We continue our comments on the manuscript sent to us by a Mormon called Stephen.(*) Click here to see the other articles in this series. You can also go to the Mormonism page to find all the articles that are in this refutation of Stephen’s document.
There is a great misunderstanding of the term, Hell, in the Bible, as there is for the terms, punishment, destruction, and in certain cases, everlasting.
Yes, Mormons have a great misunderstanding of these terms, and yet they boast to be teachers of the ignorant…
“Who (those who refuse to know God and who persecute His saints) shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” (2 Thes. 1:9)
Those who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: it seems Stephen purposefully avoided to mention this in his added parenthesis…
The Greek word for “destruction” here is olethros. It means the loss of a life of blessings after death, or future misery.
No, olethros is from the verb ollumi, and that verb means “to destroy”. That’s a verb used in the Bible about death when it comes as a judgment or a punishment; it means a real and complete death or punishment coming as a result of a judgment: “I pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them, And I turned not again till they were consumed.” (2 Samuel 22:38); “And the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword and slaughter and destruction, and did what they would to those that hated them.” (Esther 9:5); “And in thy loving-kindness cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that oppress my soul: for I am thy servant.” (Psalm 143:12) — Just a side note: it is in His loving-kindness that God will cut off our enemies… — As you see, these verses are talking about complete death coming as a punishment, and not about just a loss of a life of blessings after death as Stephen imagines. It’s about the loss of life fully and completely, i.e. the complete loss of the approving presence of God. They are fully separated from God spiritually, and that’s spiritual death in Hell.
It would be just that if we were cut off from the presence of the Lord.
No, destruction is not misery, but complete spiritual death, i.e. complete separation from God. When we are cut off from the presence of God, the result is not just misery or lack of blessedness, but spiritual death. Misery is the result of this death. In the Bible, death never means annihilation. Just as the separation of the spirit from the body means biological death, in the same way the separation of God from man means the spiritual death of that man. In the Bible, death means separation, the being cut off from the presence of God. The result of this is misery. So destruction is not just misery, but a real separation from God.
Besides, if olethros really meant “destruction”—as in total annihilation, then there would be no need to add “from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”
Yes, it’s not annihilation, as we have seen. It’s also not just misery, but real death, real spiritual death. If it were only misery, then the word “destruction” would not be used in that verse. This word “destruction” is used in the Bible in the sense of “complete death as punishment”, as we have seen above. Stephen and Mormons do not have the right to change the meaning of this word to fit their desires.
That would be redundant, as being destroyed would put you out from everyone’s presence, let alone from God’s glory.
To be destroyed from the presence of God means to be totally cut off from His presence; it does not mean annihilation. We read above how the Jews destroyed their enemies. That does not mean that those enemies were annihilated, but they were completely dead biologically. While those Old Testament verses were talking about biological destruction, they were an image of the spiritual destruction about which the New Testament talks more largely. Spiritual destruction is a real spiritual death that comes on sinners, on both their bodies and spirits (because sinners also will rise on the Day of Judgment), as the punishment for their sin, for the fact that they refused the light and loved darkness, because their works were the shameful works of darkness.
“And these (those who claim to be Christian but do not serve others) shall go away, into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matt. 25:46)
Once again, in the parenthesis, Stephen avoids the Gospel… “These” are those who are goats by nature, and who are called goats even before the judgment begins… They are known by their fruits as they don’t do good works, but it is not their bad works that made them goats; their bad works are the fruit of their nature and not its cause. As you see, this is about what the Gospel is, i.e. about the new birth and true repentance of life, and Stephen just dismissed this fact as if it were not even mentioned by the Lord…
The Greek word, kolasis, is correctly rendered as “punishment.” These dead will go away and be punished. But what does everlasting mean here? We are familiar with the terms, Everlasting Life or Eternal Life. This is not simply immortality. Immortality means to live forever. Every human being on this planet will be resurrected and live forever. However, not all will receive Everlasting Life. Everlasting is an adjective describing the type of life a particular immortal life will be. Everlasting, or its synonym, Eternal, refers to Deity.
