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Technically, a couple of different terms are being confused in the question. Conditionalism is the teaching that immortality / eternal life is conditional upon a right standing with God. Annihilationism is the teaching that anyone who is ultimately unrepentant will cease to exist, usually after a period of torment that accommodates to the amount of evil ...


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First, the idea of the immortality of the soul comes from the Greek dualistic view of body and soul as separate, with a mortal body and an immortal soul. Immortality belongs to God alone (I Tim. 6:16) in the sense of before creation and on to eternity. God offers eternal life (John 3:15–16; 10:28; 17:2; Rom. 2:7; 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:42f; 50, 54; Gal. 6:8; 1 John ...


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In the Summa Theologica (First Part, Question 104, Article 3), Aquinas asks "Whether God can annihilate anything?" He concludes, Some have held that God, in giving existence to creatures, acted from natural necessity. Were this true, God could not annihilate anything, since His nature cannot change. But, as we have said above, such an opinion is ...


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The traditional view of Reformed Baptists (and the Reformed view more generally, including of Anglicans) is that of eternal punishment. Take, for example, the Westminster Confession of Faith. This taken from Chapter VI: Chapter VI. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof. ... VI. Every sin, both original and actual, being a transgression ...


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Most arguments for eternal torment based on this verse rely on the words "Away from" or "Separated from", which are said to imply ongoing separation, meaning "destruction" is not literal. However, this verse is actually a stronger argument for annihilationism that it appears, as those words have been added in several popular ...


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Mark 9:43 refers to "unquenchable fire" (Greek ἄσβεστον (asbeston) from which we get the word "asbestos"). The KJV calls it "the fire that shall never be quenched". This verse also refers to this fire as "hell" (Greek γέενναν (geennan), from which we get the word "Gehenna"). The Outline of Biblical Usage ...


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Eternal destruction "from or out of" the presence of the Lord and the glory of His might. Some think that "from" indicates causality and interpret the "presence of the Lord and the glory of His might" as that which brings about the destruction, in much the same way as one might be sick from the flu but this is not proper. The ...


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According to Catholics God chooses to sustain creation. 301 With creation, God does not abandon his creatures to themselves. He not only gives them being and existence, but also, and at every moment, upholds and sustains them in being, enables them to act and brings them to their final end. Recognizing this utter dependence with respect to the Creator is ...


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The views expressed below are not my own, but your question merits an answer that I hope represents annihilationism as an annihilationist might. I will seek to demonstrate you are correct in believing some annihilationists resort to alternate translations about hell which present difficulties for the traditional understanding of verses about heaven. ...


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The only document assigned to Pelagius that I could find is his letter to Demetrias, a fourteen year old girl of wealthy family who shunned riches and made enquiries regarding her own religious desires. The letter is presented online but the two presentations I have found (herein linked) are very different and there is some question about the accuracy of ...


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This particular verse can see be seen in a much clearer light if properly translated. Youngs does a better job of translating this verse: First a short background to bring in a better context of the scripture as well. Acts 17 1:-9 shows some of the afflictions and persecutions the new believers in Thessalonians were experiencing and from who. 5The Jews, ...


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2 Thessalonians 1:9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, [away] from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might. Were the aforementioned destruction to be total, then it would not be eternal, since, once something has already been annihilated, it cannot be subjected to anything anymore, having already ceased to exist. ...


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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)? It is better to be in Hell for the rest of eternity than to never have existed! Both Matthew 11:11and Mark 26:24 state, "The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man bywhom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have ...


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When something is unclear in one verse refer to others and frequently the collective view this gives you makes the correct understanding clear. Revelation talks about the 2nd death. If one is permanently tortured through eternity there would be no second death. Only annihilation in fire can support this reading. Death itself is cast into the fire last. This ...


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This is a good question. First of all, there is a problem with you/us assuming that you are correct in saying that Christians, any Christian denomination, believes God created the universe, or anything at all, from nothing. So, first I am going to address that. Then, the main question, which really can be answered separately but I'm not too sure how to ...


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To add to Gordon James' well-sourced answer, I'd like to address a few of the remarks expressed in the question directly. "Why can't God simply make us all vanish? Maybe because God is not able to!" God certainly can. "Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." ...


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From the wikipedia article on Annihilationism (4th paragraph): Some Christian denominations which are annihilationist were influenced by the Millerite/Adventist movement of the mid-19th century. These include the Seventh-day Adventists, Bible Students, Christadelphians and the various Advent Christian churches. Additionally, the Church of England's ...


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