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[quote="jeremiah" post=5125][quote="Andrew32" post=4573] Also do you happen to know the verse in Hebrews which speaks of aionian judgment of Christians? A simple google search doesn't turn it up easily... I'll look more if you don't happen to know.[/quote] This is simply a reference to Hebrews 6:2, it is only assumed by the reader that when the author says, "...of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgement...," that the judgement is solely referring to the wicked. But we should know better than to do that, for we shall all appear before the judgement seat of Christ. I'm not sure if Sherman was alluding to this but I would like to point out the massive import this should have for how the NT writers understood and used the Aion word group. Since Christians will be subject to 'eternal' judgement just as the wicked, then it can more readily be seen why many UR advocates are not bothered in affirming eternal punishment, eternal destruction, and so on. While 'eternal' is a Latin derivative of words which certainly meant unending duration. In the bible, eternal is simply an English word translating a Greek one which certainly doesn't denote unending duration. This is not by itself some battering ram to any view of hell. I do believe it is a substantial chink in the armor of both ECT and CI though, and it was one of the things that propelled me to look further as a conditionalist. Whether the Apokatastasis ends in the restoration of all sinners by Jesus or the capital punishment of all who would not receive his love (I believe its the former) I hope we can as his church regain the ability she once had to speak of these things without suspicion of malice.[/quote]
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