what does the bible say about sin and death, the traditional view of hell or the punishment of the wicked is that they will be kept alive eternally in a state of torment, that the wicked are going to be alive and burning and tortured for eternity. That’s the traditional view. That is not the biblical views on the wages of sin is Death.
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bible verse about the wages of sin is Death
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The traditional view requires us to say that souls are immortal, the souls are unable to be destroyed, that they are eternal immortal, basically, that their gods that they are immortal beings, just like God Himself. And that’s a big problem, especially when you look at what the Bible says.
And so if we start in Genesis, and we look at the creation of man, we see that God formed man from the dust of the earth, breathed into him the breath of life, and he became a living soul. Then we’re looking at the way the Bible describes the death of man, that the Spirit returns the God who gave it and the dust returns to the earth where it came from. And he is no longer a soul, he is now dead, he’s a corpse.
Sin is Death
If we look at the judgment, in Genesis, God said, If you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will surely die. the wages of sin is death. You know, Paul says, the gift of God is eternal life, but the wages of sin is death. And so we see that when because we send, we’re going to die.
The Bible says the soul who sins will die. It doesn’t say the soul who sins will be tormented eternally, it says, the soul who sins will die.
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Adam and Eve sinned
We see that in the Garden of Eden, there was another tree called the tree of life. And if you eat from that tree, then you will live forever. But because Adam and Eve sinned and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God, cut them off from the tree of life, so that they could not be eternal, so that they could not be immortal. And that way, they would not be eternally sinful.
Because that was an act of grace by God to remove them from the garden so that they couldn’t eat from the tree of life at that point, because after sinning, if they’d eat from the tree of life, then they wouldn’t be able to be redeemed, they would be eternally, eternally sinful. They would, they wouldn’t die, they couldn’t, they couldn’t be destroyed. And so he removed them from the garden so that they wouldn’t eat from the tree of life.
We look a little further in, in the Bible, in the Torah, wherever it talks about God giving the commandments. And it says, today, I set before you life and death, blessing, and curse, blessing if you obey and a curse if you disobey, therefore, choose life. And, you know, we keep seeing the same pattern throughout the Bible, there’s life and death. Those are the two choices we’re given is not good life and eternal torment, eternal life that we like an eternal torment that we hate, it’s life or death.
We go on further, we look in the gospels, and Yeshua says that it’d be better for you to have your right hand cut off or your right I plucked out, then for your whole body to be thrown into Gehenna into the lake of fire.
And he says, that, don’t fear the one who kills only the body but fear the one who can destroy both body and soul. In Gehenna, we go on into revelation, and it says that the lake of fire is the second death. It doesn’t say the lake of fire is eternal torment, says the lake of fire is the second death. It continues to show us death is the wages of sin, and that the gift of God is eternal life. And nowhere in the Bible does it say the wages of sin is eternal torture. It doesn’t say that anywhere. It says the wages of sin is death.
Bible Verse about Sin
“For see the day of the Lord is coming. The terrible day of his fury and fierce anger, the land will be made desolate and all the sinners will be destroyed with it.”
So this is describing the day of the Lord the Day of Judgment, the day of his wrath, and it says the sinners will be destroyed. It doesn’t say they will be tortured forever and hell. It says destroyed. This is the consistent message we see throughout the Bible, the righteous received life and the wicked received death, the wicked are consumed in the fire, they are destroyed and nothing of them will remain.
This is similar to what is said
“for Behold, the day of the Lord is coming burning like an oven, and all the proud Yes, all who do wickedly, will be stubble. And the day which is coming, will burn them up says the Lord of hosts. “that will leave them neither root nor branch. You shall trample the wicked for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet. On the day that I do this says the Lord of the hosts.”
It’s the same kind of theme we see in all these prophecies about the destruction of the wicked. We see here that the fire burns them to ask and they’ll be trampled underfoot. It doesn’t say that they’re gone be kept alive, tortured.
Psalm 37:38 says similar thing,
“the transgressors will be destroyed together, the future the wicked shall be cut off.”
