It is simply not true that annihilationism is giving up on hell.The question is what is the nature of hell? Is it a picture of everlasting destruction or of everlasting torment? Is God a God of love and justice and is it just to torment someone for eternity for sins committed over a finite period of time?
God’s final victory – Will God ever be able to rid the universe of sin and evil or will there always be some corner of the universe (Hell) where sin and evil exists in rebellion against God’s ultimate will?
I believe Scripture puts forth Salvation as the offer of “life” or “death”. We mortal creatures of dust have sinned. The wages of sin is death. Death effects the whole person. We die body and soul, not just body. Christ by his death paid the penalty for our sin. Now even if we die before Jesus comes God will make us alive as whole persons. We will be given the gift of life in immortality when Jesus comes again. Then we will live forever in the Kingdom of God. The wicked will be judged only when Jesus comes again. Hell will be a place of everlasting destruction for the unrepentant wicked. God is a God of love and justice and will not torment someone for eternity for sins committed over a finite period of time. Ultimately God’s victory will be complete. There will not be some corner of the universe (Hell) where sin and evil exists in rebellion against God’s ultimate will. Eventually God will be all in all.