In light of the actual written evidence from the Early Church Fathers themselves, this pleading seems simply incredible. Early Church Fathers. 2:14). Obviously one of the big divisions between annihilationists vs. both endless hell believers & purgatorialists is whether or not we take literally the apoleia destruction. God will never let sin ( not even 1 be in His presence – He is a spirit and requires blood to be appeased ( kinda wild but that is what the scriptures say). While I am not completely convinced of this position, I think it is worthy of serious consideration. how much more if a man corrupt by evil reaching the faith of God. The early Church believed God’s Hell-fire was not inflicted to destroy the lost, but rather to ultimately save them. [I]t is not merely temporal, but eternal. I would suggest that separation from God, His presence, His will and commandements is “hell”. There are no sinners in the new creation—God is all in all. Also His plan is to have all men be saved (Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. How Hell Invaded Church Doctrine. Annihilationists believe that this approach is mistaken. Therefore, annihilationism simply can't work in light of what the Scriptures teach. So here we see an scripture promising destruction for the people of Edom, involving an unquenchable fire that produces smoke that goes up forever. The Early Church Fathers simply reflected the clearest teachings of the Bible related to the nature of Hell. 29:23). For example, John the Baptist proclaimed that “every tree…that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire” (Matt. Does the Bible teach that all judging of other people is wrong? Islam says that God will regenerate, or continually heal cursed humans so they might experience the pain and burning for all eternity, without actually getting immortality. Augustine is one simple opinion and came a couple hundred years after the concensus of 3 letters written some 100 years of less after the last apostle to die. Peter specifically cites the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as a pattern of how God judges the wicked. “can the soul sustain itself being apart from the life of God? 6 comments. May I point out there is vast difference between “eternal existence” and “eternal life” ? The notion of unending punishment is so out of sync with people’s ordinary sense of justice that it is easily rejected as preposterous. He became a Christian and was a powerful and influential apologist for the faith, writing prolifically in defense of the doctrines of orthodoxy: These have further set before us the proofs He has given of His majesty in judgments by floods and fires, the rules appointed by Him for securing His favor, as well as the retribution in store for the ignoring, forsaking and keeping them, as being about at the end of all to adjudge His worshippers to everlasting life, and the wicked to the doom of fire at once without ending and without break, raising up again all the dead from the beginning, reforming and renewing them with the object of awarding either recompense. 1:28, 30–31). Arnobius, an African Christian apologist who died in 330 was outspoken and very clear on the issue. Acts 3:21) if in fact many creatures shall forever exist in hostile rebellion to God? Then the disembodied souls of the wicked are finally granted their deepest wish, which is to exist in a Universe that is bereft of God’s presence. That’s great for refining our understanding, but not for disproving ultimate destruction of the wicked (the second death), which would be eternal. 16:19–31; Rom. The Bible is pretty clear that the fire of God is for refinement. Not only has annihilationism existed in the relatively recent past, such as during its resurgence in the 19th century, but it goes all the way back to the early church. How Hell Invaded Church Doctrine. [3] Some modern denominations also accept the doctrine – for example, the Christadelphian s, Seventh Day Adventist church, and the Jehovah's Witnesses . I’ve done alot of research into this topic and I believe I’ve come up with a view that reconciles annihilationism and the doctrine of eternal torment. The Edomites were simply wiped out and the figurative language is used to emphasize the permanent consequences of the judgement. Along similar lines, Jesus tells his disciples not to fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather “fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. Yep. How can Christians become more comfortable with the doctrine of Hell? But it could be that you’ve got a reading list of defenders of annihilationists that I’ve simply never heard of (the “vast majority,” you would appear to be saying). Second, it is questionable that the traditional teaching on hell generally installs fear in the hearts of unbelievers. In the early church of the second, third, and fourth centuries CE — a time of dynamic intellectual