Dabney Systematic Theology

Dabney, R.L. – Systematic Theology

Dabney was a Baptist, and this work is his Systematic Theology. Dabney was also Calvinistic.

Dabney Systematic Theology, Dabney was a Baptist, and this work is his Systematic Theology of the Christian Doctrines. Dabney was also Calvinistic.

Systematic Theology

by R.L. Dabney

Dabney was a Baptist, and this work is his Systematic Theology. Dabney was also Calvinistic.

Summary of Dabney Systematic Theology

In this 63 chapter work by Dabney (Presbyterian), he presents us with 6 sections of Doctrine. 1. Defending the faith, with things about God, divine attributes, evolution, immortality, free agency and the will, arminian theory of redemption. Section 2 is about the divinity of Christ, the Trinity, creation, predestination, angels, calling, justification, repentance, Sanctification, Perseverance, etc. The Third section is about the condition of Man. The four section is God’s Law, followed by God’s relationship with his people, and Christ, Man’s hope. Then comes the practices of the church, life after death for believers, and the church as the final section.

Table of Contents of Dabney Systematic Theology

Note To The Reader
Preface to the Second Edition
Dabney Systematic Theology

Section One—Defending the Faith

Chapter 1: The Existence of God
What is Theology? Its Divisions. Is Natural Theology a Science? Two Arguments for God’s Existence. Argument of S. Clarke, of J. Howe, of Breckinridge. Teleological Argument. Teleological Argument applied in instances. Ethical Argument Consensus Popularum Universe a Singular effect. Atheistic theory of Infinite Series. Pantheism. [Lectures 1 & 2]

Chapter 2: Evolution
Theory stated. Tendency Atheistic. Theory not proved. Does not weaken Teleological Argument. [Lecture 3] Chapter 3: Divine Attributes of God
How many does Reason infer? Eternity. Unity. Spirituality. Simplicity. Immensity. Infinitude. Immutability. Reason infers also Omnipotence, Omniscience, Rectitude, Goodness. Optimism. Man’s Duties to God. [Lectures 4 & 5] Chapter 4: Materialism
Attempted Use of Doctrine of “Correlation of Forces.” Theory of Physical Basis of Life. Connection between Materialism and Atheism. Moral Results of the latter. [Lecture 6] Chapter 5: Immortality of the Soul and Defects of Natural Religion
Testimony of Consciousness, of Reason, of Conscience, of Natural Theology. Natural Analogies for Pardon doubtful. Natural Theology Deficient for Warrant and Guarantee. Necessity of a Revelation. [Lecture 7] Chapter 6: Sources of Our Thinking
Important Theological Question of Innate Ideas. Primitive Ideas must be Granted. Metaphysical Skepticism. Tests of a Primary Truth. Axioms are Such. Spirituality, Identity, Reality of the Objective, Cause for every Effect are Intuitively seen. Belief not Derived from Association, or Experience. True Doctrine of Causation. The Final Cause. All Judgments Intuitive and Necessary, if Valid. Origin of our Moral Judgments. Selfish System of Hobbes. Utilitarian Ethics. Selfish System of Paley. Sentimental Theory of Dr. A. Smith. Ethical Theories. True Theory of Moral Distinction and Obligation. Moral Judgments are Rational. The Moral Emotion. Schemes of Hutcheson, Jouffroy and Brown. Supremacy and Authority of Conscience. Essentials to Moral Responsibility. [Lectures 8 & 9 & 10] Chapter 7: Free Agency and the Will
Man’s Free Agency denied by Theological Fatalists and Sensualistic Necessitarians. Freedom and Necessity defied. Theory of Indifferency of the Will Theory of Certainty, and Efficiency of Motives. Motives Defined. True Doctrine Sustained and Objections Answered. [Lecture 11] Chapter 8: Responsibility and Province of Reason
Moral Character of Dispositions and Desires. Responsibility for Beliefs. Province of Reason in Revealed Theology of Protestant System. Rationalism. Prelatic System. [Lecture 12] Chapter 9: Arminian Theory of Redemption—Part 1
Five Points of the Remonstrants. Wesleyan View of Original Sin. Doctrine of Common Sufficient Grace Refuted. Grace in Regeneration Invincible. The Soul Passive in its Quickening. No Salvation for the Heathen without Scripture Instrumentality. [Lecture 48] Chapter 10: Arminian Theory of Redemption—Part 2
Conditional Decrees Implied in Synergism. The Result Conditioned and not the Decree. Argument of True Nature of the Will Stated, Calvinistic View Agreeable, Arminian Inconsistent thereto. Motive and Disposition Defined. Free–Agency of the Natural Will, though decisively Determined to Carnality. Inability does not Supersede Responsibility. Regeneration Perfects Free–Agency. Hence Responsibility in both States. [Lecture 49] Chapter 11: Faith
Kinds of Faith. Temporary and Saving, Different. Christ the Special Object of Saving Faith. Implicit or Intelligent? View of Romanists refuted, of Protestants sustained. Elements in Saving Faith. Sin of Unbelief. Historical Faith Distinguished. Faith the Fruit of Regeneration Objections and Answers. Fides Formata of Rome, Distinction. Assurance ’,’ of faith Distinguished. The Suitable Organ of Justification. [Lecture 50] Dabney Systematic Theology

