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Reply Topic: Re: Heb 9:27 and the second death
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[quote="Singalphile" post=5267]That's interesting, timsimmk (in the original post). I would say the following: 1. [b]It's a generalization.[/b] Not everyone has died once (Enoch, Elijah, it seems), a few died more than once (Lazarus, Jairus' daughter, presumably, at least), many people will not die (believers alive at Christ's coming), and many people will die twice (the second death). But, in general, it is "laid up" for [i]every[/i] human to die once. It is [i]not[/i] laid up for every human to die twice. The second death is highly conditional (if name not written in book of life). 2. [b]Everyone acknowledges two distinct, different deaths.[/b] The death in Hebrews 9:27 is certainly different than the second death of Rev. One might say that the spirit/soul is not destroyed until the second death, or one might point out that only the second death is eternal (and conditional). The interpretation that one is "physical death" and one is "spiritual death" doesn't resolve the alleged objection or contraction more than any other interpretation. 3. [b]The passage isn't about "hell".[/b] The appointed death that the author of Hebrews has in mind is the death with which everyone is familiar. There's no clear application to anything beyond that. The conditional second death, after the judgment, was not necessarily in the author's mind at all. Taking that sentence fragment out of context like that is, I think, a good example of proof-texting. 4. [b]Hebrews describes the judgment in terms more agreeable with CI/annih.[/b] When the author of Hebrews does get around to discussing judgment (ch. 10), he speaks of "a fire that will consume the adversaries", and a "severer punishment [than the one] who dies without mercy", and of those "who shrink back to destruction [rather than] the preserving of the soul." ([url=https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+10%3A26-39&version=NASB]Heb 10:26-39[/url])[/quote]
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