Luke 15-16~ Day 30~ Here's a heavy topic...Hell..😳.

I have pondered the concept of hell a lot in past readings of both the Old and New Testament.  I even contemplated that perhaps there is no hell for certain "good people" who did not make Jesus their Lord and Savior.  I thought, maybe, their souls just ceased to exist after their physical death.  I pondered that idea based on verses like, "The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down to silence." (Psalm 115:17) and "When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; (Psalm 146:4) Also verses found in the New Testament, (Matt. 10:28b and John 3:16) made me ponder "perishing".

I talked about this point with someone who was going to seminary.  He knew all the "terms" for different schools of thought, so when I voiced my thoughts he said, "Oh, you are an annihilationist!"........I was?......That was a new term for me!  An annihilationist believes that verses speaking of the second death refer to ceasing to exist.  I suppose that one could call me that if I held to that way thinking, but I couldn't.  That way of thinking conflicts with other words of Jesus, "And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (Matt. 25:46)

Like you have heard me say before, one must use other scripture to help understand scripture.  You can't ignore certain verses in order to hold to an interpretation of other verses.  Case in point, the parable we read today about the rich man dying and being tormented in Hades (16: 23).  An annihilationist would have to ignore this parable.  The parable alludes to the fact that there is a hell. I like what my footnote said about this:  "Although these vivid words fall within a parable and thus are not an actual description of hell, they do coincide with other biblical information on the place of torment." (Is 66:24; Mt. 18:8-9, 25:4, to name a couple).

So my conclusion.....there is no annihilation of our spirits...they continue on....in one place or the other.....😬


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