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What Does "Perish" Mean?

Question: Some theologians say that unrepentant sinners will “perish in the lake of fire.” What does this mean?

Answer: The word “perish” is capable of more than one interpretation, and we do not take a dogmatic position as to which interpretation is correct.

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Paul Kroll
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Hell

“If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away,” said Jesus. “It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell” (Matthew 5:30). Hell is serious. We need to take Jesus’ warning seriously. On this subject, as with many others, we must listen to Jesus. If we take him seriously when he teaches about mercy, we should also take him seriously when he teaches about punishment. After all, mercy doesn’t mean much unless we are escaping something.

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Joseph Tkach
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What About Hell?

Joseph Tkach

What About Hell?

If we take Jesus seriously when he teaches about mercy, we should also take him seriously when he teaches about punishment.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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If God is full of grace and mercy, where does hell fit in?

Surely a God of love would not torture people forever and ever, many say. After all, the Bible reveals God to be compassionate, but the traditional doctrine of eternal excruciating torture in hell seems to portray God as a vengeful sadist who is crueler than any human sinner.

But rebellion against God is infinitely terrible, say some theologians, so it demands the worst punishment.

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Lazarus and the Rich Man, by Paul Kroll

Jesus told the story of Lazarus the beggar and the rich man to illustrate a point about having an authentic relationship with God. Some believe Jesus meant the parable as a satire of the Pharisees’ belief that they were in a privileged position with God. In that context, the parable would be a statement about their love of privilege and wealth.

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Paul Kroll
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Lazarus and the Rich Man, by J. Michael Feazell

Let's look at a passage that is often interpreted as proving that all who die without having come to faith are automatically damned. It is the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man, in which Abraham tells the rich man there is a great gulf fixed that keeps those in Hades separate from those who are with Abraham. It is found in Luke 16:19-31. Before the story begins, however, we can back up a few verses to get an idea of whom Jesus was talking to when he told this story and what was the subject that prompted him to tell it.

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