The Pros And Cons Of Eternal Punishment

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In the words of Robert Krapohl, a Baylor University Librarian, “no scriptural doctrine has proved more difficult for Christians to defend in the modern era than the traditional notion of hell.” While this issue at one time was cut and dry, it now is one of the most widely debated and misunderstood doctrines in the church today. This doctrine affects most “major doctrines of the Christian faith, not just the area of eschatology,” but throughout all aspects of Christian life. This asks not only “if we are to be saved, [but] from what are we to be saved” from, in terms of punishment. If people are only being saved from annihilation, is an eternity with God truly greater than complete annihilation, if there is no punishment other than being wiped from the face of the earth? The doctrine of an eternal punishment has becoming increasingly unpopular in recent years, partially because of the “fire and brimstone” preachers in the early to middle 1900s, and …show more content…
Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell.” This verse seems to assume that God will destroy the soul after it has been punished, not prolonging the suffering of the unbeliever for all eternity. This verse does not implicitly state that God will destroy the body and soul in hell, only saying that God has the power to kill both, not necessarily that He will destroy the damned. Jesus similarly in Matthew 7:13 states that men should “enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” This word used for destruction here, in Greek apōleia, means destruction, perish, or destroy when it is used in the New Testament. This, while it does not implicitly favor annihilationism, implies a ceasing of life in the unbeliever, in the sense that the person who is destroyed no longer

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