THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL
ETERNAL BURNING? OR ETERNALLY BURNT?

written by Clifford Scott

 

This is an extremely important
and totally misrepresented subject.

Some groups maintain the unbiblical concept
that Hellfire will burn the wicked eternally.

People have been known to go insane contemplating this heinous doctrine.
And understandably so.
You are either going to be tortured forever,
or you're going to have to pretend
(forever)
to love the monster who would do such a horrible thing!

THE BIBLE DOES NOT SUPPORT THIS !

 

All Bible quotes are from the NASB
unless otherwise noted.

 


 

BURNING FOR ETERNITY
WOULD REQUIRE AN ETERNAL SOUL

BIBLE PASSAGES CLAIMED
TO SUPPORT ETERNAL HELLFIRE
FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT

BIBLE PASSAGES CLAIMED
TO SUPPORT ETERNAL HELLFIRE
FROM MATTHEW AND MARK

BIBLE PASSAGES CLAIMED
TO SUPPORT ETERNAL HELLFIRE
FROM LUKE

PARABLE OF RICH MAN AND LAZARUS

BIBLE PASSAGES CLAIMED
TO SUPPORT ETERNAL HELLFIRE
FROM JOHN

BIBLE PASSAGES CLAIMED
TO SUPPORT ETERNAL HELLFIRE
FROM THE WRITINGS OF PAUL

LOGIC

TEXTS SUPPORTING THAT HELL HAS AN END

TEXTS EXPLAINING THE FATE OF THE WICKED

JESUS PAID THE PENALTY OF SIN

HELL IS NOT BURNING NOW

MEANING OF "EVER"

HELL ACCOMPLISHES THREE THINGS

THE FATE OF SATAN

GOD WIPES AWAY ALL TEARS

BEHOLD I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW

VENGEANCE BELONGS TO GOD

ARE YOU A SAINT?

DON'T MAKE A LIAR OUT OF JESUS!

DON'T FOLLOW THE BIGGEST LIAR!

ETERNAL HELLFIRE: A SCARE TACTIC

STICKING POINTS

 


 

BURNING FOR ETERNITY
WOULD REQUIRE AN ETERNAL SOUL

Does the Bible indicate whether or not Adam had an eternal soul? Let's look at Genesis 2:7 and see what it says. "Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."

Notice several things in this verse:
    1. God formed Adam.
    2. God gave Adam the Breath of Life.
    3. Then Adam became a living being. ("Being" in Hebrew is nephesh which also means "soul").
    4. The definition of become means to come into being.

Therefore, Adam did not have a soul, or was not a soul, until he had the Breath of Life from God.

But what about Psalm 139:13-16? It seems to indicate that you are a living soul when you're in the womb, before you're born. Let's read the text and see what it says. Verse 13 says, "For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb."

In this verse David says that God formed him, just as it says that God formed Adam in Genesis. But the Adam that God formed in Genesis was dead clay, dead matter, the David that God formed was living tissue, a living fetus. Read on through verse 16. In those verses David says that God knew him before he was born - doesn't that mean that David had a soul before he was born? No, it doesn't. David did not have a SOUL until he was born and took his first Breath of Life. However, this does not mean that David was not alive in his mother's womb. God knows the end from the beginning, because He is all-knowing and all-powerful. He knew what David would become after he was born, and after he grew into manhood. And God also knew who and what David was in his mother's womb. David was alive from conception, just as all humans are. But David was not a living SOUL until he received the Breath of Life at birth. This is why we call all births a miracle!

Man does NOT have an eternal soul! Man has a body that was formed by God. Then man receives the Breath of Life. And finally man becomes a living soul. BODY + BREATH OF LIFE = SOUL. When the Breath of Life leaves the body, the soul ceases to exist.

A person does NOT go immediately to Heaven or Hell when they die. If that were the case, then Jesus did a bad thing to make Lazarus (Martha and Mary's brother) leave Paradise and come back to this dark ugly world when He, Jesus, raised him from the dead! No. Lazarus was in death's sleep for four days when Jesus raised him from the dead.

Then consider what is said about David in Acts 2:29+34, "... the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day...For David did not ascend to heaven..." Righteous people do NOT go immediately to Heaven when they die. They sleep in death until the resurrection at Jesus' Second Coming.

