|2 Peter 3:5-7 |
5 For they are willingly ignorant of this, that the heavens were made long ago, and the earth formed out of the water and by water and by the word of God, [Jesus, whose name is "the word of God," created all the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them.]
7 But by the same word the present heavens and the earth are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly people.1 [These three verses clearly prove that "the word" or "the word of God" is not the Bible; instead the word is the all-powerful, living creator and judge: Jesus, the word of God, who created all things in heaven and earth, and whose name is "the word of God." To think the Bible created the worlds is ridiculous; to think the Bible destroyed the world is ridiculous; to think the Bible can destroy ungodly people is ridiculous; and so it is ridiculous to call the Bible "the word." Jesus and "the word" are one in the same.]
1 But by the same word the present heavens and the earth are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly people.
A message from the Word of the Lord within follows, which is key to understanding exactly what destruction of ungodly people is referenced by Peter in this verse:
"Do not perish; not from this life, but from the life of God."
See Footnote 2 below for Howgill's description of what happens to the wicked on the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord, (also referenced as the Day of Christ by Peter), is at the physical death of the ungodly people, in which day they lose their soul and their life of God; but their spirit still lives on (in Hell) with great difficulty and little reward: 1) to learn to hate all evil they have ever done or said; 2) to learn about righteousness and God; 3) to be purified so they can live together with all other people with love, kindness, gentleness, etc.; and 4) to make Jesus to be their true Lord in control of their words and deeds.