Annihilationism: A brief defense

​Annihilationism is the doctrine that souls are not eternally tormented in hell, but rather are ultimately destroyed. I thought this view was nice but flase until recently. Although, my reasons for switching are more extensive than this post will go into I will show the one verse which convinced me. In Matthew 10:28 it says, “Rather fear him who can destroy both body and soul in hell.” Now, this verse is important because a key claim of the everlasting punishment view is that the soul is not only immortal, but indestructible. Here we see that while a soul could still last forever , this is only if God does not destroy it. Since, he can destroy the soul, there is no legitimate claim to the soul being indestructible. This is what one should expect from an omnipotent God (all-powerful). If one takes the premise “souls are not indestructible” in addition to the premise “an all-loving God would not want people to be tormented forever”, then there is a case for annihilationism. 

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