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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Examples of Everlasting Destruction in the Bible

Examples of Everlasting Destruction in the Bible

      Here we shall look at prominent biblical examples of literal everlasting destruction that back-up the numerous passages which blatantly state that unrighteous people will be destroyed in the lake of fire and not suffer never-ending roasting torment, such as Matthew 10:28, 2 Thessalonians 1:9 and 2 Peter 3:7.   The Example of Gehenna: “Hell”   Let’s start with the very word “hell” itself. There is only one biblical word translated as “hell” which refers to the lake of fire and is therefore relevant to the final disposition of ungodly people: Gehenna (GEH-en-nah). Gehenna is the Greek form of the Hebrew Ge-Hinnom, which literally means “the Valley of Hinnom.” The Hinnom Valley, also referred to as Topheth (TOH-feth), which means “a place to be...

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Further Proof that Hell is Everlasting Destruction

Further Proof that Hell is Everlasting Destruction

          There is one biblical book in particular that simply and clearly backs up all the evidence for literal everlasting destruction that we’ve amassed so far, the book of 2 Peter.   2 Peter on Everlasting Destruction   Let’s observe what this book has to say about human damnation starting with a text already briefly touched on in Chapter One: 2 PETER 2:6 If he [God] condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly… God is telling us right here precisely what the eternal fate of ungodly people will be: The utter destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is God’s example of what will ultimately happen to them. How exactly did God destroy these cities as an example? Why, by...

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Old Testament Hell Verses

Old Testament Hell Verses

      The scriptural support for literal everlasting destruction is so immense that I actually had to limit what I included in the main body of Hell Know. I felt I provided more than enough evidence and that, to include more, would be at the risk of boring readers. This appendix contains additional Old Testament support for the reader who desires such.   “The Way of the Wicked Will Perish”   Let’s start with the first Psalm. The first three verses of this Psalm speak of how blessed a righteous person is and ends with the statement, “whatever he does prospers.” The final three verses contrast the ungodly: Not so the Wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.(5) Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the...

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