Eternal Punishment (Matthew 25:46) Is NOT Found In The Greek New Testament

By Tony Nungessor and Gary Amirault

The entire concept of eternal or everlasting punishment hinges primarily
on a single verse of Scripture–Matthew 25:46. This is the only
place in the entire Bible where we find these two words together
AND only in some Bibles. There are over a dozen English translations
which do NOT contain the concept of “eternal punishment” on ANY
of their pages, NOR the pagan concept of Hell.

The
Greek form for “everlasting punishment” in Matthew 25:46 is “kolasin
aionion.” Kolasin is a noun in the accusative form, singular voice,
feminine gender and means “punishment, chastening, correction,
to cut-off as in pruning a tree to bare more fruit.” “Aionion”
is the adjective form of “aion,” in the singular form and means
“pertaining to an eon or age, an indeterminate period of time.”
(Note: the two words in many, not all translations become reversed
when bringing the Greek into English, that is, “kolasin aionion”
literally punishment everlasting is reversed to everlasting punishment
so as to make better sense in English.)

“Aionion,”
as shown above, is the singular form of the adjective of the Greek
noun “aion.” Many people unfamiliar with the Greek do not realize
that the endings of the same word change (inflection) to indicate
its mood, case, gender, etc. Therefore, “aionion” may appear with
different endings. “Aionion, aioniou, aionios,” for example, are
all different inflections of the adjective form of the noun “aion.”

The
noun “aion” in Greek literature has always meant “an indeterminate
period of time. It could be as short as the time Jonah spent in
the belly of a fish (three days or nights), the length of a man’s
life, or as long as an age.

The
Bible speaks of at least 5 “aions” and perhaps many more. If there
were “aions” in the past. This must mean that each one of them
have ended for they are now past! The New Testament writers spoke
of “the present wicked aion” which ended during that very generation.
Obviously, it was followed by another “aion”– the “aion” in which
we presently live. If there are “aions” to come, it must mean
that this one we live in will also end.

There is a verse which says “the consummation of the aions” proving
that each “aion” ends. So how can they be eternal?

There is “the coming eon” (Matt.10:30, Luke 18:30

There is “the present wicked eon” (Gal.1:4)

There is “the oncoming eons (future)(Eph.2:7)

There is “the conclusion of the eon (present) (Mt.13:39,40)

There is “the secret concealed from the eons (past) (Eph.3:9)

Plainly, the Greek word “aion” transliterated “eon” cannot mean “eternal.”
A study into the Greek of the Biblical period and before will
bear this out.

“Aionion” is the adjective of the noun “aion.”

Since grammar rules mandate an adjective CANNOT take on a greater force
than its noun form, it is evident that “aionion” in any of its
adjective forms (ios, ou, on) CANNOT possible mean “everlasting”
or anything remotely indicating eternity or unending time.

For example, “hourly” cannot mean “pertaining to days, weeks, months,
or years. The word MUST mean “pertaining to an hour.” Therefore,
“aionion,” the adjective form of the noun “aion” which clearly
means a period of indeterminate TIME, CANNOT mean, “forever and
ever, eternal, everlasting, eternity, etc.” or other words which
connote timelessness or unending ages.

Therefore, those many Bibles which do NOT contain the teaching of everlasting
punishment or Hell are true to the original languages of Greek
and Hebrew. Those which teach everlasting punishment or Hell are
false. Scholars are just as easily subjected to the “traditions
of the elders” as the rest of us. It’s time to let the original
Greek and Hebrew languages of the Bible break down the traditions
of men. For a list of the many English translations of the Bible
that do NOT contain these pagan concepts and for an article explaining
why the punishment in Matthew 25:46 does NOT have to be the same
length as the life spoken of in that verse,  search for:
Matthew 25:46 Commentary and No-Hell Bibles

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