Ouch! Stephen once again displayed his ignorance of what “life” is in such contexts. In the expression “eternal life”, it is not the adjective “eternal” that gives the expression the meaning of “quality of life”, but the word “life” itself. The word “life” in the Bible does not just mean “existence”, and thus the expression “eternal life” does not mean “eternal existence”. Stephen rightly said that the unbelievers also will exist forever, but they will exist forever in Hell; they will not have eternal life, but eternal death. It is for this reason that the biblical authors did not always need to add this adjective “eternal” to “life” in order to express this “quality of life”: “He that has the Son has life: he that has not the Son of God has not life.” (1 John 5:12) As you see, in this verse, the Apostle John did not have to add the adjective “eternal” in order to express the quality of life, because the word “life” means that already. The adjective “eternal” comes to express the fact that this life is permanent and will stay forever. The death or destruction of sinners in Hell also will be eternal.
Now, to say that “everlasting” or “eternal” refers to Deity is just an out of context error. Yes, God is Eternal, but that has nothing to do with the context of the verse that we are studying. Talking about Deity in this context to explain the adjective “eternal” is just like talking about Deity in a context where the true Christians are called a holy nation to explain the adjective “holy”… That’s going off topic and showing a deep ignorance. What the text of Matthew 25 is saying is that the righteous will have eternal life, while the unrighteous will have eternal death; that’s final; that’s forever; that will never change again.
And in this section, Stephen is talking about Matthew 25:46 which talks about the everlasting punishment, and he philosophizes about the meaning of the word everlasting, as if the same passage in Matthew 25 had not explained clearly what that word “everlasting” means… The Lord Jesus told us in this passage that ALL the unrighteous will go to the eternal fire, i.e. the eternal lake of fire, which is reserved for the devil and his angels (as Revelation also confirms): “Then shall he say also to those on the left, Go from me, cursed, into eternal fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Revelation explains that in this expression “eternal fire”, “eternal” means “forever and ever”: “And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10) The torments of the lake of fire are forever and ever. And the prophet Daniel already told us that this punishment in the lake of fire will be everlasting (Hebrew: olam, lit. world without end, perpetual, time out of mind, everlasting): “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame, to everlasting contempt.” (Daniel 12:2)
By the way: we have previously seen how Stephen was talking about the “eternal soul”, and how he tried to prove with that that our souls existed from eternity past. I wonder why in that context “eternal” didn’t mean Deity for him, while in this context he changed his mind and made the same adjective mean Deity…
Eternal or Everlasting Life refers to the type of Life God not only lives, but bestows on others,
And eternal punishment refers to the type of punishment God bears and bestows on others?… Eternal death means the type of death God has?… Readers, do you see where blindness may lead?…
Eternal or Everlasting Life refers to the type of Life God not only lives, but bestows on others, those of us who qualify through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and our faithfulness.
The Bible says that none of us qualifies by anything we may do, and that we all deserve eternal death. Eternal life is a GIFT, and not something we deserve (see Romans 6:23). We have seen the details about this before. Read for example: How to be justified before God? and How to be saved?
Everlasting Punishment refers to the type of punishment God bestows on those of us who qualify for punishment, no matter how long it lasts.
No, it refers to the permanence of the punishment, as we have seen. Other passages of the Scripture make this clear: “And if thine eye serve as a snare to thee, cast it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire, where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:47-48) “Dies not” and “is not quenched” are biblical expressions that refer to the fact that this torment is permanent and will not end. And as we have seen, in the expression “eternal punishment” the adjective “eternal” means “permanent” just as the same adjective means the same thing in the expression “eternal life”. By his darkened mind, Stephen tried to change the evident meaning of “eternal” just to fit his own teaching. How can anyone be deceived so much as to be so blind and not be able to see that he’s dismissing the evident meaning of a word for the sake of the false doctrines of a false prophet called Joseph Smith who contradicted the Bible with his teachings?!…
In other words, Everlasting or Eternal Punishment is saying, God Punishment, regardless of its duration.
