What does forever mean? Are we annihilated at death or does our spirit live? Here are some quotes from our Bible that give us some insight.
- Have you noticed that Scripture uses the terms “mortal,” “mortality,” and “immortality” in relation to the body? (See Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:53.)
- If a spirit cannot live without a body, how do you account for the existence of God, who “is a Spirit?” (John 4:24.)
- What of the angels, who are called “spirits?” (Heb. 1:7, 14.)
- If “eternal does not mean eternal” why is it put in contrast with “temporal?”—“The things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:18.)
- If “cast into the lake of fire” results in extinction, how is it that “the beast and the false prophet” are described as alive in it a thousand years after they are cast into it? (Rev. 20:10.)
- On the same hypothesis, what force can you see in the words, “Shall be tormented, day and night, forever and ever?” (Rev. 20:10.)
- What warrant have you to explain, “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever,” and “He that lives forever and ever,” as meaning eternity, while you limit, “tormented day and night forever and ever,” to a brief period?
- If annihilation is the punishment of sin, why did the Lord Jesus speak of “weeping and gnashing of teeth,” following the being cast into outer darkness? (Matt. 8:12.)
 Ironside, H. A. (2009). After Death, What?. In . Vol. 1: Pamphlets and Short Works by H.A. Ironside (2). Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers.
Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 @ 12:42 AM CDT