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Hell: The Truth About Eternity

Many Christians believe, because many pastors preach that the torments of Hell will last forever. This article takes a biblical approach to this age old misconception and reveals the truth about Hell by exposing the inaccuracies of the, ‘Eternal Torment’ hypothesis.

Introduction

The concept of an eternal Hell is a catastrophic misconception that has played a central role in mainstream dogma for as long as anyone can tell, yet according to scripture, the concept of an eternal Hell is one that is clearly, undeniably, and irrefutably heretical.

If you have gone your entire life believing in an eternal place of damnation, then this article is for you, as it is going to challenge you to your core and it will force you to seriously question that belief, perhaps for the first time. The shattering of this dangerous misconception will lead you to understand the reality of judgment like never before, as the Bible intended.

Judgement Day

If you turn to the book of Revelation, chapter 20, you will notice that here is a description of events that have not yet taken place where Christ will reign on earth for 1000 years and that Satan and his demons will surround the kingdom and God will destroy them with fire and the red dragon himself is cast into the eternal lake of fire, then the following happens:

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Now, we want you to pay close attention to verse 13 where it states, “death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them”, then we want you to look at verse 14 where it states, “death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.” This would mean the following:

1. Hell and the Lake of Fire are not the same place, because the Bible states that Hell was “cast into the lake of fire”, which would suggest that Hell and the Lake of Fire must exist at two different locations, because one cannot logically “cast” something into itself.

2. When Hell and Death are finally cast into the Lake of Fire (which is eternal), both Death and Hell will be completely empty, so that the institutions themselves will be destroyed.

We now have absolutely no biblical reason at all to conclude that Hell will last for eternity. To state something different would be heretical, completely inaccurate, and contradictory.

Path to Salvation

Now that we know the truth about Hell, and that our time there as sinners is only temporary, we can freely spread the truth of the Gospel of Christ, so that every sinner will hear the truth and know that the second death is not eternal torment; it is a complete and permanent deletion of our existence, but that salvation is for those who choose to strive for it.

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

So, we see that Christ is the bridge between sinner and salvation for everyone. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Conclusion

We hope that we have made our case against an eternal place of torment and have provided you with enough information to continue your own study into Judgment and what this could mean for you and how you might find salvation through your faith in Jesus Christ.

DIVINECODERS

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  1. js
    May 27, 2013 at 3:26 am

    CoderGuys, Where is your list of verses confirming there is no life after death? Is it your honest intention to seek truth, or is it as it appears, that you have clearly laid out your theology and simply enjoy the argument itself? For myself, I don’t mind discussing with the honest intent to find truth and fact.

    But if you’ve no intention to consider other viewpoints, only you know that for sure. But it is not too hard for me to pick up on conversations where words start to get twisted from simple common sense, where intense hair-splitting starts happening over every single syllable, letter, word, potential meaning, context, etc., etc., etc. and again, basic common sense falls to the wayside. There is logical argument, and there is irrational argument. Most people, especially politicians, fall into the latter.

    So here’s my pitch… while I’ve not read every item you’ve written in detail, it appears a couple key topics are living forever and Hell and the Lake of Fire (both declared as places of eternal life, but in suffering), and Heaven (another place declared as God’s place of dwelling and the destination of Christians, believers, saints, whatever label you wish to utilize, as all of them apply in the Text.

    You’ve likely addressed these verses, but not to me.

    Do you view the story of the Rich Man and Lazerous as fiction or symbolic, or real? It is the discussion of two men who have died (physically) and now exist in what is clearly an eternal (i.e. outside of space-time) dimension, and both in the same area or location, able to see and speak to each other, but separated by a great ‘gulf’, some obvious boundary of distance/space, where neither can pass to or from the other side.

    One man is alive and at peace, hanging out next to Abraham (who had died some the other man is alive and suffering in ‘flames’ of fire. He is not burning up into nothingness or burnt bones, etc. In fact, he just keeps suffering and feeling pain, but apparently his body does not decay as a human body would. Also, he is desiring just a ‘drop of water’ to ease his suffering, he remembers his life, and family, back on Earth. Apparently understanding how he got there, he does not want his family coming to the same place, and he asks Abraham to send somebody back to warn them. Abe then states he can’t do that (to paraphrase), and the burning guy says, ‘Yea, but if they see somebody come back from the ‘dead’ (obviously meaning a dead human body that comes back to life), THEN they will believe.

    So we have some basic facts:
    - At least three people alive, though it is clear they physically died.
    - We see they can feel, see, talk, hear, drink water, and remember their past life as a human being living on Earth.
    - Abraham, alive and well, who lived for 175 years and died, about 2,000 years earlier. This does assume the rich man died at or near the generation of Jesus.
    - One man in peace and calm, the other in flames of heat/fire/burning feeling and obvious distress.
    - The rich man does not ask to be rescued. He does not scream ‘not guilty’. He makes no defense for himself, nor does he discuss why he is where he is. He does ask for his family to be rescued ‘from this place’.

    If you think it is a fictional story, why? What other verses in the Bible support or contradict these verses? What do you infer from this information as it relates to 1) eternal life, 2) Heaven, 3) Hell, and 4) being with God and being separated from God?

    What do you believe God Himself is telling you, either about you and/or about Him?

    • May 27, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Hi js,

      It seems as if you might have confused us with someone else or have confused our message with something else, because we NEVER said that there was no life after death. There certainly is life after death -for those whose names are written in the Book of Life and are not cast into the Lake of Fire. In fact, this article is about exposing the truth in terms of Hell and whether or not it is eternal -as many mainstream Christians have and continue to suggest.

      We will consider other viewpoints if and when they are able to withstand scrutiny. It’s important to thoroughly test everything -we are the light of the world and if our light shines upon falsities and reveals them as truth, then what good are we as lights? Therefore, we must represent our evidence as accurately as possible.

