Fact a Day: July 13th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: July 13th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 33

 

What is the cultic view of death?

 

We use the term “cultic” descriptively, rather than pejoratively, to refer to those groups that claim a large degree of allegiance to the Bible and yet simultaneously deny its basic teachings. Also, there may be considerable overlap between the cults’ teachings on death and the occult philosophy of death.

In general, when we describe the cultic view of death, we are referring specifically to three unbiblical but often related teachings concerning death and the afterlife:

1) Universalism assumes that all men have immortal souls and all will be saved.

2) Annihilationism assumes the immortality of the soul, but teaches that God will forever annihilate all who are not saved—their immortality will be taken from them at judgment.

3) Conditional immortality assumes the soul of man is not immortal, and therefore those not saved are simply never resurrected to eternal life. Nothing is taken from them or added to them; they merely cease to exist.

None of these views are biblical, and yet they are not only characteristic teachings in the world of the cults and to some degree the occult, but they are also increasingly found in the Church as well. What these views have in common is their denial of the biblical teaching on an eternal hell. Like NDErs, people who accept these doctrines have no fear of eternal punishment after death.

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