2. If you really want a debate about whether the concept of hell is discussed in the bible, start a new thread for it. I may or may not bother joining. That doesn't make me look weak anymore than not getting into a discussion about whether the earth is flat makes me look weak. The argument that hell isn't in the bible is simply a pathetic waste of time based on a patently false premise.
Again, there is no academic debate among respected scholars regarding the existence of hell as a biblical concept. Such a debate would be laughable. You can call it destruction, damnation, "unquenchable fire" (Matthew 3:12), whatever you want if you prefer it over the word hell. It's just playing semantics.Yes there is academic debate, what's the opposite of eternal punishment, eternal life, what's the punishment, according to Paul "the wages sin pays is death." Other times in the NT, it discusses eternal "cutting off" or eternal "destruction." So it's obvious, what that verse is talking about, not eternal hell, but eternal destruction.
Lemmeguess: When you say "I do follow the bible", you're only referring to the sequel right? And you're ignoring the part where Jesus said he came to uphold the laws of the Old Testament? Thought so The thing is, it doesn't even help your argument. Jesus himself stated that most people will go to hell (or "destruction" as you prefer to call it).No, I'm a Christian, and I do follow the bible, and it's a bit weak to make statemenets like that and not be willing to back them up.