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...]
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.
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...]
St Paul’s description of the judgement of God in 2 Thessalonians 1:9 is another biblical reason to give up the traditional view of divine judgement and the eternal torments of hell. Back in 2007, my article “Fallacies in the Annihilationism Debate” was published in JETS (The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society). To be honest, the article was born out of my own … [Read more...]
According to the New Testament, it’s the resurrection or nothing. There is no other way to have any existence after death. This means, among other things, that there is no conscious soul able to survive without a body. Every Christian who takes a stance on the mind-body issue is going to have to live with the fact that there will be certain “problem texts” in the Bible that … [Read more...]