Section Two—Basic Doctrines of the Faith

Chapter 12: Revealed Theology: God and His Attributes
Names and Titles applied to God. God’s Attributes, Defined, Classified. Scriptural evidences of God’s Unity, Spirituality, Simplicity, Immensity, Eternity and Immutability. Scriptural account of Knowledge and Wisdom. Meaning of His Simple, His Free, and His Mediate Knowledge. Free Knowledge of the Future Acts of Free Agents. Scriptural Evidence of His Will and Power. Omnipotent over Free Agents. Distinction between Decretive and Preceptive Will. Antecedent and Consequent Will. His Will Absolute. Is God’s Will the sole source of Moral Distinctions God’s Moral Attributes. Absolute and Relative, Distributive and Punitive Justice Defined and Proved from Scripture. God’s goodness. Its Relations to His Love, His Grace and His Mercy. Scriptural Proofs. Truth and Faithfulness Defined and Established. God’s Holiness. Defined and Proved. God’s Infinitude. Proofs. [Lectures 13 & 14 & 15] Chapter 13: The Trinity
The Terms, Trinity, Essence, Substance, Subsistence, Person, Derived and Defined. Three Tendencies of Opinion on Trinity; the Patripassian, Sabellian and Arian Schemes Stated and Refuted. Orthodox Doctrine of the Trinity Stated and Defended. Rationalistic Explanations of the Greek Scholastics, of Thomas Aquinas. Proof of Trinity from Revelation. [Lecture 16] Chapter 14: The Divinity of Christ
Argued from His Pre-existence. In the Old Test. Theophanies, and Angel of the Covenant. Augustine’s Difficulty answered. Divine Names, Attributes, Works and Worship given to Christ. [Lecture 17] Chapter 15: The Divinity of the Holy Spirit and of the Son
History of the Doctrine of Holy Spirit. The Orthodox Doctrine. Personality of the Holy Spirit, and the Divinity of the Holy Spirit argued from Scripture. Objections answered. Controversy on the Procession of Holy Spirit examined. Divinity of second and third Persons proved by offices in Redemption. [Lecture 18] Chapter 16: Personal Distinctions in the Trinity
Son’s Generation and Filiation; Orthodox, Arian, and Socinian Views of. Ante–Nicene Greek Speculations on. Eternal Generation Proved. Procession of Holy Spirit. [Lecture 19] Chapter 17: The Decrees of God
His Acts Classified. Decree Proved by God’s Intelligence, His Power. Different from Fate. Distinction between permissive and efficacious. Properties of the Decree, Unity, Eternity, Universality (including creatures’ acts), Efficiency Unconditionality, Freedom and Wisdom. Objections answered. [Lecture 20] Chapter 18: Predestination
Definition. Proposition, a Definite Election of Individual Men to Salvation, Proved, from Decree from Original Sin, from Scripture Testimonies by Providence Evasions Considered. Predestination Eternal, Efficacious, unchangeable, etc. Objections. Predestination of Angels, Different from that of Man. Schemes of the Sublapsarian and Supralapsarian Examined. Hypothetic Scheme Examined. Arminian Scheme Stated and Refuted. God’s Decree of reterition. Its Grounds. Proved. Predestination Consistent with Justice with Holiness, and with Benevolence of God. Practical Effects of the Doctrine. [Lectures 21 & 22] Chapter 19: Creation
Terms Defined. Creation out of Nothing. The Atomic, Pantheistic and Platonic Schemes Refuted. Proofs from Scripture, from Reason, and Objections to the Eternity of the Universe and Matter. No Creature can be Enabled to Create. The Creative Week. Theories of Modern Geologists concerning the Age of the Earth. Their Grounds and modes of Reconciling them with Mosaic History. [Lecture 23] Dabney Systematic Theology

