Annihilation-ism Destruction of the Soul = Old Heresy
The origins of the doctrine known as "annihilationism" go all the way back to the 4th-century when a man named Arnobius first propagated a doctrine that unbelievers passed into "nonexistence" either at death or at the time of resurrection. "As to man, Arnobius . . . denies his immortality. The soul outlives the body but depends solely on God for the gift of eternal duration. The wicked go to the fire of Gehenna, and will ultimately be consumed or annihilated" (Schaff 859). It was condemned as heresy at the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 A.D. The doctrine did not reappear again in church history until at least the 12th century. Throughout church history, leading church fathers have taken a strong stand against annihilationism (or conditionalism) in favor of the traditional (orthodox) view of hell as eternal punishment (everlasting) for those who choose to reject Jesus Christ and His gracious offer of eternal life. A few of the more famous figures of Christ's church who have given whole-hearted support to the traditional doctrine include: Tertullian, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, George Whitefield, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and Dwight L. Moody. The Westminster Confession of Faith was very clear in its affirming of hell as eternal punishment: "but the wicked who know not God, and obey not the gospel of Jesus Christ, shall be cast into eternal torments, and be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power" (Grudem 1196).
Jesus said Matt 25:46 "And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Both words, everlasting & eternal, have the same greek word αἰώνιος aiōnios G166 which is defined as "1) without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be, 2) without beginning, 3) without end, never to cease, everlasting". So Jesus disproves your point. Big diff from earthly end & eternal punishment.
Jesus said it, so your argument is with Him, not me. HE was the one who used a very specific word and definition. Lots of examples of earthly end of cities, people, etc vs the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels, which is without beginning or end.
Another problem w/ annihilation doctrine = you are now between a rock & a hard place. IF you believe Paul THEN you disregard the words of Jesus (saying Jesus error-ed) = HUGE problem. Now IF you believe Jesus THEN you disregard Paul & his writings are not inspired ure & is a different message = big problem.
he only way to explain w/out causing biblical contradictions is to see the difference between earthy destruction & eternal punishment.
Another problem w/ cherry picking ure is it contradicts others. For example Daniel 12:2 - "Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake; some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt." So an OT ure states the opposite of your claim. Does that mean Daniel is not an inspired book & Daniel is a false teacher? Hmmm...
The more scriptures you look at, the more contradictions u have when forcing the doctrine of annihilationism (which is an old heresy).
I hope this helps.
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