1) Do you believe that the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah were annihilated by God in Genesis 19?
2) Do you believe that those who die the first death are annihilated?
3) Do you continue to believe that there is no explanation/expansion of Old Testament texts by those who quote them in the New Testament?
“I’m completely open to the possibility that New Testament authors, and the Lord himself, expanded upon Old Testament imagery; show me where they do that? They don’t, they just quote it. In Mark 9:48, Jesus simply quotes Isaiah’s language. What indication is there that the language is expanded upon to mean something greater? Something more than what Isaiah had communicated.”
4) Do you believe that all of the words employed for death/destruction/destroyed (and the like) have a singular meaning throughout Scripture, that being annihilation/extinction?
5) Do you believe that the word “eternal” when related to punishment or destruction is limited to the length of time that that men remain dead?
6) What do you believe is the current state of men who have died in the past (feel free to distinguish between that of unbeliever and believer if that is appropriate for your position)?
7) Are you a physical monist with regard to the nature of human beings?
8 ) Do you believe, with Fudge and other conditionalists, that the humanity of Christ was annihilated?
9) If your answer to either 2 or 8 is affirmative, do you believe that those persons are recreated?
10) What is your precise position on penal substitution?
I haven’t got a clear answer (that I’ve heard, at least, although I freely admit my audio memory is not especially good) on any of these questions thus far from listening to your material, so I figured it was better to just ask. Feel free to ask your own questions, should you so desire. I’ll be continuing to post resources, arguments, exegetical/theological responses and the like in the days to come, of course, however. Your lines of argumentation contra Diaz have been helpful in preparation thus far, and are directing me to relevant material from other conditionalists. I’m sure I’ll have more specific questions for you in the future, as very few others are even Calvinistic; hence your position seems to be rather more eclectic (in some ways) than theirs, as a rule.
- Diaz-Date, 60:10ff↩