Works on Creation or Evolution

Works mentioning Creation or Evolution

Chapter 20: Angels
Existence and Personality of Angels. Their Qualities. Their First Estate Probation and Issue thereof. Offices of the Good Angels. Personality and Headship of Satan. Powers of Bad Angels. Witchcraft. Demoniacal Possessions. Temptations. Personal Christian Duties Resulting. [Lecture 24] Chapter 21: Providence
Definitions. Theory of Epicurean, of General Providence. Of Pantheist. Concern of Providence in Phys. Causes and Laws. A Special argued from a General Providence. Doctrine Proved, from God’s Perfections, Man’s Moral Intuitions Course of Nature and Human History, Dependence of Creatures, from Scriptures. Objections Answered. Relation of Providence to Rational Acts of Free Agents. God’s Agency in Man’s Spiritual Acts; in Man’s Sins. Doctrine of an Immediate Concursus. The True Doctrine Sustained. [Lecture 25] Chapter 22: Effectual Calling
Application of Redemption by Holy Spirit. Sin Necessitates the Call. Common and Effectual Calling. Designs of God in Common Call; His Sincerity therein. Scripture Argument Objections considered. Agent and Instrument of Regeneration. Pelagian and Semi–Pelagian View of Regeneration. Correct View Sustained. Is the Operation of the Spirit Mediate? Dick’s View. Definition of Doctrine. Argument. How Moral Opinions Arise. [Lectures 46.& 47] Chapter 23: Justification
Importance of correct views of the doctrine. Scripture idea of. Roman Catholic view Justification not by inherent grace and its works. Both pardon and adoption. Both Christ’s active and passive obedience is the ground of it. What is adoption? Works cannot justify. James reconciled to Paul. Christ’s work was not to lower the Law. Faith not our Imputed Righteousness. But Justification only on account of Christ’s merit. Imputation. Justification an Act. How related to the Judgment Day? Faith only instrument of Justification. How related to Sanctification? To good works? Antinomian result rejected. [Lectures 52 & 53 & 54] Chapter 24: Repentance
Repentance of two kinds. Legal and Evangelical Repentance. Author of True Repentance. It follows new birth. How related to Faith. Yet no Satisfaction for Guilt. Fruits meet for Repentance. [Lecture 55] Chapter 25: Sanctification and Good Works
Sanctification Defined. How related to New Birth and Justification. Agent and Means. Never Perfect in this life. Wesleyan view. Sanctification is of the whole man: and progressive. Evangelical good work what? Merit what? Congruous and Condign. None in Believer’s works. Nor Natural Man’s. Concilia Perfectionis rejected. Supererogation refuted. Standards of Sanctification. Value of Christ’s Example. [Lectures 56 & 57] Chapter 26: Perseverance of the Saints
Differing views of. Perseverance Defined and Proved. Objections to reconciled. Tendency of the Doctrine. [Lecture 58] Chapter 27: Assurance of Grace and Salvation
Distinguished by Confession from Faith. Doctrine of Rome, and of first Reformers, touching. Not of the Essence of Saving Faith. The Grace attainable. Means: Self–examination, asserted. Objections: as, e. g., Fostering carnal security. The Witness. [Lecture 59] Dabney Systematic Theology

