Ian R Gilpatric
Theology 202-B06 201230
Short Essay # 4
The Destiny of the Unsaved
The doctrine of hell has been a widely debated yet completely miss understood doctrine of the Christian faith. Many hold the view that if God is a God of love then why would He send people to hell to be tormented forever. Some even think that if God would send people to hell then He is cruel and vindictive and thus is no better than Satan. But the question we have to ask ourselves is this. If God is love and sin opposes God then why would He not punish us for our wrong doing? We can view God’s relationship to humanity like a parent child relationship. When I child does wrong and goes unpunished what will ...view middle of the document...
There are several terms through the Word of God that translates into the word hell. Sheol is used in the Old Testament for Hell. It appears that during old testament times there were two levels of hell a place for the Old Testament saints to be held before the coming of Christ where Jacob went (Genesis 37:35) and a place where the wicked went such as Korah and Dathan (Numbers 16:30) The other term that is used for hell is Hades which is the Greek word for Sheol. This term seems to mean a gathering place for all souls. The last term for hell is Gehenna which refers to a place of eternal damnation. Whatever the definition may be hell is a real place where the unsaved will spend eternity this can be seen in the example of Korah and Dathan in Numbers 16:30. “But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.” (Numbers 16:30 KJV)
There are various different views on what happens to the unsaved after death. Some believe in eternal punishment which means that they will spend eternity being tormented for all time while others believe in annihilation which means that the unsaved will be totally whipped out in the end. There are even some that...