Reflections Regarding Calvinism and Theological Disagreement “Let’s look at the two doctrines causing all the fuss. The first is called conditional immortality. Under this view, Hell is not a place of eternal, enduring torment for humans. Instead, at some point in the judgment process, human souls of those who are not God’s children are annihilated. This view has been held for many years by those in some parts of the church and is not novel. In fact, when placed under the glare of theological scrutiny, the Biblical case upholding conditional immortality passes muster among the experts. Nevertheless, this teaching runs counter to traditional mainstream church teaching that predates the Reformation and scholars like Beckwith were unhappy to give ground on it. Despite this, under the “sola scriptura” rules of Protestant Biblical interpretation, tradition is not enough.”
http://www.theologyweb.com/campus/showthread.php?t=138122 Forum discussion at Theology Web Campus on conditional immortality
http://ddflowers.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/hell-eternal-torture/ An article exploring Hell: Eternal Torture?
http://www.churchrequel.com/church_requel/2010/03/are-human-beings-immortal.html Are Human Beings Immortal? The author does not come to Conditional Immortality conclusions but makes some good points. I quote “Now then, when one speaks of eternal life with God, one must also consider the flip side – eternal punishment. Does eternal punishment require immortality? The quick and easy answer is “no,” because one could interpret such “eternal” punishment not as an never-ending torment, but rather as a final, once-for-all-time, no-further-choice-to-made punishment. The logical problem with such a solution is that if one applies this meaning to “eternal” on the punishment side of the equation, does not one then also have to be consistent and apply the same meaning on the blissful side? Such a logic trap should not become a permanent snare. Those who argue from the Biblical viewpoint alone, and not mixed with the Platonic presumption, anchor their understanding of immortality to God, and His election and His gift.”
http://www.lampstandstudy.com/forum/theology/7647-eternal-torment-annihilation-what-happens-wicked.html Discussion on Hell at the Lamp stand and Study forums