Are both soul and body destroyed in hell?

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“Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28).

The Bible teaches that the soul of a sinner will be destroyed in hell. Many believe that the soul never dies, but God says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4, 20).

The word “soul” Psuchē (plural, psuchai) is translated 40 times in the NT as “life” or “lives,” clearly with the meaning commonly attributed to the word “life” (Matthew 2:20; 6:25; 16:25; etc.). It is rendered 58 times as “soul” or “souls” (Matthew 10:28; 11:29; 12:18; etc.). In some of these instances it means simply “people” (Acts 7:14; 27:37; 1 Peter 3:20; etc.). In other instances it is translated as, or equivalent to, some personal pronoun ( Matt. 12:18; 2 Cor. 12:15; Ps. 16:10). At times it refers to the emotions (Mark 14:34; Luke 2:35; etc.), to the natural appetites (Rev. 18:14), to the mind (Acts 14:2; Phil. 1:27), or to the heart (Eph. 6:6).

There is nothing in the word psuchē itself that even remotely implies a conscious entity that is able to survive the death of the body and hence be immortal. In no instance of its use in the Bible does psuchē refer to a conscious entity able to exist apart from the body. The Bible knows nothing of a living, conscious soul that, supposedly, survives the body.

So, according to Scripture, the wicked will be destroyed in hell fire–both soul and body.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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