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Will people burn in hell FOREVER?

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COMBINE INSIGHTS
Here's where we combine the five Insights to get an informed biblical answer

Fire burns forever, but not people

The verses in Insights 2, 3 and 4 show that, for people who reject God's forgiveness and offer of salvation for a life of unforgiven sin, there is a real hell but people are not tortured there forever.

This is affirmed in some of the best-known verses in the Bible:

'For the wages of sin is DEATH, but the gift of God is eternal life' (Romans 6:23) – DEATH, not eternal life of torture.

'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not PERISH but have eternal life' (John 3:16) – PERISH not eternal life of torture.

Because the Bible teaches that justice is one of God's primary attributes, we can assume that after physical death, resurrection, and judgment, people who reject God's offer of salvation will eventually die (end of existence) in hell and that the degree and duration of punishment will be commensurate with personal sin as declared by God at the judgment.

Contrary to what most Christians have been taught through church tradition, but in accordance with what the Bible says, the duration could be very long, but not forever.

7 REASONS

for NOT BELIEVING that people burn in hell FOREVER

DEFINITION: The term 'people' as used here means all people alive now and all people who have ever lived. It means 'us,' today, and excludes people who will transgress in a future eschatological age.
✓ REASON 1. Jesus is full authority
Jesus said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me' (Matthew 28:18). Jesus is full authority on truth. Not church, not tradition, not even Apostle John's dream. In seeking answer to the question of whether or not people will burn in hell forever, we need to give full authority to what Jesus said. To be true, statements from theologians must align with statements from Jesus.
✓ REASON 2. Dream is lesser authority
The verses people use to 'prove' that people will burn in hell forever are from the Apostle John's dream in the Book of Revelation. Recalling a vision has less authority than hearing a direct statement. John's vague dream must be subordinated to Jesus' clear statements. The dream verses (#17 to #21 in Insight 2) are the only verses in the Bible that might imply that hell is forever (though the verses don't say so). However, the common interpretation of the dream verses is contrary to Jesus' direct statements.
✓ REASON 3. Dream verses are not about us
Even though many parts of John's dream are difficult or impossible to interpret with clarity, it's clear that the people who will be burning in hell forever are NOT people alive now or people who have lived in the past. In #17 and #18 in Insight 3, John specifically identifies the people who, along with Satan and his demons, will burn FOREVER: the false prophet and those who worship the beast and its image. That's not us, but rather some people in a future age.
✓ REASON 4. Jesus did not say hell is forever
There is no verse anywhere in the Bible where Jesus says that hell is FOREVER for any person alive now or at any time in the past. This is so important that, if hell is FOREVER, Jesus certainly would have told us as part of his many statements about hell.
✓ REASON 5. Jesus gave clear examples
Jesus gave graphic examples (#23 to #32 in Insight 4) of what hell will be like: a tree thrown into the fire ... weeds thrown into the fire ... fish thrown into the fire, etc. And what happens to them in the fire? In Jesus' words: 'destroyed ... consumed ... burned up ... perish ... .'
✓ REASON 6. Fire burns forever, not people
Jesus said that in hell 'the fire never goes out.' But this is not the same as saying that people burn forever in the fire. Jesus says that the fire is forever, but people thrown into it are consumed and perish. After a time of punishment commensurate with their sin, people who reject God's offer of salvation will ultimately die in hell (the 'second death' discussed in #19 and #20 in Insight 3).
✓ REASON 7. God is just and merciful
Torturing people in hell forever is capricious and cruel beyond comprehension, not in character with the just and merciful God we meet in the New Testament. God now freely offers salvation through Jesus, but physical death seals the offer, either accepted or rejected. People who reject or ignore the offer will be punished justly in hell for their individual sins. Death (second death, final death) will be God's gift of mercy to people in hell. Eventually, for them, it's the end of existence. Those who accept God's offer will be totally forgiven – no hell and no final death – and will have eternal life in a new and exciting dimension beyond our imagination.
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Thinkers Bible Studies / Topic 3.4.1

HEAVEN AND HELL

Will people burn in hell FOREVER?

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Insight 1: Bible credibility
INSIGHT 1

Why time in hell matters

The primary reason why we have to be careful in the way we speak about hell is that it defines God's character in the minds of other people. The image of a cruel and vengeful God who condemns people He says He loves to the most horrible torture imaginable is a huge barrier to Christian faith.
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Insight 2: yō·wm is Hebrew word for Bible creation day
INSIGHT 2

What the Old Testament says

The Old Testament doesn't say much about hell, but here are all four verses from the Hebrew scriptures that mention a time aspect of punishment in an afterlife. The verses say must die ... will be no more ...forever destroyed ... will be ashes. There is no hint of any eternal conscious existence.
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Insight 3: What God created in each 'day'
INSIGHT 3

What the New Testament says

Here are all 16 verses [excluding words of Jesus] in the New Testament that say something about the duration of punishment in an afterlife. The descriptive words are burning up ... perish ... death ... destruction ... destroyed ... does not have life ... second death. The verses say that the fire prepared for Satan and his demons will burn forever but not that people will burn in it forever. [All the words of Jesus regarding time in hell are shown in Insight 4.]
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INSIGHT 4

What Jesus said about burning in hell

Here are all 14 verses in the New Testament that quote what Jesus said about hell. His words are thrown into hell ... thrown into the fire ... throw into the blazing furnace ... eternal fire ... burned in the fire ... destroy ... destruction ... perish. Like all the other verses in the New Testament on this subject, Jesus says the fire will burn forever but not that people will burn forever.
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INSIGHT 5

Tradition vs. Bible

See the four major views about hell: orthodox, symbolic, purgatory, and annihilation. Common Christian belief about burning in hell forever comes more from tradition than from the Bible. Churches have used it as a scare tactic. Hell has become a joke to most people. Most Christians have never studied this subject for themselves direct from the Bible.
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COMBINE

Here's where we combine five Insights to get an informed biblical answer: Will people burn in hell FOREVER?

The Insights here are like pieces of a puzzle. Put the pieces together and see the big picture! Now you'll be prepared to engage intelligently and coherently with anyone about what the Bible actually says about time in hell. See list of seven reasons why hell is not FOREVER. Also see reader comments.
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Trying to reinterpret the Bible according to man’s interpretations that are based on unprovable assumptions destroys the authority of the Bible. God was there. Man was not.
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My views on original sin have changed. Romans 5:12 says "all men die because all have sinned". What it doesn't say is "all men die because Adam sinned".
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Adam was perfect because it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that he had body aches and gray .
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Does the bible really say humans will burn forever in hell or is it really more like thrown in the fire and destroyed? Ps I already know the answer!
It’s too bad that the Christian community cannot allow for mistranslation of both an ancient language and understanding of that language.
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Humans were around a lot longer the 4000 bc. Thats not even as old as Sumer the first proven civilization. Evidence strongly supports that civilization may have existed long before Sumer.
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Some scientists are open to intelligent design, the problem is some scientists think they are trying to bring church into the classroom.If some scientists find out that some believe in intelligent design they will lose funding.
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Only when ignorance, in the name of science, tries to be wiser than what scripture say, is when Gods Word is twisted, unto their own destruction
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I do not believe in a Supreme Being who created us in his image and likeness as quoted in the bible
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