"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
April 1, 2008

Destruction

…Destruction, we should naturally assume, means the unmaking, or cessation, of the destroyed.  And people often talk as if the ‘annihilation’ of a soul were intrinsically possible.  In all our experience, however, the destruction of one thing means the emergence of something else.  Burn a log, and you have gases, heat and ash.  To have been a log means now being those three things.  If souls can be destroyed, must there not be a state of having been a human soul?  And is not that, perhaps, the state which is equally well described as torment, destruction, and privation?   (C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, pg. 127)