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I'm reminded of the story of two twins inside a mother's womb. They are discussing what things might be like on the other side of "birth". One wonders if there really is a "Mom". Neither can conceive of what life will be like, though, since neither has ever been there. They've heard that it's a painful trip, but that there's a wonderful world of ...


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We don't know The Bible doesn't tell us. The only answer I can give is a tautology - if they were saved, then they went to heaven. But the Bible doesn't tell us whether they were saved. However, it should be noted that the nature of their punishment does not rule out the possibility of their salvation. Consider 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 (NASB): It is ...


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Per Scripture, the only way to heaven is by putting our trust in Christ and accepting His free gift of salvation. The question you pose is based on a common misunderstanding of the relationship between how "good" we are and whether or not we are "good enough" to get to Heaven. The problem is that not one of us has ever kept the Ten Commandments, much less ...


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The Catholic Church is very explicit in it's teachings that "all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church". The only way to enter the Church and become part of the Body of Christ is through baptism. Thus, baptism is necessary for salvation. This is not meant to be interpreted as only Catholics can attain salvation. Rather, the Church ...


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I will risk an answer, though I too hold these things to be very sacred. I will also offer this disclaimer: This is my understanding, having been a life-long member of the LDS church. If a lack of references and citations means this answer needs to be deleted, I fully understand. My question is, according to LDS teaching, when does a person have to ...


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Memories: Romans 14:12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God I am under the impression that yes we will have memories of our lives (because without such memories how could we give account?). We would not be able to give an account if we did not have consciousness. Conscious Experience: I think that this Scripture gives us a ...


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Fundamentally, Christianity doesn't believe that anything you do gets you into heaven. You can do good things, and not be saved. You can do bad things, but be forgiven. Who you are, and what you do is, sad to say, irrelevant. From God's perspective, "even our righteousness is as filthy rags." To believe that our poor power to add or detract is a ...


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According to scripture, hell is real, and anyone who was not born again will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43I was a stranger and you ...


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Jesus Himself said Abraham was in heaven, in the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus: Luke 16:19-31 NIV1984 (I have highlighted the six references to Abraham.) “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell ...


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The Bible says nothing about this. The closest you can come in Scripture is Luke 16:19-31 19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his ...


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The verses you quote give one very obvious reason: to fill the earth, take control of it, and rule it. This might be slightly more understandable by analogy to adopted children of a good king. The king desires his children to not just like him in title (accomplished simply by the adoption) but like him in character and action (rightly using authority ...


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That hell is a literal place as is understood by Western Protestants is far from settled. Byzantine (Greek) Orthodoxy, for example, adheres to a conception of Hell very similar to that espoused by Bell: Hell not a physical place but the state of not experiencing God's love, one can leave it at any time by accepting God's love, and those who live a righteous ...


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As Mason Wheeler mentioned, LDS members consider the answers to these questions sacred, and thus you're probably not going to find much "official" information on this subject. However, there is one quote that comes to mind, and my responses will be in light of this: Let me give you the definition in brief. Your endowment is, to receive all those ...


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First of all, Christianity doesn't teach that some get to go to heaven because they are "smaller sinners" than everybody else. Likewise those in hell are not their because they are "bigger sinners" than anyone else. In fact as humans we all stand on pretty equal ground as far as that is concerned, and if that were the standard we'd all be in hell. Secondly, ...


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Many passages from the Bible have been used as the basis for people seeing and hearing from heaven. I think that I have now rounded up all the major points. I could be wrong, perhaps there are even more. Below I give the 7 major biblical points that I have seen brought up as supporting this view. Some of these points are related, but they all approach the ...


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They can, it seems. The clearest example is from Luke 16:22-25: 22 When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have ...


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First off, eschatology (the study of last things) is rarely subject to a definitive answer, because there is simply a wide range of opinion on how to interpret these things. The best that I can do is repeat theories I have seen before. The answer below presumes a pre-milennial dispensationalist reading, meaning that the timeline is what Tim LaHaye ...


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The answer is yes. As well as the Old Testament accounts of Abraham's life he is also mentioned a few times in the New Testament - namely in Romans 4, Galations 3 and Hebrews 11. It's in the first two of those that we find our answer: What does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. (Romans 4:3, NIV) ...


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The mainstream Christian answer is that there is no chance for repentance after death. The Scripture used to support this is Hebrews 9:27 which says And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment The protestant answer goes further saying this: (From http://www.gotquestions.org/second-chance-salvation.html) While ...


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The fruitfulness of the creation is something God intended according to the design of the world. He made the world a certain size intending that it become full of various things including vegetation, water, animals and man. To be fruitful is not a command as though fishes that did not propagate were sinful fishes, it is more of an 'ordinance of blessing' ...


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The problem with this kind of question is that, at least within the context of Mormon Doctrine, there has never exactly been an authoritative treatise on any sort of relation to these concepts in our physical realm. I can, however, present the various theories laid forth by various 'philosophers,' so to speak, within Mormonism. An interesting book I came ...


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Reincarnation is not an orthodox Christian idea. Resurrection is.1 The most long standing articulation of this belief among Christians can be found in the Nicene Creed: I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Nicene Christians (includes all mainstream traditions, excludes some sects) believe that we live once, die ...


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I'm going to try to answer this from a purely Scriptural point of view, rather than a particular doctrinal stance. The short answer is, according to Scripture, no. But there are a few points to address in the question. and not sinned by our definition Everyone on earth has sinned, save Jesus. Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and ...


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Genesis 1:28 (NIV) God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” This was a blessing from God. Most of the other Bible translations also use the word "Be fruitful" and it indicates ...


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I think you could make a pretty solid case from the Bible that the spirits of men, once dead, stay dead to this world and are are only active* in another place. In fact, no mainline traditions I know of teach specifically in the existence of ghosts, and quite a few teach against such a thing being possible. There are of course a few exceptional groups ...


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There are two major schools about the place, whether it is eternal or whether there is annihilation. Most of the time, Jesus refers to being 'destroyed' in hell. With this definition, only two groups will have an 'eternal' hell. First, Satan and demons. In terms of people, then according to Rev. 14:11: And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ...


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As the commenters have already pointed out in response to other answers, the various points in the Bible which might be seen as answering this question are ambiguous. The only passage that I've seen that claims to answer it definitively comes from outside of mainstream Christianity. In the book of Doctrine and Covenants--a collection of revelations and ...


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TL;DR The answer seems to be a clear "Yes" on this matter. David Legg has an excellent sermon on the subject here, from which I obtained much of this research. Many people have heard the passage about there being no marriage in Heaven: Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection ...


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The Catechism has this: 1026 By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has "opened" heaven to us. The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ. He makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will. Heaven is the ...


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I'd highly recommend the book Surprised by Hope_ by N.T. Wright. He does a very great job of going in depth of what the bible says our hope is for life after death. It's a good read, and left me feeling very refreshed and excited. The premise focuses on the scriptures where God returns to earth to make a New Heaven and a New Earth, and we are resurrected ...



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