=> Email to Ray => Topic started by: Craig on December 28, 2006, 06:25:06 PM

Title: Eternal Punishment
Post by: Craig on December 28, 2006, 06:25:06 PM
Dear Ray Smith,
> Thank you very much for your insight. The articles from your website
> have helped clarified many things for me. In the past, I had been
> harassed by many Christian fundamentalists who insist that I will go
> to hell if I don't believe in Christ. They would cite verses from
> John 3:18 and the post-resurrection accounts of Mark and Matthew to
> justify that. Those verses state that those who don't believe in
> Christ will be "condemned." Does being "condemned" necessarily mean
> go to hell? That is what Christian fundamentalists claim.
> Furthermore, fundamentalist scholars insist that the words "eternal"
> and "everlasting" do mean forever (as according to the Greek word
> "aionios") and not all will be saved. To justify that, they would use
> the following verses:
> Matthew 25:46 "And these shall go away into
> 0000,0000,0000ETERNAL punishment: but
> the righteous into 0000,0000,0000life
> Daniel 12:2 "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth
> shall awake. Some to EVERLASTING life, Some to shame and EVERLASTING
> contempt."
> John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who
> does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God
> abides on him."
> These verses were quoted from
> You can find more
> information there. How would you explain these verses? If it is true
> that everybody will be saved, then what is "eternal punishment?"
> Furthermore, what proof do you have that after the "second death" as
> mentioned in the Book of Revelation that everyone will be made "ali ve"
> and saved? Please take the time to answer my questions. Thank you
> very much.

Dear Calvin:
Well, "aionios" DOES NOT mean eternal or everlasting. See my 50 page
paper: "Is EVERLSTING Scriptural?" That ends the discussion on all
Bible verses using the words "eternal or everlasting."
As for being "condemned" meaning that such an one "goes to HELL," I will
cite Mark 16:64, Jesus Himself "was CONDEMNED" so I guess Jesus went
to HELL also.
God be with you,
PS   Stop casting your pearls before these spiritual PIGS!