      Luke 16:19-31 – This is a parable, therefore, it could be symbolic; however, we believe that Jesus gave us an accurate description of “prejudgment-afterlife” where we find that Heaven and hell are separated by a humungous chasm that essentially prevents to and from travel -as you stated. However, you added the word “eternal” and that is debatable.

      You mentioned that the rich man isn’t burning up, therefore he must be eternal, yet that logic fails when we read Revelation 20:14:

      “14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

      Which suggests that hell is, indeed, not eternal. And, if you believe the rich man will stay in hell for all eternity, then that logic fails when we read Revelation 20:13:

      “13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

      To even assume that the soul is eternal completely contradicts the purpose of Jesus Christ, who died so that you could have eternal life:

      “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

      You see, God must give to you everlasting life. And, what does Genesis 3:22 say?:

      “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

      Again, suggesting that our soul is not eternal.

      DIVINECODERS

      • js
        May 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        Do you take ‘second death’ to mean ‘destroyed into non-existence? If yes, then you are clearly stating the Bible is contradicting itself as it relates to human beings. Though there are many challenging topics in the Bible, eternal life for human beings is not one of them. And eternal life living with or without God is not one of them either.

        I’d like to get a clear understanding of the CORE topics you consistently refute to ‘mainstream’ Christians. Please provide the topic and your definition for the meaning, purpose, etc., that you believe God intended to convey to us (i.e. all human beings) as the recipients of the book.

        I note your strong command of verses, etc., but I do question your approach to God Himself and His word. Not in a condemning way, but from my own acceptance that “God’s ways are far beyond your ways”, and my clear understanding that I will always be learning more about God. This is not to exempt ourselves from clearly understanding the ‘basics’ of what it means to be a Christian, nor that we are to ‘study daily’ in the Bible to see if what other people tell us ‘is true’.

        I admire your fervor and look forward to reading your core list.

        I’ll end by commenting on you last comment:
        “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:”
        Again, suggesting that our soul is not eternal.

        It appears you are putting the human body alone into this context? Are you saying Adam and Eve had no soul when they were first created? And what about the many other Bible verses that clearly discuss life after death relationships? I don’t follow your reasoning.

        If you consider the context, the Lord is discussing Adam and Eve, who are living physical human beings at that moment in time. The only thing that has changed is their standing before God, and their nature. They were previously in good standing with God, ‘created in His image’. They had a perfect ‘all good’ relationship with Him.

        In the context of the verses you quoted, Adam and Eve had just eaten the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thereby immediately passing into a state of sin before God. They ‘knew they were naked’, indicating a fundamental spiritual change had occurred in their soul, their personalities. To keep it simple, they did exactly what God said not to do, and had become incapable of fellowship with Him. They could do nothing to reverse what they had done.

        The tree of life grants immortality, and in this case clearly meant flesh and blood ‘as I am now’ eternal life. God did not want people to live on Earth, in sin, forever. God is clearly not talking about post-physical death ‘souls’, correct

        Recall also that Adam and Eve had BOTH trees available to them. I suggest God gave them free will and allowed them to choose. They could have chosen the Tree of Life, and lived alive on Earth with God forever, in the perfect relationship in which they were created. They chose the wrong tree, and God will not live with sin in His direct presence, and thus God determined to ensures Adam/Eve do not get to that tree of life. From this point forward, all people physically age and die a physical death.

      • May 28, 2013 at 6:40 pm

        Hi js,

        We haven’t quite covered every disagreement; however, we have covered most of them here at our blog -perhaps in the form of an article or comment. So, please feel free to browse the blog for all remaining topics.

        To answer your question, Adam was given a soul when God “breathed into his nostrils”, this is when Adam became animated, thus alive. Without the soul, there can be no life and without life, there can be no soul:

        “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26)

        In terms of the Tree of Life, we agree with your theory. The Bible clearly states that Adam and Eve could have chosen the Tree of Life:

        “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)

        However, we do disagree with your position on flesh-based eternal life, because the Bible presents to you a problem. Here is where you stumble:

        “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)

        And, here is where you fall:

        “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:” (Genesis 3:22)

        So, if Adam and Eve ate the wrong fruit and for it they “shalt surely die”, then how could eating from the Tree of Life save them from death? If anything, the two would cancel out each other. Unless, the eternal life given applies only to the soul.

        And, if you want to look at it another way: Let’s assume that you are right and that Adam and Eve were never meant to die, then tell us, what purpose does the Tree of Life have? Antidote? No matter how you look at it, in terms of flesh, it doesn’t add up.

        Thoughts?

        DIVINECODERS

  2. stevezane
    July 21, 2012 at 6:41 am

    The teaching that there is an eternal hell in which hordes of mankind will suffer eternal punishment can be a difficult doctrine to accept. We hear so much about God’s infinite love and how He desires that all men be saved (1 Tim. 2:4). However, those who develop their theologies based upon the “gentle” side of God do so with an incomplete picture. Not only is God loving (1 John 4:8-10), gracious (Exo. 33:19; 1 Pet. 2:3), and merciful (Exodus 34:6; Psalm 67:1; James 5:11), but He is also holy (Isaiah 6:3; Rev. 4:8), just (Neh. 9:32-33; 2 Thess. 1:6), and hates sin (Psalm 5:5-6; Hab. 1:13). God punishes the sinner (Jer. 50:31; Ezk. 44:12; Matt. 25:46; 2 Thess. 1:9; 2 Pet. 2:9; Heb. 10:29).

    The Bible teaches that there is a fiery hell, a place that Jesus warned people about.

    “And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the eternal fire,” (Matt. 18:8).1

    Eternal fire is real. Jesus said it was. In fact, Jesus spoke a great deal about hell. It is what Jesus came here to save us from.

