| What is Hell ... and why does it exist?
| Minor Modifications Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Minor Modifications Friday, October 18, 2002
This page will be dedicated to my continuing effort of gaining a better understanding of the definition of 'eternal', as in 'eternal punishment', where it concerns the fate of those whose names are 'not found written in the book of life', and in 'eternal life' for those who are.
2. "The Scriptures speak with clarity and precision on the topic of hell as a place of punishment appointed for the disobedient wicked. The psalmist wrote by inspiration: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). Jesus taught that at Judgment, the wicked will “depart” into punishment “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41-46) where Jesus employed the Greek term kolasis, which means punishment, torment, suffering, and chastisement [see Brown, 1999, p. 173]). When John described those who would join the devil in hell’s horrible abyss, he referred to “the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and liars” (Revelation 21:8). Paul said that those who inhabit hell with Satan will be those who “know not God” and who “obey not the gospel of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
This, in contrast to what those who acknowledge the Love of God and accept the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ already have received.
It is my intent, at some time in the future, under the prayerfully requested tutelage of the Holy Spirit to demonstrate the apparent non-equivalence of the terms 'outer darkness', 'death and hell', 'second death', ' unquenchable fire', as they are found in the Holy Scriptures.