In “ACTION seminar 2 notes” Jefferson Vann shares the notes on a seminar he taught on the Potential Immortality of Man. This Advent Christian distinctive doctrine is often referred to by four other names. 1. Conditional Immortality (or conditionalism) 2. Conferred Immortality 3. Future Immortality 4. Life Only in Christ Each of these names accentuate a particular … [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 “Basar in Genesis (a study of meaning in context)” Jefferson Vann traces instances of the Hebrew word usually translated “flesh” and shows how they attest to the natural mortality of human beings. Many English biblical terms are so common that we rarely stop to examine their meaning. In such cases, significant meaning behind the words can be lost – hidden in plain sight. … [Read more...]
In "the wrong shepherd" Jefferson Vann shares how following the wrong shepherd can mean losing the chance at eternal life. Psalm 49:13-15 (JDV) Psalm 49:13 This is the way of those who are arrogant, and of their followers, who approve of their words. Selah Psalm 49:14 Like sheep they are headed for Sheol; Death will shepherd them. Those still standing will rule over … [Read more...]
In "brother love and conditionalism" Jefferson Vann shows that John’s message of brother love in 1 John 3:11-16 is intertwined with conditionalism. 1 John 3:11-16 ESV 11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder … [Read more...]
In "conditionalism is fair" Jefferson Vann explains that God's penalty for rebellion and sin is consistent and fair, but traditionalism disregards that fact. conditionalism is fair Ezekiel 18:29-32 CSB 29 But the house of Israel says, ‘The Lord’s way isn’t fair.’ Is it my ways that are unfair, house of Israel? Instead, isn’t it your ways that are unfair? 30 “Therefore, … [Read more...]
In "the way of the wicked" Jefferson Vann explains the consequences of living this life apart from Christ. the way of the wicked "Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked. The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts of fools are not so. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]