FEEDBACK: GOD FORGETS THE UNSAVED. DOES THIS TEACH ANNIHILATION?
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Below IS A QUESTION ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS THAT GOD FORGETS THE UNSAVED.
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Lamentations 5:20 has been offered as a verse that shows that the unsaved cease to exist, and that God simply forgets about them. Not sure if this is on your website.
There are verses that say that God forgets the unsaved. Lamentations 5:20 is one example. We read there:
Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?
People read language about God forgetting the unsaved and they assume that this means that the unsaved cease to exist. However, as in all areas of Bible study, the Bible defines what it means by words and phrases. We have to search the Bible to understand what it means that God forgets someone. Let's consider two verses that define what it means that God "forgets" someone:
We read in Psalm 13:1-2:
1 ∂ <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.>> How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2† How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
We read in Psalm 42:9:
I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
These are two example verses. More verses are given in the study below. In both cases, the Psalmist is complaining that God has forgotten him. Has the Psalmist ceased to exist? No. Rather, God is not responding to his cry for mercy. This is the Biblical definition of God "forgetting" someone. In this world, God provides some degree of mercy to even the most rebellious sinner.
However, when the unsaved are cast into the lake of fire, God will not respond to their cries for mercy, like just He was not responding to the cries of the Psalmist in the two verses above.
That is the Biblical definition of God "forgetting" the unsaved. It is not that they cease to exist. Rather, God will "forget" about them in the sense that He will not respond to any of their cries for mercy at Judgment Day.
There is more information and more verses on this subject in the link below:
I think this is a good illustration of how the Biblical rule to compare Scripture with Scripture from 1 Corinthians 2:13 is not being used by many people Today.
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