Matthew 25:41), and those whose names are not written in the book of life (cf. How to Live by the Indwelling Life of Christ Click here to... Critical Race Theory Examined and Analyzed. Even though these images are often used to support ECT, I don’t think they are very good arguments in favor of this view. I’ve been exploring the debate between annihilationism and eternal conscious torment (ECT) in a series of blog posts. They base this idea in other biblical cases such as the "eternal fire" that was sent as punishment to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, that later extinguished. Rev. [18], Apart from the use of the term gehenna (translated as "Hell" or "Hell fire" in most English translations of the Bible; sometimes transliterated, or translated differently)[20][21][22] the Johannine writings refer to the destiny of the wicked in terms of "perishing", "death" and "condemnation" or "judgment". [100] After the 1000 years known as the Millennium, the individuals in spirit prison who chose not to accept the gospel and repent[101] will also be resurrected and receive an immortal physical body, which is referred to as the "second resurrection". Even if by "everlasting punishment" is meant "everlasting conscious torment", this passage in itself does not prove the eternal torment of the wicked since the Greek word, "aionios", can mean either limited or unlimited duration. (Matthew 8:21, et al.) Okay, so what are the best arguments for ECT? The image—and I do believe it’s an image and not a literal picture, unless worms too get resurrected worm bodies that will live forever and ever—does not refer to worms feasting on bodies that are alive and being tormented forever, but on the wicked who are destroyed by God (see Isa 66:16). This verse quotes from Isaiah 66:24 and mentions both unquenchable fire and worms that never die. This is partially true, but the part that is not true is what makes all the difference. In summary, there are some good arguments in favor of ECT and also, to my mind, some not so good arguments that appear to have been used without much thought. [1] Theologians today generally see Hell as the logical consequence of using free will to reject union with God and, because God will not force conformity, it is not incompatible with God's justice and mercy.[1]. Are the people who are tormented all the wicked who are in hell, or just a subset of the wicked who “worships the beast and its image and receives the mark” on their foreheads? ), Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in an immortal soul that survives after physical death. The first, Traditionalism (sometimes called Eternal Conscious Torment or Infernalism), is the most widely recognized. 15:24, Prov. "[56][57] Journalist Richard Owen's interpretation of this remark as declaring that hell is an actual place was reported in many media. Answer: They will be condemned to extinction just like the earthly cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Genesis 37:35; Numbers 16:30-33; Psalm 86:13; Ecclesiastes 9:10). [104] Other mortals who during their lifetime become sons of perdition, those who commit the unpardonable sin, will be consigned to outer darkness. Those who worshiped the Beast will be tormented forever and ever (Rev. [85] Some recent writers such as Anglican layman C. S. Lewis[86] and J.P. Moreland[87] have cast hell in terms of "eternal separation" from God. The problem with this line of reasoning begins with the first premise. A moral objection to eternal conscious torment (ECT) is that if sinners are tormented in hell for all eternity (or, to be more precise, the lake of fire), then God’s justice is never satisfied. For those whose "all" is themselves and this world, the "all" of God will be their torture, their punishment and their death. 5:22, Matt. No verse in the Bible gives an expository description of what hell is or what it's about. According to ACUTE some Protestants[89] agree with Augustine that people in these categories will be damned to hell for original sin, while others believe that God will make an exception in these cases.[23]. 5:5, Prov. Different Hebrew and Greek words are translated as "Hell" in most English-language Bibles. [83], In most Protestant traditions, hell is the place created by God for the punishment of the devil and fallen angels (cf. "[45], Pope John Paul II stated on 28 July 1999, that, in speaking of Hell as a place, the Bible uses "a symbolic language", which "must be correctly interpreted … Rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy. The result of some cursory (yet I think substantial) musing has been to conclude that Jesus did indeed teach that there is a literal place that has become known as ‘Hell’, and that hell is unfortunately characterized by eternal conscious torment. They reject the idea of a place of literal eternal pain or torment as being inconsistent with God's love and justice. The sorrow which takes hold of the heart, which has sinned against love, is more piercing than any other pain. The Conditional Immortality Association of New Zealand Inc. No verse in the Bible gives an expository description of what hell is or what it's about. Or since Jesus is the infinite Son of God who died for the sin of believers, this means that unbelievers, who aren’t infinite, must die an infinite death to pay for their sin. "[72] An article on the same subject by Sweeney that was published on the Huffington Post's religion page was liked by more than 19,000 people, including Anne Rice.