Section Three—The Condition of Man

Chapter 28: Man’s Estate of Holiness and the Covenant of Works
Man’s Origin. Man’s Person, Body and Spirit. In the “Image of God.” Man’s Original Righteousness. Concreated. Views of Pelagians and Socinians, and of Romanists Refuted. The True View Established. Natural Relation of Man to God’s Will. Covenant of Works, Proof of its Institution and Extent to Posterity. The Condition and Seal of the Covenant. Probation Temporary. [Lecture 26] Chapter 29: The Fall and Original Sin
Sin and Guilt Defined. Adam’s First Sin. Effects of Sin in Adam. The Tempter. Sentence on Him. Effects of Adam’s Fall on His Posterity, According to Pelagian; Lower Arminian; Wesleyan; and Calvinistic Theory. Origin of Souls. History of Opinions. Args. of Traducianists and Creationists examined. Defined. Depravity Total. Its Existence in the Race proved, from Experience; from Scripture. Imputation of the Guilt to Posterity, Defined and Proved. Objections to Args. for Native Depravity Considered. Objections to Imputation, from Scriptures; from Absence of consent to Adam’s Representation; from its Supposed Injustice from God’s Goodness, Answered. Theories of Mediate and Immediate Imputation Examined and Correct View Sustained. Importance of the Doctrine from its Connection with other Doctrines of Redemption. [Lectures 27 & 28 & 19] Dabney Systematic Theology

Section Four—God’s Law

Chapter 30: The Decalogue, or Ten Commandments
Definitions. Moral Distinction Intrinsic and Eternal. Of Moral Obligation. Uses of Law under the Covenant of Grace. Origin and Divisions. Rules of Interpretation. The Law Perfect. [Lecture 30] Chapter 31: The First Table of the Law—Commandments 1-4
Scope of the 1st Commandment. Roman Catholic Idolatry. Args. against Saint, Angel and Relic Worship. Scope of 2nd Commandment. Image Worship. Excuses of Rome Examined. Scope of 3rd Commandment. Lawful Oaths and Vows. Diversity in the Observance. Opinion of Papists, Lutherans, Socinians the Anglican Church, Calvin, and the Arminians each Examined. True Doctrine Westminster Assembly. Sabbath Command Moral and Perpetual, Proved by Decalogue, by Tradition. New Test. Argument Anti–Sabbatarian View. The Lord’s Day the Christian Sabbath. Practical Argument [Lectures 31 & 32] Chapter 32: The Second Table of the Law—Commandments 5-10
Scope of 5th Commandment. Parents represent all Superiors. Extent of the Promise. Scope of 6th Commandment. Animal Life, Capital Punishment, Defensive War, Moral Character of Dueling. Scope of 7th Commandment. Adultery and its Punishment. Divorce. Polygamy. Limits of Consanguinity. Celibacy. Scope of 8th Commandment. Origin of Right of Private Property. Usury. Buying and Selling under the Law of Charity. Scope of 9th Commandment. Grounds of Duty of Veracity. Its practical importance. Evil Speaking. Are all Deceptions Lies? Scope of 10th Commandment. Roman Catholic Division of it. The Decalogue only from God. What does every Sin deserve? [Lectures 33 & 34 & 35] Dabney Systematic Theology

