The Bible and Hell: Supposed Proof Texts for Eternal Torture

The Bible and Hell: Supposed Proof Texts for Eternal Torture

          Since the Bible doesn’t teach that unredeemed people possess immortality or that they will suffer eternal torment in the lake of fire, the only way adherents of these beliefs can defend their position is by milking a small number of passages for details that the entire rest of the Bible refutes. This chapter is devoted to honestly examining these passages. Ironically, as you shall see, a close examination of these texts actually gives further support for literal everlasting destruction.   Daniel 12:2: “Shame and Everlasting Contempt”   Our first supposed proof text for eternal torture is this passage from Daniel: DANIEL 12:2-3 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting...

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The Book of Life is exactly that: A Book of Life

The Book of Life is exactly that: A Book of Life

The scriptures talk over and over again about a “Book of Life”: “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Revelation 3:5 “… and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the Book of Life.” Philippians 4:3 Moses and Paul were both willing to be blotted out of this book: “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin…and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.” Exodus 32:32  “For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh ” Romans 9:3 “Brethren, my...

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Gnashing of teeth refers to anger and sadness not pain

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” has great anger towards the other. Psalm 37:12-The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.  The wicked are angry with the just and are “gnashing” their teeth at them....

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Hell and False Doctrine: Issues of Morality & Justice

Hell and False Doctrine: Issues of Morality & Justice

Although the most important reason for rejecting eternal torture is the simple fact that the Bible does not teach it, there are other strong arguments in opposition to it, not the least being that it is utterly repulsive to the instinctive moral and judicial senses of anyone with a conscience.   Eternal Torture: Immoral and Unjust   As mentioned in Chapter One, the idea of God subjecting his human enemies to never-ending conscious torment would make Him morally worse than Hitler. After all, Hitler may have diabolically tortured, burned and gassed to death millions of people, but he at least allowed them to perish. By contrast, the doctrine of perpetual agony suggests that, even though God has the power to mercifully execute people cast into hell, He...

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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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