This week I'm camping at a church camp with friends/family that believe in annihilation. I've been so excited with the truth of universalism I've been sharing. But they are quote disturbed and concerned for me because the Bible is clear in Revelation 20:7-10 that the wicked get destroyed along with the devil. Also being told it is very dangerous to tell people there is another chance after death. I have just finished reading Hope Beyond Hell and can't find where this was dealt with. Can someone please help me?
All the answers above are great!
...as to"after death" being still hope, I think there's really only one verse which could be seen to imply all hope is lost once one dies, and this is when Jesus told the pharisees, unless they repented they would "die in their sins".. which, imo, simply means the 2nd resurrection, when one rises still "in their sins"/imperfect, is a less joyful resurrection (I believe it catches up to the 1st:) But when they rise it will be for the Day of Judgment (DOJ) the Great White Throne Judgment. And to me, it seems like 'darkness' and wailing.. in a sense like ancient Israel's Day of Atonement, a day of great sorrow and wailing.. (DOA)
But imo, Great WHITE THRoNe suggests whiteness, Light, ray of light, hope..
And, the verse "those not believing will go to the LOF" is the very last verse of the chapter (Rev 20) even following "and death and 'hell' were cast into the LOF" - and elsewhere (1 Cor 15?) we know it says "the last enemy vanquished will be death".. no more death
(When Jesus mentioned Gehenna, translated "hell" - Gehenna was the city dump which was kept burning and criminal's bodies were cast there..)
Imo, DOJ (day of judgment) must be a veRy long day.. I can't help thinking, after all that, and having been resurrected from their grave, who the heck's not going to "believe"? Isn't belief what gets our name written in the Book of Life.. true belief..
I usually answer folks who come down on me for UR with a smile and a shrug and tell them I think we greatly underestimate God, His love, His Great Plan of Salvation.. after all He can only be Perfect so how can the 'end' result be anything less than the best one possible?
peace and blessings..
I think the ancient Spring Holy Days prophesied our Lord's 1st advent and therefor the ancient Fall ones (Lev 23) prophecy His long 2nd advent with DOJ (day of judgment) becoming DOA (day of atonement and "reconciliation",Strong's New Testament reference in Romans as to "atonement"). What I mean is, imo, those of the 2nd resurrection arrive DOA (dead on arrival) but surprise all! it turns out to be the Great (full of Light) Day of Atonement (DOA) and Reconciliation.