Short Essay on Eschatology
Any conversation about condemnation to hell is unsettling. The Bible serves as our guide so that we know how to be saved from eternal punishment in hell. In the Bible, Jesus urges us to follow His example and share His message with others so that they may be saved. In regards to an unsaved person, there are differing thoughts about what happens to their soul after they die. People argue that God sentences the unsaved to eternal punishment, others believe in annihilationism, and still others support the idea of universalism. Eternal punishment is the concept of unending misery in everlasting fire. Annihilationism is the belief that those who are not saved will perish and not suffer eternal misery. Universalism is the belief that all people will eventually be reconciled to God. My understanding is that the final destiny of the unsaved is eternal punishment. The Bible is repeatedly clear that the punishment of the wicked is eternal. Jesus says that people will either experience “everlasting punishment” or “eternal life." Jesus also says that “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." The Bible tells us that unbelievers “shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.” These passages from the Bible show that if a person is not saved then they will suffer forever. One objection to my view on eternal punishment is annihilationism. Those with this point of view understand certain scriptures to mean that there is an end to the existence of an unsaved person’s soul. The biblical statements of “the wages of sin is death” and “broad is the way that leads to destruction” are interpreted to mean that there is a final end. My response to those who support the concept of annihilationism is that the Bible mentions “everlasting punishment” and “everlasting destruction.” These Scriptures do not support the idea that there will...
Bibliography: Elwell, Walter A., Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 2nd edition, Baker Book House Company, Grand Rapids,
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1982.
[ 2 ]. Elwell, Walter A., Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 2nd edition, (Baker Book House Company, Grand Rapids,
MI, 2001), 64.
[ 3 ]. Ibid., 1232.
[ 13 ]. Ibid., 1232.
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