When you burn something, doesn’t it simply change form?

H. Buis comments on how adherents of literal everlasting destruction place great emphasis on the fact that the figure of “fire” is used in the Bible to describe the second death, “and fire, they point out, always destroys… But the fact is that when you burn something it is not annihilated, it simply changes form” (Buis 125). I guess what Mr. Buis is trying to say is that when, say, a log is burned up, it technically isn’t wiped out from existence, it turns to smoke vapors and ashes. While this is true, the simple fact is that the log itself is destroyed¾it no longer exists. The smoke vapors and ashes are merely the remains of the log. The same is true when God “destroys both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).” In regards to the body, when it is destroyed the...

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