a place of suffering and punishment in the afterlife

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What is the Biblical basis for the concept that Jesus spent time in Hell?

The Apostles Creed makes reference to Jesus descending into Hell. I have heard it claimed that His time spent in Hell was part of His redemptive work--in other words, that was necessary for Him to ...
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Why should a sinner suffer forever in hell fire?

In my little knowledge I believe any form of punishment is a way of curbing crimes or wrong doings and for others to learn not to do wrong. When this life ends some would be in heaven and the rest in ...
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Does my monk go to heaven? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? I have found this very basic question perplexing to different pastors, rectors, and members of churches: If ...
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Heaven/Paradise/Sheol, Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire

What is the difference between Heaven/Paradise/Sheol How about Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire? Are they synonyms, are they different places?
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What exactly IS Hell? [closed]

I'm not disputing that Hell exists, what I want to know is WHAT IS HELL? In my opinion there are only two possible answers, but you might inform me of something else. Many people have argued that ...
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What is the Bible basis for the idea of a temporary holding place?

A friend once told me about the idea that there are two temporary "holding places", so to speak. If a person died and would go to Heaven, but that time had not yet come, they would go to a temporary ...
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Eternal existence in hell?

I've heard particular denominations claim that although hell is definitely a real place and hell itself will burn forever, people who are condemned to hell don't actually exist forever in hell but ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in annihilation?

What is the official position of the Jehovah's Witnesses in regards to hell, specifically the doctrine of annihilation which says that people will not go on existing, that eventually God will just ...
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Are there any conditions which make oneself completely unredeemable in the eyes of God? [closed]

I am curious if there are any actions or conditions which "seal your fate" so to speak, such that should you do them—no matter how much you repent or accept Jesus or pray—that you are doomed forever ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for a Good person going to hell simply for not believing?

The scenario is as follows: Believer, average life, many mistakes/sins. Asks forgiveness and tries everyday to be better. Goes to heaven. Non-believer, better life than the believer, fewer mistakes ...
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How can Heaven exist if we know that people in Hell will suffer? [closed]

Suppose for the following scenario that both the Christian Heaven and Hell exist. My mother is a good Christian and loves me dearly. I am an atheist, and will therefore go to hell upon death. [If ...
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What is the Biblical support for Hell as a singular concept?

One of the common tenets of Christian Universalism (as well as Annihilationism) is the non-existence of Hell as an eternal punishment for non-Christians, that everyone has been granted salvation ...
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Is Hell eternal, or do some/all escape it? [closed]

In his recent book, Love Wins, author and pastor Rob Bell caused quite a bit of controversy (and anger) by making the argument that Heaven is the state that we are in when we follow God's will and ...
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Do I get a second chance to believe in Jesus after I die? [closed]

As if some people couldn't get far enough away from them on earth, several verses in the Bible seem to indicate that there will be preachers even in Hell. 1 Peter 4:6 (ESV) For this is why the ...
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When did “he descended into hell” become part of the Apostles' Creed?

There seems to be much more debate over one clause of the Apostles' Creed than the entire rest of it put together, and that is the "descent into hell" (or "hades") clause, also known as the "harrowing ...
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Harrowing of Hell

From the Apostle's Creed we know that Jesus descended to Hell. Dante's Inferno also mentioned how Hell might look like. What kind of Hell was it that Jesus went to? Was it, Mark 9:48 where ‘the ...
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What's the justification of eternal torture in hell? [duplicate]

Most of the world ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture. Can the belief in hell be justified against the Convention in those countries? The punishment is to encourage and enforce ...
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Are some people created to go to Hell? [closed]

This answer presents the following statement: God is in control and I believe that His will has always been done. So to say that He's never failed. So, are some people are destined to go to ...
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Does God's omnipresence extend to hell?

One of those attributes of God is his ability to be everywhere at all times. I'm not debating that it is an attribute of his, I'm just wondering how we know that. I ask, because I've been going ...
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Who goes to hell in LDS theology?

According to LDS teaching, who goes to hell, and why? I've heard that only really bad people and ex-Mormons will go to hell. Is this true?
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Why are the wicked resurrected only to be destroyed and sent to the Lake of Fire?

In Revelation 20 the resurrection of the wicked is detailed. They are then judged and thrown in the lake of fire. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. ...
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Did Dante's Divine Comedy describe or define Christian views on the afterlife?

Dante's Divine Comedy, the 14th century epic poem describing a journey through the various levels of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven and the persons or types of persons who inhabit each level (including ...
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Do Calvinists rejoice in the destruction of sinners?

I recently re-read "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" and I was struck by the pleasure Jonathan Edwards seemed to have taken in describing the imminent destruction of sinners: The God that ...
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What is the scriptural basis for the conditionalist doctrine of hell?

By conditionalist doctrine, I mean the belief that hell is the destruction of those souls that go there, rather than the everlasting torment or eventual purification of said souls.
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Do people of different denominations think that the others are going to go to hell for holding false views? [closed]

Obviously, there are people who are on both sides of this issue, within and without the various denominations, and some denominations which might be more exclusive than others. But when it comes down ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the idea that creation will applaud the damnation of a sinner?