In Matthew 22:31-32 Jesus says, "But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, 'I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living." And Luke adds, "... for all live to Him." (Luke 20:38). This seems to say that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are still living "somewhere" - but this is not necessarily so. God is saying that these patriarchs are not going to die the Second Death, but will be living forever in Heaven after Jesus' Second Coming. The NIV of Luke 20:38 says, "... for to Him all are alive." If you don't die the Second Death, then to God you are alive.

Also, the saints who were resurrected in Matthew 27:52-53 at the time of Jesus' death, are referred to as having been asleep, not in Heaven. They were dead in their graves and were resurrected when Jesus was. They appeared to many. The whole idea here is that Jesus' Resurrection assures our resurrection - from the dead - not from Heaven ... so that we can go to Heaven! Why would someone need to be resurrected from Heaven so they could go to Heaven? IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE!!

However, it is not the intent of this webpage to discover what happens to the righteous immediately after they die. Our purpose is to learn from the Bible, and using good logic, whether or not wicked people burn for eternity in Hell. So let's proceed ...

 


 

There are many passages in the Bible that some denominations claim for their support of the doctrine of eternal Hellfire.

Other than the one in the book of Daniel, most are in the New Testament. But let's examine them in the order they appear in the Bible:

BIBLE PASSAGES CLAIMED
TO SUPPORT ETERNAL HELLFIRE
FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT


Daniel 12:2. "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." This says absolutely nothing about eternal Hellfire. The second group suffers disgrace and contempt, not eternal torment.

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BIBLE PASSAGES CLAIMED
TO SUPPORT ETERNAL HELLFIRE
FROM MATTHEW AND MARK


Matthew 5:22, "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court ... and whoever shall say, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell." If you check the original Greek, the words translated "fiery Hell" actually mean "fiery gehenna." Gehenna is the Valley of Hinnom where trash was burned up to ashes. So this does NOT support eternally burning Hellfire.

Matthew 8:12, "but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." This must be referring to the time when the saints are at the banquet table with Jesus in Heaven. The wicked will be cast out into the outer darkness and will be weeping and gnashing their teeth. This cannot be referring to being burned with fire. If so, there would only be horrendous screaming - not weeping. Those weeping have just found out that there is no place for them in the Kingdom of Heaven. That's why they're weeping.

Matthew 10:28, "... but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." If we look at the original Greek for several words, this does NOT mean eternal Hellfire. "Destroy" = apollumi which means to destroy fully, to perish. "Soul" = psuche which means breath. "Hell" = gehenna which we have already discovered was the place near Jerusalem where they burned trash until it was ashes. So this passage cannot mean "the wicked burning in eternal Hellfire."

Matthew 11:23, "And you Capernaum ... you will descend to Hades ..." Hades in the Greek is the grave.

Matthew 13:42+50. "... and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Again, people who are tortured by being burned with fire would not be weeping and gnashing their teeth. They would be screaming. This is NOT talking about eternally burning hell, but the place where wicked people are thrown just before being thrown into the furnace of fire, or the Lake of Fire where they will die the Second Death (See Revelation 21:8).

Matthew 18:8. "If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire." This does seem to indicate eternally burning Hellfire. But, this statement of Jesus is not to be taken literally. Jesus obviously does NOT want His followers to go around cutting off their hands and feet. He is telling us that NOTHING is worth losing eternal life over. Also, "eternal fire" just means that the fire burns until it's job is finished, that NOTHING can put it out until there is nothing left to burn. (See Jude 7. {More on this in a subsequent section}).

Matthew 18:34-35, "And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart." This definitely seems to indicate eternal torture. But consider several things: 1. This is a parable. Making a doctrine out of a parable is NOT good Bible study. 2. In verse 27, the lord forgave the debt. This is an analogy to God forgiving our sins no matter how big. And when God forgives our sins, they are buried in the depths of the sea (Micah 7:18-19), they cannot be held against us again. God is not fickle. 3. UNTIL he should repay all that was owed him. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), so the wicked slave would have paid ALL when he died. 4. If one verse does not agree with the huge bulk of other verses on a subject, you don't make a doctrine on the one verse, ignoring the bulk of all the other verses.

Matthew 22:13, "Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' " This is not a description of eternal Hellfire. Again, weeping and gnashing of teeth is not what would be happening in eternally burning torture. This is most likely a description of those who have just learned that they are not going to Heaven, but have been cast out into the darkness, before being cast into the lake of fire. They are in mental misery. The lake of fire will destroy them quickly and completely, thus it is an act of mercy from God to put them out of their misery.

