“You invalidate the word of God for the sake of your
tradition.”(Mt. 15:6 NAS; Mt. 15:3,9)
• Augustinian tradition of everlasting punishment .
• The tradition that an all-knowing, all-loving, and all-
powerful God, would create a world where the majority
of His human creatures are destined to suffer for all
eternity is incomprehensible.
• “These people draw near with their mouths and honour
Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far
from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the
commandment of men.” (Is. 29:13)
• “Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?”
• Test all things; hold fast what is good. (Th. 5:21).
• Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right. (Lu.
12:57)? (Mt. 15:3, 6, 9).
• Comparing Scripture with Scripture based on the
original Greek and Hebrew words. ―Ye do err, not
knowing the Scriptures…(Mt. 22:29 KJV, Act. 17:11,
2Co. 3:5, 6, 2Ti. 2:15 )
• Pray for understanding.
• Trust Scripture to interpret Scripture, not man.
• Base your beliefs on the total forest of Scripture.
• Put aside (1Th. 5:21; Lu. 12:57).
• Remember that the ancient eastern custom was to
use language in the most vivid possible way. 3
• The first pillar we will examine is the Greek word, aion.
It is mostly translated ―eternal,―everlasting, and
forever in the King James Version. However, some
translations read age-abiding, age- during, or eon, as
• Robert Young, author of the highly respected Young‘s
Analytical Concordance, in his literal translation of the
Bible, always translates it age‘ and never once as
everlasting,‘ or eternal.
• Old testament olam is translated in Greek aion.
• Jon. 1:17; 2:6,Ez. 16:53-55; Ju. 7,De. 23:3, Ge. 49:26;
De. 33:15; Is. 40:4; 2Pe. 3:10; Hab. 3:6; Hab. 3:6
Jonah was in the fish forever [olam]. But only until he
left three days later (Jon. 1:17; 2:6).
Sodom‘s fiery judgment is eternal [olam]. But only until
God returns them to their former state (Ez. 16:53-55; Ju.
A Moabite is forbidden to enter the Lord‘s congregation
forever [olam]. But only until the 10th generation. (De.
Hills are everlasting [olam]. But only until made low
and the earth is burned up (Ge. 49:26; De. 33:15; Is.
40:4; 2Pe. 3:10).
Mountains are everlasting [olam]. But only until they
are scattered (Hab. 3:6).
A slave serves his master forever [olam]. But only until
death ends his servitude (Ex. 21:6).
The Mosaic covenant is everlasting [olam]. But only
until it vanishes away (Le. 24:8; He. 8:7-13).
The Aaronic priesthood is everlasting [olam]. But only
until the likeness of Melchizedek arises (Ex. 40:15; Nu.
25:13; He. 7:14-22).
These ―stones are to be a memorial forever [olam].
Where are they now (Jos. 4:7)?
The leprosy of Naaman shall cling forever [olam]. But
only until his death, of course (2K. 5:27).
God dwells in Solomon‘s temple forever [olam]. But only
until it is destroyed (2Ch. 7:16; 1K 8:13; 9:3).
Animal sacrifices were to be offered forever [olam]. But
only until ended by the work of Christ (2Ch. 2:4; He.
Circumcision was an everlasting [olam] covenant. But
only until the new covenant (Ge. 17:9-13; 1Co. 7:19; Ga.
Israel‘s judgment lasts forever [olam]. But only until
the Spirit is poured out and God restores it (Is. 32:13-
I will make you an eternal [olam] excellence. But only
until many generations (Is. 60:15).
Numerous passages referring to olam show it is
not “never-ending Also, forever and ever is not an
accurate translation. 7