According to believers in an eternal conscious torment (ECT) or separation (ECS) of the wicked, this is the punishment that Revelation 20 refers to as the "second death". But, if the damned will suffer the second death, it means that they will be dead (duh), and eternally so. Only the saints will have eternal life. Yet, advocates of ECT/ECS affirm that the damned will be conscious of all this, eternally as well. Therefore, from these two facts it follows that the damned will be both dead and conscious at the same time, and, thus, that consciousness and life are not synonyms, they don't mean the same thing.
According to advocates of ECT/ECS:
- What is the biblical basis for their definition of death?
- What is the biblical basis for their definition of life?
- What is the biblical basis for their definition of consciousness?
- What is the biblical basis for the belief that consciousness is present in both modes of existence (dead & alive)? How is it possible for the dead to be conscious?
Note: answering the above questions can be confusing given that two types of death exist (first death & second death), and thus possibly two different definitions of life (opposite of first death & opposite of second death). I'm mostly concerned with the second death (as stated in the introductory paragraph), but discussions on the first death would also be appreciated.