a place of suffering and punishment in the afterlife

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Did Jesus spend time in Hell between the crucifixion and resurrection?

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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Are some people created to go to Hell?

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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Is Hell eternal, or do some/all escape it?

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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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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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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What exactly IS Hell?

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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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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Do I get a second chance to believe in Jesus after I die?

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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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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Does the Bible support 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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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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Eternal existence in hell?

I've heard particular denomination 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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Why do Christians appeal to personal gain and inducing fear when attempting to “convert” people?

I have many times witnessed christians trying to convince or convert atheists or people of other religions to christianity as well as all sorts of arguments and quarrels regarding christianity. I'm ...
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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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Why have Ministers and Preachers stopped preaching on Hell?

Back in my early years it seemed that every other Sermon was about staying out of Hell. Now it seems that you never hear any Sermons about how terrible it is there. As a young child that scared me ...
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Where, exactly, were Christ's body and soul during the Descendit?

In the Confessional Presbyterian, Vol. 3, p. 104ff., Daniel Hyde wrote about several different views of the Descendit - the descent of Christ into Hell - in his article "In Defense of the Descendit: A ...
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Is there Biblical support for Hell?

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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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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Which is hell: punishment, or revenge?

Let me first explain my understanding of these words (punishment & revenge): Punishment is typically when you do something to one person to make things better for society, or for that person. It ...
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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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“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani”?

In all Christian bibles the translators wrote this verse in the same language and translated it. ( Maybe its Hebrew which Í don't know) but why only Mark 15 vrs 34 in the whole, is it because when ...
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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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Is there a 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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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 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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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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Is the phrase, “Heaven is the presence of God, but Hell is the absence of God” an orthodox viewpoint?

Is the phrase, "Heaven is the presence of God, but Hell is the absence of God" an orthodox viewpoint? By orthodox I mean orthodox with a lower case o, not an upper case O, as in Orthodox. I used ...
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Are there any conditions which make oneself completely unredeemable in the eyes of God?

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 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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What is the origin of the account of Lucifer found in Milton's Paradise Lost?

In Paradise Lost, Milton describes how Lucifer rebelled against God and was cast into Hell as a result. I've always wondered about the origin of this account since as far as I know, it's not mentioned ...
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What happened to the resurrected after death?

In the Bible (primarily the New Testament), we see numerous people who were raised from the dead. Drawing from this link, we see the following were raised from death: Widow of Zarephath's son (1 ...
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Could Hell be seen as a reward?

I live in a very atheistic land. People hate religion because the main religion in my province has abused the people. Thus sometimes when I speak to friends and coworkers I present Hell as follows. ...
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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 of all those who just don't know

Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. ...
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Is there a Biblical basis for believing someone can be saved after dying and going to Hell?

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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What is the difference between Hell and Lake of Fire? [duplicate]

The answers on this question "Heaven/Paradise/Sheol, Hell/Hades/The Lake of Fire" are not clear enough regarding difference between Hell and Lake of Fire. And the sea gave up the dead which were ...
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God | The Shepherd That “Breaks Legs”? [closed]

The title of this question has an element of humor but is very real. On my way home, I was listening to a pastor's sermon on KWAVE. This pastor stated that God is like a Shepherd and that we are His ...
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What does the bible say about people who see dead people on earth?

I have a friend who sees people who have passed away. Like she can see, hear, and talk to them. This isnt fake, she really can. She recently told me that she sees my deceased grandfather at our ball ...
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Is prayer to Jesus required for salvation?

According to the Bible, will those who have heard about Jesus (and, perhaps, even believed that Jesus existed or that he had a special role) and yet have never prayed directly to Him (i.e. never ...
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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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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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Do Rob Bell and Tullian Tchividjian represent sides of any prior Christian controversy?

Both Rob Bell and Tullian Tchividjian have each taken heat for talking too much about grace.[*] Here is, for example, an interview on John Piper's objections to Rob Bell, and here is David Murray's ...
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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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The soul's progression through purgatory

Does anyone know of any folklore in Christian mythology about what happens to the soul as it progresses through purgatory and into heaven? (Plus, of course, for systems that hold universal ...
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Who created heaven and hell?

I'm wondering if heaven and hell was created or it always existed. If it was created obviously God created it right? Because He is the only one capable of creating something like that. If so why make ...
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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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Are there any denominations that teach a Hell that is not a place?

To be more specific (and also more broad), are there any major groups within Christianity that consider Hell not to be a specific place, but rather a specific state of being? I expect the list to be ...
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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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What denominations subscribe to or accommodate the Annihiliationist doctrine of hell?

I am interested in what denominations allow or require the belief that hell is the annihilation of a conditionally immortal soul rather than the eternal suffering or eventual redemption of such.
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Does eternal damnation still exist?

1 Timothy 2:4 NIV 'God our Savior [sic] who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth'. Anticipating his suffering and death, Jesus proclaims, John 12:31-32 NIV ...