Luke 13: “No, I tell you; but unless you r repent, you will all likewise perish."
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Great question, Tony Ferguson! No, it doesn’t mean “cease to exist." (Luke 13:3). The Greek word for “perish” is apóllymi (transliteration is apollumi) and means according to Thayer's Greek Lexicon, [to] ("violently/completely perish") implies permanent (absolute) destruction, i.e. to cancel out (remove); "to die, with the implication of ruin and destruction"); cause to be lost (utterly perish) by experiencing a miserable end. It is used of persons; properly in Luke 13:3, 5; 2 Peter 3:6; Jude 1:11, etc.
In the Bible there are two paths. Only one path leads to God. Jesus said, "I am the way." John 14:6. Psalm 1:6, "For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish." God is aware and wants an intimate personal relationship. Psalm 101:4, "A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness." God is involved in the way of the righteous. His connection to the ungodly is judgement. Psalm. 146:9, "The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and the widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down." One way or the other we stand before God. We will be blessed or we will face separation.
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