    There will be a Day of Judgment when all people will face God. Those who are not covered by the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross will be cast out into hell where they will undergo eternal punishment. “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matt. 25:46). In this verse, the same word “eternal” is used to describe the punishment of the wicked as well as the eternal life of the believer. The punishment is endless as is the eternal life of the believer. That is why the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4) is so important, because it saves people from eternal damnation:

    “Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”

    “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life,” (John 5:24).

    Following are a few verses that show the eternality of the hell and punishment. God uses different phrases to describe the same thing.
    “And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,” (2 Thess. 1:9).
    “Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7).
    These men are those who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever,” (Jude12-13).

    Is “forever and ever” without end?

    The phrase “forever and ever” is used both of describing God’s eternal worth and the duration of eternal damnation. The exact same Greek phrase is used in each of the verses in the table below. forever and ever

    aionas ton aionon
    “ages of the ages”
    Eternal – without end Eternal Damnation
    “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen,” (1 Tim. 1:17).

    “. . . To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever” (Rev. 5:13).
    “And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever” (Rev. 19:3).

    “And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever,” (Rev. 20:10).

    The Greek phrase aionas ton aionon, which is translated “forever and ever,” occurs 18 times in the Greek New Testament. In 17 of them, the phrase means without end, extending into infinity. In Rev. 19:3, the phrase is used to describe the destruction of the great whore of Babylon (Rev. 17:1,4) whose smoke ascends forever and ever. It too is eternal and it signifies the beginning of the eternal judgment that comes upon her.

    Also worth examining is Rev. 14:11: “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

    The Greek in Rev. 14:11 is only slightly different. In the table above, “forever and ever” is translated from the Greek, aionas ton aionon, which is literally “ages of the of ages.” In Rev. 14:11, the Greek is aionas aionon which is literally, “ages of ages.” In the latter, the single Greek word “of the” is missing. But it is not necessary and does not change the meaning of the text. Therefore, the scripture teaches the smoke of their torment goes up forever, without end.
    Unquenchable Fire

    Some believe that the fires of hell are symbolic and/or temporal. But the following verses show that they are not.

    Matt. 3:12 says, “And His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (See also Luke 3:17.)

    Mark 9:43 says, “And if your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire.” The word “unquenchable” is asbestos in the Greek. According to the enhanced Strong’s lexicon, it means “unquenchable, the eternal hell fire to punish the damned.”

    The following citations are from Greek dictionaries and Lexicons. They show that the word “unquenchable,” which is asbestos in the Greek, (which occurs only in Matt. 3:12, Luke 3:17, and Mark 9:43) means unquenchable, without end.
    “unquenchable, inextinguishable”2
    “not quenched”3
    “pertaining to a fire that cannot be put out” – “unquenchable.”4
    “unquenched, unquenchable”5
    “that cannot be put out”6
    “inextinguishable”7

    Is hell eternal? Yes it is. Are its fires without end? Yes they are. Is it a pleasant doctrine to discuss? Not really. But, hell is real. This is all the more reason to preach the gospel. Jesus said,

    “And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the eternal fire,” (Matt. 18:8).

    • July 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Hi stevezane,

      Thank you, this way of thinking is precisely the reason why we wrote the article. We do not want people believing in falsities, we get enough of that from the rest of the world, so let us spare them as much confusion about God’s word, especially that which pertains to Salvation, as possible.

      Is hell eternal? Yes it is. Are its fires without end?

      “14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” (Rev 20:14), therefore, the correct answer is “No it’s not and No.”

      You might be wondering if the souls that are trapped in the spiritual prison we call Hell/Sheol/Hades will be in Hell/Sheol/Hades (all the same thing) when Hell/Sheol/Hades are cast into the Lake of Fire (LOF).

      “13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.” (Rev 20:13), therefore, the answer to this question is undeniably, irrefutably, once again, “No.”

      Hell and the Lake of Fire are two separate places. One is eternal and one is not. Hell is temporary and the LOF is eternal. Sinners that find themselves in Hell after they die will be raised up and pulled out of Hell to be brought before God to be judged and some might be saved and some might be discarded into the LOF. Then, the concept/institution of Hell along with the concept/institution of Death are tossed into the LOF, along with wicked souls both human and demonic.

      They cannot last forever inside the LOF, because, quite simply, their souls are not eternal, because God has and will not grant to them Eternal Life. What do you think it means to “perish”, do you think it somehow means to be “kind of dead”? No, it means “to be destroyed to death”, to become no more. You will have your name blotted out of the Book of Life, does that not speak volumes to you? The verse you used is perfect to explain this:

      “12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:12)

      The keyphrase is “burn up”. What does it mean to “burn up”? Perhaps it could mean to be “destroyed” as in, no more. If you asked me, “Is there any wood left for the fire?”, and if I replied, “It has all burnt up.”, are you going to try to reply, “Go ahead and put the rest of it on the fire.”? If so, I would reply, “I JUST TOLD YOU IT IS BURNT UP!”, as in, there is no more wood left to burn. The fire may be unquenchable but what is tossed inside it is not eternal and will therefore “burn up”.

      We can argue about what Hell is again or how “for ever and ever” is or is not synonymous with the word “eternal”, but I feel we have crossed that bridge and need not revisit those issues, so what is left to do other than to admit all of the following is true:

      1. Hell and the Lake of Fire are NOT the same place.
      2. Hell is NOT an eternal place of torture, instead it is a temporary place of holding for Sinners.
      3. The Lake of Fire is also NOT a place of torture, rather it is a place where the concepts of Death and Hell, and all wicked souls both human/demonic will perish.