[73]. [110] [111] They instead believe that Hell is not a place of eternal suffering, but of eternal death and that death is a state of unconscious sleep until the resurrection. The Seventh-day Adventist Church holds annihilationism. Revelation 20:15). A. DiNoia, Gabriel O'Donnell, Romanus Cessario, Peter J. Cameron (editors), "Nonfiction Book Review: Inventing Hell: Dante, the Bible, and Eternal Torment by Jon M. Sweeney. 5:30, Matt. This is partially true, but the part that is not true is what makes all the difference. Not one of those passages says hell is eternal conscious torment. 31:17, Ezek. Tartaro One other words used for hell, Tartaro, or Tartarus in English, from Greek Myth. Some Recent Podcast Interviews with Michael Bird. Jude 1:7 [113], Parables of Jesus concerning the hereafter, View of conditional immortality and annihilationism, The King James Version translates "ᾅδης" 9 times as "Hell" and once as "grave" (in, God himself is both heaven and hell, reward and punishment. For example, John Calvin, who believed in conscious existence after death,[82] had a very different concept of hell (Hades and Gehenna) to Martin Luther who held that death was sleep. A major reason why this passage is believed to prove eternal torment is because it says “punishment,” and punishment, it is argued, must mean pain or some sort of conscious suffering, and therefore must mean that the person is alive and conscious to suffer. First, the strongest passage that supports ECT is Matthew 25:46, which I’ve cited in the previous two blogs. "Hell is the place and state of eternal punishment for the fallen angels and human beings who die deliberately estranged from the love of God" (work by Fr. In this post, I want to summarize the best arguments for eternal conscious torment (ECT)—the traditional view of hell where the wicked will experience never-ending punishment. The problem with this line of reasoning begins with the first premise. The depiction in these particular icons, a depiction that may have developed from 12th-century Greek and South Slavic depictions differentiating sinners and their punishments (p. 68), is referred to by Himka as "the new hell", "because various sinners are being punished in a squarish area with torments that did not appear in the standard Byzantine iconography" (p. 42). Man has a malfunctioning or non-functioning noetic faculty in the heart, and it is the task especially of the clergy to apply the cure of unceasing memory of God, otherwise called unceasing prayer or illumination. In death, life and consciousness are gone. You may have noticed in HELL KNOW that I regularly refer to the view of eternal torment as eternal torture. What I do know is that most of the typical theological formulations (about God, not pink bunnies) are not derived from detailed exegesis of Scripture. The Book of Revelation contains the image of a "lake of fire" and "burning sulphur" where "the devil, the beast, and false prophet" will be "tormented day and night for ever and ever" (Revelation 20:10) along with those who worship the beast or receive its mark (Revelation 14:11).[23]. Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. We shouldn’t read ECT into ever passage where “undying” is mentioned, or where we see the wicked being punished or suffering. Christian Universalism teaches that an eternal Hell does not exist and is a later creation of the church with no biblical support. "The recent Catechism is ambiguous, neither denying nor confirming the existence of physical torments" - Charles Steven Seymour, "A Theodicy of Hell', p. 82 (2000). [79] This view is often associated with the Protestant reformer John Calvin. Seventh-day Adventists believe that death is a state of unconscious sleep until the resurrection. Jericho, $16 trade paper (208p) ISBN 978-1-4555-8224-2", "Week 1 - Lent with Jacinta - The "sins of impurity, "Catechism of the Catholic Church – Hell", "The Nature of Hell. [citation needed] Thus, there is no single "official" teaching of the Church apart from apostolic doctrine received and, when necessary, defined by Ecumenical Councils. The Catechism of the Catholic Church which, when published in 1992, Pope John Paul II declared to be "a sure norm for teaching the faith",[43] defines hell as a freely chosen consequence of refusing to love God: The Baltimore Catechism defined Hell by using the word "state" alone: "Hell is a state to which the wicked are condemned, and in which they are deprived of the sight of God for all eternity, and are in dreadful torments." (Note that the "Smoke of their torment" rises forever, not their torment) However, the image of rising smoke, and even the claim of smoke rising forever, is in fact an Old Testament idiom that describes destruction, not ongoing burning (let alone ongoing torment… But it is uncertain where the place is" Addis & Arnold (eds). [99] Mormons teach that it was for this purpose that Christ visited the Spirit World after his crucifixion (1 Peter 3:19–20, 1 Peter 4:5–6). Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Trust me: It’s been destroyed. How can a relatively short lifetime of sin (some longer and/or more sinful than others) be rewarded with an eternity of suffering? Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, "eternal fire". God simply reveals Himself in the risen Lord Jesus in such a glorious way that no man can fail to behold His glory. In his recent book arguing for universalism, David Bentley Hart explains why he abhors the doctrine of hell as eternal conscious torment. The realm of eternal punishment in Hellenistic mythology was Tartarus, Hades was a form of limbo for the unjudged dead. "[37] Michel Quenot stated: "Hell is none other than the state of separation from God, a condition into which humanity was plunged for having preferred the creature to the Creator. ...whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. It turns out that his reasons are not first of all to do with God’s revelation in scripture but with a gag-reflex—his moral revulsion against a deity that would preside over an eternal conscious torment in hell. Dei xv, 16), "I am of opinion that no one knows in what part of the world hell is situated, unless the Spirit of God has revealed this to some one. Denny Burk: Eternal Conscious Torment Burk acknowledges the difficulty in coming to terms with unbelievers facing the punishment of eternal conscious torment. At all events the doctrine of conscious, eternal torment for impenitent men is clearly revealed in the Word of God. These words include: In ancient Jewish belief, the dead were consigned to Sheol, a place to which all were sent indiscriminately (cf. No verse actually says that. The most natural meaning of the never-ending smoke, based on its original meaning in Isaiah, is terminal punishment. The key phrase is, “the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever.” Paul speaks of "wrath" and "everlasting destruction" (cf. Get updates from Theology in the Raw delivered straight to your inbox. The Son of Man will send His angels and they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of sin and all evil doers, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. Sheol was thought of as a place situated below the ground (cf. And theirs will be "weeping and gnashing of teeth." 57:9, Ezek. See universal reconciliation, apocatastasis and the Problem of Hell. Eternal conscious torment is a fitting punishment for sin committed against a great and infinitely glorious God. [60] Robert J. The Early History of the Monastery of Cluny. snuffed out in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:15) and cease to exist for all eternity. [105] However, according to Mormon faith, since most humans lack such an extent of religious enlightenment, they cannot commit the Eternal sin,[106] and the vast majority of residents of outer darkness will be the "devil and his angels ... the third part of the hosts of heaven" who in the pre-existence followed Lucifer and never received a mortal body. 116:3, Psalm 139:8, Prov. Even still, when I do, it seems like the weight of the evidence falls in favor of terminal punishment and it does feel, to my mind, that many people who assume ECT haven’t really considered the other view very closely. [48], Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905–1988) said that "we must see that hell is not an object that is 'full' or 'empty' of human individuals, but a possibility that is not 'created' by God but in any case by the free individuals who choose it". "[46] Some have interpreted these words as a denial that Hell can be considered to be a place, or at least as providing an alternative picture of Hell. all evil doers, and throw them into the furnace of fire", and that he will pronounce the condemnation: "Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire!" The position which I will defend in this essay is what is sometimes referred to as the traditional, or eternal conscious torment, position (hereafter, ECT). I’ve heard others say similar things like: since God is infinite, then the only just punishment would be an infinite punishment. Of outer darkness and the sons of perdition, Mormon scripture states that "the end thereof, neither the place thereof, nor their torment, no man knows; Neither was it revealed, neither is, neither will be revealed unto man, except to them who are made partakers thereof". In this view, the unredeemed dead suffer for all eternity in flames of fire. Each of the other two theories, fully taught, says … Conscious definition, aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc. "[36] According to Theodore Stylianopoulos, "Hell is a spiritual state of separation from God and inability to experience the love of God, while being conscious of the ultimate deprivation of it as punishment. My thesis is both positive and negative. 3:6, Science and Health with Key to the Scripture, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+21%3A8&version=ESV, "What the Bible says about Death, Afterlife, and the Future", "Bible Gateway passage: Luke 12:5-9 - J.B. 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This is understood to be a temporary state in which the spirits of deceased persons will be taught the gospel and have an opportunity to repent and accept ordinances of salvation. [112] Based on verses like Matthew 16:27 and Romans 6:23 they believe the unsaved do not go to any place of punishment as soon as they die, but are reserved in the grave until the day of judgment after the Second coming of Jesus to be judged, either for eternal life or eternal death. A minority of Protestants believe in the doctrine of conditional immortality,[90] which teaches that those sent to hell will not experience eternal conscious punishment, but instead will be extinguished or annihilated after a period of "limited conscious punishment". A moral objection to eternal conscious torment (ECT) is that if sinners are tormented in