Rochdale Christadelphians
Putting The Bible First

When a person dies they completely cease to exist. Death is a punishment for sin, not an immediate gateway to another existence. In Ezekiel 18:4 God clearly says:

“The soul that sins it shall die.”

The only hope of life after death is by resurrection from the dead at the return of Jesus Christ, but only those who have known and understood the promises God has made in the Bible. Without that knowledge people have no hope of life; but neither are they responsible to judgement; their death will be an endless sleep.

In Psalm 146 we are urged to put our trust in God not in mankind and their philosophies, however important they may be considered to be in this life; verse 3:

“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help (or salvation).  His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.”

Further Reading:

Ecclesiastes 9:5,6,10. Isaiah 38;18,19

Hell as a place of eternal torments is not true. The original meaning of “hell” was an unseen or covered place. It is really referring to the grave. If you put someone in a grave you cover them over with earth. They are then in hell or a covered place.

Sometimes in the New Testament the original word for hell is Gehenna, a term associated with the valley of Hinnom, a place near Jerusalem which was used as a municipal rubbish dump, a place for the destruction of refuse and the dead bodies of animals and criminals. Fires continually kept burning to get rid of smell and prevent disease. It is therefore easy to see how it would be used to describe the destruction that awaits the wicked at the judgement.

Further Reading:

Psalm 6:5. Psalm 31:17. Psalm 86:13. Mark 9:43. Matt 5:22. Matt 10:28

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