In other words, you’re pleased to be blind… Let’s take your foolish definition of the adjective “eternal” or “everlasting” (the Greek aiOnion) and try to apply it to some verses of the Bible, and let’s see to which seriously bad results we will get:
“but whosoever shall speak injuriously against the Holy Spirit, to eternity has no forgiveness; but lies under the guilt of an everlasting sin“ (Mark 3:29)
Does this mean that the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit commits a God sin?… A divine type of sin?… Does it not mean that it is a sin that will not have forgiveness to eternity, as the verse itself explains?…
“while we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen; for the things that are seen [are] for a time, but those that are not seen eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Does this mean that all what is not seen is God or Divine?… Does it not mean “lasting forever” in contrast with “for a time”, as the verse itself says?…
Your sins have an eternal value, so their punishment in Hell is forever. Don’t be deceived and don’t lie to yourself with false hopes of getting out of that place of eternal torment. The only way to be saved is JESUS CHRIST.
We will discuss punishment duration later.
Yeah, it’s always for later, but he says it anyway, with the hope of deceiving some people… He hopes that some people will stop at this point and say to themselves: “Wait a minute! The Church has deceived me! Indeed, eternal does not mean eternal! How have I been deceived so much, and how have I not noticed that eternal does not mean eternal?!”… This is the way people are brainwashed. Stephen wants to confuse his readers who don’t have the explanations that we gave above, and then to try to oblige them to believe the next lies that he will give; under the effect of the confusion, those readers will just believe anything he says, as they will say to themselves: “Seems this guy has a deep knowledge that we don’t have!”… This is how a Mormon is born…
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt. 10:28) This verse and Luke 12:4,5 render the Greek word, Gehenna, as “hell.” Gehenna, the valley of Hinnom, is located outside Jerusalem. It was a place of refuse in the days of Christ. Perpetual fires burned from the methane gas of fermenting garbage piled there. Prior to that, idolatrous Israelites sacrificed their children there to the god, Moloch. The Savior referred to it as a place of endless torment.
That place outside Jerusalem was an image of the true eternal Gehenna. Today that actual place outside Jerusalem is not even found, and its exact location is even disputed strongly, but that doesn’t mean the true eternal Gehenna is lost and does not exist anymore. If the image does not exist anymore, that doesn’t mean that the reality is also lost. If the Temple was in Jerusalem, that doesn’t mean that Jesus Christ is not the real Temple… If that Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., that doesn’t mean the body of Jesus was also destroyed again in 70 A.D. Stephen needs to learn how to read the biblical images of eternal realities. The Valley of Hinnom was an image of the place of eternal punishment, therefore Jesus used the name Gehenna to refer to that place.
The continuous flames were symbolic of the place of torment after death.
It’s good that you admitted that they were continuous flames, and that they symbolized the eternal (continuous, never-ending) flames of Hell… Thus you contradicted all what you were trying to prove with your philosophies about the adjective “eternal”… So Hell is indeed eternal, just as those flames of the Valley of Hinnom symbolized.
If the soul ceased to exist at death, as the English word, destroy, appears to indicate here, there would be no torment.
No, the soul does not cease to exist, because “destroy” does not mean “annihilate”. We have seen the details about this.
However, the word “destroy” in this verse is an erroneous translation of the Greek word, apollumi.
It’s an exact translation. We don’t need to change the meaning of Greek words just for the sake of Joseph Smith…
It means, “vote or consign to eternal misery.”
It has nothing to do with voting or consigning; it’s about cutting off from God’s presence, about real spiritual death.
In fact, its past variation, apolese, is translated as “lost” at the end of Matthew 10.
Yes, and “perish”. It’s about death, and not about what Stephen is trying to make it mean.
It is therefore fitting for Satan to be called Apollyon by John, given Satan is consigned to eternal misery as the Biggest Loser of all we stood to gain.
