Bible scholar types are big about interpreting Scripture in context. So let’s consider the context of the entire Bible, beginning with Genesis. If one were going to defend their position on hell. Genesis would be the first obvious place to start. I should think that if God wanted to present the ramifications of the most crucial choice and potentially fearsome destiny for mankind—the price for sin—in the beginning is where He should lay it all out, not waiting until the middle or the end. So what does God say?
“From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” (Gen. 2:16-17).
Nowhere in this passage does it say they will “die forever/’ or they will go to a place of eternal suffering. It just says they will die, as in stop breathing, or kick the bucket. Obviously, Adam and Eve didn’t die the same day they ate. That’s because the more literal text offers a progressive sense of entering into the death process. The Greek Septuagint says, “to death you shall die.”
From Raising Hell by Julie Ferwerda.
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