There’s no future for the wicked because they are destroyed. Genesis tells us that God said I will destroy the man whom I have created from the face of the earth. This is when he’s talking to know about destroying the earth with the flood, I will destroy them, whom I’ve created from the face of the earth, both man and beast creeping thing, and birds are there for I am sorry that I made them. The same word use here is the same word that’s using the other place. And when he says he’s going to destroy the wicked,
Sinners Destroyed by God in the time of Noah
we know that in the time of Noah, the flood came and wiped away everyone except for Noah and his family. All of the wicked were destroyed, they were completely killed. There was nothing left of them, they’re washed away with the flood. And their bones are rotting and decaying and turned to ashes by now. There’s nothing left to them, they were not tortured forever, they were destroyed. And so when something is destroyed, it’s easier to forget about it. If the wicked are kept alive in a constant state of torment. That means that God has to sustain their life. If he is continually sustaining their life, then he is continually reminded of what they’ve done.
God wants to destroy them so that he can remove their memory from him. It says I’m sorry that I made them and I want to remove their memory. And so for the reason, this is the reason God wanted to destroy mankind in the flood is the same reason he will destroy the wicked. At the end of the age. The Bible does not say we have an immortal soul or that any part of us is immortal. The Bible says the only way that we become immortal is if we are given immortality from God, if we eat from the tree of life, then we will live forever. The lie of Satan is you will not surely die. And that’s the same lie that the Gnostics told that’s the same lie that the Catholics told, the same lie that the Greeks told is the lie that we’re not actually going to die. We’re something that we’re actually a mortal. That’s pagan mythology is not the Bible,
the Bible says that we are mortals and that unless we are given immortality as a gift from God, then we’re going to die. That’s why salvation is so amazing is that we have the opportunity to become immortal, that we have the opportunity to live forever.
And if you say we’re already immortal than what’s the point of salvation anyway, we already have immortality, what else can God give us? Alright,
Matthew 10:28 says,
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.”
He says Be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body. He doesn’t say that the soul is going to live forever. And it’s just gone be tortured. He said this can be destroyed. He says, Don’t fear the one who destroys the body only. That’s the first death. Everybody’s going to be destroyed in their body only at the first death. But he says to fear the one who is going to destroy both body and soul in Gehenna. This is talking about the second death when the soul is destroyed. For the wages of sin is death, the soul who sins will die.
Those are the types of things we see through the Bible.
Jeremiah says, “Therefore, Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when ash went to show, no more be called to fit or the Valley of the Sun of you know him, but the Valley of Slaughter, for they will bury until fit there until there is no room the corpses of this people will be food for the birds of the heaven and of the beasts of the earth, and it will frighten them and no one will frighten them away.”
So he says, it’s going to be the Valley of slaughter, this is where corpses are going to dwell. This is the place of Gehenna, this is the place of fiery torment and death, not a place where they are kept alive and tortured forever. It’s the place where corpses lay in the place where dead bodies are, it’s the place of death.
And when he says, This is the place of the dead, this is the place for those who are going to be punished. The wicked in the end days, they’re going to Gehenna, the place that Jeremiah was talking about.
If you believe the souls of the wicked are tortured forever, then you’re saying one of two things. Either God does not have the ability to destroy the wicked, or that God sustains the wicked intentionally forever. So preventing them from dying, just just so he can torture them. Either way, we’ve got a problem. Either God is unable to kill them, or God wants to keep them alive to torture them because he’s sadistic. Both of those issues are huge problems on the character of God.
In Matthew 13 Jesus gives a parable of a landowner who instructs His servants to gather up the tears, buying them a bundle and to burn them. Then he interprets the parable saying just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so it will be at the end of the age, this a man will send his angels and they will gather out all of his kingdom, that sin cause death, and lawlessness and throw them into the fiery furnace. And this implies that just as the weeds are burned up in the fire, so also will be the wicked burned up in the fire.
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the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
The book of Jude also uses the phrase eternal fire in reference to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. But we know that they’re not still on fire today. It says that they suffered the wrath of eternal fire, eternal torment, the eternal fire, but they’re not still burning in fire today, they were consumed by that fire, destroyed and will never be rebuilt. That’s why it’s eternal, it’s permanent. The destruction of the fire permanently destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and it has never come back. It has never been rebuilt, and it will never be rebuilt because that fire destroyed them permanently.
