In “Peter’s synonym for Gehenna,” Jefferson Vann explains how Peter, Paul, and the other apostles described the ultimate fate of the lost.You know that passage in the Bible where the apostle Peter confronts Simon the sorcerer and tells him “May your silver perish with you”? He didn’t actually say that. What he said was much more interesting.But first – a little … [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 “two case studies – the meaning of ἀπόλλυμι in Acts” Jefferson Vann shows that the word expressing the fate of the wicked properly means “to be destroyed.”Seven years ago, Tarnya wrote a small article in which she contrasted two theological opinions on the meaning of the Greek word ἀπόλλυμι (apollumi).She quoted Bill Mounce as arguing that the word can mean … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]