      This is a worse punishment than torture! Because, at least with torture there is a small chance that God will forgive you and bring you out of the Lake of Fire! However the reality of what will happen to you if you are indeed tossed into the LOF is that you will cease to exist and that there will be absolutely NO CHANCE to be forgiven, because you wont be around to be forgave. But, it doesn’t have to end this way for us, because God loves us more than we will ever be able to comprehend. Just repent as a Sinner (stop doing the wrong that you do), act righteously, and confess with your mouth that Jesus is the LORD (i.e. God) and that He overcame Death, and you will be given Eternal Life where there is no more suffering, no more hunger or thirst, no more lies, no more disease and death, not even night will exist anymore!

      Readers, these are your choices. Live like Christ or die like the Devil. There will be no torture.

      DIVINECODERS

  3. stevezane
    July 19, 2012 at 5:45 am

    You are all missing a vital point. My observation here in regards to your quote
    “Having said that, we can be sure that Hell is not Eternal because it is tossed (i.e. “cast”) into the Lake of Fire and the Bible states that there will be no more death or suffering, because the old things have passed away, as in “have disappeared from existence” via the Lake of Fire.”
    The correct translation of hell should in fact be Hades that is a mistake of the King James translation, so it should read that death and Hades are cast into the lake of fire. Hades is more like the bottomless pit and is a holding place for the unrighteous dead and geocentric, no one gets put into the lake of fire until the great white throne judgment.

    Answer me this, if Satan is bound for a thousand years and the first ones to go into the lake of fire are the beast and the false prophet. When Satan is let out of his prison , which would be the bottomless pit IE Hades. How come after a thousand years the beast and the false prophet are still there?

    and the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were. They will be tortured day and night forever and ever. Quoted from the International Standard Version.

    • July 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Hi stevezane,

      A vital point? If Hades is not indeed Hell, then what is Hell? The Greek word Hades is the relative equivalent of the Hebrew word, Sheol, which is essentially the Catholic “limbo”. This would indeed be the Hell of the New Testament, as Hell is described to be a temporary place of holding that will at some point be emptied out and cast into the LOF, hence “limbo”. So, I don’t quite understand where the exact problem is with the usage of the word Hell over the word Hades, as these are in fact synonyms.

      Well, we better take a look at the Bible, because if we were to go with your paraphrased version, our conversation would be done now, as the key term is set in the past tense.

      “where the beast and the false prophet were.”

      What we need is a sentence that reads: “where the beast and false prophet are.”, so we turn to Revelation chapter 20, verse 10:

      “10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

      Indeed, the present tense is used. But, this doesn’t quite win the day for your case, because what we have here is a problem for you. You are treating the phrase “for ever and ever” as if it is synonymous with the word “eternal”, rather the phrase “for ever and ever” is a good way to explain a long and indefinite period of time. Please see:

      http://www.bible-study-lessons.com/For-Ever.html

      http://www.tentmaker.org/articles/EternalPunishmentNotTrueToGreek.html

      Moreover, if you believe in “Eternal Punishment” then you must do so willfully ignorant, because you are then contradicting the remainder of Revelation. For instance, answer these, for a start:

      1. How is it possible to be eternally punished if you yourself are not eternal?

      “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:15)

      If we are already eternal, then we must have eternal life, and would therefore have no need for it to be given to us, correct? Em-Hmm.

      2. How is it possible to be tortured day and night, when there is no longer night? (Rev 22:5)

      Remember, you think that the phrase “for ever and ever” is to be taken literally.

      In summation, (Hell, Sheol, Hades) is temporary punishment, a spiritual prison. Sinners are released from this place and judged by God based on their actions. The Lake of Fire is God’s recycle bin, that He will eventually empty. This is our position and we welcome you to challenge it, therefore we anticipate your answers.

      Thanks for sharing!
      DIVINECODERS

  4. Ben
    July 11, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Here are my general thoughts on this subject. The idea of eternal hell first came from St. Augustine in his book the City of God written in 412 A.D. St. Augustine was a leader of the early Christian Latin school in the 5th century. Out of the six early Christian schools, this was the only one to teach an eternal hell, and no other Christian teaching mentions an eternal hell before this, including Jesus. The real lake of fire is God’s judgment and purification to restore the non-believers to grace and righteousness so that they may enter heaven. As much as people love their friends and family, God loves them even more and because of that, He wants them to know the truth. I explain this in great detail in my articles on the Lake of Fire, Orgins of Sin, For Ever, and Hell all on my website here: http://www.bible-study-lessons.com/Bible-Study-Lessons-1.html God Bless.

    • July 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! For those interested in learning a great deal more about this particular subject, please visit his website. We highly recommend it.

      DIVINECODERS

    • js
      May 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      You forgot to mention the Bible, where all truth is found. Paul himself stated that ‘wolves’ and deceivers would immediately seek to turn even believers from the truth. For you to place any teachers, regardless of how ‘early’, in place of the writers, the Apositles themselves, is to identify Augustine and any other’s teaching as Gospel (i.e. from the mouth of Jesus himself).

      To indicate they taught what they did is fine, but to use their teachings as your authority for your statements is fundamentally against the Apostle’s teachings. You will disagree, I understand, but that is the fact, and we are speaking of clearly ‘yes or no’ topics. So either you are right, and all the verses where Jesus stated there is an eternal place of torment for both people and Satan (and his angels) are false. Or what Jesus wrote is true.

      The contradictions in your argument are glaring. Your judgement of who God is and how He chooses to show His love, is admirable but illogical. You state only how much God loves, and nothing about the massive number of verses in the Bible where God expresses rage, anger, and extremely harsh judgement. You take those verses out of context, reference non-Biblical sources, and also ignore the REST of the Bible, thus failing to prove your argument.

      I’m welcome challenge to Biblical truth and facts, but yours fails the test.