And so its eternal fire is all about the permanence. Just as eternal life is about the permanence of life, that we will be permanently alive the same way with the destruction of the wicked, they will be permanently destroyed, permanently dead. There’s a difference between eternal punishment and being tortured or tormented eternally.
difference between eternal punishment and being tortured
When a person is destroyed, his punishment is eternal, it’s permanent, and he will never live again. It’s speaking of the permanence of the action. However, that is very different from saying that his tortured consciously and alive forever and ever and ever, alive living in torment. That’s very different from saying that, you know, he is kept alive in the flames. He is dead permanently.
And the former is final destruction that produces eternal results. The latter is never finalized because it’s an active ongoing torment. This eternal torment is a work that is never finished. So if you’re saying they’re continually tormented forever and ever and ever, God has never done tormenting them. He’s never done punishing them. It’s a work that he will never finish.
And but God says, it is done, it is finished. I’m the Alpha and Omega, the beginning, in the end, there was no more death, there is no more pain, there is no more sorrow. How can you say those things, if the wicked are constantly and eternally tormented? to claim the judgment of the wicked is never-ending is to say that God never finishes their judgment.
Let’s go to First Corinthians 15:53 and 54, “for this corruptible must put on in corruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on in corruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written death is swallowed up in victory.
Mortal and Immortal
in First Corinthians 15, the apostle Paul is explaining that we are all mortal that we have, but we have hope for immortality through the resurrection of the dead. We are not naturally immortal. We do not have an immortal soul. When we die, we are dead. That’s the definition of Being Mortal mortals die. In contrast, someone who is immortal is one who cannot die. To say that the wicked are tortured for eternity implies that they are also immortal because they do not die.
It’s only an immortal who can suffer eternal torture, mortals will die. The Bible is very clear that only the righteous become immortal. Only those who belong to your shoe are given him eternal life. We if we are already immortal, then eternal life is not a gift from God, we already possess an immortal soul. If we already positioned immortal soul, then we cannot die.
Then what does the Bible say eternal life is a gift from God, if only the electoral that only the elect will receive, if we already have it, how can God say that it’s a gift, he can only give some something that we don’t already possess.
The idea that sinners will be alive and torment for eternity contradicts, and undermines the wonderful gift of eternal life that God has reserved only for those who belong to Him.
The wicked will burn to death, they will be cast into the lake of fire and they will be consumed by the fire. They’re not just going to poof vanish, no, no punishment at all. No pain at all. They will be tortured to death, burn to death, but they’re not gone be kept alive, eternally burning. That’s the difference.
Sin bring Death
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as slaves to obey you are that one slave whom you obey, whether sin bring death, or of obedience, leading to righteousness, for when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness, what fruit Then did you have in the things which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
But now having been set free from sin and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness and the end everlasting life, for the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. And so over and over, he keeps saying this sin, Lisa death is sin will be destroyed, those who sin will be destroyed. Those who are wicked will be punished, they were they will perish, they will be cast into the fire and burned to death burned until they are consumed by the fire, they will die. Eternal Life in torture, as terrible as that would be is still eternal life.
Sin and Death
Yet the Bible consistently tells us the sinners will perish in the second death. The wages of sin is death, not eternal life and health. We were not told, you know, if you if you sin, you’re going to be tortured forever and ever for all eternity, you will never die, you will be tormented and tortured forever, and you will wish that you could die, but you won’t be able to because you’re just going to be kept alive. And God is going to keep you alive on purpose to torment you forever because you sinned. Now it says the wages of sin is death, you’re going to die.
Yes, you’re going to be cast into the fire, but the fire is going to consume you, it will rip your flight off of your bones and melted away and you will become ashes under the feet of the righteous. You will be destroyed by the fire.
Again, eternal is permanent. Their punishment is permanent, it lasts forever. They’re never going to live again. They’re never going to come back alive. There’s no return. Once you’re cast into the fire, you die. When we die now, the first death, we have hope for a second chance we have hope for the resurrection we have hope that we will be given another body and another chance at life to live eternally. But if you’re if you die the second death, there’s no hope for return. You’re never gone live again. It’s permanent. That’s what eternal means. It’s permanent. It’s not saying that we’re going to be tormented, tortured alive.
It doesn’t say the soul who sins will be tormented alive forever. It doesn’t say that it says the soul who sins will die. The soul who sins will die. Nowhere does it say the soul is going to live forever and tournament. The wages of sin is death not eternal torture.