We will condense some objections into the power point, however it is impossible to fit all the scripture and lessons in one PowerPoint
Objections to patristic universalism part two 'unquenchable'
Then they will go forth and look On the corpses of the men Who have transgressed
against Me. For their worm will not die And their fire will not be quenched; And they will
be an abhorrence to all mankind.
THE HELL PASSAGES
If there are so many passages that seem to teach
an eternal hell, how can you believe in
“Unquenchable” in Scripture often indicates the
fire’s immunity from human efforts to extinguish
it. For example, if my house were fully engulfed
in flames, I might try to put it out with a garden
hose and one could certainly say the fire for me
was “unquenchable.” But that doesn’t hold true
for the local fire department. In the same way,
God’s purifying fire is “unquenchable” for us
because we can’t extinguish it; but this does not
mean God is powerless to extinguish it (i.e. after
it’s served its purpose).
As an example that "unquenchable" does
not necessarily mean eternal we only need
look to the book of Jeremiah.
In Jeremiah Chapter 7 we read:
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD,
‘Behold, My anger and My wrath will be
poured out on this place, on man and on
beast and on the trees of the field and on
the fruit of the ground; and it will burn and
not be quenched.’
(Jer 7:20 - NASB)
DOES UNQUENCHABLE MEAN NO END?
JUDGMENT FOLLOWED BY RESTORATION
So even though phrases like “unquenchable fire”
seem on the surface to teach something that
never ends, when we interpret scripture with
scripture we find that it means no such thing.
Jerusalem was said to be part of this
“unquenchable fire” and yet we read in Jer 31 of
its restoration. The key is to read the whole
story and not stop at judgment. This is a theme
we’ve encountered over and over
again…judgment followed by restoration.
WHAT DOES GRACE LOOK LIKE?
•(Jer 23:20); that “the Lord
will not reject forever” (Lam
3:31); that we are to forgive
as many times as we are
wronged (Matt 18:22; Lk
17:4); that we are to love
our enemies and do good to
those who hate us (Lk
6:27); that God punishes as
a father to a son (Heb
12:7); and that He
disciplines us for “our
good” (Heb 12:10).