The following articles are related to the topic of PUNISHMENT

The Use of “Hell” in the New Testament

The term "hell" is found twenty-three times in the King James Version of the English Bible. There is a great deal of confusion among religious folks regarding this word due to the fact that the English form "hell" actually represents three different terms in the Greek New Testament. Let us give consideration to this matter. Hades The Greek hades is ... read more »

The Vision of Obadiah

There are thirteen men in the Old Testament by the name of Obadiah, but we can not connect the writer of the Old Testament book to any one of them with certainty. "Obadiah" means "servant of the Lord." One way in which this prophet served Jehovah was through his prophecy concerning the destruction of Edom. The Book Obadiah is the ... read more »

John Tetzel’s Indulgences

During the era of the Protestant Reformation, certain Roman Catholic clerics employed the practice of "auricular confession" (confessing sins into the ear of a priest) to enhance their own financial welfare and that of the Church. It was commonly taught (and still is) that through the "confessional," relief from guilt, and release from eternal punishment, may be obtained. At the ... read more »

1 Peter 3:4 — The Incorruptible Spirit

Religious materialists (e.g., the "Jehovah's Witnesses," Seventh-day Adventists, etc.) do not believe that human beings possess an eternal spirit that survives the death of the body. They thus do not believe in an eternal, conscious punishment for the wicked in hell. Often they challenge, "No where does the Bible say that man has an eternal spirit." Well, the Scriptures may ... read more »

LaGard Smith’s New Book: ‘After Life’

LaGard Smith believes there must be a "radical" correction in the teaching of most Christians today (see Radical Restoration, Cotswold, 2001).His ongoing quest to achieve that goal is pursued in his latest book, After Life. Therein he challenges what he calls the "orthodox understandings" pertaining to death and eternity. While this book does address certain sectarian views, e.g., Watchtowerism, Mormonism, ... read more »

Was Ahab Pro-Choice?

Ahab was the king of Israel. Wealth and power enabled him to do whatever he chose, and his lovely heathen wife reminded him of this fact. She asked rhetorically, "Do you now govern Israel?" (1 Kings 21:7). To the tyrant's disgrace, he coveted Naboth's vineyard. He put his face to the wall and would not eat when Naboth refused to ... read more »

Will Our Children Trust in the Lord?

The following bit of wisdom comes from Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." As Proverbs 3 begins, we observe this instruction is addressed to "my son." The well-known proverb represents the counsel that children need ... read more »

Will Everyone Go to Heaven?

A letter from a courteous reader asserted his belief that all people will be saved ultimately. He feels there is Bible support for this position, though he introduced not a solitary passage in defense of the theory. Perhaps there is some value in discussing this theme. It is becoming more popular in this day of widely diversified religious views, and ... read more »

Will Wicked People Be Annihilated in Hell?

Why do you believe that those who die lost will be consciously punished eternally, when the Bible says they will be "destroyed" (Matthew 10:28)? The question clearly indicates that the author is a conditionalist. A conditionalist is one who believes that at some point following death, those who die estranged from God will be annihilated, i.e., cease to exist. This ... read more »

Habakkuk 1:2 – A Challenge to God

Many believers, from time to time, have felt the temptation to argue with God. Job did. He disputed the Lord's wisdom in governing the world. Later, though, he learned how ignorant he really was, and he repented of his rash allegations. Habakkuk too had a problem understanding what Jehovah was doing in the administration of human affairs. And so he ... read more »