Section Five—God’s Relationship with His People

Chapter 33: The Covenant of Grace
God’s Remedy. Terms defined. Covenant of Redemption, Proof of. How related to the Covenant of Grace. The Original Parties to the Covenant. Motives of God to the Covenant. Conditions Pledged, by Christ, by the Father. Instrumental Condition required of Men. Faith the only condition. One in all Ages. Opinion of Socinians, of Anabaptists, of Remonstrants thereon. Two Dispensations, why? The Gospel Preached to Adam. The Development of Grace. A Mediator. Sacrificial Types. Additional Revelations to Patriarchs, Eternal Life Promised. Covenant of Sinai, not a Covenant of Works. True Nature of this Covenant. Difference of Old Dispensation from New. No Limbus Patrum. Old Testament Saints Redeemed at Death. [Lectures 36 & 37 & 38] Chapter 34: Mediator of the Covenant of Grace
Mediator what? Why Needed in the Covenant of Grace. Jesus the Mediator of Old Testament. Hypostatic Union, Views of Gnostics, Eutychians, Nestorians and Orthodox thereon; the Ground of Efficacy of Christ’s Work. Impeccability of Christ. Does Christ Mediate in both Natures? Necessity of each. Necessity of Christ’s Prophetic Work, Socinian view of. Christ the Only Mediator. Argument of Rome refuted. Angelic Mediation. Christ’s Anointing. Christ’s Offices Three, Why? His Prophetic Work, its Modes and Periods. Christ the True Priest. Functions of the Priesthood. Its Peculiarities. Necessity of Satisfaction Proved against Socinians, etc. God’s Motive Satisfying His own Justice. False Theories of Penalty Refuted. Title to Penalty Correlative to Title to Reward. [Lectures 39 & 40 & 41] Dabney Systematic Theology

Section Six—Christ, Man’s Hope

Chapter 35: The Nature of Christ’s Sacrifice
Redemption Foreshadowed in Providence. Intervention Costs a Penalty. Substitution Unusual among Men, Why? Terms Defined. The very Penalty. Theory of Christ’s Death as held by Socinians, Theory of Moral Influence, and Theory of Governmental Influence Stated and Refuted. Christ’s Proper Substitution and Vicarious Sacrifice Proved. Conditions of Efficacy of this Atonement. Socinian and Semi–Pelagian Objections to Doctrine of Vicarious Satisfaction considered. Design of God therein and Extent of that Design. Theories of Pelagians, Wesleyans, Hypothetic Universalists (Amyrant), Calvinists. Proofs of latter and former refuted. Difficulties of the Subject. Christ’s Satisfaction not Commercial. The Design and Result Co–extensive. God’s Volitions from a Complex Motive. Objections Solved. [Lectures 42 & 43] Chapter 36: Results of Christ’s Sacrifice
Penance and Purgatory. History of. Roman Catholic Doctrines Stated, with their Args. and Replies. [Lecture 44] Chapter 37: Christ’s Humiliation and Exultation
Did He Descend into Hell? Calvin’s View. Exaltation, Session at Father’s Right–hand. Resurrection of Christ Proved. Its Importance. Christ’s Priestly Intercession, its Grounds, Objects, Mode, Duration. Christ’s Kingdom, the Extent of His Powers, its Duration. [Lecture 45] Chapter 38: Union to Christ
By what similitudes described? Its results to believers. Its instrumental and essential bond. How it resembles and differs from the union of the Father and the Son—and that of the divinity and humanity of the Son. It is not merely that of a Leader and his followers. It is not a partaking of the substance of the Godhead. Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in this union. The union indissoluble. [Lecture 51] Dabney Systematic Theology

