In "exterminate!" Jefferson Vann explains the meaning of an Old Testament word linked to the New Testament's description of hell.God does have a wonderful plan for your life, but it may be to exterminate you!Now that I have your attention, let me explain. We have been taught that God created human beings with an indestructible element – sometimes called a soul or a … [Read more...]
Articles in this subcategory focus on the final state of the lost in hell. In Evangelical annihilationism, the lost are justly punished and ultimately destroyed. The key alternatives to Evangelical annihilationism are those views of final punishment which involve inherent immortality. These specifically are eternal conscious torment (ECT), which teaches that the lost will suffer perpetually, and a form of universalism which teaches that the lost will eventually repent within hell and be restored.
In How hell will really glorify God, Jefferson Vann responds to the idea that a perpetual hell best demonstrates God’s holiness.A few years ago, Canadian pastor Tim Challies wrote a series of articles in which he argued that hell has to be perpetual. He asserted that “hell exists because God is holy–that hell must exist because God must be holy.”1 For Challies, God’s … [Read more...]
Jefferson Vann invites Afterlife readers to investigate an article written about another view of hell that appears to be traditionalism, but is not. a modern metaphorical view A growing number of theologians are now arguing against conditionalism by suggesting that hell is eternal conscious torment – but that it does not involve physical fire or torture!Take a look at … [Read more...]
In "The consequences of separation", Jefferson Vann concludes that final punishment is a separation from God, but there is more to it than that.The consequences of separationThey are still saying it. People who claim to know what the Bible teaches are still defining death as a mere separation from God.“Death is separation. Separation presupposes separable parts. The … [Read more...]
In An Eastern Orthodox Perspective, Jefferson Vann examines a new translation of the New Testament, and compares the author’s treatment of the concept of final punishment with his own.Conditionalists voice our dissent against the traditional Western church understanding of human nature and destiny. Our arguments are with theologians like Augustine, whose teaching led to a … [Read more...]