The Hell Debate Essay

2033 words - 9 pages

THE HELL DEBATE

A Paper
Presented to Professor Beauchamp of
Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA

BIBL 350

By
Gordon C. Wilson
December 13, 2012

INTRODUCTION
In this paper, I will give a brief overview of the nature of hell, the classical view and the annihilationist view. For the last decade, there has been a significant debate surrounding this very topic within evangelical circle. It is hard to understand how God can let his children be punished in hell, being he is an all-loving God and creator. However, John 3:36 makes it clear for all of us. (He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God ...view middle of the document...

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Revelation 20:12, 15, 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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Hell is real and those who reject the Lord Jes

us Christ will be tormented forever without a single, solitary hope. Hell is real but you can be saved. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). Now, while you are still alive, is the time when you can be accepted by God. Tomorrow is not promised to you--now is the time to make your decision. If you die in your sins, you will not be accepted and you will not get another chance to repent. You will be rejected. Heaven is for God's people. Unrepentant thieves, liars, whoremongers, witches, murderers, sodomites, church hypocrites, false worshippers (people who follow false religions), haters of God, etc. have to go somewhere else, a place of outer darkness where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.(”HELL IS REAL”).
Why does the Bible say that the wicked will be destroyed with unquenchable fire?
Unquenchable fire is fire that cannot be put out, but which goes out when it has turned everything to ashes.  Jeremiah 17:27 says Jerusalem was to be destroyed with unquenchable fire, and in 2 Chronicles 36:19-21 the Bible says this fire burned the city "to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah" and left it desolate.  Yet we know this fire went out, because Jerusalem is not burning today.   No one will be able to escape from it by extinguishing it.  Isaiah says of that fire, "Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor a fire to sit before it" (Isaiah 47:14).  After it has accomplished its work of destruction, that fire will go out.  No one can deliver themselves from its flame by putting it out, but finally not a coal will be left. So say the Scripture ( Hell truth).
Jesus speaks of "eternal fire and punishment" as the final abode of the angels and human beings who have rejected God (Matthew 25:41,46) He says that those who give into sin will be in danger of the "fire of hell" (Matthew 5:22; 18:8-9.) The word Jesus uses for 'hell' is Gehenna, a valley in which piles of garbage were daily burned as well as the corpses of those without families who could bury them. In Mark 9:43 Jesus speaks of a person going to "hell [gehenna], where 'their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.' " Jesus is referring to the maggots that live in the corpses on the garbage heap. When all the flesh is consumed, the maggots die. Jesus is saying, however, that the spiritual decomposition of hell never ends, and that is why 'their worm does not die.' Jesus constantly depicted hell as painful fire and "outer darkness" (Matt 25:30; Jude 6, 7, and13,) a place of unimaginably...

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