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Will people burn in hell FOREVER?

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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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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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Interesting and thought provoking, following a line of thinking that has interested me for years. To question traditional interpretation doesn't detract from the validity and power of scripture but reinforces it. Jesus was rejected by the religious experts of His day because He didn't fit the traditional interpreting of scripture. We still have much to learn.
There are too many pastors and theologians who take the simplicity of God's Word and try to make it profound when they should be taking the profoundness of God's Word and making it simple.
Had to be people here before Adam, all the ancient buildings prove the civilizations were here. Many teens of thousands of years.
I don’t think Adam was the first human on earth. I am 72 in age. Most people my age and older do not have this perception. But from my bible study I believe this Genesis points to others.
Thank you for this.It helps me understand my youngest grandchild(age 31). Also this affirms my teaching as a science teacher and pastor.
This is the best information a believer can get. Where can I donate. Big Bang is consistent to the Bible, great news. Let’s ge smart about religion. Saying the Bible is wrong has helped millions become non believers. This news can reinforce the beliefs in those who strive to believe but need a more firm and also scientific reasoning for the existence of a God. Great web site!
I learned one key thing and that is to be very careful w/pastors speaking lots of stuff from their memory bank & not reading from the word of God to express truth. Recently, I heard a famous pastor out in Georgia saying that Adam was the 1st man and I automatically remembered how my friend asked then where did Cain's wife came from if it were only Adam & Eve plus their 2 sons, that provoked me to open up my bible and see for myself and went further to discover that Cain was even afraid that other people would kill him (key that other people existed).
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What you have said makes so much sense to me. I would love to read more of what you think.
praying Gods direction, provision, and anointing on this site and everyone, like me, blessed enough to have been led to it .
I am in to deep thinking concerning the Bible, while holding on to Biblical fact. Being open to possibilities where things are vague is food for the soul, yet being careful of being deceived into false teaching.
Wrong!!
Very interesting. Verification of my own thoughts.
God created everything that was created in six literal days.
You’re freaking idiots led by Satan! Change the Bible, go to hell! Hope you enjoy it!
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This is awesome, very detailed information and totally makes sense, thanks for sharing!
Thank you. You have clarified how to teach what I have always believed. I didn’t know how to explain it to others.
I am looking forward to reading through the rest of the Thinkers website. Thanks for investing in this work. It’s so important! Especially in these times. 
Thank you for this! I have had many conversations about science and Christianity. I am not very smart but now I am a little smarter.
Thank you for your studies. I find them fascinating. And I will read more of your articles.
What a great and informative article! This information is invaluable when discussing biblical concepts with others, both Christian and non-Christian.
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It's constructive that science keeps indefinitely improving with better observations and verifiable facts. Immutable good scriptures should simply keep itself relevant by subtle changes in its interpretation to complement and coexist with science. Good work!
I am a Christian, and I have always been a “young earth” proponent. My son, also a Christian, is an “old earth” proponent, and we have debated this topic. After reading the content of this website thoroughly, I am willing to reconsider my position.
I applaud you on your studies and have to say that I do not disagree with what I have read. You seemed to have covered this subject very thoroughly.
Will this material be made available in print form for purchase?
I agree there had to have been other people before Adam. The sons had children, with whom? Certainly not with their own mother or the gene pool would have died out.
Excellent points here.
I admit that I have some struggles with your interweaving of science and the Bible, but that will not stop me from reading and considering the material.
Someone has never had a real encounter with God and does not know the assumptions he is making with the scientific evidence. Sad when you don't know either God or Science
2nd law of thermodynamics disproves big bang & evolution.
I can't wait to share this article with my grandson.
This is a great Bible study, it explains everything perfectly so there is no confusion anywhere, it just helps understanding the Bible and God's word so well.
This is great stuff!!
Amen Amen Amen!!!
I have believed for many years what you have written here, but who among my friends and fellow-Christians will believe me? I stand alone. It took almost two hundred years before the church—or church members—believed that the earth was not the center of the universe. Will it take that long before Christians will believe that Adam and Eve were not the first humans created?