Paul Washer has often said this. For example: From heaven’s perspective, those who break God’s Law are vile and worthy of all loathing. They are a wretched lot, justly exposed to divine vengeance, ...
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Can people come back from Heaven or Hell? [closed]

Is it possible for a person to come back to earth (e.g. as a ghost) from Heaven or Hell? We have had some weird happenings at our house, and I am trying to figure out what is going on. Our room mate ...
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According Catholic theology, what does the suffering of hell consist of?

According to Catholic theology, what does the suffering of hell consist of? If there a principal suffering, what is it?
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Who are the seven princes of hell?

Who are the seven princes of Hell? I think I know them but I am not 100%. I believe they are Belial, Satan, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, Laviathan, Mammon, Belphegor, Lucifer. Could someone tell me if I am ...
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Is there any scripture or literature exploring why God chose not to annihilate Satan?

For that matter, why aren't we annihilated if we reject Jesus? Particularly if there is no posthumous "second chance?" For the record, I resonate with C.S. Lewis' notion that, perhaps, the "doors of ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that a living person may visit heaven or hell?

As you may know there are many books where people have said they had been in hell and in heaven, and that even Jesus guided them. And that sounds a lot like Divine Comedy. I'm pretty sure that's not ...
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If God is omnipresent, is he also in hell? [duplicate]

Using the 'separation from God' concept of hell - how can God be in all places yet still place a soul into a chasm of separation.
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Does the Protestant Bible mention Satan punishing non-believers after death?

I have always heard people say that when you die and haven't accepted Christ and go to hell, that you're going to be punished by Satan, and we have this great plethora of contemporary culture showing ...
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What is the difference between 'Hell', 'Sheol', 'Hades' and 'Gehenna'?

In Western imagination, Hell is a place of everlasting torment and suffering for the wicked. Brunlesschi's painting in Florence's Duomo illustrates it well: The word 'Hell' itself, however, doesn't ...
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What do 1st century extra-biblical sources say about hell?

Do we have any information about what 1st century Christians and Jews believed about hell? I know what the Bible says on the subject, and am curious about the extra-biblical context.
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What are the different views on the nature of 'hellfire'?

Fire as understood by physical humans consumes and destroys the fuel that it ignites and then goes out. The unredeemed soul is what many religions teach will be tormented eternally in fire of hell. ...
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What's God's justification of not allowing the choice of personal annihilation? [duplicate]

Question: God is just, so what would be God's justification according to the Bible of Not allowing the choice of annihilation of yourself if you found out Jesus actually never knew you after death? ...
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What does the Church have to say about the Pope's latest statement?

It is alleged that Pope Francis recently said that There Is No Hell Fire and Adam & Eve were Not Real. What does the Catholic Church have to say about it?
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What is the Lake of Fire?

Revelation 20:14 is what I'm talking about. It is only confusing because nearly every translation says something like this: 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the ...
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Is there a Biblical basis for believing someone can be saved after dying and going to Hell? [closed]

As the title suggests, is there any Biblical reason to believe it is possible to escape Hell after dying and going there? Is there any way to save those people after these punishments? Or are they ...
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Is Heaven up and Hell down?

Ever since I was a little tyke I have heard people say go up to Heaven or down to Hell. Up and down would seemingly have its relationship to the surface of the Earth, and while down in that case can ...
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How is the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus interpreted?

I have always been puzzled by this in Scripture. Can someone clarify these points: If Jesus was speaking of reality then 'The End' had technically already come. Is this correct? From Hell it would ...
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According to Catholic teaching; how long do we go to Hell for?

When people are sent to Hell, is it really for eternity, or does the amount of time spent in Hell depend on the Sins/Crimes committed on Earth? I find it difficult to accept/believe that people who ...
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Does Hell exist according to Catholicism?

Does the Roman Catholic Church believe in the existence of Hell? If YES - Who will go to Hell and why? How long will they stay in Hell? Is there any second chance after they go to Hell? What ...
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If God is a God of love, why does God not make all souls in hell cease to exist? [closed]

If God is omnipotent, and a God of love, why does God not make all souls in hell cease to exist, and did it ever happen? Also, wouldn't a loving God end their suffering? Thank you for your answers.
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Will people in hell be able to remember people in heaven?

I've heard many times that once you go to heaven, you'll no longer remember your past life, or those that never made it to heaven. Does the same apply in hell?
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What is the biblical basis against the idea that Jesus descended into hell?

Related question: What is the Biblical basis for the concept that Jesus spent time in Hell? The question linked above provides a number of biblical arguments in support of the "descent into hell" (or ...
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Is it impossible to think that after judgment day being thrown into hell and then not existing after that is way worse than being in hell? [duplicate]

I have always believed that if you go to hell your soul will be there for ever. After looking at all the versus talking about heaven and hell, is there any verse that clearly states your soul will ...
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Would Jesus weep for the souls in Hell?

I was reading about a girl named Angelica, who claimed to have visited Heaven and Hell. I am touched from her testimony that Jesus was weeping when they were visiting Hell. When the Lord weeps, ...
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Why is it the soul takes the punishment in hell after a sinful human body died on earth? [closed]

While here on earth our human body takes all the pleasure in enjoying earthly pleasure and doing sins. Human souls have nothing to do with these pleasures but when the human body dies, it is the soul ...