      I will leave you with only one glaring mistake you made, that “no other Christian teaching mentions an eternal hell before this, including Jesus.” — What then was Jesus referring to when He stated, in the chapter context of doing good or evil works (beginning at Mark 9:38):

      Mark 9:43-48 And if your hand offend you, cut it off: it is better for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where the worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. And if your foot offends you, cut it off: it is better for you to enter lame into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where the worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. And if your eye offend you, pluck it out: it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where the worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.

      Context – you, all of you (hands, feet, eyes, etc.) go into hell, fire never shall be quenched, fire is not quenched. There is no indication of symbolism. A reasonable reader quickly infers Jesus is speaking of a literal location.

      Importance – Jesus repeats the same context three times, to ensure the message is clearly not misunderstood or misinterpreted.

      Repetition of Context

      You – a human being obviously (hands, feet, eyes)
      Hell – 3 times repeated
      Fire never put out – 3 times

      geenna geenna gheh’-en-nah

      of Hebrew origin (1516 and 2011); valley of (the son of) Hinnom; ge-henna (or Ge-Hinnom), a valley of Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment:–hell.

      pur pur poor

      a primary word; “fire” (literally or figuratively, specially, lightning):–fiery, fire.

      asbestoV asbestos as’-bes-tos

      from 1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of 4570; not extinguished, i.e. (by implication) perpetual:–not to be quenched, unquenchable.

      Luke 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Fear him, who after he has killed has power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

      Lastly, show me the many verses (i.e. in the entire Bible) stating clearly (not inferential or by your opinion) where all people will be saved. That is your argument, correct?

      Show me the verses where Jesus, the other Apostles, the OT prophets, and Paul (who wrote the majority of the NT letters) clearly states, “We have all sinned, and though I said many will be lost and not go to Heaven, and Jesus said they will burn in Hell forever, what He and I REALLY meant is that they will go into purgatory for awhile, you know “Hell”, while there in Hell they will be purified by burning fire. Yes, they will suffer for awhile, not forever as Jesus said, and in the end every single human being God created will be saved because He loves them so much, and not because they must call on Jesus to be saved and forgiven of their sins (even though Jesus also said that and I did too).

      In fact, you don’t have to call on Jesus at all or obey anything he said, because no matter what you have done, God loves you and because His love overrides His judgement of sin, even though He also judges sin harshly (yea, I know, I don’t get it either but you can have it both ways!), you can live like Satan here on Earth and God is going to take you with Him to Heaven forever! So eat, drink, and be merry! Do anything you want! Jesus loves you!”

      • May 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        Hi js,

        Please read our comments and articles more carefully. We are in fact blaming Augustine for this misconception. We are not using him as an authority, yet you wrote that we have.

        You are in love with Luke, he wasn’t a witness. He was a disciple of Paul and his word is truth, but you ignore the word of the Holy Spirit as recorded in Revelation who told you that hell will be cast into the Lake of Fire!! What do you say about that? You haven’t argued that away -we want answers.

        As far as we see it, if the Holy Spirit tells us that hell will be cast into the Lake of Fire, then it will be cast. And, you better believe that this is the second death -as in, no more.

        Those cast into the Lake of Fire will perish.

        DIVINECODERS

  5. justin
    July 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I see you have conveniently left out your refute to my most damning evidence against your case ….Jesus Himself said that the wicked “will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life” (Matthew 25:46) now if you deny that Jesus said this your calling Christ a liar and therefore you are a blasphemer, you deserve to lose your job and all blessings from God. And if we where in the old testament time you would lose your life. Now prove that Im wrong I dare you!! This is all I’m gonna say on the subject. let all who read this know the truth. And may God have mercy on your soul!

    • July 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      “And if we where in the old testament time you would lose your life. Now prove that Im wrong I dare you!!”

      OK, if we were in the Old Testament times, everyone would ask me, “Who is this Jesus you talk about?” moreover, they would ask “What is Hell?” as you see, Jews don’t believe in Hell, unless you count “limbo” as Hell, as some do, although even this is temporary.

      Anyway, I have answered your “most damning evidence” already, but perhaps you have missed it. You must understand this one concept of time in the Bible, the Greek word “aion” is generally thought to represent a period of time. The link I provided to you before explains this well. According to another source (http://www.tentmaker.org/articles/EternalPunishmentNotTrueToGreek.html), in this particular verse (Matthew 25:46) the Greek phrase “kolasin aionion” is used. The word “kolasin” means “punishment, or to be cut-off” and the word “aion” (the singular form of “aionion”) means and has always meant an indefinite period of time. So, you are wrong again.

