An Inquiry On The Heresy of Annihilationism
Messrs. Editors, Will you be kind enough to insert the following queries in your next periodical.
1st. Was the soul of Adam in his first created state mortal or immortal?
Most certainly immortal.
2nd. Did his soul die and become annihilated when he departed this life?
Who but an infidel could ask such a question?
An immortal soul cannot die, or be-annihilated.
3rd. Did the human soul of our Lord Jesus Christ die when he gave up the ghost, and so become annihilated, or not?
What a question to ask!
Did not the Lord Jesus himself say to the penitent thief, “This day shalt thou be with me in Paradise”?
What is this “me”?
Not Christ’s Deity, for that is present everywhere; nor his body, which was on the cross or in the sepulchre; but his soul, that human soul of which he himself said, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death;” (Matt. xxvi. 3;) and the travail of which it was promised he should see and be satisfied. (Isa. ciii. 4.)
4th. Are both the bodies and souls of the wicked to be finally destroyed and become annihilated, or not?
The Lord’s own words decide this point beyond all doubt or controversy: “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous in to life eternal.”
The fire and the punishment are as everlasting as the life and the happiness.
5th. Are the wicked, the devils, and hell to be finally destroyed and annihilated or not?
This question is sufficiently answered by the preceding.
Yours for the truth’s sake,
J.C. Philpot (Gospel Standard Editor 1855)
We are fairly ashamed of inserting and answering such Inquiries; but we have done so very much to give our readers a specimen of what questions are sometimes submitted to us for answer. Perhaps the next Inquiry will be whether the Bible is the word of God, or whether there be a God at all.