul’s unmistakable statement in this passage: ROMANS 6:23 For the wages of sin is death (thanatos), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. As we’ve already seen in Chapter One, “death” here is translated from the Greek word...

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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...

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

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

Is my gift of eternal life not good enough? Do people think they have to scare the lost into my arms with a heinous threat of eternal torture? My disciple John never tried to scare people in his gospel account or his letters in this way, nor did Paul. I used the clearest words I could throughout my 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 –That sin leads to DEATH—Romans 6:16 –That sin results in DEATH—Romans 6:21 –That the wages of sin is DEATH—Romans 6:23 –That those who live according to the sinful nature will DIE—Romans 8:13 –That the gospel is foolishness to those who are PERISHING—1...

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