It seems impossible to accept that the wicked have “no future” if in fact they shall never cease to experience an eternal future in hell. VI. In regards to “annihilation”- the bible doesnt speak of that – it speaks of eternal torment and separation from God. ( Log Out / However, by the fifth century, the doctrine Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Along similar lines, Jesus tells his disciples not to fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather “fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. I tend to agree with you about your assessment of the Christians WK quoted. “can the soul sustain itself being apart from the life of God? Also, there is a danger of teaching a form of works righteousness in annihilation is him, particularly in the area of someone suffering for a period of time and then being annihilated. (H/T The Poached Egg). I think an annihilationist would respond to the writing of the Church Fathers in the same way they respond to the Biblical texts: (1) “eternal punishment” does not mean “eternal torment” but part of the eternal punishment is to cease to exist for the rest of eternity, and (2) “everlasting” does not mean the body/soul in fire is immortal and eternal. Tags: Afterlife, Essay, Heaven and Hell, Judgement WK, given that I have read what is likely to be most of the evangelical defences and critiques of annihilationism in the last fifty years (as well as looking at historical arguments), and given that you said that the “vast majority” who swing away from eternal torment do so because they’re just “asserting their emotions,” I have to ask what sort of a survey of the literature you’ve done. While I am not completely convinced of this position, I think it is worthy of serious consideration. While the righteous “abide forever” (37:27), “the wicked perish…like smoke they vanish away” (Ps. Nope. 1:10). Universalism, Annihilationism, And The Early Church I've addressed the early church's view of Hell in previous posts on this blog, but I think some recent developments warrant a return to the subject. 8:36) and that when “the tempest” of God’s judgment passes, “the wicked are no more…” (10:25, emphasis added). He makes some good points, but doesn't go into much depth. Then there will be neither death again nor resurrection again, but we shall be always the same as we are now, without changing. Why are some Christians uncomfortable with the doctrine of Hell? Universalism, Annihilationism, And The Early Church I've addressed the early church's view of Hell in previous posts on this blog, but I think some recent developments warrant a return to the subject. Definitely. In light of the actual written evidence from the Early Church Fathers themselves, this pleading seems simply incredible. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever Its dominance was such that the medieval church was virtually a unit in holding the doctrine of inherent immortality. 6:23, cf. This view is very common and you might even be nodding your head in agreement with that description. Of course this would cause excruciating torment and hopelessness, not because God was torturing them but because they would finally experience the ultimate consequence of their actions. wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. – Hades its smoke shall go up forever. Annihilationism is the view that whoever and whatever cannot be redeemed by God is ultimately put out of existence. 5:13; 7:3, 6; 20:21; Ps. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. I think most, if not all, people who object to the traditional doctrine of hell do it for one reason only – because they don’t want to appear to be mean, so that non-Christians will like them. Rather, God keeps them in existence for the sole purpose of having them experience pain. All directly or indirectly speak of total annihilation. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991. pp. Its proponents offer six main arguments. Hell is a place of separation from God Jesus also said not to be afraid of those who can kill the body but not the soul, but instead to be afraid of the One who can destroy both the soul and the body. What I’m saying is that I am familiar with probably most of the literature defending annihilationism from the early twentieth century until now (and sporadic example prior to that). – Lake of Fire. Islam says that God will regenerate, or continually heal cursed humans so they might experience the pain and burning for all eternity, without actually getting immortality. 34:16, 21). . Deut. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. Denial of the general resurrection: The damned are never raised. This became the dominant view of hell throughout Church history. Annihilationism is directly related to the doctrine of conditional immortality, … This is not, however, the case with annihilationism. Rom. How Hell Invaded Church Doctrine. A man become so foul will depart into unquenchable fire: and so will anyone who listens to him. Annihilationism is the view that whoever and whatever cannot be redeemed by God is ultimately put out of existence. Close. – Second death That is why Jesus is Son of Man and Son of God and we are being created in His image if a person choses righteousness. 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