hell for all eternity (or, to be more precise, the lake of fire), then God’s justice is never satisfied. Therefore, eternal conscious torment is not true, since God is not immoral. [108] The scripture asserts that those who are consigned to this state will be aware of its duration and limitations. It is the presence of God's splendid glory and love that is the scourge of those who reject its radiant power and light. Eastern Orthodox icons of the Last Judgment, most notably in the Slavic traditions, often depict tormented, lost sinners in Hell. 18:9, Jas. Not necessarily eternal conscious torment. And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. But this is just that: an assumption read back into Luke 16. [5] By the third to second century BC, the idea had grown to encompass separate divisions in sheol for the righteous and wicked (cf. Modern-day revelation clarifies that while there, Christ began the work of salvation for the dead by commissioning spirits of the righteous to teach the gospel to those who didn't have the opportunity to receive it while on earth.[99]. This view characterizes hell as being a place of death, destruction and darkness at which non-believers suffer into eternity. Think of it like a mortgage—at some point, you pay it off and satisfy the debt. In a parable about "The Rich Man and Lazarus" in Luke 16:19-31, the poor man Lazarus enjoys a blissful repose in the "bosom of Abraham" (Luke 16:22), while the rich man who was happy in life is tormented by fire in Hades (Luke 16:23-24), the two realms being separated by a great chasm (Luke 16:26). They base this belief on biblical texts such as Ecclesiastes 9:5 which states "the dead know nothing", and 1 Thessalonians 4:13 which contains a description of the dead being raised from the grave at the second coming. If you believe in Hell (as eternal conscious torment) and God, how do you reconcile them? (I’ve actually never read Fudge’s book on terminal punishment, but I’m sure he deals with this.). to the conclusion that punishment in hell, though eternal and irrevocable, will be proportional to the deeds of each soul (e.g., Matthew 10:15, Luke 12:46-48). [96] Jehovah's Witnesses believe that others who have died before Armageddon will be resurrected bodily on earth and then judged during the 1,000-year rule of Christ; the judgement will be based on their obedience to God's laws after their resurrection.[97]. And they are different. 12:10 +). [18][91] A phenomenalist view of immortality[92] holds that there would be no experiential difference between eternal hell and limited conscious punishment. He was, of course, doing nothing of the sort. Q97 A4 flags discussion of the location of hell as speculation: As Augustine says (De Civ. They also hold that Hell is not an eternal place and that the descriptions of it as "eternal" or "unquenchable" does not mean that the fire will never go out. In this post, I want to summarize the best arguments for eternal conscious torment (ECT)—the traditional view of hell where the wicked will experience never-ending punishment. Traditionalists assume that "unquenchable fire" means "unending conscious torment." Not one of those passages says hell is eternal conscious torment. (I Timothy 6:16) For those who love God and who love all creation in him, the "consuming fire" of God will be radiant bliss and unspeakable delight. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me. Eternal conscious torment is immoral by nature To accuse God of enacting eternal conscious torment would make God immoral. Evangelicals and the Annihilation of Hell Part Two by Alan W. Gomes. Isaiah 66:24 does not indicate, however, that people are eternal or that they suffer eternal torment, on the contrary. Then there’s the “undying worm” and “unquenchable fire” image in Mark 9:48, which, rather importantly, comes from Isaiah 66:24: “For their worm shall not die.” But look at the first part of the Isaiah verse, where it clearly says that the worm is feasting on dead bodies. Whether God will be for each man heaven or hell, reward or punishment, depends on man's response to God's love and on man's transformation from the state of selfish and self-centered love, to Godlike love which does not seek its own ends. 27:20, Isa. 31:16, Ezek. At Fatima in Portugal, it is claimed that Our Lady told St. Jacinta Marto; that more sinners go to Hell because of sins of impurity more than any other.[74][75]. The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs. In this post, I want to summarize the best arguments for eternal conscious torment (ECT)—the traditional view of hell where the wicked will experience never-ending punishment. Hell is the place and state of eternal punishment for the fallen angels and human beings who die deliberately estranged from the love of God. Second, we have reason to believe that those in hell will continue in their rebellion against God for all eternity. My thesis is both positive and negative. [107] The residents of outer darkness are the only children of God that will not receive one of three kingdoms of glory at the Last Judgment. Rev. Second, the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-30 clearly shows that the rich man is “in torment” (16:23) and “in anguish in this flame” (16:24). It doesn’t specify the duration of that suffering. Synonym Discussion of torment. Sometimes venial sin, though needing first of all to be cleansed, is an obstacle to the receiving of the reward; the result being that the reward is delayed. ", Burke, Chauvin, & Miranti, "In the common sense of the word 'place', if you were to say 'Hell is not a place', you would be denying that Hell exists. It is the final destiny of every person who does not receive salvation, where they will be punished for their sins. Ezek. No one can come out of Hell, for out of Hell there is no redemption" (Crawford & Rossiter, "Reasons for Living: Education and Young People's Search for Meaning" (2006). It is the "fire" of God's love; the "fire" of God himself who is love. In this view, the unredeemed dead suffer for all eternity in flames of fire. I grew up believing that the final fate of the unrighteous is eternal conscious torment. Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners, "I just want to point out to current readers that EBC is now fully accredited ...", "I don't think God killed Jesus; but I am beginning to think someone killed Preston ...", "I remember reading a book written in the late 1940s that claimed young people at ...", "First of all, this was from almost a year ago. Eternal Conscious Torment cannot explain degrees of suffering.... No matter how much any given member of the damned has suffered in that view, there is always an infinite amount of suffering to be continuously endured. Deut. Third, there’s a famed theological formulation that was forged in the middle-ages that goes something like this: “A sin committed against an infinite God deserves an infinite punishment.” (Was it Anselm?) This view is often called Christian universalism—its conservative branch is more specifically called 'Biblical or Trinitarian universalism'—and is not to be confused with Unitarian Universalism. Penguin Books, 1995, Lucy Margaret Smith. But I think this is a bit of a stretch, or at least it’s not that clear once you consider these passages more closely. The Bible says that God created this terrible place to serve as the ultimate destiny of the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). It is useless to speculate about its true nature, and more sensible to confess our ignorance in a question that evidently exceeds human understanding. "It is certain from Scripture and tradition that the torments of hell are inflicted in a definite place. Pharisees weren't being warned of Eternal Conscious Torment. p. 192). Therefore, the eternal conscious torment view involves unconditional preservation of … [95], Christian Science defines "hell" as follows: "Mortal belief; error; lust; remorse; hatred; revenge; sin; sickness; death; suffering and self-destruction; self-imposed agony; effects of sin; that which 'worketh abomination or maketh a lie.' It is this pain of loss that is central to the Catholic understanding of hell. Fox, "The Catholic Faith", p. 262 (1983). Second, if Jesus is going ...". Those who remain selfish and self-centered with a hardened heart, closed to God's love, will not see the glory of God in this life. [58], Writing in the 1910 Catholic Encyclopedia, Joseph Hontheim said that "theologians generally accept the opinion that hell is really within the earth. Rev. Again, I haven’t had time to examine all of these arguments or the many texts in detail. 10:28, Matt. The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that the concept of eternal suffering is incompatible with God's character and that He cannot torture His children. Jude 5-7, for instance, reads: Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. "Eternal salvation" is the result; we do not look for an eternal act of "saving." But love acts in two ways, as suffering of the reproved, and as joy in the blessed! Romans 2:7-9; 2  Thessalonians), while the general epistles use a range of terms and images including "raging fire" (Hebrews 10:27), "destruction" (2  Peter 3:7), "eternal fire" (Jude 7) and "blackest darkness" (Jude 13). (St. Isaac of Syria, Mystic Treatises) The Orthodox Church of America website, "Paradise and Hell exist not in the form of a threat and a punishment on the part of God but in the form of an illness and a cure. [42], And since a place is assigned to souls in keeping with their reward or punishment, as soon as the soul is set free from the body it is either plunged into hell or soars to heaven, unless it be held back by some debt, for which its flight must needs be delayed until the soul is first of all cleansed. The strongest, most explicit, most clear verse in all of Scripture that is used to teach the everlasting conscious torment of the reprobate is certainly Rev. 9:18, Prov. A number of Catholic mystics and saints have claimed to have received visions of hell or other revelations concerning hell. Third, ECT advocates point out that the language of “destruction” (or “perish,” Greek: apoleia or olethros) doesn’t have to mean “pass out of existence” but can simply mean “ruin” or “to end the original function of something/someone.” For instance, Jesus says that if you put new wine into old wineskins, both the wine and the wineskins will be “destroyed.” Certainly Jesus doesn’t think the wine and wineskins will be blasted into oblivion upon contact. See more. The Church explains biblical descriptions of hell being "eternal" or "endless" punishment as being descriptive of their infliction by God rather than an unending temporal period. Those who are cured and those who are purified experience the illuminating energy of divine grace, while the uncured and ill experience the caustic energy of God.". 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