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"When the adjective aionios, meaning everlasting is used in Greek with nouns of action it has reference to the result of the act, not the process. The phrase everlasting punishment is comparable to everlasting redemption and everlasting salvation, both Scriptural phrases. No one supposes that we are being redeemed or saved forever. We were redeemed and saved once for all by Christ with eternal results. In the same way the lost will not be passing through the process of punishment forever but will be punished once and for all with eternal results. On the other hand the noun 'life' is not a noun of action, but a noun expressing a state. Thus life itself is eternal.
(Basil F. C. Atkinson, Life and Immortality. An Examination of the Nature and Meaning of Life and Death as they are revealed in the Scriptures (Taunton, England, n. n.), p.101.)
28 And 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.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.
As in flames constantly burning you and making you scream in agony? That sort of punishment?
The "eternal punishment" taught by the church, is an evil teaching.
In old English literature records may be found of the helling of potatoes—putting potatoes into pits; and of the helling of a house—covering or thatching it.
The word hell was therefore properly used synonymously with the words grave and pit, to translate t he words sheol and hades as signifying the secret or hidden condition of death. Instead of a place of blazing fire, it is described in the context as a state of darkness (Job 10:21); instead of a place where shrieks and groans are heard, it is described in the context as a place of silence (Psa. 115:17); instead of representing in any sense pain and suffering, or remorse, the context describes it as a place or condition of forgetfulness (Psa. 88:11, 12). There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, in the grave [sheol] whither thou goest Eccl. 9:10.
27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”
Right, but how does this argue for annihilation?
To me, it's simply ludicrous on the face of the idea as well as flying against the Word I read that our Father would inflict eternal and untold suffering on His children for temporal and fleeting sins.
Did you copy this from somewhere? Just wondering because if you made this little summery here, then pretty good.
Instead of a place of blazing fire, it is described in the context as a state of darkness (Job 10:21); instead of a place where shrieks and groans are heard, it is described in the context as a place of silence (Psa. 115:17); instead of representing in any sense pain and suffering, or remorse, the context describes it as a place or condition of forgetfulness (Psa. 88:11, 12). There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, in the grave [sheol] whither thou goest Eccl. 9:10.
Where is your contradictory evidence to dispute any of it?
We're apparently told, under the "teaching on hell" view, that those in heaven can see and speak to those in hell, and that a drop of water on the tongue could soothe the torments of hellfire.