Satan is the destroyer, i.e. the killer. Read what Jesus clearly said:
“Ye are of the devil, as [your] father, and ye desire to do the lusts of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44)
Satan is the murderer, the destroyer. We don’t need to listen to the erroneous interpretations of Stephen, because the Bible clearly explains what Satan is. Indeed, that verb means to destroy. The case was closed a long time ago, but I am still answering each point so that Stephen may not say later that we have not quoted him in an exact way.
And hopefully, we will not be joining him as co-losers.
If you don’t repent and you don’t put your trust in the true Christ, then you will join him for sure. Don’t waste your life.
The soul does not cease to exist at physical death, as our JW friends believe, but it can go to an unpleasant place.
Yes, an unpleasant and ETERNAL place.
While the JWs take this extreme, claiming God will annihilate the wicked completely and permanently upon death, most of Christendom misinterprets these verses to another extreme, claiming God Himself will inflict pain and torment upon the wicked, forever.
The Bible clearly says that Hell is eternal, as we have seen.
We have already seen how the words “destroy” and “destruction” are not quite what was intended by the original language of the Scripture.
We have seen how “destroy” and “destruction” were the very exact words intended by the original language of Scripture, and we have seen how your dreams were silly dreams of a cultist.
Hopefully, this sheds some light on the meaning of Everlasting.
You tried to darken the clear meaning of Everlasting, but it was really a foolish argument, and we have refuted your argument very easily.
Keep in mind the wicked will apply self-torment, their conscience inflicting the realization it is they who threw away their salvation—especially when they are given the full recollection of their premortal life and the goals of success they had made in that Realm prior to coming here to earth.
1. The torment will be applied by God Himself, for you admitted that the judgment will be God’s judgment on them.
2. There was no premortal life, as we have seen very clearly.
“Weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth” give vivid description of our natural response upon the restored recollection of our premortal life given at Resurrection.
Weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth give a vivid description of the torments that will come upon the sinners who will eternally regret that they had despised a so great Salvation: “how shall we escape if we have been negligent of so great salvation, which, having had its commencement in being spoken [of] by the Lord, has been confirmed to us by those who have heard” (Hebrews 2:3). In the very context where the Lord explains this negligence, He also gives the result of that negligence, i.e. weeping and gnashing of teeth: “From the time that the master of the house shall have risen up and shall have shut the door, and ye shall begin to stand without and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, open to us; and he answering shall say to you, I know you not whence ye are: then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten in thy presence and drunk, and thou hast taught in our streets; and he shall say, I tell you, I do not know you whence ye are; depart from me, all [ye] workers of iniquity. There shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves cast out.” (Luke 13:25-28)
The Bible clearly says that the whole regret and torment of Hell are because of sin (“workers of iniquity”), and not because of an imaginary recollection of an imaginary premortal life. I wonder where Stephen read that in the Bible… It’s clear that he read it in the human writings that the false prophet Joseph Smith brought, and he believed all that without even trying to see whether they are true or lies. On the contrary, Stephen is trying to make the Bible say what it doesn’t say in order to defend the lies of Joseph Smith…
Those who did not exercise faith in mortality, having demanded proof in mortality, as many do, will be kicking themselves for having made no or insufficient effort to test the concept of faith when given opportunity.
No one is naturally making that effort, because we all are sinners and we are unable to please God. We have seen the details of this in our article How to be saved?
Hell is the English rendering of the Hebrew word, Sheol, and of the Greek word, Hades.
Wrong. We have seen how Hell is the English rendering of Gehenna, and even Stephen admitted that previously. Some translations may render Hades as Hell, but those translations are not exact. Let me just quote a very simple example of a verse where the word Hell is the exact English rendering, and you will see how it translates the word Gehenna and not Hades:
“Καὶ ἐὰν σκανδαλίζῃ σε ἡ χείρ σου, ἀπόκοψον αὐτήν καλόν σοι ἐστὶν κυλλὸν εἰς τὴν ζωὴν εἰσελθεῖν ἢ τὰς δύο χεῖρας ἔχοντα ἀπελθεῖν εἰς τὴν γέενναν, εἰς τὸ πῦρ τὸ ἄσβεστον” (Μαρκος 9:43)
This is Mark 9:43. As you see, the word translated Hell is the Greek word Gehenna which I have put in bold in the Greek original text.