      DIVINECODERS

  6. justin
    July 9, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Here’s proof that the soul is eternal…
    Without a doubt the human soul is immortal. This is clearly seen in many Scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments: Psalm 22:26; 23:6; 49:7-9; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Daniel 12:2-3; Matthew 25:46; and 1 Corinthians 15:12-19. Daniel 12:2 says, “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” Similarly, Jesus Himself said that the wicked “will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). With the same Greek word used to refer to both “punishment” and “life,” it is clear that both the wicked and the righteous have an eternal/immortal soul.
    The unmistakable teaching of the Bible is that all people, whether they are saved or lost, will exist eternally, in either heaven or lake of fire. True life or spiritual life does not cease when our fleshly bodies pass away in death. Our souls will live forever, either in the presence of God in heaven if we are saved, or in punishment in lake of fire IE the second death. if we reject God’s gift of salvation. In fact, the promise of the Bible is that not only will our souls live forever, but also that our bodies will be resurrected. This hope of a bodily resurrection is at the very heart of the Christian faith (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).
    As for your argument..
    “.A further problem for the “Eternal Damnation” hypothesis is what we read in Genesis 3:22 where it states “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:”
    God is referring to our mortal bodies living forever in sin not our spiritual bodies which are immortal according to Jesus.
    as for your arguement that …”Now, it states that the “beast and the false prophet are [in the LOF], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”, although this is not the same as “eternal”, rather the phrase “for ever and ever” could symbolize an epoch”
    Every time the bible states obvious statements like forever and ever you resort to saying that maybe its just “symbolization” of a epoch ie a specific time period, not forever (which sounds like your pulling tactics which cater to your candy coated version of eternal damnation. how do you get a specific time frame(epoch) out of the words “forever and ever”? The bible is blatently obvious when its referring to symbolization and when to interpet the words to be literal. Same goes for when u stated “Perhaps the Lake of Fire is capable of defying the laws of “science” and can indeed destroy energy.” Again you are relying on maybes or could be’s to refute facts which i stated are not only biblically sound but came from the ultimate scientist “God” and what we know of Gods science and mans observance of that science is that energy like souls is eternal and constantly changes from one form to another i.e. water. it rains down on the earth gives life to all by being consumed and then processed in bodies then expelled to the earth in which it evaporates and goes into the clouds just to come back down and start the process over and over and over again. look at fire. say u have a tree(form of life)as the tree burns it goes up in smoke collects in the clouds and comes back down in the rain albeit contaminated rain but that rain again makes life happen. and the ashes left enrich the soil and gives now life to the ground which feed the animals which give us meat and milk. and produces vegitation which also give us life. now as you can see energy in all its forms constantly exists in one way or another.
    you obviously need to get a more literal interpitation view of the obvious wording in the bible and stop pulling something from nothing with your maybes and what ifs and stick to the facts.
    as for your statement…”We can be sure that anything tossed into the real LOF will pass away (be consumed) and be gone eternally, because in Revelation 21:4, it states “4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” this verse is referring to when the second death is over and all that will be saved are in heaven and all the lost are forgotten maybe blotted from the saved souls memory .or maybe once we arrive in Heaven, we will be glorified and perfect. Our hearts, attitudes, and thoughts will be completely in agreement with God (1 John 3:2). If some of our loved ones are not in Heaven, we will be in 100% complete agreement that they do not belong there – that they are condemned by their own refusal to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
    as for the term “day and night forever an ever”. this is just another way to convey to the laymen the concept of eternity
    as for your assumption that death ie angel of death and hell are not eternal again i refer you to the fact that energy cannot be created nor destroyed( except by God himself)
    We know that hell is a literal place(form of energy) and the angel of death chosen by God to carry out the killing as in Second Kings 19:35 which describes an angel putting to death 185,000 Assyrians who had invaded Israel. Or maybe an angel transporting the dead to the eternal life is a literal being(form of energy) or maybe its just the concept of death(remember that even a simple thought forms a burst of energy there fore the idea of death which was thought up by God to transform us into our immortal spirits once its our time to die) exists as a form of energy. to conclude both hell(which we know is literal) and ether the specific angle chosen to carry out justified killings by God or the angle who transports the dead to the afterlife are all beings (forms of energy) or simply the concept of death is a form of energy thought up by God. My point is that all things that are to be thrown into the lake of fire all exist in eternal forms of energy firmly based on the fact that all forms of energy cannot be created or destroyed(except by God) a fact that science can literally prove. not maybe or what if. it is a proven scientific fact that can be observed.
    Stop referencing to the egyption form of the lake of fire. its like comparing apples to oranges by way of the fact that Both father God referenced the eternal lake of fire in the old testament specifically in Daniel 12:2 says, “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.”
    and in the new testament where Jesus Himself said that the wicked “will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). both statements from a proven God as opposed to the pagan ideas formed by the egyptians which have no verified proof like our bible and is thought up by a group of people who had no relation to the true God, who just made up gods and ideas inspired obviously by the devil.
    Finally in your response do not reply with “maybe and what ifs” for God is a God of facts which we can prove by our modern science. and because ive stated my refute with just the facts based on 100% proven methods and correct interpetations of the word of God I.E. when God says “forever and ever” it means just that. not ,according to your incorrect belief that even though the bible says “forever and ever” you interpet that as some time frame which will eventually pass “epoch” so that u can candy coat your form of soft christiananity to appeal to the mainstream masses especially when the bible clearly states the road to hell is broad and the road to heaven is small. Please i implore you to stop the blasphemy and stick to the word of God and take this article down now because your leading not only yourselves but the masses who read this article straight to hell!!

    • July 9, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Where to begin, ah, yes! Your biblical references:

      It is truly a waste of time to fire off bible verses that do not in anyway support your argument, as we do check each and every one of them. So, let’s break them down and see what you gave us to learn from.

      1. Psalms 22:6 – your heart shall live forever
      2. Psalms 23:6 – will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever
      3. Psalms 49:7-9 – it ceaseth for ever (oops, here is a problem for you, but more on that in a minute)
      4. Ecclesiastes 12:7 – spirit shall return to God
      5. Daniel 12:2-3 – some wake to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt
      6. Matthew 25:46 – and these shall go away into everlasting punishment
      7. 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 – talks about the resurrection of Christ

      Now, we can dismiss references 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7, as these do not confirm your theory of an eternal soul. In fact, none of these do and one of your references actually hurt your case.

      Let’s look at Psalms 49:7-9, it states:

      7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

      8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)

      9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.

      Verse 8 provides a catastrophic problem for you. What we have here is a warning to the entire world that no matter of authority nor riches will buy redemption for their soul, instead it will “ceaseth for ever”. What this means is that it will stop existing, eternally. Although that is assuming that the word “for ever” means eternity. However, that isn’t always the case, as you will see quite shortly in our next comment.

      This will be interesting, so stay tuned.

      DIVINECODERS

    • July 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      1. “for ever and ever” always means “eternal”.

      For this, I direct you to: http://www.bible-study-lessons.com/For-Ever.html. There is no need to regurgitate this information.

