Why Everything You Know About Annihilationism Is A Lie.


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This won’t be your standard cult by cult debunking series, rather it’s all about the common teachings most of these groups will use. This week we kick off the series with the oh so hot topic of:

Annihilationism

Objectives:

-Identify what annihilationism is.

Annihilationism: (also known as extinctionism or destructionism[1]) is a belief that after the final judgment some human beings and all fallen angels (all of the damned) will be totally destroyed so as to not exist, or that their consciousness will be extinguished,[2] rather than suffer everlasting torment in hell (often synonymized with the lake of fire).

-Identify what cult groups follow this teaching: Jehovah’s Witnesses, 7th Day Adventists, etc…

Some Christian denominations which are annihilationist were influenced by the Millerite/Adventist movement of the mid-19th century. These include the Seventh-day Adventists, Bible Students, Christadelphians and the various Advent Christian churches. Additionally, the Church of England's Doctrine Commission reported in 1995 that "[h]ell is not eternal torment", but "non-being". Some Protestant and Anglican writers have also proposed annihilationist doctrines.

  • Hebrew Roots movement

  • Some Messianic Jews believe in annihilationism

  • Also atheists, who are offended at the thought of being identified as a religion, but are pretty stuck the idea of nothing happening when a person dies.

Regarding annihilationism, here's what they say:

-Isaiah 28:21 "Strange thing for God to punish the wicked..."

-Hebrews 12:29 "God will consume you if you're wicked..."

-Ezekiel 28:14 "Lucifer passed through the fire and wasn't burned..."

-Job 20:5-9 "The wicked can't be found when they die..."

-Revelation 20:10 "They believe 'forever and ever' only means 'a period of time...'"

Why does a person believe it? What texts do they use outside of the Bible?

7th Day Adventists primarily use The Great Controversy along with any writings of their founder Ellen White. Jehovah’s Witnesses will use whatever their magazines tell them each month.

What the Bible actually says:

-Matt 8:12; 13:42, 50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30 "Weeping and gnashing of teeth..."

“But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”