Why do you believe the unrighteous will not die, but burn forever?

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Speaker 1

So Kevin is asking, if the saints are given immortality, one Corinthians 1554, then why do you believe that unrighteous souls don’t die, but will burn in a lake of fire forever? Ezekiel 18, four and 20.

Speaker 2

You know what, Kevin, that is a fantastic question and I hope you like our answer because I think you maybe heard what we believe. But I don’t believe that sold burden hell forever. That’s not biblical. When you look at the Bible, you’re absolutely right in looking at the book of Ezekiel. I appreciate your Bible study. This is a really important thing to understand. When you look in the book of Ezekiel, chapter 18, verses four and 20 both says, the soul that sin shall die. That is absolutely true. The Bible is spot on and there’s so many verses to back that up. It’s just sad that there’s a big doctrine that has been just passed down as like a tradition. I don’t know, it’s just kind of weird that people who go to Hellburn forever and that’s not true. It’s not biblical and it’s not a correct view of a loving and kind God. And I don’t believe it’s the God of the Bible who would do such a thing. And I’ll show you why I believe that from the Bible. If anybody’s just going, whoa, whoa, this is heresy, hear me out. Look at the Bible and decide for yourself.

Speaker 2

If you look at the book of Romans, probably one of the most famous verses, just as far as salvation goes, romans, chapter six, verse 23, it says, the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. So what it’s saying is that if you sin, if you continue in sin, you don’t want to give up your sin. What’s going to ultimately happen is you’re going to die. And not just die once here on this earth, like everybody dies, but die eternally because the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. So if we accept Christ, then the gift is eternal life. It’s not eternal life in heaven or eternal life in hell. That’s not what the Bible says. It says the wages of sin is death or the other option is eternal life with Jesus Christ. And that is what the Bible is very clear about. And some people might say, well, the Bible says, I’ve read in Revelation, it says that the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever. But it doesn’t say that people burn forever and ever. It never ever says that in the Bible.

Speaker 2

And if you look at something very interesting as far as eternal fire, what that means is a fire that burns. The result of that fire is eternal. And you see that the most clear in the book of Jude, chapter one, verse seven, talking about Sodom and Gomorrah, it says that basically they are burned up with eternal fire. Now, is sodom and Gomorrah still burning today? No, it’s burnt up, it’s done, it’s eternally gone. And so the results of sin is an eternal burnt up state and then you’re dead forever, eternally. Revelation, chapter 20, verse six, talks about the second death. And it says in verse 14 that the second death, or death itself is thrown into the lake of fire. So basically death is going to go away, which makes perfect sense. Once everybody is dead that should die. Even death is going to go away in heaven. It’s not people burning forever and ever. That wouldn’t be heaven at all. And what’s really cool is also there’s so many other verses that talk about the state of the wicked. You look at Psalms chapter 37, verse 20, it says the wicked shall consume, they shall consume away.

Speaker 2

They’re just going to burn up. And that’s it. You look also in the book of Obedi in the Old Testament, in chapter one, verse 16, it says talking about the wicked, they shall be as though they’ve never been. So I mean, basically they’ll be destroyed and it’s like they never existed because they’re never going to come back from a state of death and being destroyed. I appreciate your question, Kevin. I pray that you continue to study God’s word. And I 100% agree with you. The soul that sin, it shall die, it will. And I just pray that you give your heart to the Lord and you stay close to him and keep your walk right with him so that you can have eternal life and choose eternal life with Jesus in perfect paradise, in perfect peace. Wendy, any other thoughts on that one?

Speaker 3

Yes, I just want to say this question really illustrates so well how when you study the Bible for yourself, you end up reaching a different result, different conclusion than what’s taught by most people, most religions. And actually we have a comment spot onto that too by Kyle from Twitch. I like to put that up, it gives a little warning there.

Speaker 1

So Kyle saying be careful, reading the Bible in depth leads to a deviation from Christianity religion for most people. We all believed in the two story in Santa Claus at one point. Then most came to their senses using logic and critical thinking to have that oh, revelation.

Speaker 3

Yes. And it is so true if you really study the Bible and people ask all the time, why are there so many different denominations, so many different religions? And it really comes down to it because most really are not sticking to the Bible, what the Bible really says, making the Bible the foremost authority in their lives. And so for here us on Bible ask if the Bible and the Bible first and foremost, that is a foundation. We believe that before anything else. And that’s where you could build on a solid foundation, your fait

Speaker 2

Actually, a lot of the stories in.

Speaker 1

The Bible are just fairy tales, but that’s not true. But there are fairy tales that have been written off of concepts in the Bible, off of stories in the Bible, but those are not the Bible, too.

Speaker 3

The other big problem, too, is so many of the beliefs we have now, Christianity, mainstream Christianity, actually come from fairy tales. They come from pagan myths. And then we go back and reinterpret the Bible from the lens of these pig and miss and not from the mindset and background perspective of the original Hebrew and Jewish writers and their audiences.

Speaker 1

And from the character of God as revealed to us in Christ. Like, if that’s not central to our foundational, to our understanding, to our interpretation of Scripture, and we’re probably missing what scripture is actually saying. But if Christ’s character is what we are looking at and what we are studying, the whole word of God through it makes a completely different perspective on what the scripture is saying.

Speaker 3

Or at least you use that as a check to make sure you’re properly understanding it and interpreting it. And if things aren’t driving in okay, that means you need to go back and steady and figure out what you have wrong.

Speaker 2

Amen. This idea just popped in my head. God’s Word says, basically an illustration God gives for His Word is bread. And the thing is, you have to eat bread for yourself. When you try to eat someone else’s chewed up food, it’s usually not very good. You need to eat that bread for yourself, partake of God’s Word for yourself. And I totally agree. You’re going to end up probably deviating from mainstream Christianity because Jesus predicted this, that there would be mainstream Christianity, and it’s not true that there’s going to be a lot of offshoots and weird things and weird doctrines. And those are just signs of Jesus second coming. And people will love a lie. It says that people will want to hear lies, even people who think and believe that they’re saved when they’re not. And that’s a really common thing. And again, Jesus warned about it. If you read it in His Word, you’ll know, oh, okay, this makes sense. This is something God predicted because he knew the future. And it just can give you assurance in God’s Word and make you closer to God’s Word and find a more trustworthy source rather than just load listening to the opinions of people.

Speaker 3

Amen. That is such a great point.

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