      2. Hell is a literal place, although you seem unsure.

      If you believe that Hell is a physical place that I could go and visit right now, you would be wrong. If you think Hell is a spiritual prison, then you are correct.

      3. All will have 100% agreement in God’s Judgement.

      Luke 13:28

      “28There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.”

      This would mean that you are wrong.

      4. How “day and night forever and ever” is symbolism, although “fore ever and ever” is not.

      This is hypocrisy. See: http://www.bible-study-lessons.com/For-Ever.html

      5. Energy cannot be created nor destroyed, EVER!

      Luke 1:37

      “37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

      6. The Egyptian LOF is not the same as YOUR LOF!

      You think the LOF is eternal torture, the Egyptians thought the LOF was eternal torture. Looks like two apples to us.

      In summation, you have not proven that the soul is eternal, nor have you proven that the LOF is a place of ETERNAL torment. On the contrary, we have shown good evidence that the soul is not eternal and that the LOF is not ETERNAL, therefore we cannot fulfill your request to remove this article, as it would appear that, after all, it is the belief in ETERNAL Torment that is itself heretical, a mere tool created by deceptive men to control the illiterate masses of their time; however, their lies are fast losing believers and rightfully so.

      To imply that God will torture you for all eternity just because you wont believe in Him, is sheer madness! You are being willfully ignorant, because you know the truth, yet you are uncomfortable knowing that God is not a sadist. This news should make you happy, God is love and He gave us His only begotten son so that we could be saved, pass it on.

      DIVINECODERS

  7. justin
    July 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    first and foremost all souls/beings ie the devil are eternal and must follow the laws of science specifically that “energy cannot be created, except when God first put the breath of life in adam..or destroyed. all energy is just transferred from one form or another” they will exist in one form or another ie in heaven or the lake of fire which the bible clearly states is “forever and ever set up to punish the devil and the beast and false prophet” and of course his demons and all people whose name is not found in the “Lambs book of Life. REV 20:15 if you say that forever and ever does not mean eternally then you are calling Gods word a lie. why would the lake of fire need to burn “forever and ever” if all that go to it just “disappear” they are obviously gonna burn in the lake of fire forever and ever(eternally) along with the devil beast false prophet too. its very plain in laymens terms. if forever and ever (eternal)is not a linear concept in your eyes you are ether highly deceived or dumb as a rock.

    • July 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Justin,

      You are clearly arguing from a perpetual state of ignorance and are therefore stuck in an infinite loop of attempting to argue a point despite having no real substantial argument.

      Perhaps the Lake of Fire is capable of defying the laws of “science” and can indeed destroy energy. If you are expecting us to prove our point using what little science actually knows about energy, then we are afraid that you are going to be disappointed. What we need is to investigate what the Bible has to say.

      So, when we do, we find contradictions with the “Eternal Torment” hypothesis. Why haven’t you addressed any of those? Do you live on blind faith? The Bible states in 1 Peter 3:15 “15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”, therefore you should have a reason for why you subscribe to what you believe.

      Just in case you missed them, here they are for you again, to answer:

      1. If Hell is eternal, then why is it cast into the Lake of Fire?
      2. If torment in the Lake of Fire is eternal (as in IMMUTABLE), then how is this possible when the souls that will so-called be “tormented” are not themselves eternal? You say souls are eternal, where is your evidence for this statement? We have shown you numerous passages in the Bible that conclude differently than you do on the matter. Care to explain why?

      And, here are some more:

      3. If Death and Hell are both tossed into the Lake of Fire, will they be tormented as well?
      4. You say that “torment” means a separation from God. Where is your Biblical reference on this, and unfortunately, the definition of “torment” doesn’t support your theory either, because the definition of “torment” is a severe physical and mental suffering. As we mentioned before, this jives well with the heathen Egyptian version of the Lake of Fire, but not at all with the Christian Lake of Fire. Care to explain why?
      5. If when Christ will reign on earth and He will become the light and when there will no longer be any night (Rev 22:5), then how is it possible to be “tormented day and night” for all eternity (Rev 20:10)?

      We are looking forward to your answers.

      DIVINECODERS

  8. John
    July 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    What I like to know is what happens who has sinned beyond all comprehension as opposed to someone trying to do the right thing?

    But in saying that I always had the belief there is no eternal hell

    • July 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Well, what we need to be clear on here is that there is a distinct difference between Hell and the Lake of Fire. Hell is described in the Bible as a place where some of us go after we die. In fact, the Bible tells us that we could go to one of three places, which are the Sea, Hell, or Death, because these are the locations where God will call all souls from on the day of Judgment (You cannot be in Heaven, because if you were, then you would not need to be judged).

      Having said that, we can be sure that Hell is not Eternal because it is tossed (i.e. “cast”) into the Lake of Fire and the Bible states that there will be no more death or suffering, because the old things have passed away, as in “have disappeared from existence” via the Lake of Fire.

      Now, as to what will happen to wicked souls (both human/demonic), these are tossed into the Lake of Fire, as well. Therefore, they too will pass away. This is the Second Death, or in other words, the “last death”.

      Thanks for sharing.

      DIVINECODERS

    • John
      July 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      in reply to #6

      Hi.
      You mention “human/ demonic” and “wicked souls”
      Now from reading and watching videos from the net, my understanding of someone who is “wicked” has a personality or a mental problem.

      Despite what national laws that exist from the country you reside in, it could be argued that these people are not “responsible” for their actions.
      Admittedly it is debateable, but from what I understand these people had let’s say “a childhood that’s wasn’t exactly good”.
      Using the above, (with sideline attitude) to me if they are not “responsible” then one can argue it’s an unfair punishment.

      Maybe you can comeback, “Ah, but they have free will” Maybe so, but if something goes on inside them that they cannot control.
      Also free will I find is debatable.

      However I am not picking an argument I am expressing a point of view.

