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Is Eternal Punishment Biblical

Is the concept of eternal punishment biblical or is it just another catholic and protestant doctrine?

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 ---Ryan on 12/11/06
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Isaiah 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom, give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
Matthew 10:15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
---micha9344 on 11/30/10

Punishing/tormenting someone for all time seems a bit over the edge. Would someone here tell me that love would punish for all time?? Why would we serve anyone that torments people without stopping??
---calhoon on 11/30/10

Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

The fires of sodom has gone out long ago, but the results are eternal.
---francis on 11/27/10

1. Christ took on Himself the sins of all the world, those who accept Him as Savior and those that do not.
2. The cross is the ultimate example of God's punishment for sin.
3. Jesus did not burn in hell forever and ever.
4. So if you are lost, why will you burn forever for your own sins, when Jesus our Savior, who took on the sins of the world did not?
5. God gave us His Son to save us. It is Satan who would burn you in hell forever if he had the opportunity.
6. Satan has artfully given to God his own evil attributes, and has successfully infiltrated the church with this teaching.
---Dennis on 11/24/10

Yes, eternal punishment is Biblical. Mark 9:33,34 "..hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched - where 'Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched'." Revelation 20:10 ".. the lake of fire and brimstone.. And they will be tormented forever and ever". These are only two passages that show that Hell is very real and it lasts forever.
---Helen_5378 on 6/15/07

Eloy, Is 66:24; Dan 12:2-3; Mt 13:40-43, 25:41-46; Mk 9:43-48; Lk 16:23-24; 2 Thes 1:7-9; Jude 1:7; Rev 14:9-11, 20:12-15 don't say there's an "eternal hell." Worms not dieing nor fire quenching, everlasting contempt, going away into everlasting punishment, fire that never quenches, torment in flames, everlasting destruction, vengeance of eternal fire, smoke of torment ascendeth up for ever & lake of fire are NOT any more eternal hell than Sodom is still burning today-Jude 1:7
---Geoff on 1/3/07

Ryan, I dont know if you saw my 5 part post on 12/27/06 on this blog? scroll down and check it out. I dont agree that the english word eternal is the correct word for the Greek words aion and aionios. After you check it out please comment on my findings, God bless.
---Billy on 1/2/07

Billy, read II Thessalonians 1:8-10, especially verse 9 it says that those that deny Christ will receive eternal destruction.
---Ryan on 1/1/07

.geoff says: Can you give me the scripture that says eternal hell?
Eloy says: Look it up, in Isaiah 66:24; Daniel 12:2,3; Matthew 13:40-43; 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:23,24; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 7; Revelation 14:9-11; 20:12-15.
---Eloy on 1/1/07

in 1998 on the operating table, my heart stoped, i went to the other side,& yes i did talk to Jesus himself iam makeing this very short...anyway.believe me there is a real Heaven & earthly Body was dead, but i was very much alive.they told me that they had pronounced me dead for 20 min...God bless you all...richa
---Richard on 1/1/07

Eloy said "scripture tells us that the soul goes either to eternal heaven or eternal hell." Can you give me the scripture that says eternal hell?
---Geoff on 1/1/07

(1). Buzz, Mat 10:28 did not answer my question concerning the second resurrection. Mat 10:28 proves that the soul isnt immortal.

Eze 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
---Billy on 1/1/07

(2). Buzz, The soul that sins will die in Gehenna fire when, after it is resurrected and given a spiritual body, it will be transformed by that fire of God's Word in the exact same way that the souls of God's elect were changed by that very same fire of God's Word while they were yet in their bodies of clay. In other words our "soulish man" dies now while the vast majority of mankind will still be soulish at the time of their resurrection. 'Soulish' is a synonym for 'carnal.'
---Billy on 1/1/07

(3). Buzz, I dont think you know what "to be destroyed" really means. The same thing can be said about death. How can someone be dead, but yet alive at the same time? True believers should die to themselves, but at the same time have a new life that Christ lives within them. Another example of the word destroyed is in Jer 18:4.
---Billy on 1/1/07

(4). Buzz,

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred, [Hebrew, shâchath - destroy] in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Buzz, the word "shâchath" in this verse is translated in the OT 103 times as destroyed, destroyer, destroyeth, etc., etc., etc., but is only translated as marred 3 times.
---Billy on 1/1/07

(5). Buzz, so if the vessel that was destroyed in the hand of the potter, how could God make it again into another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it? Buzz, Gods consuming fire destroys the carnal soul of men but the man himself is saved yet so as by fire. This is how we all must be saved, every man must go through the flaming sword that separates us from the tree of life "Gen 3:24".
---Billy on 1/1/07

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(6). Buzz,

1Co 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

God bless
---Billy on 1/1/07

Matt 10:28 answers the question. ..fear not them which kill the body...fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna) the lake of fire. Grk for destroy is apollumi, to destroy completely.
God will not torment those who do not become diciples of Christ, he will destroy them.
---Buzz on 12/31/06

Selwyn, is it annihilation that you are referring to? If so, can you give me a scripture that says that the resurrection of the unjust "second resurrection" will not receive immortality?

If the believer is dead to sin, we are alive in Christ, the wicked man is distroyed, but the new man lives on. But for the wicked, the lake of fire does have a purpose, and its not to discard the soul itself, but by fire the soul will be saved. God bless
---Billy on 12/28/06

The Book of Revelation shows that all mankind's enemies will be destroyed.
The Bible claims that the Devil and Death are two of our enemies...and therefore they will be destroyed.

