Eternal Hell?

“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:46

Does this scripture prove hell? Here clearly Jesus is teaching about Judgement day and the fate of the righteous and the wicked.  So what is eternal punishment?

Lets examine the original Greek to get a deeper meaning. The Greek word for eternal is “aionios” now this word can be interpreted eternal or agelong. For this scripture the context of eternal would make more sense since we can see it applies to eternal life also

The Greek word for “punishment” would be timoria. Timoria has multiple meanings obviously like most Greek words. Some of the meanings include penalty or punishment.  So what is the penalty or punishment for evil and rejecting Christ?

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

The Bible clearly tells us the penalty for sin is death. When Jesus teaches about “Eternal Punishment” he talking about being destroyed forever. To be separated from God for good, to be annihilated.

Jesus never teaches about being tortured in a “hell” for all eternity. He teaches that without the gift of God , which is Jesus Christ, you will be forever destroyed upon the 2nd death.

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2

Daniel gives a similar prophecy about judgement day (2nd death) those who reject Christ will receive “everlasting contempt” The Hebrew meaning for the word “Contempt” also means “Blasphemy” or “Judicial” which we know the penalty for Blasphemy or contempt is death

So the evil who reject Christ will be eternally destroyed  at the 2nd death while the righteous who are covered by the blood of Jesus , will live with God forever in Jesus Name Amen

 

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15 thoughts on “Eternal Hell?

  1. chaddamitz

    When the last book of the Bible describes the flames of hell, it does not speak of consumption but says the lost “will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night” (Rev. 14:10–11).

    Also, in hell passages, it is claimed, eternal means only pertaining to “the age to come” and not “everlasting.” It is true that in the New Testament, eternal means “agelong,” with the context defining the age. And in texts treating eternal destinies, eternal does refer to the age to come. But the age to come lasts as long as the life of the eternal God Himself. Because He is eternal—He “lives forever and ever” (Rev. 4:9, 10; 10:6; 15:7)—so is the age to come. Jesus plainly sets this forth in His message on the sheep and goats: “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matt. 25:46; italics added). The punishment of the lost in hell is coextensive to the bliss of the righteous in heaven—both are everlasting.

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    1. @unashamedojesus Post author

      he too will drink the wine of God’s anger, poured undiluted into the cup of His wrath. And he will be tormented in fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11And the smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever. Day and night there will be no rest for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name

      You left out parts of the scriptures…says will be torments in fire and brimstone…doesnt’ say will be tormented forever. ..Remember Lake of Fire is symbolic as Death and Hades are cast into the “Lake of Fire” Obviously this is symbolic as Death cant be cast into hell

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  2. chaddamitz

    I myself need to do more research on this subject. I have heard both sides of the argument, but I am still convinced at this time that Hell is eternal. However, I am willing to change my mind if there is substantial evidence provided in the biblical text. Good day.

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      1. chaddamitz

        I agree. In seminary, I read a book in our Systematic Theology class. The title of the book was “Hell Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment.” Have you heard of this book?

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      2. @unashamedojesus Post author

        No haven’t heard of it, however the Romans invented Hell from Greek Mythology. So actually the book would be inaccurate as the early Christian Church never heard of “Hell”

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      3. chaddamitz

        Clement of Rome Recognitions book 7 ch 35 (27-97 ad). So, then, if they were sure of this, that the punishment of eternal fire awaits those who do not worship God, when would they cease warning and exhorting?

        Hyppolytus Against Plato, On the Cause of the Universe par 3 (170-236 ad). since to those who have done well shall be assigned righteously eternal bliss, and to the lovers of iniquity shall be given eternal punishment. And the fire which is un-quenchable and without end awaits these latter, and a certain fiery worm which dieth not, and which does not waste the body, but continues bursting forth from the body with unending pain.

        Justin Martyr 155ad Second Apology Ch 9 (100-165 ad). And that no one may say what is said by those who are deemed philosophers, that our assertions that the wicked are punished in eternal fire are big words and bugbears, and that we wish men to live virtuously through fear, and not because such a life is good and pleasant; I will briefly reply to this, that if this be not so, God does not exist; or, if He exists, He cares not for men and neither virtue nor vice is anything, and, as we said before, lawgivers unjustly punish those who transgress good commandments.

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