Dead souls, dying souls

I know, you have been told that human souls are immortal: they can never die.  You have been told “you have an immortal soul and are capable of living in immortal glory.”[1]  But what if the Bible spoke of souls as dying, and referred to the dead as dead souls. Would that make a difference.? […]

From Death to Life Issue 74 September 2017

From Death to Life Issue 74 September 2017 is available online now. You can read it below or by downloading the full pdf linked: From Death to Life Issue 74 September 2017   Related posts: No related posts.

Defending a bit of unconsciousness

Defending the unconscious intermediate state In the past few years, I have addressed the topic of the intermediate state many times.1  My usual approach has been to either outline the basic biblical argument for an unconscious intermediate state, or to respond to texts that have been used to argue for a conscious intermediate state. It has […]

the gospel Christ preached

Last year, I wrote a couple of articles outlining the gospel message presented by John the Baptist. That message can be summarized as follows: God’s kingdom is coming down from the sky soon (Matthew 3:2). The world is not ready for that kingdom, so people must make it ready (Matthew 3:2-3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4-6; […]

Taking a Stand

(Devotions for CIANZ Conference 15/7/17 ) Reading: Acts 17:22-23, 28-34 “Taking a Stand.”  Today’s “Rethinking Hell” Conference is subtitled, “The Unfinished Business of the Reformation.”  It’s a great title and CIANZ is very grateful to Peter Grice, Chris Date and other speakers for bringing their papers today.  I hope we can all get to hear […]

Limited to the visible

A study of the Law and Prophets in the Old Testament has shown that the normal, usual meaning of the Hebrew words shamayim and erets is the sky above and the land beneath.  The popular concept of heaven as the place where God lives is almost entirely absent – at least it does not fit […]

From Death to Life Issue 73 June 2017

From Death to Life Issue 73 June 2017 is available online now. You can read it below or by downloading the full pdf linked: From Death to Life Issue 73 June 2017   Related posts: No related posts.

Should we modify conditional immortality?

In a recent article on the Advent Christian Voices blog,1 Corey McLaughlin examines conditionalists’ treatment of Revelation 20:7-10 and concludes that our exegesis of that text has been “poor”, and based on “logic stretched thin.” He suggests that our problem is that we are trying to make Revelation 20 say that the lake of fire […]

Edward Fudge on the Eric Metaxas Show

Edward Fudge writes Recently I was invited to be the guest for an hour on the Eric Metaxas radio talk show, broadcast nationwide. The interview aired yesterday, Wednesday, April 19, in the second hour. Eric was kind, courteous, and sincerely interested in the topic. He was also well-prepared, asked me about Hell and Mr. Fudge movie, and […]

How Important Is Conditional Immortality?

Introduction to how important is conditional immortality In discussing any topic (theological or otherwise) in a presentation of this sort, and of this length, certain assumptions must be made. (If this were a paper in the field of mathematics, these assumptions might be called “postulates” — in the field of jurisprudence, they are known as […]