inquiry in which church doctrine had not yet reached a codified form … I recently read a post by Paul Helm about universalism in the early church. Indeed, he vowed to destroy them and the land “like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah…which the Lord destroyed in his fierce anger…’” (Deut. Didnt Jesus say it was better to enter into life “maimed”. ANNIHILATIONISM meaning - ANNIHILATIONISM pronunciation - A ... the Church of England's Doctrine Commission reported in 1995 that "ell is not eternal torment", ... some early church … Responding to Objections Gen 49:26; Ex 40:15; Nu 25:13; Ps 24:7). (H/T The Poached Egg). Therefore, annihilationism simply can't work in light of what the Scriptures teach. So while in 1 Cor. Romans 8:13 For if ye live according to the flesh, ye are to die. Hell is a really tough topic and God throws no one in hell. Ignatius was a student of the Apostle John, and succeeded the Apostle Peter as the Bishop of Antioch. Category: Essays What I’ve found is that the more the church in Rome stole the rights of Christians everywhere to discern scriptural truth, the more things (like unquestioned immortality of the soul) that smack of Roman culture tend to find their way into the non-canon church writings. Its true I’m more of a progressive Christian, but I believe in hell and heaven as real places. 2 Kings 22:17; 1:31; 51:8; Jer. Some seem to support Annihilationism, and some do not. Moreover, all who are “enemies of the cross” have “destruction” as their final end (Phil. 8:36) and that when “the tempest” of God’s judgment passes, “the wicked are no more…” (10:25, emphasis added). But I think for the vast majority of people who reject the traditional notion of hell, they are just asserting their emotions and intuitions over the Bible and the traditional interpretations of the early church. I, and annihilationists that I know, put a lot on the judgement and wrath of God. Or does the consequence of death lead to the ultimate annihilation of the soul?”. Obviously this fire that destroyed Edom is not still burning. As we can read, He will give it only to those who please Him by keeping His commandments. So, let's see. It could be argued that when he says, “…to the doom of fire at once without ending and without break” he means the fire will never end, and the burning of the wicked will never end, but he does not mean their torment will never end. Over such the second death has no power.. Rev 21:8 The problem is that God’s answer to evil here is not a gospel solution (i.e., to eradicate sin from the sinners) but a terminator solution (i.e., to eradicate the sinners themselves ). It should be noted however that as Tertullian is one of the most explicit about the punishment, he is the latest of the writer’s presented here. In other words, unbelievers will not experience eternal punishment in a literal hell, but will simply vanish (or have their souls extinguished) instead. Surely, his end will be in the lake of fire, which is the second death. Soul sleep is clearly not the orthodox view of the Christian church and both Conditionalism and Universalism was condemned as early as the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 AD while the Fifth Lateran Council (1512-1517) later condemned erroneous views on the soul. Here is a quick historical survey of the EARLY CHURCH regarding their surprising beliefs about HELL: THE FIRST 500 YEARS: In the first five centuries there were six known theological schools. (from a post-Nicene manuscript fragment). 29:20). Instead he argues that the fire itself is in possession of immortality. The Early Church Fathers simply reflected the clearest teachings of the Bible related to the nature of Hell. You can’t try to make the case for him being one, but an annihiliationist would just say he’s wrong. If we read Scripture without this Hellenistic assumption, however, we see that it teaches that God justly, and mercifully, annihilates the wicked. (32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. In contrast, the earliest creeds of the church were more generic in their teaching on final judgment and allowed for either traditionalism or annihilationism. 15:42f; 50, 54; Gal. The Jews began to believe in an after life for the human soul as early as the Psalms, Prophets, Wisdom literature, and then with the Pharisees. While their writings are not canonical (they are not on par with the words of the Bible), they do help us to see what those closest to the apostles first understood as Biblical Truth. 3:7). That is, there is no one word that is translated into the English word "hell." They believed that Hell was a place of eternal conscious torment, reflecting the clearest teaching of the scriptures (more on that, Jim Wallace explains and defends the doctrine of Hell. This is not, however, the case with annihilationism. What are some of the arguments against gay marriage? A person will reap exactly what they sow. none shall pass through it forever and ever.”