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In most Jude-Christian churches
there is a doctrine of unending punishment for the lost, although it has
grown foggier in recent years and is seldom talked about. Most modern theologians
no longer believe in a literal hell of fire, but teach that those in hell
suffer an eternity of "spiritual separation from God."
It is not the purpose of
this article to discuss the three or four verses in the Bible that are
used to uphold the traditional doctrine that all the unredeemed are destined
to unending torture in hell; this we have done on several previous occasions.
The doctrine of endless punishment
is not found anywhere in the story of the Patriarchs, the Law, in Psalms,
or in the Prophets. Yet the doctrine was prominent among the heathen, from
the time of Abraham on through the New Testament period. They had a place
known by various names: Orcus, Erebus, Tartarus, Infernus, which they believed
to be below the earth, inhabited by monsters, as well as the miserable
Early Greek and Roman rulers
claimed that in preparing their laws they had communications with the gods:
Apollo, Jupiter, Egeria, Minerva, etc. Their admitted purpose was to impress
the minds of the populous with religious fear in order to keep them under
control. Augustine, in "City of God," stated that the princes "out of their
of their wisdom and civil prudence' deceived the people under the name
of religion "to believe those things true, which they themselves knew to
be idle fable...for their own ease in government."
It is remarkable that while
belief in endless torment was prominent in the pagans that surrounded them,
not a trace of it was found among the Patriarchs or in Israel. It was ONLY
after the Israelites had become corrupted and had adopted pagan concepts
that this doctrine began to appear in their literature - NOT in the Bible,
but in Rabbinical literature.
Historian Mosheim, speaking
of the 5th century, says, "As no one objected to Christians retaining the
opinions of their Pagan ancestors...and as no one proposed utterly to abolish
the ancient Pagan institutions, but only to alter them somewhat and purify
them; it was unavoidable that the religion and the worship of the Christians
should in this way become corrupted."
The apostle Paul warned against
Greek philosophy. In his sermon at Athens and in his letters to the church
at Corinth he emphasized the resurrection has man's only hope, a sharp
refutation of Plato's teaching of the immortality of the soul.
Historians are in general
agreement that soon after the rise of Christian faith, converts who were
educated in the schools of the philosophers, began to weave the doctrines
of the Grecian sects, especially Platonism, in with Christ's teachings.
Augustine (354-430) was the first to argue that the word "aionious," in
Matthew 25, meant endless punishing. The primitive truth was officially
condemned in a Church council in 553 A.D. (Or 540 A.D.), and the doctrine
of endless punishing was sanctioned as a fundamental article of Christian
faith. At this same council it was established that "mankind, in the resurrection,
will rise in an erect posture." Such was the wisdom of those "scholars."
The New Catholic Encyclopedia,
in its article "Soul, Human, Immortality Of," says that early Church Fathers
found support for belief in an immortal soul, NOT IN THE BIBLE, but in
"the poets and philosophers and general tradition of Greek thought...Later,
the scholastics preferred to make use of Plato or principles from Aristotle."
It states that "the influence of Platonic and Neoplatonic thought" including
belief in the immortal soul; eventually was inserted "into the very core
of Christian theology."
If the doctrine of endless
punishing be true, then one would expect God's word to be filled with warnings
of such a fate from Genesis to Revelation. NOT SO. THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE
VERSE IN ALL THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT EVEN REMOTELY SUGGESTS ANYTHING LIKE
ENDLESS PUNISHMENT. There are repeated warnings of judgment for disobedience,
but nothing about a place of endless punishment. (People cling to the belief
in a hell fire and eternal punishment, because they want someone they know
or have heard of to burn forever as punishment for something they have
done to them or someone they know. They want it for revenge not justice
Who can believe that Yahweh,
God of Justice, would place man, His noblest creature, created in his own
image, at risk of such infinite and horrible consequences, then give a
warning that was totally misleading? To say, "you shall surely die," is
far different from saying, "you shall be subject to the torments of an
"And they have built the
high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, TO
BURN THEIR SONS AND THEIR DAUGHTERS IN THE FIRE; WHICH I COMMANDED THEM
NOT, NEITHER CAME IT INTO MY HEART." (Jeremiah 7:31; see also 19:9; 32:35)
Jesus taught us to expect
God to treat us with the kind of consideration we would give to our own
children. (Matthew 7:9-11) Would any earthly parent, if the immortal salvation
of his children were at risk, make such a false and misleading statement?
Would he not rather make it crystal clear that disobedience would result
in the terror of unending punishing? Can it be possible that our Holy Father
would have such a horrible fate in store for people, and het never once
even so much as mention it?
The flood in the time of
Noah (Genesis 6-8) is a basic example of God's judgment, in which god declared
that the people were to be destroyed, including everything that had breath.
(Genesis 6:11-17) If they were not only destroyed by the flood, but were
then subjected to ceaseless torture, is it not strange that no mention
is made of this? Everything else is related in detail; even the heights
of the waters and the number of days they prevailed. Is it possible that
the most terrible part of the judgment, the indescribable and endless suffering,
would be omitted?
The destruction of Sodom
and Gomorrah is said by the inspired writer, Jude, to be set forth as an
example of God's judgment of the wicked. (Jude 7) If the lost are to suffer
endless punishing, here would be a proper occasion for it to be revealed.
But there is no such warning given the Sodomites, and the record Genesis
19:24-25 contains no hint of such punishment.
It cannot be argued that
they went on to suffer in a spiritual sense, for the Bible clearly says
that the fire that destroyed them WAS the punishment. Also, Jude says that
what they suffered was set forth as an example. It does NOT furnish any
example of unending torment.
Several things are at stake
here: the truth, the fate of the lost, and the very character of God. To
love Jesus is to live truth, for He said, "I am the truth." Those who receive
not the love of the truth perish, and receive a "working of error, that
they should believe a lie." (2 Thessalonians 2:10- 11) Should we not be
deeply concerned that the church in large measure has believed Satan's
great lie: "you shall not surely die?" (Genesis 3:4). Many think that by
presenting the hideous teaching of endless torture they will cause people
to flee in terror to God. Such has not happened. Those who confess Christ
only because they are in fear of endless punishing are seeking fire insurance,
not a fellowship with our Heavenly Father. The world is full of people
who are afraid of hell, but have no interest in a daily personal walk with
God. Fear is the tool of cult leaders. "It is the goodness of God that
leads (you) to repentance." (Romans 2:4) It is the good news that is the
"power of God unto salvation."
Yahweh, Holy and Righteous
God, is portrayed throughout scripture as being just and merciful. His
purity and righteousness are demonstrated by Jesus, His Son. Unending punishment
requires a god who will submit the unredeemed to unbearable ghastly suffering,
and make it impossible for them to die or ever be relieved of their torment.
Such a doctrine shames and dishonors God, while giving support to pagan
God's message is clear: "The
wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23) Endless punishment requires that those who
suffer it must possess immortality, but according to the bible immortality
is to be conferred ONLY upon the redeemed in the day of resurrection. "The
soul that sins SHALL DIE." (Ezekiel 18:20) When Scripture speaks of impenitent
people cast into Gehenna or the Lake of Fire, it is using symbolic language
to refer to the final sentence of the "second death," (Revelation 20:14,
21:8) which is permanent death.
Judgment is sure and the
Judge is just. His justice demands an accounting for sin. The wages of
sin is death, a death that is final and eternal. But God is merciful, and
in His love has provided a Redeemer that we sinners might be justified.
"God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever
believes on him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
What marvelous grace of our
glorious God. What a wonderful Savior and blessed hope in which to rejoice.
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