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Jewish Not Greek

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Why the soul is NOT naturally immortal (even though most Christians believe this). What the Jewish Apostles taught VS. What the Greek Philosophers taught. Summary: Why tradition about the fate of the lost,(as torment forever) is unbiblical and not hermeneutically correct. Why “Conditional Immortality” is true. An Evangelical and Biblical study on hell and why most get it wrong.

William West

A book that all should read.


David B.

The commentator (who disliked it) seems to have completely disregarded the title and reason of the book. That immortality is reserved only for believers. Simply stated, “Conditional Immortality” is the biblical belief that the “immortality” of the soul is not inherent but conditional (Biblical thinking) upon receiving the gift of everlasting life through faith in Jesus. It is part and parcel of the gospel. God alone has immortality -- anyone else becomes immortal only as a result of God's gracious gift (1 Timothy 6:16, Romans 2:7). Since second century church theologians wrongly accepted the Greek doctrine of the immortality of all souls. Therefore, it is no wonder that the message of immortality has been completely dropped from modern preaching. Yet, immortality through Jesus alone is what the Apostle Paul preached: • (He/Jesus), has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2 Timothy 1:9b-10) Paul clearly links immortality to the gospel. Paul did not believe the Greek philosophy of his day which taught the immortality of all souls. Before Jesus, came, no one had a chance at immortality. If they did, then Paul's statement would make no sense. Why would immortality come through the gospel if all had it from birth? The gospel would not have brought about immortality - since all had it. But look how Paul frames in immortality uniquely and only with believers... • To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. (Romans 2:7) Notice Paul uses the word “seek” when speaking of immortality. None of these attributes he lists here are inherent to mankind. If they were, then the word “seek” would clearly be out of place. Again, Paul did not believe the Greek philosophers who taught the immortality of all souls, neither did Jesus... • I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. (John 6:51) Again, why would Jesus Himself make this plain offer to “LIVE FOREVER” if everyone lived forever? It is important to note that in Hebrew, the word for 'soul' (nehphesh) is never used in conjunction with the word “everlasting” in the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament. Likewise, in the New Testament writings, the word for 'soul' (psukee) is never used in conjunction with the words 'eternal' or 'everlasting'. Again – it is an assumption (based upon Greek philosophy) – that the soul of mankind is eternal and can never be destroyed. Jesus clearly states that the unsaved soul can be destroyed (Matthew 10:28) And the e-book addresses the misuse of Daniel 12:2 and other scriptures which the dislike author brings up. It is definitely worth a read and is very scriptural.


S. Ashbridge

A clear reading of the Bible seems to teach that Hell (God's justice) is eternal. Verses such as (Matthew 25:46) Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. (2 Thessalonians 1:9) They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power. (Jude 1:6) And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home%u2014these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. (Dan 12:2) Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. And there are many more. Some are poetic and others are parabolic, but taken as a whole, it suggests that Hell is eternal/everlasting. The explanation that death is the punishment and it lasts forever does not seem to comport. I understand how difficult it is to think of anyone being tormented forever, but I think it helps to see our sins in light of a holy and perfect God. For example, if I lie to my wife, I could be sleeping on the couch, if I lie to my boss, I could get fired. If I lie to the government, I could go to jail. The severity of the punishment increases as the authority of the one whom I%u2019ve sinned against increases. Every time we lie, steal, and take God%u2019s name in vein, (the Ten Commandments) we are storing up wrath for the day of judgment. We stand guilty with many crimes before the just judge of the Universe and Hell is the punishment. The good news is that God so loves us that He sent Jesus to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins if we repent and put our faith in Him.


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