. If agents get to the point where they are indeed hopelessly locked in their resistance to God, it seems more reasonable, and more biblical, to believe God would put them out of their misery. Two things may be said in response to this. I will leave this up for you to decide. shove, if I have to choose (as I usually do) between a church with otherwise good, biblical, evangelical theology that also believes in eternal torment in Hell, and one whose only upside is that it teaches annihilationism (as opposed to just tolerating it among its members), I will … And in doing so, it will cause them to burn forever, instead of dying. 4:4; 7:20; 21:12; Ezek. The Lord turned the inhabitants of these cities “to ashes” and “condemned them to extinction” thus making “them an example of what is coming to the ungodly…” (2 Pet. How NOT To Be Christ-Centered: A Review of God With Us – Part IV, The Cross and the Witness of Violent Portraits of God, Interpreting Violent Pictures and Troubling Behaviors, The Case for Including Open Theism Within Arminianism. If that is the case then I can see where a case could be made that the wicked are resurrected in a physical resurrection, judged, and then their bodies are destroyed in the lake of fire that will destroy all matter in this Universe. Yes Christ died for the sins of the world, however, it is a persons decision to decide. And because the fire is ‘godly’, it’s incorruptibility will somehow ‘rub off’ on the clearly mortal humans. And the worm is undying in the sense that there is no hope for the condemned that it will be prevented from devouring their corpses. I am an advocate of “Annihilationism,” otherwise known as “Conditional Immortalily.” ... Traditionalists will appeal to church tradition as one way to justify eternal conscious torment. 3:10). This became the dominant view of hell throughout Church history. annihilationism is a concept formed out of human reasoning. They believed that Hell was a place of eternal conscious torment, reflecting the clearest teaching of the scriptures (more on that HERE). The wicked shall be so thoroughly destroyed that they shall not even be remembered (Ps. If these passages are read in context, it becomes clear that the fire is unquenchable in the sense that it cannot be put out before it consumes those thrown into it. 2:3). 37:2). 2:6). “…as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, They shall be dashed “in pieces like a potter’s vessel” (2:9), torn into fragments (Ps. It is the belief that unbelievers will be "wiped out" or "annihilated" sometime after death. 37:38, cf. . ( Log Out /  There’s nothing remedial about their torment. – Lake of Fire. 2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power, Rev 22 How can we affirm the final and ultimate victory of God’s joy and peace and accept that there shall be no more tears, sorrow or death (Rev. Our love and our works cover sin until we meet Jesus the day He comes for us. It experienced a resurgence in the 1980s when several prominent theologians including John Stott were prepared to … That is why Jesus is Son of Man and Son of God and we are being created in His image if a person choses righteousness. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I didn’t come to this understanding lightly. Since they do not die, it is impossible for them to have an end put to their misery. Again, when God’s fury rises, “[t]he wicked are overthrown and are no more…” (12:7, emphasis added). It is clear that the teaching of ‘natural’ immortality of the soul is not Biblical. If this is true of Isaiah, we should be less inclined to interpret similar expressions in the book of Revelation literally. 29:20). xiv + 300. The teaching that people and fallen angels will be tormented throughout eternity contradicts the Bible’s teaching that God is altogether victorious at the end of history. I’m really not qualified to speak on this matter, since I am not a historical theologian; moreover, it is pointless to comment on how such a transition might have happened when the case for the early church believing in annihilationism to begin with is so comically weak. Larry V. Crutchfield, "The Apostle John and Asia Minor as a source of premillennialism in the early Church Fathers," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 31.4 (Dec. 1988): 411-427. pdf : Brian E. Daley, The Hope of the Early Church: Eschatology in the Patristic Age. To whomsoever the Lord shall say, ‘Depart from me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire,’ they will be damned forever (“Against Heresies” 4:28:2). The theme that the Lord will annihilate the wicked is especially prominent in the Psalms. Supporting Arguments 21, 1:32). shove, if I have to choose (as I usually do) between a church with otherwise good, biblical, evangelical theology that also believes in eternal torment in Hell, and one