Hell: Never, Forever, or Just for Awhile?

Richard Mayhue | May 21, 2010

The plethora of literature produced in the last two decades on the basic nature of hell indicates a growing debate in evangelicalism that has not been experienced since the latter half of the nineteenth century. This introductory article to the entire theme issue of TMSJ sets forth the context of the question of whether hell involves conscious torment forever in Gehenna for unbelievers or their annihilation after the final judgment. It discusses historical, philosophical, lexical, contextual, and theological issues that prove crucial to reaching a definitive biblical conclusion. In the end, hell is a conscious, personal torment forever; it is not “just for awhile” before annihilation after the final judgment (conditional immortality) nor is its final retribution “never” (universalism).

Vol. 9, no. 2 (Fall 1998)

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Mayhue, Richard. "Hell: Never, Forever, or Just for Awhile?." The Master's Seminary Journal 9, no. 2 (Fall 1998): 129-45.