Eternal: Strong's Concordance # 166 Aionios ( eternal 42, everlasting 25, the world began, since the world began, for ever 1) Aionios is from another Greek word Strong's # 165 Aion. Aionios is the adjective of Aion. It is translated (evermore 4, age 2, eternalever 71, world 38, never) We can determine the meaning of a word by how it is used in the scriptures, not necessarily by the definition the writers of the concordance give us. This is the case with Aion and Aionios. They are very versatile words, as you can see by all the ways it has been translated. How can the same word mean "never" and "forever" at the same time? Sometimes it is translated "age" and that seems to be the correct translation.
Damnation Strong's # 2920 Krisis (judgment 41, damnation 3, accusation 2, condemnation 2) Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. ( It strikes me strange that "damnation"(judgment) in this verse is the lesser sentence that hell fire. How can you get any worse than damnation???)
Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment
Hum...damnation unto victory? Whose victory? Could it be the Messiah's who came to take away the sin of the world? Could it be through that "judgment or damnation" that He would bring victory? It could! Victory for God...He gets His creation back. Victory for Christ.... He accomplishes His mission(It is finished!) Victory for mankind....in Adam all die, in Christ all are made alive!
for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness"
Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. It would sound pretty silly to say they would rise in "damnation" wouldn't it? Seeing how they repented when Jonah preached to them........Do you think Jonah preached hell fire and damnation to those heathens? No, here's what he told them... "On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: "Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!"
If Hell was a reality, why in the world did Jonah not tell them about it? Matthew 23:23 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? (reading on to the end of this chapter we see that even with the judgment of hell (Gehenna), they end up with a brand new attitude
toward the Messiah). Mark 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal
Mark 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Luke 11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Acts 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth
2 Peter 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them
before the Lord.
Damnation is translated from two different Greek words Strong's # 2919 Krima (judgment 13, damnation 7, condemnation 5, be condemned 1, go to law, avenge )Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Now, if you believe damnation is eternal torment, then you will have to see that damnation here (judgment) causes those who can't see to see.
Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out
1 Corinthians 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. We read what the judgment was for not discerning the Lord's body (each other)...for some are weak and sickly and some sleep(die).
2Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
(how would that verse sound if we replaced judgment with damnation?) Try to see if for what it is, not how we have been "programed" to see it.
Strong's # 2920 Krisis ( judgment 41, damnation 3, accusation 2, condemnation 2 )
Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. There's that "victory" word again.... It is so good to be free from fear!
Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Here is that same verse from Young's Literal Translation.....Serpents! brood of vipers! how may ye escape from the judgment of the gehenna? In all of the literal translations the original words are used instead of the hell words. In this particular verse, you will notice that "judgment" is used instead of "damnation"...Did the translators have an agenda???
John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Daniel 12:2 speaks of this. Instead of damnation Daniel said shame and contempt. That makes sense doesn't it? The apostle Paul said he had hope in the resurrection of the just and the unjust. Who is their right mind would hope for most people to be raised from the dead to be sentenced to a fate much worse than death?
John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. What was about to happen here? When is the judgment of this world? When was the prince of this world cast out? On the cross!
2 Thes 1:5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
2 Peter 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
Rev 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the
earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
Considering that "aionian" is not a word that means endless and seeing how these "damnation" words are used, we can know that aionian judgment is for a period of time. Eternal damnation makes no sense. If Jesus paid the price for our sin and it was "eternal damnation" He would still be eternally damned. But we know He rose from the dead and is at the right hand of the Father waiting for the completion of this great plan and helping us when we need Him.