Doesn’t “eternal torment” mean “eternal torture”?

Torment is Not Torture You may have noticed in this study that I regularly refer to the view of eternal torment as eternal torture. Both references obviously apply to the same position—that of never-ending conscious suffering. Norman Geisler, a staunch adherent of eternal torment, objects to this practice of using torment and torture interchangeably. His contention is that hell, the lake of fire, is indeed a place of torment, but it is not a torture chamber for “unlike torture, which is inflicted from without against one’s will, torment is self-inflicted” (Geisler 34, from Everything You Wanted to Know about Hell). This is utter nonsense and completely unbiblical. I have no idea where Geisler got this definition for torment (that it is always...

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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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14 Reasons why the Traditional View of Hell Is Untrue

14 Reasons why the Traditional View of Hell Is Untrue

14 Reasons why the Traditional view of hell is untrue. Scripture says that God has put His standards in man’s conscience and calls us to reason together with Him (Isaiah 1:18). So does the Traditional view of the lost, as eternal conscious torment, fit the bill? Does it pass test of scripture? Assuredly it does not. C.S. Lewis wrote, “There is no doctrine I would more willingly remove from Christianity than (hell), if it lay in my power,” (C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, London: Geoffrey Bles, 1940, p. 118). C.S. Lewis recognized the moral repulsion he faced when looking at the Traditional view. “We are told that it is a detestable doctrine and indeed, I too detest it from the bottom of my heart” (ibid. p. 118).  Why don’t...

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Hell in the Bible: The True Literal View

Hell in the Bible: The True Literal View

There’s an excellent book on eternal damnation titled Two Views of Hell by Edward Fudge and Robert Peterson. The view of everlasting destruction is presented by Mr. Fudge and he does a great job as his case rests totally on Scripture, which, of course, is the proper way a defense of any Christian doctrine should be conducted. Peterson, on the other hand, advocates the view of eternal conscious torture by beginning “with eleven theologians who support his view and ending with rationalistic arguments involving human creeds. Sandwiched between is his appeal to ten passages of Scripture, most of which he interprets by quoting uninspired theologians,” as Mr. Fudge points out (202). Peterson has no recourse but to resort to this approach because his position lacks any...

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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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