I am going to share a bit of fundie bible hatred with you. Before I do, I want to contrast that with a thoughtful piece by Reagent Post.
If you haven’t seen it yet, please take a moment to read My meaning of life.
Having done that, you’ll understand how very, very wrong is the thinking that follows.
To define the term:
Annihilationism (also known as extinctionism or destructionism) is a Christian belief that apart from salvation the final punishment of human beings results in their total destruction (annihilation) rather than their everlasting torment.
Annihilationism asserts that God will eventually destroy or annihilate the wicked, leaving only the righteous to live on in immortality.
So there is a line of thought that actually has god cutting those poor condemned souls a bit of slack by destroying them. Unfortunately, there are those who can tolerate no mercy from their all merciful and loving god.
The next bit is from Refuting annihilationism
Since we already refuted five proof texts for annihilationism in the last posts, I would like to refute the system as a whole.
The Bible makes it clear hell is eternal, and the lake of fire is eternal.
To argue any other way is to deny the Scriptures. So lets get started.
I really believe Reagent Post has a far superior view on life. He offers a view that integrates responsibility, positivity, self determination, and most importantly does not require murder, torture, everlasting bullshit, or hatred.