Matthew 23:15, "... you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves." Again the word hell is the Greek word Gehenna, the trash-burning dump site (that is NOT still burning today).

Matthew 23:33, "You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence [or judgment] of hell?" Hell = Gehenna.

Matthew 24:50-51, "... the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." The weeping and gnashing of teeth will take place when the lost realize they are lost, and before the lake of fire.

Matthew 25:30, "Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Another reference to weeping and gnashing of teeth in the outer darkness. Obviously NOT Hell.

Matthew 25:41, "Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels ..." Another reference to "eternal fire" which just means it cannot be extinguished until it has burned everything up. See Sodom and Gomorrah. They were burned with "eternal fire" - but they are not still burning.

Matthew 25:46. "These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Eternal punishMENT, not eternal punishING. The PUNISHMENT is eternal, not the punishing. The verse even makes a distinction between the two groups. One gets PUNISHMENT, the other gets eternal life. Notice only the second group gets eternal life. The first group would also have eternal life if they were burning eternally.

Mark 9:43-48. "... to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, [where their worm does not die ...]" The FIRE is unquenchable. It will not go out, it cannot be put out, until it does its work, and the person is burned up. The worm being talked about is the worm that feeds on dead bodies, not the "worm" or essence of a person. Check the original Greek.

Mark 12:38-40, "... Beware of the scribes ... who devour widow's houses, and for appearance's sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation." There could not be a "greater condemnation" than burning for eternity. In order to have degrees of condemnation, there must be a lowest limit of condemnation, which implies a highest limit of condemnation. Therefore there can be NO burning for eternity.

Mark 16:16, "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." This verse doesn't say "condemned to eternal hellfire" - just condemned. And it most likely means condemned to death - the Second Death.

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BIBLE PASSAGES CLAIMED
TO SUPPORT ETERNAL HELLFIRE
FROM LUKE


Luke 3:9, "Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." This just states that the wicked who "do not bear good fruit" will be thrown into a fire. Not that the fire will burn for eternity. Anyone who has ever tried to keep a campfire burning knows that the fire will go out when the wood is burned up. And just ashes will remain.

Luke 3:17, "His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Notice two points in this passage: 1. "He will burn up the chaff." In order for something to be BURNED UP, it has to be gone when the burning is finished. 2. "Unquenchable fire" does not mean eternally burning Hellfire. Point one already established that the chaff (the wicked) will be burned up - gone. Unquenchable fire is fire that cannot be put out by a fireman. It will burn until all is "burned up."

Luke 6:35-36, verse 36 says, "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." If our Father God is going to torture His enemies for eternity without end, and He is merciful, then we must do the same ... We must torture our enemies! This is obviously NOT true! There is NO eternal torture in Hellfire.

Luke 8:30-31, "And Jesus asked him, 'What is your name?' And he said, 'Legion'; for many demons had entered him. They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss." The abyss seems to be the place where demons are sent to await their judgment and final destruction. It appears to be an unpleasant place. See also Revelation 20:1-3.

Luke 10:15, Same as Matthew 11:23 above.

Luke 12:5, Same as Matthew 10:28 above.

Luke 12:58-59, "... and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent." This passage is not exactly about Hellfire, but has that alternate meaning. "Until you have paid the very last cent" indicates that there is an end.

Luke 13:3+5, "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." Jesus does NOT say, "Unless you repent, you will suffer torture in eternal Hellfire." He says "perish" and the definition of perish needs no explanation, but I will explain it anyway. "PERISH: verb - to die or be destroyed, to pass away or disappear."

Luke 13:27-28, "... depart from Me, all you evildoers. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out." Again this is not Hell, but the place where evildoers discover that they are going to miss out on being in the kingdom of God. That's where the weeping and gnashing of teeth takes place.

 

PARABLE OF RICH MAN AND LAZARUS

Luke 16:19-31. This is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. In the story, there is a great chasm between the Rich Man in Hell and Lazarus in Heaven. If this were an actual account of Heaven and Hell, Lazarus' Heaven would be hellish, because he would have to watch and listen to people being tormented in Hell. Also, please note that this is a PARABLE. It is very obvious that this story is a parable. The story comes right after the parables of: the lost sheep, the lost coin, the prodigal son, and the unrighteous steward. At the end of the parable, the Rich Man begs father Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his five brothers so they won't end up in Hell. But Abraham says no, and reminds him that they have the words of Moses and the prophets. The Rich Man tells Abraham that if someone goes to them from the dead, they will listen. Abraham says that if they won't listen to Moses and the prophets, then they wouldn't be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.