Have always believed in this way ,read and ask for understanding and it will be given to you.
Scientists lie to us. They lie about the age of the earth.
Fascinating and deightfully clear!
I have struggled with references to people before Adam, and coordinating it with science. This makes sense to me. Thank you for helping me with my dilemma.
Unbelievable. Was man there at the beginning to make this determination. No. The human race is so arrogant and ignorant.
No scripture to back up your words.
Thanks you so much for your willingness to put your website together to help those of us asking questions about traditional lines of thinking. I look forward to reading more!
It’s too bad that the Christian community cannot allow for mistranslation of both an ancient language and understanding of that language.
Just happened upon this site and wow! This is fabulous. I will be back. Thank you for putting this together and sharing it with us all. God bless you and your family.
Your are wrong
The information that I read was very informative.
You should just go away. You are preaching heresy.
Adam was perfect because it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that he had body aches and gray .
Loved it. Been saying it for years but nobody listened.
I am excited to have found this site when I was seeking the truth about Bible timelines. I have been forced to justify my beliefs by a pastor who has a very fundamental belief in God's seven days of creation.
Wonderful subject thank you I want more Bible studies
With this pandemic going on, I have many of these conversations with myself.
An extremely good read.Would like very much to hear more.
Just another Satanic attempt to change God's WORD. More likely made up of Liberal Kids that don't know any better.
Great read very needed in this current time thank you
Thank you for this summary. Very large and difficult task and worth the time taken. I am a believer in Jesus Christ, His eternal life, His death burial and resurrection. I believe the Bible is the Word of God.
Amazing! I have been studying this subject and drafting a book for about 5 years. I discovered your web site today. In those 5 years, I have come to many of the same concepts as you. Good job folks.
I stumbled on your website recently, and was impressed by the scope of it and the balance evident in it.
I have always thought this to be true but have never heard it said! Praise God!
False teaching. Repent
Rational Evangelicals. Exellent.
I like your site. Good to see others believe as I do.
I like that explanation it makes since it has scientific evidence to back it up
Very good
Of course there were people before Adam. Adam and Eve were created for a line through which Christ would come.
Love the study
Your site is full of heresy. Repent.
Bwahahahahaha!!! Religion, please go away and die.
These explanations make real sense.
God bless.
One of the best study sites I have found!
Wish I could remember all this.
If for nothing else, this at least may cause someone to dig deeper.
Found this to be very helpful. Answered my questions.
Proof of the absurdity of ALL religions, thanks.
You have an interesting take on how to reconcile the time difference challenge between Bible time history & archeology . I don’t think it will matter about which time viewpoint ya right. What matters is faith & trust in Jesus for forgiveness of sin & gaining eternal life
Dumbest thing I've ever read!
Thank you so much for confirming what I had always thought!!! Our Father makes wonderous wonders!!!
As much nonsense and stupidity as I have heard since big bang or evolution.
Thank you for your good work.
I really enjoy your website. I find your arguments compelling.
I’m learning so much. Thank you.
I love the premise of this site and its focus on engaging the modern doubter or unbeliever, and can't wait to see the new material that is planned.
Death and suffering had not taken place until the original sin, so no one was before Adam.
Very good explanation
Very enlightening and interesting, Thank you
I am a person that right now I don't practice any religion whatsoever. Very interesting, thank you
Much of what you share are things that have been revealed to me by the Spirit of God. Finally your site is out and does not counter Biblical script and does not hinder the Christian witness. Thank God.
You are very much on the right track.
Yea
Very interesting
I find your explanation very compelling and appreciate that we do need to answer questions of unbelievers, there needs to be effort in this direction. So I thank you for your efforts
Came across this site and it's fantastic and so relevant.
Brilliant
awesome info keep up this good work
I will read this in its entirety. What I've read so far is right on according to my extensive studies over 27 years.
I appreciate your efforts at presenting the Bible as an accurate portrayal of what science has found to be true.
This is fascinating! I stumbled across this site and have been questioning what I was taught. This is an answer to prayer!
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