Essay on “Eschatology: the Destiny of the Unsaved”

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“Eschatology: The Destiny of the Unsaved”
Reconciling a good, loving God with the idea of eternal punishment is one of the most difficult things I have had to do in my Christian life. How can a God who loves us enough to shed His own blood for us then, at the end of our lives, send some of us away from Him to be punished forever?

There are some different theories about what happens to us after we die. Eternal punishment is the idea that sin must be punished and those who have not received the gift of salvation will be punished forever for their sins. Annihilationism is the idea that, rather than eternal punishment, some souls will simply cease to exist. There are three main forms of this. The first says that all human beings simply
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While I do believe that God is amazingly merciful and wonderfully loving and gracious beyond anything we could ever understand, I do believe in eternal punishment for those who do not accept His gift of salvation while they are living on this Earth. Matthew 25:46 is very clear that there are two places where souls will spend eternity. The righteous will live eternally, while those who do not live for God will go to everlasting punishment. Jesus talks about eternal punishment in Mark 9:43 and Luke 3:17 as well.

Universalists would say that God desires for all to be saved. I cannot argue with this. God does desire for every man, woman and child to be saved. However, God offers us a choice and our decision makes a difference for us for all eternity. Those who believe in one of the versions of annihilationism would say that God could not send a person to eternal punishment, but would rather cause these people who do not choose Him to pass from existence. The Bible is clear that the wicked will receive punishment after death.

There is a loving God. There is a place of eternal punishment. I do not, however, believe that God sends anyone to this place of punishment. I believe this choice is purely ours. He has offered such an amazing gift and desires for each of us to accept it. However, if we do not, we are choosing to live a life without God. We also choose an eternity without God. I believe that the references to fire and

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