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My Thoughts on Hell

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rethinking hell

I was recently interviewed on the Rethinking Hell podcast who talked with me on how I got saved and what my thoughts on life after death look like. As I was born again, I quickly realized that Jesus is the only way to eternal life and that we cannot live without him. Eternal life is a gift, not something we already possess:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 6:23)

“Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“Jesus… has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Tim 1:10)

Thus, from Day One of my Christian journey I’ve believed that immortality is conditional, not universal: it is something imparted to us through the grace of God in Jesus Christ. This means that those who reject the grace of God will not inherit eternal life but will instead die, and be dead forever:

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Mt 10:28)

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Mt 25:46)

“He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction, reducing them to ashes as an example of what is coming on the ungodly.” (2 Pet 2:6)

This of course goes against the Platonic idea that the soul is innately immortal and that hell therefore would be some alternative form of eternal life, but in torment rather than in bliss. This idea, known as traditionalism or tormentalism, I’ve never found any strong support for in the Bible.

More on this in the podcast episode, which you can listen to here!

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1 Comment

  1. unkleE says:

    I came to this view many years ago, based on reading a commentary on the meaning of the Greek word commonly translated “everlasting” or “eternal”, but literally meaning “in the age to come”. Jesus taught those rejecting him would miss out on life in the age to come, not suffer forever. Glad to see you have this view too.

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Micael Grenholm, a Swedish charismactivist, apologist and author.

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