Questions tagged [annihilationism]

Annihilationism is the belief that the final judgement will result in unsaved souls being completely destroyed in hell rather than being subjected to eternal torment.

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Did Jesus speak more about hell than heaven?

Over the years I have often heard sermons in which it is claimed that Jesus taught more about hell than heaven. I have always believed it because I never had the inclination to check up on those ...
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If existence is greater than nonexistence, how could it have been better for Judas not to have been born (Mt. 26:24)?

Using natural reason it seems necessary to conclude that hell is a less evil fate than annihilation. If we recognize that evil is a lack of good, and existence is a good, then we can conclude that ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying that God can annihilate human souls?

We know that God is love and He is merciful. However, the idea of eternal torment seems too horrifying and doesn't seem to be in parallel with the nature of God. My argument is that, if God were ...
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What does it mean exactly when Wikipedia calls Annihilationism a legitimate minority opinion within modern conservative Protestantism?

The Wikipedia article regarding Annihilationism states: "Annihilationism seems to be gaining as a legitimate minority opinion within modern, conservative Protestant theology since the 1960s, and ...
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How is 2 Thessalonians 1:9 understood by those who believe that Hell is eternal conscious torment?

I've come across a passage that seems to support the idea that Hell is total annihilation. The verbiage "eternal destruction" in the English translation seems to denote that the individual ...
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What do Lutherans teach regarding Second Death?

What do Lutherans teach regarding Second Death (the ultimate fate of the Unjust as described by the book Revelations)? Are Lutherans Annihilationists? Do they believe in a traditional hell of eternal ...
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How/why do Annihilationists hold to their view on Hell when the Scripture never uses the word “ἀφανίζω (aphanizō)”?

The word aphanizō (ἀφανίζω) means: “to remove out of sight, cause to disappear;, pass. to disappear, vanish, Jas. 4:14; by impl. to destroy, consume, so that nothing shall be left visible, Mt. 6:19, ...
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How do Annihilationists interpret Matthew 10:28?

Matthew 10:28 `And be not afraid of those killing the body, and are not able to kill the soul, but fear rather Him who is able both soul and body to destroy in gehenna. (YLT) And do not be afraid of ...
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What exactly should an annihilationist fear in Matthew 10:28?

There have been a flurry of questions lately regarding the interpretation of Matthew 10:28 from various theological positions, primarily from those who do and who do not believe in eternal conscious ...
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What do annihilationalists make of Matthew 26:24 (and Mark 14:21)?

In Matthew 26:24 Jesus says The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. Also in ...
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How do annihilationists respond to verses that indicate eternal hell fire?

Matthew 18:8: 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into ...
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Do annihilationism and universalism argue against eternal life?

Annihilationists and universalists argue that the Greek word translated "eternal" (aionion/aionios) is more appropriately translated "eon-like", and thus New Testament terms like "eternal fire/...
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What is the Biblical basis for annihilationism or the conditionalist doctrine of hell?

By conditionalist doctrine, I mean the belief that hell is the destruction of those souls that go there, rather than the everlasting torment or eventual purification of said souls.
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What is the biblical basis for saying that unsaved souls are completely destroyed? (Annihilationism) [duplicate]

What is the biblical basis for saying that unsaved souls are completely destroyed? Related Questions: The following link covers the basis for saying that the unsaved are eternally punished, but not ...
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Does Reformed Baptist Protestantism reject Annihilationism?

John Stott argued against the eternal punishment of unbelievers whereas J I Packer argued for the view that Jesus Christ warned of the eternal punishment of those who reject himself and his gospel. ...
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What was Pelagius' view of Hell?

It is probably impossible to determine what his view was for certain, but what evidence is there that he believed eternal conscious torment, annihilationism, or universalism? Evidence ranging from ...
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Do any Christian denominations believe God can annihilate his creation?

Christians believe God created the universe from nothing. Do any believe he can reverse this process, effectively annihilating his creation, or some portion of his creation?
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How can one cease to exist when Jesus and many Bible verses state that hell a real place? [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the topic of hell. How can anyone claim that there isn't a hell when Jesus clearly states that there is? Also, the Bible speaks of fire, screaming, and other horrific ...
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What denominations subscribe to or accommodate the Annihiliationist doctrine of hell?

I am interested in what denominations allow or require the belief that hell is the annihilation of a conditionally immortal soul rather than the eternal suffering or eventual redemption of such.
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Why are the wicked resurrected only to be destroyed and sent to the Lake of Fire?

In Revelation 20 the resurrection of the wicked is detailed. They are then judged and thrown in the lake of fire. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in annihilation?

What is the official position of the Jehovah's Witnesses in regards to hell, specifically the doctrine of annihilation which says that people will not go on existing, that eventually God will just ...
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According to Catholicism, Can God annihilate the soul?

Catechism of the Catholic Church 362 The human person, created in the image of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual. The biblical account expresses this reality in symbolic language ...
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If God is a God of love, why does God not make all souls in hell cease to exist? [closed]

If God is omnipotent, and a God of love, why does God not make all souls in hell cease to exist, and did it ever happen? Also, wouldn't a loving God end their suffering? Thank you for your answers.