Sunday, February 07, 2010

Regarding Hell, Annihilation, and Conditional Immorality


As a follower of Jesus Christ I must acknowledge the fact that Jesus Himself talked more about hell than He did heaven. Jesus described hell as a very real and terrible place (Matt. 16:19-31).

Many within evangelical circles, and those who have aligned themselves with certain cults, teach that hell is simply being annihilated out of existence or that one will suffer for only a time and then be annihilated. This is of course a drastic descent from the traditional view of an eternal hell.

However, what does the Bible say about the duration of the non-believers fate in hell?

This two-part article by Alan W. Gomes aims to set the record straight regarding hell, annihilationism, and conditional immorality.

You can check out the article here:

Evangelicals and the Annihilation of Hell: Part I Part II

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

3 comments:

Lavinia4truth said...

Thanks for both of the articles. I was not familiar with the annihilationism view prior to this article. The summary paragraphs at the end of Part II seem to give some insight as to why the annihilation theory is becoming more prevalent in certain circles. This article is a great reminder to me of the tremendous price that Jesus paid for me and my sin. There are times in my life when I am not mindful that I was bought at a great price ( 1 Cor 6:19-20). I have to go back to the foot of the cross during these "lapses of memory". It seems that these theories of annihilation, conditional immortality, and denial of a literal hell are just more examples of "cheap grace" which leads to justification of the sin without justification of the REPENTANT sinner. Cheap grace "cheapens" the cost that Jesus paid for us. This article reminds me that we do have eternal souls with tremendous everlasting consequences for those who do not accept the gift of salvation that comes through Jesus Christ alone. The article makes me even more mindful of the imperative nature of the mandate in Matthew 28:19-20.

Lavinia4truth said...

I would like to clarify a point from the previous comment where I said " Cheap grace "cheapens" the cost that Jesus paid for us. " What I meant by that sentence was that I believe that people who follow cheap grace have a lower or less esteemed perspective of the price that Jesus paid for their sins. It is my opinion that people who follow this idea of cheap grace don't appreciate fully the price that was paid by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Tarnya Burge said...

I struggle to see in scripture where "Lord Jesus Christ, more than any other, who enunciated the doctrine of everlasting torment for the lost. " Perhaps you could point out those verses. A little while ago I wrote about emotions and conditional immorality
http://www.afterlife.co.nz/2012/testimony/emotions-and-evangelical-conditionalism/ I quote "We know we will be marginalised by the wider Christian community" all my emotions pulled me away from conditional immortality. Perhaps you might like to check out the rethinkinghell.com website.