Is Hell eternal seperation from God or the experience of wrath pouring forth from God for an eternity? Those who argue for the former often appeal to 2 Thessalonians 1:9. In a paper I recently posted on academia.edu, I argue that the best reading of the Greek preposition apo ("away from") in this verse is … Continue reading 2 Thessalonians and Hell: Separation From or Wrath Coming Forth From God?
What hath I to fear with God as my LORD and Father? Death? Christ has destroyed it and redeemed me from its sentence. Life? God has promised provision and works all things for the good of me becoming more like Jesus. Pain? Throughout I am made strong by the Power of the Spirit and God … Continue reading What Hath We to Fear?
Introduction Chapter 1 - The Historical Development of the Doctrine of Hell Chapter 2 - The Biblical Development of the Doctrine of Hell Chapter 3 - The Systematic Doctrine of Hell Chapter 4 - Defending the Doctrine of Hell Chapter 5 - Applying the Doctrine of Hell Conclusion & Bibliography Glossary
Here we are now; we have completed the task at hand and reached a conclusion for our theological investigation. In answer to our question as to what the Bible teaches about Hell; our conclusion has been that the Comprehensive and Eternal Retributive view of Hell is the model that most faithfully represents the Bible’s teaching … Continue reading The Comprehensive and Eternal Retributive View of Hell: Conclusion
So Hell exists, what difference does it make in our lives, why does it matter? If Hell is eternal and conscious punishment consisting of the wrath of God poured out on physical and spiritual beings, then what difference does it make in our lives? Looking at the Biblical evidence for the Doctrine of Hell, systemizing … Continue reading The Comprehensive and Eternal Retributive View of Hell: Chapter 5 – Applying the Doctrine of Hell
Today, holding to any view of hell that accepts eternal conscious punishment will get you labeled a sadist or even a child abuser. Richard Dawkins, in his book The God Delusion, writes; if your whole upbringing, and everything you have ever been told by parents, teachers and priests, has led you to believe, really believe, … Continue reading The Comprehensive and Eternal Retributive View of Hell: Chapter 4 – Defending the Doctrine of Hell
The first step in our theological investigation, our examination of the doctrine of Hell throughout Church History, revealed three major views that have existed in the Church and still exist today: Annihilationism, Universalism, and the Historical view (within which there exists a literal understanding of the fire and other imagery of Hell, or a Metaphorical … Continue reading The Comprehensive and Eternal Retributive View of Hell: Chapter 3 – The Systematic Doctrine of Hell
What happens to an unbeliever when they die? Do they cease to exist? Are they purified through a restorative judgment and eventually accepted in heaven? Or do they endure eternal conscious judgment? These are three answers that, as we have seen, Christians throughout the almost two thousand year history of the Church have given. These … Continue reading The Comprehensive and Eternal Retributive View of Hell: Chapter 2 – The Biblical Development of the Doctrine of Hell
The doctrine of Hell has been a particularly controversial doctrine as of late, but has it always been as controversial as we find it today? For the first step in our theological investigation as to the Biblical doctrine of Hell we need to look at Church history. We need to ask; how have Christians thought … Continue reading The Comprehensive and Eternal Retributive View of Hell: Chapter 1 – The Historical Development of the Doctrine of Hell
What happens after we die? This question has been on the lips of people for millennia. In our day, where Postmodern and Secular philosophies reign, the question is often answered with a denial of an existence after death. After we die our physical bodies decompose and that is the end of it. With this understanding … Continue reading The Comprehensive and Eternal Retributive View of Hell: Introduction