4. A False View of Death and Judgment

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:”

(Genesis 3:4)

(See also: Romans 5:12; 6:23; Hebrews 9:27; Acts 17:31-32; Revelation 21:8)


God said that if Adam and Eve ate off the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the punishment for their sin would be death. Satan doesn’t want lost people to fear death or a coming judgment.

Examples of this False View:

7TH-DAY ADVENTISTS

Annihilation of the wicked. Soul sleep - (No conscious existence from death until resurrection).


NEW AGE

Reincarnation. No eternal life as a resurrected person. No literal heaven or hell.


MORMONS

Eventually nearly everyone goes to one of the three levels of Heaven. Apostates and murderers go to “outer darkness.”


JW’s

The 144,000 live as spirits in heaven. The rest of the righteous, “the great crowd,” live on earth, and must obey God perfectly for 1,000 years or be annihilated. Hell is the “grave” - “ a place of Rest in Hope” (Let God Be True ).


MOONIES

After death one goes to the spirit world. There is no resurrection. Advance by convincing people to follow Sun Myung Moon. Everyone will be saved, even Satan.


CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS

Heaven and hell are in one’s mind. The way to reach heaven is by attaining harmony (oneness with God). Jesus did not die. Sickness and disease all in the mind. Death is an illusion.


UNITY School of Christianity

Death is a result of wrong thinking. One moves to a different body (reincarnation) until enlightenment. No literal heaven or hell.


SCIENTOLOGY

Hell is a myth. People who get clear of engrams become operating thetans.


ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Purgatory - a place where they can pay for the rest of their sins and then enter heaven.