We are so biblically persuaded of our position, and so confident in the Scriptural evidence presented on this site, that we honestly believe anyone who shares our faith in the final authority of Scripture will not be able to hold to the endless torment doctrine after reading this entire site and the links.
It is clear that PLATO and many Greek philosophers taught the soul was indestructible:
”The belief in the immortality of the soul came to the Jews from contact with Greek thought and chiefly through the philosophy of Plato, its principal exponent.”The Jewish Encyclopedia(www.jewishencyclopedia.com, searched “immortality”)
“Among major schools of Greek thought, only Epicureans denied the soul’s immortality.” (Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary New Testament, Downers Grove, Inter Varsity Press, 1993, p.374)
“…immortality of the soul, as normally understood, is not a Biblical doctrine” (The International Bible Commentary, second edition, Grand Rapids, MI, Zondervan Publishing House, 1986, p.60 column 2)
“It is a truism that Plato’s teaching has profoundly influenced Christian anthropology.” (Forward by F.F. Bruce, The Fire that Consumes, Edward Fudge)
Conclusion: Except for the Epicureans, Greek philosophers taught of the soul’s natural immortality-without God.
The scriptures teach the soul is destructible and immortality is part of the gospel and reserved only for those who are born again.
“Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body…” (Matthew 10:28)
“There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy” (James 4:12)
“…who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim 1:10)
Conclusion: Jesus and James taught the soul was destructible. Paul taught that immortality is brought through the gospel.
I am Jewish and an Evangelical. I have been a believer in Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) for over 30 years. I have done undergraduate and graduate studies at very conservative Biblical Institutes. I had always believed the “Traditional” view of the lost until I did a major study. Now, like me, a growing number of evangelicals (see links) are also studying this and seeing that eternal torture is not what the scripture teaches. The Greeks, led by Plato, believed in and taught about the “immortal soul,” however, that phrase never occurs in all of scripture.
I urge you to read ALL of the articles on this site to get a fair and balanced view. Do not assume anything. Read at least the first two articles.
Years ago, I did the same with the scriptures that pointed to Jesus (Yeshua). After much study, I was convinced that the Jewish Bible and the New Testament were correct and that Jewish tradition was wrong. Jesus (Yeshua) was/is the Messiah and is Deity and is fully God incarnate.
In the same way, I urge you to consider the scriptural position of this very important information.
A BRIEF WORD TO ANY UNBELIEVERS IN JESUS (YESHUA)
If you are not a believer and happened to stumble onto this site, I would urge you to first of all realize that God is Holy. The angels cry “Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh.” “Holy, holy, holy.” (Isaiah 6:3) All will stand before Him to give an account one day. All will be guilty for all have sinned. “Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?” (Proverbs 20:9) The answer is obviously, no one can. Today is the day of salvation. Only Jesus (Yeshua) saves. He died for your sins and rose again from the dead. Turn from sin and call upon Him in simple prayer right now: “God have mercy upon me, a sinner. Jesus come into my heart and save me” and you will be saved and have everlasting life/immortality.