whose only upside is that it teaches annihilationism (as opposed to just tolerating it among its members), I will … . You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. Stott’s belief in annihilationism ran contrary to the beliefs of the Anglican Church … Apokatastasis: The majority of human beings go to hell, but hell is purgatorial. Whereas the redeemed would live in the new universe (the new heavens and new earth) with resurrection bodies that never died or grew old. Claiming it has been “the overwhelming testimony of the Christian church over the last 2,000 years” seems to discount the range of views that existed for hundreds of years in the Early Church, and continued throughout the centuries, and still exist in the Eastern church (and now in many places, thanks to the Internet informing us of the views). Close. It doesn’t necessarily mean a fire that burns for all eternity. I think it’s intense and just and I want God to execute his judgement. Are the unsaved resurrected? Question: "Is annihilationism biblical?" Malachi tells us that the judgment day shall come “burning like an oven” and “all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble.” The judgment thus “shall burn them up” (Mal. The early church was predominantly Jewish, of course. With the same force, the Psalmist proclaimed that the wicked “will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb” (Ps. Along the same lines, it’s not clear how heaven could ever truly be heaven if it co-exists alongside an eternal hell. While the Hellenistic philosophical tradition generally viewed the human soul as inherently immortal, Scripture sees immortality as something that belongs to God alone (I Tim. From the annihilationist perspective, God’s justice and mercy unite in condemning the wicked to extinction. Larry V. Crutchfield, "The Apostle John and Asia Minor as a source of premillennialism in the early Church Fathers," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 31.4 (Dec. 1988): 411-427. pdf : Brian E. Daley, The Hope of the Early Church: Eschatology in the Patristic Age. We all know what the Kingdom of God is, right? After twenty trillion trillion years of torment, the damned are no closer to completing their dire sentence than they were their first moment of horror. and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, Hell is a place of separation from God Their physical bodies are destroyed by unquenchable fire (keep in mind that unquenchable simply means that no one is able to put the fire out). John Stott also believed in the concept of annihilationism, i.e., that the souls of the lost are eventually allowed to perish instead of burning throughout eternity in the lake of fire of a literal hell. If no one in two thousand years of church history has taught a doctrine, it is almost certainly incorrect. I’ll really thought about this and this is what comes to mind. The scriptures suggest they still have their body ( the spiritual realm and physical realm are joined together again as it was in the garden of Eden). It’s why (I shall argue) the Kingdom of God is largely absent…, In the first three parts of this review of Scott Oliphint’s God with Us we’ve outline his attempt to reframe all God’s accommodations in Scripture in light of the Chalecedonian Creed. “Death,” losing life, and “perishing” are not easily read as signifying another kind of life, viz. All directly or indirectly speak of total annihilation. If you have any issues, please call the office at 385-246-1048 or email us at [email protected] 7:13). The trick is that annihilationism is something in addition to this belief. for they have rejected the instruction of the Lord of hosts…” (Isa. Is this view really compatible with a God whose heart was expressed in Jesus’ dying prayer, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34)? belief that non-believers will simply be annihilated or be destroyed after death Every action has a consequence ( good or bad). Majority---yep 3 versus 1. The New Testament also frequently expresses the destiny of the wicked by depicting them as dying or perishing (apollymi). 30:5; e.g. Then there will be neither death again nor resurrection again, but we shall be always the same as we are now, without changing. And it is possible that the eternal life promised in the Bible refers to having your soul united with a body that never dies. The central revelation of God in the New Testament is that God is love (I Jn 4:8, 16). Peter teaches that “destruction” awaits false, greedy teachers (2 Pet. 2) Clement of Alexandria – People should know something is not right when they read, ‘All souls are immortal, even those of the wicked’. The one who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’. In regards to “annihilation”- the bible doesnt speak of that – it speaks of eternal torment and separation from God. Is 66:24 really reminds of the story of the rich man & Lazarus. It is a physical as well as a spiritual principle. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell, Is 66:24 And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. Instead of a glorious universal Kingdom unblemished by any stain, an ugly dualism reigns throughout eternity. 3) Tertullian – Even though he is clearly teaching never-ending torment, he acknowledges that the cursed will not be given immortality from God. Man was created to be Gods judge and have dominion. 14:10–11) and that all things will be reconciled to God (Col. 1:20, cf. Lk. So too, the damned do not undergo an eternal process of punishment or destruction. 1) Unending Suffering is Inconsistent with the Love of God. I have had the privilege of dialoguing with Tony several times and even publicly debating him once on this top. However, I believe that annihilationism is the most consistent with the teachings of both the Old and New Testaments, as well as of the beliefs of the early Church. So too, Paul teaches that “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life” (Rom. WK, given that I have read what is likely to be most of the evangelical defences and critiques of annihilationism in the last fifty years (as well as looking at historical arguments), and given that you said that the “vast majority” who swing away from eternal torment do so because they’re just “asserting their emotions,” I have to ask what sort of a survey of the literature you’ve done. A interesting read is the about the rich man in Lazarus… The guy had a tongue, mouth, ears, speech and was in torment.. Matt 10:28 sheds a bit of light – Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. In fact, one of the constant refrains that we hear from traditionalists is that the new Testament doesn’t say what the early Church Fathers said, and therefore we should not interpret the New Testament writers to be annihilationists! After the first generations, as early as Irenaeus in the 2 nd Century A.D., there were Christians who even looked at the existence of hell as a good thing. John 3:15–16; 10:28; 17:2; Rom. SCHOOLS USER LOGIN. I like to look at 1 Timothy 4:10 (10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.) ..and may enter in through the gates into the city.For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Early Christian Evidence Against Annihilationism (these quotations taken from the Ante-Nicene Fathers set published by Hendrickson are meant to show how the Biblical evidence was interpreted in the early days of Christianity) Barnabas [c. 70-130 A.D.]—”The way of darkness is crooked, and it is full of cursing. If not, then the birth of Christ will be aborted spiritually as much it is in a actual physical abortion ( Gal 2 – my little children in whom I labor till Christ in formed in you – this was written to Christians). So too, through the prophet Isaiah the Lord warns that. So too, Proverbs tells us that all who hate the Lord “love death” (Prov. and their work like a spark; Clement of course can’t be argued around by annihilationist. It was birthed in the post-Enlightenment era (17th -18th centuries) when secular minded scholars began to…, Here is an excellent post by my good friend Roger Olson in which he makes the case that Open Theism should be embraced by Arminians as an orthodox, if somewhat non-traditional, form of their faith. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 15:28) when a dimension of reality shall perpetually oppose God? They spend eternity floating around in a vacuum of darkness from which there is no escape, and fully realize the ultimate consequence of their actions, which brings excruciating mental torment. Would we call a human being good or merciful – or anything other than cruel — who retaliated on his foes with this sort of unmitigated, insatiable vengeance? It seems impossible to accept that the wicked have “no future” if in fact they shall never cease to experience an eternal future in hell. The wicked are sometimes depicted as being “consumed” by fire (Heb 6:8, 10:7; Jude 7, cf. Early Christians who believed this almost always believed the fire was literal. Well, I don’t think there is any wiggle room here – conscious, eternal torment is what the Bible teaches, and what the earliest Christians believed. certainly falls little short of annihilationism proper. Its apocalyptic images shouldn’t be interpreted literally. And what we learn is that they are “condemned… to extinction.”, Throughout the Old Testament the Lord threatens the wicked with annihilation. Posted on September 1, 2013 July 16, 2018 by Glenn Posted in church history, heaven and hell, theology and biblical studies, videos Tagged annihilationism, Church Fathers, conditional immortality, hell, videos. ( wild verse…. In fact, Roger argues (rightly in my opinion) that Open Theism is much closer to the “heart” of Arminianism than…, IX Contemporary Science, Free Will and Time, ← Open Theism and the Nature of the Future, How does an Open Theist explain all the prophecies fulfilled in the life of Jesus? 