Do you notice how Stephen is trying to mislead people by bringing into this study the topic of inexact translations, although what is needed here is to study the original text?… He is confused, and he wants to confuse others…
These terms literally mean, the unseen or invisible state.
Sheol means pit, a term that indicates the grave.
Hades is from a word that means unseen, and it also indicates the grave, more exactly the unseen world of the dead.
It is the temporary abode of the spirits of all who die, to await their turn at Resurrection.
Interestingly, the Bible doesn’t say that the dead are passively waiting there, as Stephen dreams, but look what they do there:
“And it came to pass that the poor man died, and that he was carried away by the angels into the bosom of Abraham. And the rich man also died and was buried. And in hades lifting up his eyes, being in torments, he sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” (Luke 16:22-23)
So the righteous is already in the eternal presence of the Lord, while the unrighteous is already being tormented with the torments of Hell! The only difference is that he still does not have the risen body, because the resurrection did not happen yet, so his body is not being tormented yet with the eternal flames of Hell. So I wonder who made Stephen dream that they are awaiting their turn at resurrection, as if the dead will rise in many steps, each in his turn, and as if they are not doing anything now other than waiting… The righteous also are not waiting to go to their Lord, but they are already in their Lord’s presence, worshiping and enjoying His Holy Presence forever and ever: “we are confident, I say, and pleased rather to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8); “But I am pressed by both, having the desire for departure and being with Christ, [for] [it is] very much better” (Philippians 1:23). As soon as the righteous Christian dies, he is in the presence of his Lord; he does not go to wait… The only waiting is for the common resurrection, and it’s not a passive waiting, because the dead are already in the eternal state.
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev. 20:14) Once all are resurrected, there will be no more need for a place to await the Resurrection.
That verse more exactly says: “and death and hades were cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14) So death and Hades will not be annihilated, as Stephen ignorantly imagines, but they will be joined to Hell, i.e. to the lake of fire. The lake of fire is Hell. As Hades is the name of the place of death which is the result of sin, so it is the symbol of spiritual death; and as those who are saved by Christ will not see spiritual death, so the righteous is mentioned in the above quoted parable of the rich man and Lazarus as being in the bosom of Abraham, and not in Hades, while the unrighteous is said to be in Hades. All those who are in Hades like this unrighteous man will be thrown in the lake of fire to be tormented forever. Thus, Hell is the natural continuation of Hades and present spiritual death. Death and Hades will be thrown there.
The state of “hell” will be discarded like any useless thing. Hell is therefore not a permanent abode.
Hades is not exactly Hell, although it is practically Hell in its eternal torment; and we have seen how Hell is eternal. We believe the Bible rather than Stephen’s ignorance.
The Lake of Fire can be a permanent abode.
The Lake of Fire IS the permanent abode; it is the eternal Hell.
But is it “permanent residence” for all who are not faithful to Christ in mortality?
No, it is the permanent place for ALL the unrighteous, whether they lived before Christ or after Him.
John taught how those who do not repent will have “their part”—their appointed time as the Greek word, mesos, denotes—in the Lake of Fire.
