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Fire and Flood: How the New Testament Uses the First Testament to Teach on Final Punishment

…w he could have possibly written more plainly.”23 The impression one gets via a survey of the literature on this verse is that the commentators, annihilationist or not, offer a treatment of this passage that strongly favours annihilationism, the annihilationist writers on final punishment gladly use it as a powerful proof text, and the defenders of eternal torment write as though it did not exist. 2 Peter 3:3-13 Here Peter is responding to those…

CS Lewis and Annihilation

…estroyed, must there not be a state of having been a human soul? And is not that, perhaps, the state which is equally well described as torment, destruction; and privation?”4 This is the argument which Lewis presents against annihilation: that annihilation is in fact impossible, for the soul cannot cease. Why the argument fails The argument, in my opinion, is multiply flawed. Firstly, there are objects in our everyday experience which do pass…

The Bible versus The Traditional View of Hell

…8221; (eisi) can be translated as: are, be, were, etc. But, even if we grant the use of the word “are” the verse can still be interpreted to mean that the beast and false prophet continued to remain in a state of annihilation at the time the Devil was cast into the Lake. That the Lake of Fire stands for annihilation is indisputable because Revelation 20:14 states, unequivocally, that the Lake of Fire is the second death. What is the…

My Annihilation , a Non-Event?

…suggested that these doctrines undermine the church’s mission and evangelism since we lose the power to “frighten sinners into heaven”. This is particularly true, they say, if, as has been asserted, my own annihilation is not really a terrifying prospect. I want to suggest that this argument is a “straw man.” First, we conditionalists do not argue that the fate of the wicked is “just annihilation.” All…

Athanasius, Atonement and Annihilation

…n Peoples posted a podcast on his blog that basically consists of the paper he presented at our Association Conference in 2007. The podcast can be found at http://www.rightreason.org/2008/episode-018-athanasius-atonement-and-annihilation/. The entry that contains the audio clip is entitled Epi sode 018: Athanasius, Atonement and Annihilation. It was posted on the 5th of October. You can listen online, or right click on the…

Orthodoxy and annihilationism : a response to John Piper

…the biblical doctrine. The irony of Piper Piper thus does not like the annihilationist view, and sees it as unbiblical and emotionally driven. So what does Piper do next? He lays out an emotionally driven argument to reject annihilationism! He laments how annihilationism would make “tremendous difference for missions”,7 which it would, but wouldn’t matter if the doctrine is true, and lays out his emotional rejection of the final judgment as…

Around the Web – dialogue on Annihilation and Conditional Immortality continues

…re and smoke of Edom’s destruction is not still ascending today. Instead, it is describing the finality of the judgment and the everlasting nature of the destruction. Rightly Dividing the Hell Debate linked from this article Annihilationism And The Christian Metaphysic written against annihilationism. Looks like we have the author concerned! But it has recently come to my attention that annihiliationism is also gaining traction in evangelical…

From the web this week – Conditional Immortality, Annihilation and Soul Sleep

http://forums.swordsearcher.com/showthread.php?t=1429 A debate on soul sleep http://3-ringbinder.blogspot.com/2010/09/explanation-of-my-controversial-though.html Explains why he believes in conditional immortality I don’t just believe this because it is convenient or makes me feel better. I believe that the Bible does actually teach that the damned will be destroyed, and that the traditional view of eternal torment, as well as universalism…

History of Hell | Hell before Augustine

…by Origen in the third century, for example) that demons would throw people into hell and torment them there. But that is not the final state. “Man’s real death,” as Arnobius put it, is final. It leaves nothing behind. It is annihilation. A number of traditionalists have made the claim that Arnobius was the first well-known Christian to defend the doctrine of annihilationism. This admission is often made while pointing out that he really wasn’t…

Life Death and Destiny | THE FINAL STATE (Part 3B)

…ion is certainly not a negligible punishment. Capital punishment is usually regarded as the most extreme sanction open to a court and New Zealand, for example, has removed it from the statute books as being too severe. Well, annihilation, total extinction, is far more absolute!4 However, certainly even annihilation is not comparable in severity, as a penalty, to everlasting torment! Can any unprejudiced person seriously maintain that eternal…