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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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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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I hope this excellent presentation penetrates the evangelical church where sadly a majority of Christians believe that the Big Bang is an atheistic concept rather the Fingerprint of God that it is!
When are more topics coming?
Good points
Very informative and interesting.
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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.
This makes me better understand that you need to "dig deeper" in Bible study.
I want to learn it all.
This is heresy. I hope you repent and trust the Scriptures.
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
Very interesting
All bad things on the face of the earth are connected to sin , by one mans sin we were all condemned.
I really enjoyed this article. I found it very insightful as well as challenging.
How great it is to have a resource to help in ministering to the sceptical. Thank you. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to upcoming studies.
This is such clarity I wish I could've given this argument earlier.
This is wonderful. Would like to read more.
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.
Adam was the first person on this earth bottom line
I can't wait to share this article with my grandson.
Since your website is new and still in the making, it leaves me excited yet hungry for more understanding. Thank you so much for putting your website together to help those of us asking questions about traditional lines of thinking. I look forward to reading more!
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.
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?
I'm a pastor in NE Ohio. Good stuff!!
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I like that explanation it makes since it has scientific evidence to back it up
This site is a literal God send! I've been struggling with reconciliation of what scripture says and what I've been taught through various denominations and their individual traditions. I'm so grateful, honestly, to have permission to think critically and to allow the Holy Spirit to teach me directly.
Found this to be very helpful. Answered my questions.
This is a very interesting read and I'm going to be reading it again. 
I have always thought this to be true but have never heard it said! Praise God!
Your site is great for discussions and other questions about the bible. I hope that it continues.
Nice to read a legitimate attempt to harmonize the traditions of the Bible with scientific discoveries.
Thank you for letting me know. Opened up my mind.
The problem with "science" today that too much of it is based on theory and not enough observation.
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.
Very good explanation
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I have read all with an open mind. I heard bits and pieces of theory but never this much evidence.
I'm preparing to teach my first Religious Instruction lesson for the year in a public Australian school tomorrow and we'll launch straight in to the creation story from the Bible. So thank you!! I feel confident now to answer any questions the kids might raise.
God created everything that was created in six literal days.
I appreciate your thorough investigation into the Word of God.
Thank you
Great explanation of something I've wondered about.
You have answered so many questions for me! Thank you!
You are very much on the right track.
Unbelievable. Was man there at the beginning to make this determination. No. The human race is so arrogant and ignorant.
Interesting and thought provoking.
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Came across this site and it's fantastic and so relevant.
Your site is full of heresy. Repent.
Thank you for your studies. I find them fascinating. And I will read more of your articles.
Loved it. Been saying it for years but nobody listened.
Very informative. Keep up the good work. The world needs better understanding of God’s word.
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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.
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).
Mainstream science is wrong about almost everything.
It's my first visit. Thanks for sharing.
Bullshit. Just utter bullshit.
Fully embrace this information. By the Spirit I have been convinced before reading this. Any serious thinker who is honest and observant will become agnostic in trying to remain with the ultra conservative ideas of literal six day creation. What a beautiful creation was being made by a glorious intelligent designer!
The information that I read was very informative.
I ran across your website this morning. At age 50, I lead a women's Bible Study in Florida. I am at a place where I am questioning so many things about what I have been taught - traditions handed down for generations. To continue teaching is becoming challenging. I have a daughter who is also a believer but wrestles aloud with questions concerning Adam and original sin, eternal hell with eternal suffering, etc. Honestly, I think her wrestling has led me to stop and think more. So now I am seeking…
I discovered this site while I was at work. I will take time out and read through it. I think it is very interesting and it's good to know so I hope and pray that I can and will be able to venture a little bit more. Thank you and continue to have a blessed and prosperous day.
Great Information. I've been teaching these studies for some time to hopefully help Christians have a true biblical world view and not just a churchy world view. Glad yall out there.
Wrong!!
Thank you for a good read on this subject: the indisputable existence of humanoids and civilizations before Adam.
This is a fantastic article , thank you
I don't think I believe this
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This is utter nonsense in my opinion
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. 
All present dating methods are based on assumptions that cannot be proven. The methods do not meet scientific requirements of being observable, repeatable, and testable. They can reliable determine chemical compositions, but they CANNOT reliably give age..
This is great. God has shown this to me some time ago, but you are the first that has ever confirmed it. God is good.
I love this web site. I have always wanted to know more about what the Bible means. Please, please keep expanding this site.
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I will read this in its entirety. What I've read so far is right on according to my extensive studies over 27 years.
Very,very informative! Thank you
I am 75 years old. I was raised as a Roman Catholic. I have studied religions all of my life. I have so many problems with the Bible starting with Genesis. I agree with your assessment that Adam wasn't the first human on earth. The more that I learn, the less I believe in the bible and religion as a salvation. But I shall continue researching.
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.
Bwahahahahaha!!! Religion, please go away and die.
This is great, I am going to read more of your topics!
Rational Evangelicals. Exellent.
I appreciate this study.
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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I was just told about your website and it's so fascinating.
An extremely good read.Would like very much to hear more.
Your are wrong
Thank you for your wonderful website. I have linked to it from my own. I'm looking forward to your expanding list of subjects.
Wonderful subject thank you I want more Bible studies
God bless.
Very good and educational, explaining how it all connects and coincides with the Bible’s account.
Either believe the world or believe God. We cannot have both.
Great work! Keep up the war against the ignorant churchians, and supporting Christian enlightenment!
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