There are a number of things to note about this PARABLE.

      1. IF someone were being tortured by being burned in flames, they would not have the presence of mind to be able to carry on a rational conversation with another person.

      2. Both the Rich Man and Abraham compare the Rich Man's torment with being dead. Rich Man: "... if someone goes to them from the dead, they will listen." Abraham: "... they wouldn't be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead."

      3. In Jesus' parable, "Abraham" made a "prophecy" about Lazarus being raised from the dead, which did happen shortly after this parable when Lazarus (Martha and Mary's brother) was raised from the dead by Jesus himself. We have NO Biblical record of Lazarus relating anything that "happened" in Jesus' parable. This was another "object lesson" that Jesus was teaching from this parable. The listeners no doubt recalled this parable when Lazarus was resurrected, giving them absolute proof that it was a parable, not an actual account of Heaven and Hell.

      4. The Rich Man called out to Father Abraham for salvation, but got none. This was a reminder to the Jews listening to Jesus that their heritage from Father Abraham was not what would save them.

Following is a partial sampling of websites which include the story of The Rich Man and Lazarus in their lists of Biblical Parables:

learningscriptures.info/biblical-parables/parable-of-the-rich-man-and-lazarus.htm

access-jesus.com/parables-of-jesus-bible-list.html/

https://carm.org/what-are-the-parables-jesus-taught

https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/pnt/pnt06.cfm

https://bible.org/series/parables

ww3.haverford.edu/religion/courses/301F09/List of Parables.htm

swapmeetdave.com/Bible/Parables/33.pdf

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parables_of_Jesus#Other_parables

 

THE STORY OF
THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS
IS DEFINITELY A PARABLE !!!!!

And the biggest departure from sound Bible study is constructing a doctrine from a PARABLE. Claiming that people burn for ever based on this parable is very unwise. If parables were absolute truth, one could say that trees talk to each other, and that the king's brother could understand them, based on the story told in the book of Judges 9:7-15.

See: SCRIPTURE OVER TRADITION
by Edmund Rogol
25755 Rogol Dr
Hillsboro, OR 97123

 

Luke 17:28-30, "It was the same as happened in the days of Lot ... on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed." This is a very important text in our study of Hell. Sodom and Gomorrah suffered the punishment of "eternal fire" (see Jude 7), yet they are not burning today. They are buried under the Dead Sea. The "eternal fire" was a fire that burned until it totally destroyed everything in those two cities. The Sodom Fire Dept could NOT put out the flames. The word in verse 29, "destroyed" is the Greek word apollumi. It means to destroy fully, to perish, lose, die. "PERISH: verb - to die or be destroyed, to pass away or disappear." THIS DOES NOT DESCRIBE ETERNALLY BURNING HELLFIRE TORTURE !!!!

Luke 20:46-47, Same as Mark 12:38-40.

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BIBLE PASSAGES CLAIMED
TO SUPPORT ETERNAL HELLFIRE
FROM JOHN


John 3:36. "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey (or believe) the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." This one is self-explanatory. To not see life is to be dead. How can one "not see life" if they are living for ever in eternal torment?

John 5:28-29. "... those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment." Nothing about eternal torment. Just judgment. The judgment can even be eternal, have eternal consequences. But this is entirely different than eternal Hellfire torture.

John 17:12, "... and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition [Hebrew idiom for one destined to perish], so that the Scripture would be fulfilled." Jesus is talking about Judas Iscariot who betrayed Him. Jesus says that Judas will "perish" - not that he will burn forever without end. I repeat this again, "PERISH: verb - to die or be destroyed, to pass away or disappear."

The last of the "eternal Hellfire" passages in the Bible are found in the book of Revelation, written by John.

Revelation 14:9-11, "... tormented with fire and brimstone ... and the smoke of their torment goes up for ever and ever ..." Notice carefully that the people are not being tormented for ever ... the SMOKE goes up for ever! Also the Greek word "ever" is "aion" from which we get our word "eon" that means "a period of time," or "until life is over."