Note that Stephen didn’t give you the reference… Let’s see where he read the word mesos…
“Τοῖς δὲ δειλοῖς καὶ ἀπίστοις καὶ ἁμαρτωλοῖς καὶ ἐβδελυγμένοις καὶ φονεῦσιν καὶ πόρνοις καὶ φαρμάκοις καὶ εἰδωλολάτραις, καὶ πᾶσιν τοῖς ψευδέσιν, τὸ μέρος αὐτῶν ἐν τῇ λίμνῃ τῇ καιομένῃ πυρὶ καὶ θείῳ, ὅ ἐστιν ὁ θάνατος ὁ δεύτερος.” (ΑΠΟΚΑΛΥΨΙΣ ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ 21:8)
This is Revelation 21:8. The word that Stephen made mesos is put in bold… Is that mesos?? NO! It is meros… What does meros mean? Does it mean appointed time as Stephen imagined? NO! It is from the verb μειρομαι meiromai (that is, to get as a section or allotment)… It means a division, a share, a portion, a part. So the translation is exact, and Stephen is hallucinating with the hallucinations of Joseph Smith… This same word meros is used in the following verse in its feminine form merida or meris:
“but there is need of one, and Mary has chosen the good part, the which shall not be taken from her.” (Luke 10:42)
In this verse, the word part is the Greek meris which is the feminine of meros. If this word means appointed time as Stephen said in his hallucination, then does this mean that Mary chose the good appointed time, and that good appointed time shall not be taken from her?…
Do you see how much Stephen is confused? He just naively believed his Mormon teachers that the Greek word is mesos and that it means appointed time…
They will suffer for their own sins—until they have “paid the uttermost farthing” (Matthew 5:25,26)
Yes, this means they will suffer forever and ever, because the uttermost farthing is ETERNAL DEATH. The wages of sin is death, says the Bible. This is eternal spiritual death. Let me see how much is the cost that those unrighteous will have to pay when it is said that it is eternal… Is it 1000 years of torment? 2000? One million? No, ETERNAL. When does the uttermost farthing come in eternity?… It just doesn’t come, because eternity does not end… Stephen once again made the mistake of misquoting Scripture. In that passage (Matthew 5), the Lord was explaining eternal truths with figures of speech and with parables. He said there that you should cut your hand or take out your eye if they make you stumble… I hope Stephen does not take out his eye when it makes him stumble… That’s a figure of speech… In the same way, the Lord gave the parable of one being led to the court and then getting thrown in jail until he pays all what is due. That which is due may seem limited in the parable, but that’s a parable; in reality, what is due is eternal death in Hell. Stephen quoted a verse from that parable to prove that the punishment of Hell is not eternal… That would be like quoting the verse about throwing your eye to prove that we should take out our eyes and throw them…
with limited results before being sent to their kingdom, the Lowest or Telestial Kingdom, described by Paul as the glory of the stars.
Quote the Bible about this dream. Paul was not talking about any such kingdom, and we have seen that Hell is eternal.
We will briefly discuss heavenly degrees of glory and those who qualify for each, shortly.
Yes, Stephen wishes that the unrighteous also may have some heavenly degree of glory, because he has no idea about what sin means and how much God hates sin.
And he continues:
The Lake of Fire, Outer Darkness, is reserved as a permanent abode for those who sin against the Holy Ghost.
No, the Bible says that the Lake of Fire will be the place where ALL the unrighteous will be tormented forever and ever:
“But to the fearful and unbelieving, [and sinners], and those who make themselves abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part [is] in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)
As you see, it’s not only those who sin against the Holy Spirit… It is: the fearful, the unbelieving, the sinners, those who make themselves abominable, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolators, all liars… Brief: it is all the unrighteous who will not inherit the Kingdom of God: “Do ye not know that unrighteous [persons] shall not inherit [the] kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who make women of themselves, nor who abuse themselves with men, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor abusive persons, nor [the] rapacious, shall inherit [the] kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strifes, jealousies, angers, contentions, disputes, schools of opinion, envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revels, and things like these; as to which I tell you beforehand, even as I also have said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit God’s kingdom.” (Galatians 5:19-21) So ALL the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God, and their part will be in the lake of fire forever. And we have seen above how the Lord said that ALL the unrighteous (the goats) will go to eternal fire, the lake of fire forever. How to cease being an unrighteous person and to be righteous? This question is answered in detail in our article How to be justified before God?
Grace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