In Was Adam created immortal? Jefferson Vann examines the claim that our human ancestor was born with physical immortality.We conditionalists are usually comfortable with the idea that our human ancestor Adam was created mortal, albeit with the possibility of achieving immortality. In other words, he was created mortal but immortable. Arthur C. Custance Canadian scientist … [Read more...]
Articles in this subcategory focus on the subject of immortality, and particularly whether human beings or angels possess this attribute. Afterlife contributors hold the view of conditional immortality, which teaches that immortality is not innate or naturally inherent within any beings except God. We also teach that God promises to confer immortality upon the saved after their resurrection by Christ when he returns. This view is also called potential immortality because the good news of the gospel includes the fact that although humans are mortal now, they can become immortal in the future by trusting in Christ now.
Jefferson Vann invites readers to study the Edenic prohibition to immortality.presently prohibitedIn the garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve sinned, God said that they “must not reach out and take the fruit from the tree of life and eat. Then (they) would live forever” (Genesis 3:22).While many people think that human beings have immortal souls, the Bible is clear … [Read more...]
Testing Pink’s presupposition. Jefferson Vann reviews all the occurrences of the Greek phrase εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα in the New Testament. He tests Arthur Pink’s presupposition that the Bible uses that phrase to teach universal innate immortality and a perpetual hell.When traditionalist theologian Arthur W. Pink argued for the perpetual duration of hell, he conceded that the terms … [Read more...]
Never see death? Jefferson Vann shares his translation notes on John 8:51. He clarifies what Jesus actually promised as recorded in that verse. He shows that what Jesus actually said made it clear that he was promising rescue from the second death; he was not teaching universal innate immortality.“Truly I tell you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." … [Read more...]
In demon mortality and Revelation 20:10, Jefferson Vann responds to questions about his interpretation of Revelation 20:10.Pastor Corey McLaughlin recently wrote an article which suggested that angels and demons are exceptions to Paul’s statement in 1 Timothy 6:16 that God alone is immortal. (( Revelation 20:10...a Devil of a Dilemma for Advent Christians )) Much of his … [Read more...]