Revelation 20:10, "And the Devil ... was thrown into the lake of fire and ... will be tormented day and night for ever and ever." So in other words, the smoke goes up for a period of time. The RESULT of the fire is eternal. The Devil will be tormented day and night, possibly indicating he will be burning for at least 24 hours. He will be tormented for a period of time. This could be long or short, but it will definitely have an end.

Revelation 21:8, "... their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." This shows that the end of the lake of fire is the second DEATH. Not eternal burning. This is a VERY important point to understand. It clearly states that the "lake that burns with fire and brimstone" ENDS with the second death! It does NOT go on and on for ever and ever!! It is NOT burning eternally without end!!!

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BIBLE PASSAGES CLAIMED
TO SUPPORT ETERNAL HELLFIRE
FROM THE WRITINGS OF PAUL


Acts 2:27, "Because You will not abandon my soul [breath] to Hades [grave], Nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay." This is a quote from David about Jesus. It is NOT talking about immortal souls, but breath. And not Hell, but the grave.


 

LOGIC


Everyone has read accounts or seen movies in which an extremely EVIL person wants something from someone. The most EVIL thing he can think of is to torture the person's daughter in front of their eyes. The person cannot take this and does whatever the EVIL person wants. These accounts make us all hate the EVIL person more than anything! We can't wait for the vindication part of the account where the EVIL person gets what he deserves!

And yet there are church groups who make our loving and kind God into this EVIL person who is going to torture someone's daughter in front of their eyes, not just for several minutes, but for eternity! And we are supposed to love this "god" ?! This is the most heinous and reprehensible doctrine anyone has ever come up with! AND IT IS NOT TRUE !!!

How can we think that our loving God and Creator could possibly torture someone for eternity to pay for, at the most, a hundred or so years of sin? This is totally illogical and goes against everything God stands for. The one who came up with this idea of eternally burning Hell is the exact opposite of a loving God, someone who hates God so much he would do anything to impugn His character. You can be sure that it was the Devil who came up with this idea. Don't follow this line of thinking! Do not go along with the Devil's logic!! Do not perpetuate this LIE!!!

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TEXTS SUPPORTING THAT HELL HAS AN END


Look at the last book of the old testament, Malachi. In chapter 4, Malachi states "For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace ... and every evildoer will be chaff ... You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet ..."

Obviously the wicked cannot be suffering eternal Hellfire if we will be walking on their ashes!

Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death ..." Death is not death if you are alive for ever in eternally burning Hellfire!

Matthew 13:30. "... First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn." The man did not burn the tares for eternity without end! He burned them up - to burn something up means to burn it until it is gone, turned to ashes.

In Luke 13:3 Jesus says, "... unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." He did NOT say you will all likewise burn for ever. The definition of the word perish is quite obvious and needs no explanation, but I will explain it anyway. "PERISH: verb - to die or be destroyed, to pass away or disappear."

The great GOSPEL verse, John 3:16, states: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." It does NOT say, "shall not burn eternally, but have eternal life." It says PERISH. "PERISH: verb - to die or be destroyed, to pass away or disappear."

Many times in the New Testament the Greek word translated "Hell" is the word "gehenna" which refers to the "Valley of Hinnom" a place where trash was burned. If you check, you will find that the trash that was burned in the Bible times is NOT still burning. It has BURNED UP, has turned to ashes, and is now mixed into the surrounding soil.

Read Jude 7: "... Sodom and Gomorrah ... are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire." This says that Sodom and Gomorrha suffered the vengeance of eternal fire. Are the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha still burning? No. They are buried under the salty waters of the Dead Sea. 2 Peter 2:6 says, "... He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes ..." The result of their fire was eternal. They are eternally burnt! They are eternally ashes!

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TEXTS EXPLAININNG THE FATE OF THE WICKED


Psalm 37:10, "... the wicked man will be no more; and you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there."
If you can not find someone they are totally gone - not burning somewhere!

Psalm 37:20, "But the wicked will perish ... they vanish - like smoke they vanish away."

Psalm 37:38, "But transgressors will be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked will be cut off."

Psalm 92:7, "That when the wicked sprouted up like grass and all who did iniquity flourished, it was only that they might be destroyed forevermore."

Psalm 104:35, "Let sinners be consummed from the earth and let the wicked be no more."

Psalm 145:20, "The Lord keeps all who love Him, but the wicked He will destroy."