There seems to be a problem with most people in that they somehow get "eternal punishment" and "eternal punishing" mixed up.

My personal belief is that hell will last only until all the enemies of man have been removed from existence.
---Selwyn on 12/28/06

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This want mean a thing to most, but it will mean a lot to those that have a desire to know Gods truths. I pray it finds someones hungry search for truth, God bless.
---Billy on 12/28/06


Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible: Eternity: The Bible hardly speaks of eternity in a philosophical sense of infinite duration without beginning or end. The Hebrew word olam, which is used alone (Ps. 61:8) or with various prepositions (Ge. 3:22; 13:15, etc.) in contexts where it is traditionally translated "forever," means, in itself, no more than "for an indefinitely long period." Thus, me-olam does not mean "from eternity," but "of old"
---Billy on 12/27/06


(Ge 6:4, etc.). In the N.T., aion is used as the equivalent of olam.

The New Testament in Modern Speech, by Dr. R. F. Weymouth: Eternal: Greek: "aeonion," i.e., "of the ages." Etymologically this adjective, like others similarly formed, does not signify "during," but "belonging to" the aeons or ages.
---Billy on 12/27/06


Ellicott's Commentary on the Whole Bible (Matt. 25:46): Everlasting punishment-life eternal. The two adjectives represent the same Greek word, aionios-it must be admitted (1) that the Greek word which is rendered "eternal" does not, in itself, involve endlessness, but rather, duration, whether through an age or succession of ages, and that it is therefore applied in the N.T. to periods of time that have had both a beginning and ending
---Billy on 12/27/06

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(Rom. 16:25), where the Greek is "from aeonian times;" our version giving "since the world began."
(Comp. 2 Tim. 1:9; Tit. 1:3) -strictly speaking, therefore, the word, as such, apart from its association with any qualifying substantive, implies a vast undefined duration, rather than one in the full sense of the word "infinite."
---Billy on 12/27/06

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him SHOULD NOT PERISH but have everlasting life."
Jesus doesn't say: "that whosoever believes in Him should not suffer everlasting life in hell's torment, but have everlasting life in eternal bliss." No Christ clearly points out that the issue is between life everlasting or perishing. When something perishes it stops being, there is no everlasting life for those who reject Christ.
---Anthony on 12/14/06

greetings.On'raining fire down from heaven'.Remember when Jesus was asked to do so ?What was his reply to his apostles?
---earl on 12/14/06

The fire that God reigns down or the lake of fire are of course eternal. This is sort of God's prison, if you will, prepared for Satan and his angels (Notice it is not reserved for humnanity), this place is so awful not even Satan wants to be there.
---Ryan on 12/13/06

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II Thessalonians 1:9 sums up what happens to those who don't listen to the gospel message:

Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

That sums up the process nicely. Don't listen to the gospel message and you are destroyed for eternity.
---Ryan on 12/13/06

Geoff, I appreciate your pun. However eternity is the effect of God's creative power. God is the cause eternity is the effect. Just as earth is the effect of God's creative power. Now earth, falling into a cursed state, with sinful man doing everything he can to destroy God's creation, sprinkled with a little assistance from Satan, is the effect of man's disobedience.
---Ryan on 12/13/06

geoff, Those of Sodom and Amorah are not just gone, for scripture tells us that the soul goes either to eternal heaven or eternal hell. Those miserable souls are now in everlasting torments, you do not see them because the abode of hell and heaven come after this life on earth. And if you were one of those Sodomites or Amorahites which were condemned, then you would most certainly still be burning in everlasting hell.
---Eloy on 12/13/06

Well Ryan, eternal is the effect. Sodom and Gomorrha were destoyed with eternal fire. They were completely destroyed, but they are NOT still burning today-Jude 1:7

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
---Geoff on 12/13/06

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It is written, the wicked will be tormented in an unquenchable fire, they will be cast into utter darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, and the smoke of their torment will ascend for ever and ever. Both Testaments prophesy of eternal torment. Please read Isaiah 66:24; Daniel 12:2,3; Matthew 13:40-43; 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:23,24; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 7; Revelation 14:9-11; 20:12-15.
---Eloy on 12/12/06

I think it is a christian concept. Now how that punishment is issued is up to debate. but lets take a look at something if you don't want to be somewhere it would be punishment. and if you knew that you were being left out it would be punishment. so no matter how you look at it if you don't accept and live in God's grace then you will be punished nomatter what for ever.
---Jared on 12/12/06

Eternal fire does exist according to Jesus and other scripture. see
(Luk 16:19) re Lazarus .
(Isa 33:14) The sinners in Zion
(Mat 18:8) it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
(Mat 25:41) Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
---Graeme on 12/12/06

If hell is eternal then God is less than the eternal God. Eternal hell would give everyone eternal life. This doesn't match scripture. I do agree the "Fire" is eternal. God is a consuming fire. He is eternal, what He consumes is NOT or it would not be consumed.
---mikefl on 12/12/06

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Jack, please provide scriptural references for the following statement:

"...because the same words are used in the Bible to describe the quality duration of both."

---Ryan on 12/11/06

if punishment was not forever, we would not have the need to live for god totally. would we? the bible says eteral damnation.
heaven is to last forever.a person will not go to hell for a while than get out for good behavior. it will last forever and ever.
---patricia on 12/11/06

The concept of eternal punishment is not just Roman Catholic or Protestant, but is held by all the Aposotolic Church of the East, as well.

If punishment is not eternal and unending (two different words), then neither is heaven, because the same words are used in the Bible to describe the quality duration of both.
---Jack on 12/11/06

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