Section Seven—The Practices of the Church

Chapter 39: Prayer
Definition and Parts. Proper Objects. Grounds of Duty. Objections to, from God’s Perfections, and Stability of Natural Law. Rule of Prayer. Extent of warrant for. Secret, Social, etc. Model of. Physical Prayer. Test. [Lecture 60] Chapter 40: The Sacraments
Definition. Sacraments are Seals. Parts of Sacraments. Qualities of Elements. Sacramental Union what? Sacraments only Two: Under each Dispensation. Spurious Roman Catholic Sacraments. Doctrine of Intention. Opus Operatum. Are they Necessary to Salvation? By whom Administered? The Indelible Character Rejected. [Lectures 61 & 62] Chapter 41: Baptism
A Permanent Ordinance. Signification of Baptismal Regeneration. Formulary. John’s Baptism. Baptism of Christ, for what? Mode of Baptism and Meaning of Words. Mode of for all Ages and Climates. Mode best Suited to Significance. Analogy of Figurative Baptisms. Mode of New Testament Cases. Ecclesiastical Results of Immersionists’ Dogma. Primitive Mode. Proper Subjects, Who? Baptism of Infants not Unreasonable. Argued from Infant Membership and Abrahamic Covenant. Argued from Unlikelihood of their Exclusion. From Great Commission. Proselyte Baptism Implies Infant Baptism. Baptism of Houses. Infants Addressed as in the Church. Historical Argument. Infant Baptism does not Corrupt Church. Relation of Baptized to Church. [Lectures 63 & 64 & 65 & 66] Chapter 42: The Lord’s Supper
Definition, Names and History. Elements and Sacramental Acts. Doctrine of Real Presence. Transubstantiation. Consubstantiation. Doctrine of Calvin as to Real Presence compared with that of Zwinglius and Westminster. Supper not a Sacrifice. Private Communions Disapproved. Laity should have the Cup. Proper Administerer. Sacramental Efficiency, what? [Lectures 67 & 68] Dabney Systematic Theology

Section Eight—Life After Death for Believers

Chapter 43: Death of Believers
Why Death befalls the Justified. Souls Immortal. Benefits received by Justified at Death. Sanctification then complete. No Intermediate Place. Sleep of Souls rejected. [Lecture 69] Chapter 44: The Resurrection
Speculations on. Doctrine Defined. Qualities and Identity of Resurrection bodies. Objections dissolved. Doctrine proved from Scripture. How Dated to Christ’s. Two Resurrections and Pre–Adventism. [Lecture 70] Chapter 45: General Judgment and Eternal Life
Purposes of such Judgment. Proofs of Time, Place, etc. The Judge Christ. Saints Assessors. Who Judged? Rule? Sentences. Nature of Saints Blessedness. Place of. [Lecture 71] Chapter 46: Nature and Duration of Hell Torments
The Punishment of Wicked, what? Speculations as to Duration. Universalism. Objections of to Scripture Doctrine. Meaning of Bible Words. Everlasting punishments proved. [Lecture 72] Dabney Systematic Theology

See section on hell at bottom

Section Nine—The Church and the World Around It

Chapter 47: The Civil Magistrate
True theory of Civil Government. Social Contract Theory. Civil and Natural Liberty, what? Equality. Objects and Limits of civil Powers. Higher Law and Private Judgment. Passive Obedience. Right of Revolution. [Lecture 73] Chapter 48: Religious Liberty and Church and State
Religious Liberty and Private Judgment Established. Persecutions for opinions rejected. High Theory of Church Establishments rejected. Chalmers’ Theory considered. Proper Relations of Church and State. Civil Powers over. [Lecture 74]


Appendix A:
Geologic Theories and Chronology. Must concern Theologian. Flow to be treated by him. Burden of Proof against Revealed Facts lies on the Geologist. His, a posteriori Argument Circumstantial. Hence Invalid against Credible “Parole” Evidence. When pushed to extreme, Atheistic.
Appendix B:
Apostolic Succession and Sacramental Grace Shown to be a Blunder.

Bible Notes on Hell

See entry for Satan on Wikipedia.org, as well as Hell.