Matthew 10:28, "... but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

John 10:27-28, "My sheep hear My voice ... and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish."

Romans 2:5-6, "But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS..." This tells us that everybody will receive judgment "ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS." A wicked person who only lived for 80 or 90 years can NOT be tortured for ever and ever without end! That does not go along with this statement of judgment "ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS." To do so would make a liar out of God! This text doesn't even mean that he would be tortured for 80 or 90 years, but only "ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS" - and only God knows how long that would be.

1 John 5:12, "... he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."

ALL these texts emphatically state that the wicked will have an end, they will be no more, they will vanish like smoke, they will be destroyed, they will not have life, they will PERISH. PERISH: verb - to die or be destroyed, to pass away or disappear.

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JESUS PAID THE PENALTY OF SIN


If the penalty for sin were eternal torture in Hellfire, and Jesus paid the penalty for our sin ... you can see where this would lead. Jesus would be in eternal Hellfire, suffering eternal torture. This is impossible. Jesus paid our penalty by going into the second death, by being eternally separated from God. Jesus came back from the second death. But He will always be a human now. He will never be what He was before He gave His life for us! This is the greatest love!

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HELL IS NOT BURNING NOW


As for eternal Hellfire ... Hell is not even burning right now. In Revelation 20:7-10 the Bible teaches that after the 1000 years (millennium) are finished, Satan will be released from prison and then fire will come down from God and devour all the wicked. And the Devil will be cast into this "lake of fire" to be tormented for ever and ever. In Revelation 20:14 this is called the "Second Death" - the Death that no one comes back from. Revelation 20:13 states, "... and they were judged every man according to their works." This means that some will suffer for just a short time, while others will suffer longer, "every man according to their works."

In Revelation 22:12, Jesus says the same thing again. But notice the word reward - "Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done." The word reward is the Greek word misthos which according to Strong's Concordance means, "pay for service (literally or figuratively) good or bad: hire reward wages."

God's reward (good or bad) is being brought by Jesus when He comes back to Earth, at The Second Coming.

Therefore NO ONE can be in Hell suffering right now or at any time in the past!

The reward (good or bad) will be rendered to everyone according to what they have done. Being tortured for eternity to pay for 80 or 90 years of sin does NOT fit this statement!

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MEANING OF THE GREEK WORD "EVER"


As we mentioned before, the Greek word "ever" in Revelation is "aion" from which we get our word "eon" meaning a period of time, or an age. Please note that whether the Bible uses this term for God or for humans - it means "a period of time, a lifetime, or until life is over." Since God cannot die, for "ever" (eon), when applied to God does mean ETERNAL, without end. But for wicked humans it means they will be tormented for a period of time until their life is over. And since these wicked humans have NOT been given the gift of ETERNAL life, they CANNOT burn eternally. They will only burn until their life is over. Most likely the term applies the same way to the Devil.

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HELL ACCOMPLISHES THREE THINGS


Hellfire accomplishes three things.
      1. It brings justice.
      2. It destroys the wicked.
      3. It purifies the Earth.

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THE FATE OF SATAN, THE DEVIL


Ezekiel 28:12-18
This text is talking about the King of Tyre, but from the context and the specific things said, it is obvious that it is actually referring to Satan, the Devil. Starting in verse 13, "You were in Eden, the garden of God ... You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there ... You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you ... And you sinned; therefore I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you ..."

2 Thessalonians 2:8
"Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end ..."

Hebrews 2:14
"... that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil ..."

(emphasis mine)

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GOD WIPES AWAY ALL TEARS


After the 1000 years, the wicked dead are resurrected and judged. They come to the realization that God is just. Their punishment is just. But they are in such agony of spirit, that fire falls in mercy from God and destroys them. This same fire then purifies the Earth. God wipes away all tears. And we get to watch as He re-creates the New Earth where we will spend eternity with Him in peace and love!!!!!!!!

In Revelation 21:4 we read what it will be like in the New Earth, "God will wipe away all tears ... there will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying ..." If you are in the New Earth, but one of your loved ones was being tortured for ever and ever in Hell, would this be heavenly? The New Earth would be hellish! But after everything dealing with sin is burned up and purified, God will do something to wipe away everything so we can live eternally at peace.