      • July 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

        Hi John,

        Brilliant observation! I have been preaching this exact thing for quite a long time now. In fact, just last night, I argued that God will take into consideration the chain of causation while making His final Judgment. The example I used was this:

        “Let’s say that I grab your wrist and I made you punch Barack Obama in the face, but you were arrested for punching the president and I was set free.”

        Does that sound fair? It’s not, so it is obvious that God will have to consider the chain of causation or else He would punish the child that was beat/raped on a daily basis that grew up to be a murderer.

        God freed Moses from his crime of murder, because He considered the chain of causation. (Jude 1:9)

        God freed the King that took Abraham’s wife, because He considered the chain of causation. (Genesis 20:9)

        However, where do you stop blaming the parents before you start blaming the child? Does it make sense to say that every crime thereafter is excused?

        DIVINECODERS

      • John
        July 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        In reply to #10

        Fair enough a valid comment to be honest I never thought about it from that angle.

        You mention “the chain of causation” which I find a brilliant phrase.

        Just maybe free will is an illusion?

      • July 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        I don’t think so. It wouldn’t make sense to have a judgement if God had already preselected the losers and winners. You can still say that God knows what will happen before it happens, without contradicting the concept of Free Will, as the future is merely the result of our present actions.

        There is biblical evidence for free will:

        “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” (Genesis 4:7)

        Here we see God explaining the concept of Free Will to Cain. He basically tells him that he is upset and so he can either control it or be controlled by it. God doesn’t say “Cain, you are angry and I know that you are going to kill your brother Abel, so you better leave now!”, does He? The answer is clearly, no. God knew what was in his heart and God allowed Cain to make his choice, and so he did.

        There is scientific evidence for Free Will as in the trajectory of atoms are random and cannot always be predicted, which is at least evidence against Determinism and I think that is somewhat of a strong win for the concept of Free Will which requires the absents of Determinism to be true.

        Therefore, I would argue for the existence of Free Will, although I admit that God can still know our choices in advance as is made apparent in Revelation.

        DIVINECODERS

  9. justin
    July 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    the torture of the souls will in fact be an existance in the lake of fire itself and being without God. do u really think that God would give satan and his demons the pleasure of tormenting eternal souls? i think not! everything that is unholy …satan death hell demons unbelievers etc wlll be eternally tortured in the lake of fire which is the second and final death which is ETERNAL!! I DEMAND THAT U RECONSIDER THESE FACTS AND TAKE THIS ARTICLE DOWN NOW OR U WILL SEAL YOUR FATE IN ETERNAL DAMNATION AS WELL!!!

    • July 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      You must be careful with what you are willing to digest as truth, especially this particular concept, because what we have is poison in our waters. You see, ancient Egypt also has a concept of a lake of fire where fiery demons torture the wicked. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_of_fire#Ancient_Egyptian_religion

      So, you must ask yourself, which version are you believing in? The lake of fire is referenced only in the book of Revelation and its description is not linear. Therefore, you cannot follow along as if you are reading from a timeline, instead you must understand that you are jumping back and forth.

      For instance, in Revelation 20:10 it states “10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”, then we flip back to learn in Revelation 19:20 “20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”, and we learn that in Revelation 13 that the false prophet is the antichrist, the beast is the NWO, and the devil would be Lucifer.

      OK, so you see how you have to cross reference the book of Revelation. So, if we arranged this information into a timeline, we would have the following summary:

      1. Economic Meltdown
      2. Establishment of NWO
      3. Religion replaced with Humanism
      4. Great Tribulation
      5. The End
      6. Christ reigns on earth for 1000 earth years
      7. Hell is released and God is victorious
      8. The devil, antichrist, and those who worship the beast are cast alive into the LOF
      9. The Sea, Hell, and Death are emptied of all souls
      10. The souls are judged based on their actions
      11. Lost souls without salvation are cast into the LOF
      12. Earth renewed

      Now, it states that the “beast and the false prophet are [in the LOF], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”, although this is not the same as “eternal”, rather the phrase “for ever and ever” could symbolize an epoch. We can be sure that anything tossed into the real LOF will pass away (be consumed) and be gone eternally, because in Revelation 21:4, it states “4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

      Indeed, the Bible is true, there will not be any more Death or Suffering on earth because before the earth was renewed, both Death and Hell are tossed into the LOF. This would mean that Hell is indeed not eternal.

      A further problem for the “Eternal Damanation” hypothesis is what we read in Genesis 3:22 where it states “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:”

      The problem here is that nothing except God and apparently the LOF is eternal, unless God gives to them the ability to live forever. “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:15)

      You cannot have it both ways. You cannot have an Eternal Hell without Eternal Life and without Christ none of us will be granted Eternal Life, so those that are cast into the LOF must cease to exist, as they are not Eternal.

      DIVINECODERS

  10. justin
    July 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    you are deceiving the world with your heresy. don’t you know its a sin to take words out of the bible. you conveniently left out ” any ones name not found in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” rev.20:11-15 I DEMAND ThAT U TAKE THIS ARTICLE DOWN NOW AND WRITE AN PUBLIC APOLOGY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • July 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Hi Justin,

      This article does not deal with the Lake of Fire, except to hint to it as a permanent deletion of existence. Rather, this article deals with the dangerous misconception that Hell is eternal. How dangerous is this misconception? Well, quite dangerous, indeed, because it contradicts logic and more importantly it contradicts the Bible and spreads inaccuracies about the Bible to the mainstream, which is relatively turned off by the news of eternal torment, although such a concept is false, and is in fact itself heresy.

      It’s quite simple, really. If Satan will be tossed into the Lake of Fire, who will be around to torture the lost souls? Is Lucifer eternal, like God is eternal? The concept of an eternal Hell is just nonsense and we will not apologize for spreading the truth.

      Thanks for sharing.

      DIVINECODERS

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