A Conditionalist Word List

Abaddon   – A Hebrew word for destruction.  It is used in parallels for both Sheol (the intermediate state) and Qever (the grave).  Both are places of destruction, not life.  Job 26:6; 28:22; 31:12; Psa. 88:11; Prov. 15:11; 27:20.  The name of the angel of the bottomless pit (Rev. 9:11). abyss  –  A Greek work for […]

The Spirits in Prison: I Peter 3:18-20:

Are Spirits in Prison angels or people? First we look   I Peter 3:18 in an accurate and unprejudiced translation: For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit… (RSV). […]

Tracing the Road to Gehenna

(Conditional Immortality Association Conference address May 5th 2012) Introduction Our task for this afternoon is to trace the steps from Genesis through to the development of the NT concept of Gehenna – translated as “hell” in our English Bibles. Many of us will be familiar with the fact that there are also other words which […]

What is the Fate of the Wicked?

Notes from the fourth in a series of sermons I am preaching at my church (audio to follow next week). “Hell is Manhattan at rush hour!”, said Woody Allen. John Paul Sartre suggested that “hell is other people”. Many Christians belive that hell is the devil’s headquarters, and a place of unending conscious torment for […]