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Do Adventists Believe In Hell? A Full Answer

Adventists do not believe in an everlasting hell. They believe that death is similar to a sleep and hell is but an instant at the end of the world. Hell is not torture for all eternity. 

Do Adventists believe in heaven?

To understand what Adventists believe about heaven, let us take a step back to the history of this church. It originates from the teachings of an American preacher, William Miller, who lived between 1782 and 1849. Miller taught that the second coming of Christ, advent,’ was about to happen in 1844. However, Jesus did not appear as Miller had promised. This was dubbed, the great disappointment,’ which resulted in many of his followers leaving his movement.

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After miller, there came Ellen G White, who lived between 1827 and 1915. She taught that in reality, Jesus had returned, not on earth, but to the most holy place of the heavenly temple.’ She taught that Jesus had started to cleanse the heavenly temple, and once done, he would come to cleanse the earth. Ellen G white also taught that Sabbath should be held on Saturday, not Sunday, another differentiation of Adventism.


What does the word “forever” mean?

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In Jonah, it says that “and that the bars of the earth closed about Jonah.” Adventists argue that in its usage of the word forever,’ the bible talks about the time with an indefinite duration but eventually will have an end.

The idea of hell, or rather burning forever, is a lie engineered to scare people to attend church and that the enemy that is the devil loves giving false teachings about God.

Why Adventists don’t believe hell.

According to any Christians, they believe that sinners will be punished in a lake of fire forever. Most believe that all sinners will be punished the same way regardless of the nature of their sins and how often they commit the sins.

On the contrary, Adventists believe that the lake of fire will not be perpetual. They believe that the punishment will come to an end and that sinners will be punished out of existence. 

Adventists believe that at the end of the millennium, Christ and the holy city will come from heaven to earth. The saved will live forever on the renewed earth, where God will be with his people. 

The sinners will be destroyed by fire, and be done away with. They WILL NOT BURN ETERNALLY

The book of Matthew, 13:49 says, “So shall it be at the end of this world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” this text shows that hell will not last for long.

Also,  john 3:16 states that God loves us. Adventists argue that believers will live eternally and sinners will perish and be “dead” forever. 

The book of Malachi states that sinners will only burn until there is nothing left to burn. 

On the contrary, Revelation 14:11 states that the wicked shall burn eternally. To counter this, Adventists use the book of Samuel, where it talks about “the prophet Samuel abiding before the lord in the sanctuary forever. 

What is Heaven and Hell? 

Adventists believe that sinners don’t go to heaven immediately; they die. They think that once people die, they remain unconscious until the return of Christ in judgment. They believe that heaven will only happen after a millennium that is a thousand years of the reign of Christ where those who died righteously will be resurrected and take to heaven.

If you read Luke 23:43, where Jesus said to the thief who was crucified along with him, “today you will be with me in paradise.” And for Christians, they believe that heaven and hell are rewarded as deserved, by the way, we live. They believe that heaven is a reward for those who live righteous lives hell is a punishment for immorality. They believe that heaven is a place where righteous people experience the sheer bliss of union with God and fellow virtuous human beings. 

Hell is where people experience a great deal of alienation and estrangement from God.