Sunday, February 12, 2006

Annihilationism

MYTH
People who die evil deaths do not go to Hell but instead cease to exist

Annihilationism is false. Jehovah's Witnesses preach annihilationism, but the Bible says that Hell exists [1] and is an eternal [Matthew 25:41] place of weeping and gnashing of teeth [Matthew 8:12; Matthew 22:13; Matthew 24:51; Matthew 25:30], a place of unquenchable flames [Mark 9:43-48], a place of everlasting torment [Revelation 20:10], a place for the beast and false prophet [Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:2; Revelation 20:10], and a place of conscious punishment [2 Thessalonians 1:9]. Hell is not extinction; it is separation from God. Hell is destruction, but not nonexistence.

[1] a. http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2006/01/it-is-hard-to-find-atheist-who-did-not.html
b. http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2006/02/only-eternal-punishment-will-suffice.html

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