The Lasting Bible
We believe many sincere Christians have been misled into believing a lie, that hell supposedly will never end. This is a slander against Christ. He said “Behold, I am making all things new” (Rev 21:5). Does “all things” include hell? Jesus earlier had said that people will suffer proportionally—according to their works—some with “many” stripes and some with “few” (Lk 12:47-48). He also said the “soul” of the unbeliever can be destroyed (Mt 10:28). Nevertheless, many sincere Christians have embraced the false-Greek notion that the “soul” somehow is naturally “immortal”—can never be destroyed. Should Christians believe Plato or Jesus? Unbelievers will eventually, after suffering for sin, cease being.
A new translation has come out, THE LASTING BIBLE (TLB). It correctly translates two Bible words that have been mistranslated. Habakkuk 3:6, for example, says “He stood and shook the earth. He looked and made the nations tremble. The lasting (olam) mountains were crumbled. The age-old hills collapsed. His ways are lasting (olam).” The same Hebrew word is used both for long-time past and long-time future, and “lasting” is the English equivalent. To say God’s ways are lasting is no insult to God; in fact, it is honoring Him by correctly translating His Word. The ESV mistranslates both with “everlasting” (adding “ever” to lasting), but the “mountains” all had a “beginning”—do not go back “everlastingly” into the past. There are 439 olams in the OT. The NT equivalent is aionios, and it also means lasting. If you would like to see TLB, it’s available free on CR Ministries. Just click the button below to download it free.