  • Hell is a real place. The justice of God demands that it exists and that it performs a punitive purpose for those who refuse to hear, obey, or love God. The Bible mentions "hell" many times, always as a real place, a threat to the wrongdoer.
  • What is the purpose of Hell? The argument goes like this "Since God is a God of love, God could never send anybody to a place of torment for all of eternity!" God IS a God of love, but there are boundaries. The will of God is expressed in the existence of laws, and these laws are meaningless if there is no punishment for constantly breaking them as a form of living (essentially ignoring them and the authority of the person behind their creation). So the words of God are meaningless and unimportant until we arrive at the issue of hell. Then in hell (a concept, a place, a punishment), we see where it is extremely important not to ignore God and his laws, but to abide by them. So the very being of God, that he is "God the Creator", and his authority and glory as God need to be respected, and hell is for those who do not respect God. Secondly, people live their lives one of two ways, (1) ignoring God for the most part, (2) worshipping God and respecting God. Those who ignore or defy or rebel against God don't want God in their lives in any way really. Hell is the fulfillment of that wish. People don't understand that God and his presence bring blessing, comfort, refreshment, and happiness. Without God, sin will give you none of these, but sin will deceive you with what is fun, entertainment, vice, excess, etc. All of these will come back to cause you misery. The drunk is happy drinking, but waking up with his face down in the mud and his own vomit is not all that fun. The opposite of heaven is hell. But in reality, the opposite of hell is God's laws and principles.
  • Universalism (all people will make it to heaven) is disavowed in Scripture. Obviously some people are sent to hell, Exodus 16 rebels of Corah, Luke 16 the Rich man. While some or many end up in hell, some don't, they end up in hell with God, and these are considered God's children. Disavowing universalism does not cancel the fact that Christ died for all humanity, but rather focuses on the fact that people must do what God says in order to avoid hell (belief in the person and work of Jesus Christ on the cross).
  • Annihilationism (people cease to exist after physical death) is disavowed in Scripture. People have some type of eternal life after the physical death of their physical body. For those who trust in Christ's work on the cross, this is an eternal LIFE (goodness in existing). For the unsaved, it is an eternal DEATH or Second Death (an eternal physical torment). 
  • Hell is permanent. The Bible declares and affirms that there is nothing that can be done by those in hell, by those still on the earth, or by those in heaven to procure a lessening of the torment, nor release from hell. God in his justice and mercy nonetheless will not release anybody from hell. The Bible disavows the concept of purgatory, limbo, or any similar concept. There are no "second chance" possibilities for those who are in hell, to at some later point get out of hell.
  • Hell is punishment for our sins. All have sinned (except Jesus Christ), and therefore all humanity will be held liable for their sins, and possibly end up in hell. Only those who obey the gospel indications will not end up in hell. Hell is not a "quarantine" from God where they are separated but live good lives. (Hell is not an eternal party with all the alcohol and sex you want. It is a punishment as God sees things.) Hell is for punishment for sin, and it is extremely unpleasant for all who are there. Heaven is a gift of eternal happiness, and hell is a wage (payment for service or acts committed) of eternal unhappiness.
    • Eternal unhappiness is constant unhappiness. There is no relief in any form from the torture and suffering of hell. The rich man wished but for a drop of water, and he was denied that.

Some Additional Studies on Hell and Eternal Punishment

Some Observations about Hell

  • Rev 20:10 God throws Satan into Hell for his rebellion.
    • If God's punishment of Satan is real, it is in the real place of hell.
    • Hell was created by God exactly for the punishment of Satan and all that follow him.
  • 2 Peter 2:4 God also will cast the fallen angels (demons) with Satan into hell.
    • All that follow Satan and his rebellion instead of obeying God will go with him to hell.
  • Mat 25:41 depart from me (people) accused ones into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
    • Humans will be cast into hell with the fallen angels and Satan.
    • Hell is described as an eternal fire, or burning to death but never being consumed or actually dying (stopping the suffering).
  • Psa 9:17 he wicked will return to Sheol, Even all the nations who forget God.
    • There two types of people, those who focus on God and worship Him and those who "forget" or ignore God.
  • God/the Bible uses the threat of hell as a motivator because it is real - Mat 5:29; 10:28; 13:40-42; Mark 9:43-48.
    • It would be senseless to use hell as a threat if it didn't really exist.
    • God is not a person that lies, or exaggerates, or makes idle threats, what he promises he keeps, especially promises of punishment to the rebellious to him. 


Dabney-Systematic Theology
Dabney-Systematic Theology
Version: 1
2.6 MiB
Dabney-Systematic Theology
Dabney-Systematic Theology
Version: 1.1
1.2 MiB