The following articles are related to the topic of PUNISHMENT

The Doctrine of Eternal Punishment

The fact that human beings were made in the very image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27) should suggest, to those who contemplate issues seriously, that we are more than mere temporal creatures passing through time toward oblivion. The concept of an eternal future, which involves punishment for those who choose not to serve God, is one that strikes a ... read more »

Romans 9:22 – Is Eternal Punishment Fair?

Many religionists who deny the biblical teaching of the eternal, conscious torment of hell do so strictly on emotional grounds. They reject everlasting punishment - not because they have carefully studied the scriptural evidence, and have arrived at their convictions on an intellectual basis - but because, in their view, eternal punishment just "doesn't seem fair." How could a just ... read more »

2 Corinthians 2:6 – The Sufficient Punishment

One of the problems which had afflicted the church in Corinth was that of the fornicating brother who was immorally involved with his stepmother. Paul had demanded that this wicked man be excluded from the fellowship of the church (1 Corinthians 5). There may be a passage in Paul's second letter to this church that relates to this episode. The ... read more »

2 Peter 2:9 – Punishment Before Judgment

Anyone who respects the authoritative instruction of the Bible acknowledges the fact that the wicked will be cast into hell (Gehenna) following the Day of Judgment (see Matthew 25:46). Some, however, labor under the erroneous impression that between the time of death and the judgment, the wicked will "sleep" in a state of complete unconsciousness. The doctrine is called "soul-sleeping." ... read more »

Are There Degrees of Blessedness and Punishment in Eternity?

"Will there be differing degrees of rewards in heaven and different levels of punishment in hell?" Before we address the question directly, recognizing some preliminary observations and principles would be helpful. God is good The Bible is very clear in affirming that God is a being of absolute goodness. The Psalmist declared: "Good and upright is Jehovah?" (25:8; cf. 100:5). ... read more »

Matthew 25:41 – “Jehovah’s Witnesses” and Hell

At the time of the Judgment, Christ will announce to the wicked: "Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels" (Mt. 25:41). There are three important truths suggested in this passage. Note them. The punishment of the wicked will involve separation. "Depart . . . ." (cf. Mt. 7:23). Hell ... read more »

Hell Is a Hot Topic These Days

Some years ago the British philosopher, Bertrand Russell, produced an essay titled, "Why I Am Not A Christian." One of the reasons he cited was the fact that Jesus, the founder of Christianity, believed in hell. When I first read that observation, my inclination was this: "Well, at least Russell understood what Jesus believed about that matter"-which is considerably more ... read more »

2 Thessalonians 1:9 – Everlasting Destruction

In his book, The Fire That Consumes (1982), Edward Fudge argues that the final destiny of the wicked will be annihilation. He believes that hell is "total, everlasting extinction." One of the New Testament passages which he cites in an attempt to prove this materialistic theory is 2 Thessalonians 1:9. "and to you that are afflicted rest with us, at ... read more »

Will “Hell” Be Destroyed Eventually?

"What does the Bible mean when it states that 'death' will be destroyed? One man has reasoned in this way. Death is to be destroyed. But the 'second death' is the equivalent of 'hell'(Rev. 20:14). Thus, hell itself will be destroyed eventually. Supposedly, this logic demonstrates that there will be no eternal punishment for the wicked." Sadly we must point ... read more »

Why Would a Loving God Send Us to Hell?

The late Bertrand Russell, a renowned British agnostic, wrote a small publication titled, Why I Am Not A Christian. One of the reasons he cited for his unbelief was that Jesus Christ taught that there is an eternal hell for the wicked. Russell could not harmonize Christ's doctrine about hell with the biblical position of a just and benevolent God; ... read more »