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"BEHOLD I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW"


Revelation 21:5 says, "And He that sat upon the throne said, 'Behold I make all things new.'" God says He will make all things new. If old sinful people and the old Devil are still around being tortured for ever in Hell, then not all things are new. And that would make God a liar. And that is impossible. When God says He will make all things new, He means exactly that. There will be a new Heavens and a new Earth. There will NOT be an old Hell with old people in it somewhere.

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VENGEANCE BELONGS TO GOD


Romans 12:19 states, "Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.' says the Lord." If vengeance belongs to God, then He will decide how long the punishment will be for those who have done unspeakable things to His saints. But their punishment will have an end.

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ARE YOU A SAINT?


No SAINT would want to see
even their worst enemy
burned and tortured
for ever and ever without end.

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ETERNAL HELL MAKES A LIAR OUT OF JESUS!


The false doctrine of eternally burning Hellfire torturing the wicked for eternity without end makes a liar out of Jesus on at least four counts:

    1. In Matthew 5:7 Jesus tells us, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." Jesus would be lying here if He intended to have NO mercy on sinners, but was planning on torturing them for eternity without end!

    2. In Matthew 5:44 and in Luke 6:27, Jesus tells us, "Love your enemies." Then He is supposedly going to torture His enemies in the most heinous manner imaginable - by burning them in fire for eternity without end?! One of the worst things I ever read about man's horrible inhumanity towards his fellow man, was an account where white supremacists burned a black man at the stake. But then, instead of letting him die, they took him out of the fire and left him on the ground to suffer his third degree burns for hours and hours before they put him back in the fire and let him burn to death! And this horrendous thing is merciful compared to what Jesus is supposedly going to do to some of His creatures! To possibly your child!! And all the while you are in Heaven proclaiming your love to this monster?!

    3. In Romans 6:23 Paul tells us, "For the wages of sin is death." He makes a liar of Jesus if the wages of sin is actually burning alive in Hell for eternity! You can NOT be dead and burning alive for eternity at the same time!

    4. Also in the same verse Paul tells us that "the free gift of God is eternal life." This is contrasted with the wages of sin being death.

DO NOT MAKE A LIAR OUT OF JESUS! DO NOT BELIEVE THAT YOUR LOVING SAVIOR COULD BE SUCH A MERCILESS MONSTER THAT HE WOULD MAKE HIS CREATURES SUFFER THE MOST HORRENDOUS PAIN FOR ETERNITY WITHOUT END!! DO NOT BELIEVE IN AN ETERNALLY BURNING HELL!!!

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DON'T FOLLOW THE BIGGEST LIAR!


Satan's first and biggest lie was when he told Eve, "You surely will not die." (Genesis 2:4). This BIG LIE is found in the doctrine of Eternal Hell! In order to burn forever without end, one would have to never die. "You surely will not die." Don't believe Satan's biggest lie! The Bible tells us, "The person who sins will die" Ezekiel 18:20. Who are you going to believe? Satan or God? "...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15.

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A SCARE TACTIC


Anyone who teaches eternal Hellfire is trying to scare you into believing what they do. God is not like that. He came to Earth and became a human and died the second death and rose again and came back from that second death so that we can be saved and love Him for eternity in peace.

THAT is an awesome God.
THAT is a God I can love!

 

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STICKING POINTS


Paul seems to have believed that we have an immortal soul when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:8, "We are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord."

Then in Philippians 1:23-24 he says, "But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake."

One answer to these statements is that Paul knew that death is like a sleep. The Bible states this many times. So he knew that as soon as he died, his very next thought would be seeing Jesus. Just as when you fall asleep (and if you don't dream) your very next thought is waking in the morning.


Also, some people quote Jesus' words to the thief on the cross in Luke 23:43, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise." However if we take this statement as it reads here, it makes Jesus a liar. Because Jesus said these words on Friday, but did not go back to Paradise until after His resurrection on Sunday. In John 20:17 Jesus says to Mary, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father ..." Therefore Jesus could not have been in Paradise with the thief that day. Another point - it is very probable that the thief did not even die that Friday. People usually did not die the same day they were crucified. A much better reading of Jesus' words is: "Truly I say to you today, you shall be with Me in Paradise." Some people object that this makes a clunky awkward sentence. But put this statement in a structure we would use today, "I'm telling you this truth today. You will be with Me in Paradise!" and it makes perfect sense! So just moving the comma (which was not in the original Luke 23:43 text) completely removes this problem.


 

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