Does Scripture really teach the doctrine of Hell?

During the last year have been working through what I really believe Scripture says about hell and have come to the conclusion that the doctrine of Annihilationism is more Scriptural than it is popularly purported by Roman Catholicism and Evangelicalism.

The early church never preached hell as we hear it today and our popular understanding of it developed within medieval Catholicism alongside the doctrine of purgatory. This understanding originates more from Greek Mythology  such as Plato’s “Myth of Er” Early church fathers such as Ignatius, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus held to the annihilation position.

What is telling is that Ignatius was a student of the last surviving Apostle; John and therefore one can assume this position was also held by John.

Basically there are three key areas that are the deciding factor for me in holding to this decision.

  1. The Gospel is a positive message and not a negative one. It proclaims the good news of eternal life in relationship with God the creator.
  2. God promised Adam and Eve if they ate of the tree of the knowledge of evil they would die… The Apostle Paul says that the wages of sin is death. Death came into the world because of sin and the promise of God is eternal life.
  3. Eternal destruction / torment for the Hebrew people meant total death. Even more fearfully for them was the thought that their family . national line / existence would not continue from generation to generation.

The ramifications of this means that the wages of sin will continue to be the same as what happened when sin first entered the world. “Death” “Death” is a reminder of a world affected and afflicted by sin. The good news of Christ is eternal life.

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7 Responses to Does Scripture really teach the doctrine of Hell?

  1. Vern J Miroth says:

    agreed!!! bet ya never thought you’d hear me say that did ya Craig? hehehe

  2. Craig Benno says:

    Haha… your a funny guy Vern… I must admit I’m not sure what it is you believe!

  3. Vern J Miroth says:

    your not sure what I believe,, in general or on this subject? On this subject I believe hell=death. You will be no more,, that is it. NO eternal punishment. In general I beleieve everything MUST be proed through the scriptures and I believe this has been corrupted by the vast majority of Christianity

  4. Gordon Cheng says:

    Craig. Yer gone completely bonkers mate. Not one relevant Bible reference, and this is what you come up with? Back to prayer and fasting and Bible reading for you!

    Matt 25:46 “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

    The eternal punishment is a mirror to the experience of eternal life. If one goes on and on, the other does too.

  5. Craig Benno says:

    Vern, I was talking more in general.

    Gordon…I have been bonkers for years… 😉 I did mention 2 Scriptures in point 2…didn’t reference them… As for the Matt scripture… does eternal mean eternal destruction or eternal conscious torment…I tend to believe Scripture means the former.

  6. Vern J Miroth says:

    Gordon, Consider the following questions:

    According to Romans 6:23, what are the wages of sin, death or eternal punishment?
    2 Thess 1:9 uses the term “everlasting destruction”, how would you define that term?
    From Psalms 37:10,, where will the wicked soon be?

    According to Yashua’s own words in Matt 10:28, what happens to both body and soul in hell?

    I could point you to countless passages in the Tanakh ( Old testament) that refer to Sheol, which we call hell. This simply means the grave, not the western idea of hell

  7. Vern J Miroth says:

    Craig, in general I believe in following the “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”. As I said, this has been greatly corrupted by allowing Greek teaching to influence our teachings.

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