You also know that aion and the Hebrew word "olam" are the same right?
But, for all those who do not read Greek here are the meanings:
Aion is the Greek word meaning "an age " thus denoting a period of TIME. The greek word 'aion' is where our english word 'eon' comes from. This word 'aion' is mostly translated "eternal", "everlasting", and for "ever" in the King James Version. However, there are other translations that have correctly translated "aion" as "age-abiding" "age-during" or "eon".
Robert Young, author of the highly respected Young's Analytical Concordance, in his literal translation of the Bible, always translates it "age" and never as "everlasting', or 'eternal'.
In the Septuagint the Greek word, 'aion', is used to translate the Hebrew word "olam". If we want to get a correct understanding of the New Testament meaning of "aion" then we must have the original meaning of "olam" in the Old Testament.
Here are just a few passages in the Old Testament referring to "olam" showing clearly that it cannot mean 'never ending'/'eternal':
** Jonah was in the fish forever (olam). But only until he left 3 days later (Jon.1:17;2:6)
** Sodom's fiery judgement is eternal (olam). But only until God returns them to their former estate (Ez.16:53-55; Jude 7).
** The Mosaic covenant is everlasting (olam). But only until it vanishes away. (Lev.24:8; Heb.8:7-13)
** The leprosy of Naaman shall cling forever (olam). But only until his death, of course.(2King5:27)
** God dwells in Solomon's temple forever (olam). But only until it is destroyed (2Ch.7:16;1King8:13;93)
** Animal sacrifices were to be offered forever (olam). But only until they were ended by the work of Christ (2Ch.2:4; Heb.7:11- Heb.10:18).
So, as we can see, "OLAM" does NOT mean "eternal" though it can last a very long time.
Now let it be clearly understood that I do believe in the justice of God and that He is both JUST and LOVE...for He is ONE...and that all of His judgements are purposed in love to bring about correction so that people will no longer live in sin (for sin is enslavement) but that they will learn righteousness and be set free. His judgements are TEMPORARY and not for eternity.
It is a sad truth that the majority of Christendom teaches that God will send most of humanity to an eternal Hell of literal fire while the chosen FEW get to 'go to heaven' for eternity....this is not scriptural and produces fear and blasphemes the character of My Father....for the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof and THEY WHO DWELL THEREIN.
As in Adam all die, so too in Christ ALL SHALL BE MADE ALIVE, each man in his own order. (1Cor.15;21-22).
Is there Hell? Many are living in it right now while they walk on earth...but even in Hell...God is there too..."If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." (Ps.139:8).
Nothing can separate a person from His love...life can't and death can't.(Rom.8:35-39)
Scripture must interpret scripture. It is not man that interprets scripture.
This is where the problem has always been...the carnal mind of man interpreting scripture.
The letter kills but the Spirit gives life.
Anyone can read the dead letter...and usually those who do are reading it through a literal lens...but they have not been given the understanding by the mind of the Spirit...for it is only the Spirit that opens the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and the heart to recieve and understand,
I thank you for bringing to my attention my mistake of assigning to Paul what Peter wrote (I tried to edit and correct my origianl post but the edit button was not made visible).
I stand by what Peter wrote....that preaching of a gospel of damnation is HERESY.
It is a lie and this lie is meant to malign the character of my Father and the glorious atoning work of His Son and my Lord...Christ Jesus.
Jesus will save to the UTTERMOST!
His love will conquer ALL....and EVERY knee will bow to him....not out of fear or out of a forced obligation but because His love has reached to the deepest part of their being and has washed them so deeply in His love, acceptance, joy, peace, forgiveness that they will WANT to out of deep heartfelt gratitude.
This is my Lord...this is my God....the most glorious Saviour of ALL MANKIND and I will contend for THE FAITH of the RESTORATION OF ALL MANKIND because He is so worthy of all the glory!
His peace and grace to you.
(For more information and deeper study please go to HopeBeyondHell.net and you can download the book Hope beyond Hell for free-- much of what I quoted above is from this book).
Jesus is the saviour of the WHOLE WORLD, "As in Adam all die, so too in Christ ALL shall be made alive." (ICor.15:22) All means all. The pagan 'hell' of literal fire & eternal torment is a lie and is SPIRITUAL TERRORISM. http://www.hopebeyondhell.net
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