In "theological contamination" Jefferson Vann warns against the syncretism that happens when someone tries to believe both the biblical resurrection and the pagan idea of survival at death. 1 Corinthians 15:12-18 (JDV) 1 Corinthians 15:12 But since Christ is proclaimed, that He has been raised from among the dead ones, how can some among you say that there is no … [Read more...]
Exploring Conditional Immortality
Here are the archive of articles exploring conditional immortality:
Discussing the belief that human beings are mortal, and can only receive immortality on the condition that God gives it to them as a gift through faith in Jesus Christ.
Articles in this subcategory are key entries which explain conditional immortality as a theological position, and deal with key texts given as evidence for the view.
In “Psalm 58” Jefferson Vann shares his translation and analysis of that Psalm – an example of conditionalist exegesis. Psalm 58:1-2 (JDV) Psalm 58:11 Are you really saying the right things, you gods? Do you judge people fairly? Psalm 58:2 No, you practice injustice in your hearts; with your hands you weigh out violence in the land. The first question that must be … [Read more...]
It is often said of someone caught in an unjustifiable opinion or action, that he or she "doesn't have a leg to stand on." Actually, you need two legs to stand securely, not just one, and Conditional Immortality does have two legs to stand on: human mortality and annihilation at judgment. That is, consistent conditionalism denies both the immortality of the soul and eternal … [Read more...]
Jefferson Vann invites Afterlife readers to read more about one of twelve core texts of conditionalism: 1 Timothy 6:15-16 1 Timothy 6:15-16 is one of the twelve core texts of conditionalism that my wife and I covered in our “gift of life” seminar. Here is the text in context: 13 I charge you before God who gives life to all things and Christ Jesus who made his good … [Read more...]
In a recent article on the Advent Christian Voices blog, ((https://www.adventchristianvoices.com/blog/2017/5/23/revelation-2110a-devil-of-a-dilemma-for-advent-christians)) 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 … [Read more...]
Many believers today want to help their unchristian friends make a decision to follow Jesus Christ. But, how do they do that? They will be tempted to just say the same thing that someone said to them. But what if they were led to Christ by the wrong method? Sure, their faith is genuine, and their commitment to Christ cannot be questioned, but was the approach that someone used … [Read more...]
In critiquing the traditional view of hell, as eternal conscious torment, conditionalists often reject it for failing to take into account the “face value” reading of Scripture. Instead of interpreting the passages referring to final punishment in light of these presuppositions, the conditionalist simply wishes to read them as to meaning what they say- when it says destroy, it … [Read more...]
I once came across a rather indignant and unhappy person denouncing the conditional immortality on a Youtube video. This response raises the question; what is wrong with the message of conditional immortality? According to the Bible, only God has immortality (( 1 Timothy 6:16 )) and Jesus came to grant immortality through the Gospel. (( 2 Timothy 1:10 )) In other words, man … [Read more...]
Jefferson reflects on the verses about earthly tent when the tent he is using on the Appalachian Trail is beyond repair. throwing away the old tent Like we did so many times before, my wife and I packed up our cheap, five dollar tent in my expensive backpack, and headed out for a day of tramping and camping. Our favourite place to do this is the Appalachian Trail, over … [Read more...]
“…his Bride has made herself ready…” (Rev. 19:7). Tomorrow will be a day of glorification for the saved. Our response to God’s grace will enable us to take our place as Christ’s eternal bride. We need to live ready for the return of Christ. The more we learn about our future as believers, the more capable we become at living life the way our Lord wants us to live … [Read more...]