2But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. For example, “unquenchable fire” simply means a fire that can’t be put out. The entire notion of afterlife, heaven, purgatory, and hell were only slowly unfolding at the time of Jesus and the early church. Jesus Jesus did not use the eternal punishment of hell in the context of annihilation. early history of annihilationistic theories Some confusion has arisen, in tracing the history of the annihilationist theories, from confounding with them enunciations by the earlier Church Fathers of the essential Christian doctrine that the soul is not self-existent, but owes, as its existence, so its continuance in being, to the will of God. Book review of “If there’s a God, why are there atheists?”. Hell is a place of judgment for those who have rejected God and denied Jesus as their Savior ( Log Out /  While you can’t try to make those to annihiliationists, I think there is room to wiggle around with the other guys. The word that stands out is especially of believers. Death is separation from God as seen in the garden of Eden. What I’m saying is that I am familiar with probably most of the literature defending annihilationism from the early twentieth century until now (and sporadic example prior to that). For many, annihilationism is an attractive belief because of the awfulness of the idea of … In my opinion #3 has the weakest support. Also, there is a danger of teaching a form of works righteousness in annihilation is him, particularly in the area of someone suffering for a period of time and then being annihilated. Tertullian proposes that the fire itself will give immortality to the otherwise mortal souls. Paul utilizes this same contrast when he states that while those who proclaim the gospel are “the fragrance of life” to “those who are being saved,” they are “the smell of death” to “those who are perishing” (2 Cor. We are talking about the first 5 centuries after Christ. The worshipers of God shall always be with God, clothed in the proper substance of eternity. Early Church fathers who write approvingly of this belief are indeed numerous. And, as we all know, souls can die. wandering stars….). He was a disciple of Polycarp and a notable early apologist for the faith. While the righteous “abide forever” (37:27), “the wicked perish…like smoke they vanish away” (Ps. This is particularly true of the phrase “forever and ever” since similar phrases are used elsewhere in Scripture in contexts where they clearly cannot literally mean “unending” (e.g. Change ). Annihilationism and the Old Testament Then over the first three centuries the Gentile converts grew in number until they were the vast and overwhelming majority. …you shall be like an oak whose leaf withers, 3:17). The New Testament has many other ways of describing the fate of the wicked. I think that’s a stretch. If you have any issues, please call the office at 385-246-1048 or email us at [email protected] 185–6). 185–254) in De Principiis. So too, if anyone “destroys the temple of God, God will destroy that person” (1 Cor. How can we accept the Scriptural affirmation that all creatures in heaven and earth shall bow before the throne (Phil. certainly falls little short of annihilationism proper. Annihilationism stands in contrast to both belief in eternal torture in the lake of fire, and the belief that everyone will be saved (universal reconciliation or “universalism“). And this pain is without hope of ever being terminated or relieved. The OP asked for the majority belief of the early church. Hell is eternal in consequence, not duration. It runs counter to the mainstream traditional Christian understanding of hell as eternal suffering and separation from God. Log in or sign up to leave a comment log in sign up. He doesn’t subject them to eternal torment. I think an annihilationist would respond to the writing of the Church Fathers in the same way they respond to the Biblical texts: (1) “eternal punishment” does not mean “eternal torment” but part of the eternal punishment is to cease to exist for the rest of eternity, and (2) “everlasting” does not mean the body/soul in fire is immortal and eternal. If they in the Lake of Fire it appears they will have access to the outside – hence the gates and the wall), Dan 12 How are we to imagine enjoying heaven when we know that fellow human beings — and perhaps former loved ones — are locked in an endless nightmare from which they shall never awake? The verse to disprove the soul’s immortality is 1 Tim 6:15 I think, which says God alone possesses immortality. So, if you’re wondering what a handful of the early church fathers thought of hell, here is Glenn Peoples on the topic: All ) of those who are not forever being destroyed by fire ( 20:14-15 ) do... 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