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In Heaven: A History (1995: Yale University Press) the authors, Drs. Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang, state that Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) had a pivotal role in bringing about a changed view of heaven, including the idea that angels are humans who have died and gone on to heaven, rather than a separate race of pre-created beings as mainstream ...


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We must distinguish between the two limbos: Limbo of hell or of the Patriarchs (limbus inferni seu patrum)This is also known as Abraham's bosom. This limbo no longer exists (cf. "Reply to Objection 3" of this) because Christ has already descended into hell and brought those souls detained there to heaven during His Ascension. Limbo for children (limbus ...


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Natural vs. Supernatural Orders A human is composed of a body and a soul. Since the human soul is virtually infinite—just think of all that man desires, can know, and can do etc.—, it is not fulfilled by finite creation. Man was created for a higher, supernatural end, which he can attain by God's grace. Your question is essentially asking about the ...


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The Bible never described someone else's soul sleeping only to be awaken at the last judgment. Rather, what the Bible records show is that in the New Testament all of God's people who are in the state of death are away from the body and present with the Lord. They are not sleeping but are at home with the Lord. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would ...


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The Southern Baptist position is that we will be resurrected with physical bodies, as they state in The Baptist Faith and Message: X. Last Things God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be ...


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Like God, we humans are spiritual beings. Unlike God, we are not just spirit; we are physical, corporeal bodies which are animated by spirit. Imagine, if you will, a living body. Picture this body standing upright, but perfectly still. Every system in the body is functioning as it should: the heart is beating at 72 times a minute; the oxygen-carbon-dioxide ...


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So if the dead are already with Jesus where are the dead in Christ rising from? Those who died in faith in the Old Testament are to be raised at the second coming of Christ. Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Hebrews 11:40 God ...


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This is a very common mistake. If you only read verses 16 and 17: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ...


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Just as those that rose with Christ when he was resurrected, those that rise first after the second coming will rise from their graves: 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (Matt 27:52-53) ...


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It's a complex issue which might not be addressed completely by this answer right now. But given enough time I'll elaborate more detail to address many aspects related to this controversy in great depth on my next update. For those unfamiliar with the debate between Hieromonk Seraphim Rose and Archbishop Lazarus Puhalo, this might be a good preliminary ...


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I can only really answer this from the perspective of evangelical Christianity as I have been taught it, and I'm sure there are some other interpretations out there too. Essentially this comes down to our different perspectives of time. When someone dies, from the perspective of those of us left behind, they are effectively in a timeless state - fans of ...


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I not sure if this question is on-topic so I would usually just comment instead of answering, but this is a bit long for a comment... In Christianity, redemption means forgiveness of sins, or perhaps more precisely the removal of punishment due for past sins. In other religions it means other things, but that is not relevant here. Since an atheist does ...


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This answer is based on the Christian theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), and reflects the views of the "Swedenborgian" or "New Church" denominations that accept his theology. Except for the last part, about the "Peaceable Kingdom" passages in Isaiah, this answer is extracted and edited from my article, "Will We See our Pets Again in Heaven?" ...


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The concept of limbo probably began with Thomas Aquinas but for some reason was never formalised as Catholic doctrine. When I was a young child, many years ago, the brothers taught me about limbo as fact, and I was certainly required to be able answer test questions on the subject, but it seems it never had formal doctrinal status. Recent Catholic ...


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In Revelation 6:9-11, John the apostle sees a group of people in heaven before the resurrection has taken place. They had died earlier. They are speaking to God with a loud voice asking a question (proving that they are near enough to Jesus to talk to Him). Then they are given robes (proving that they have enough of a body to wear apparel) and are told to ...


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The following, represents the Roman Catholic Church, not the context of a document taken out of time condemning active heretics, those who rebelled as Satan did, but those who fell victim to that rebellion. The affirmation "outside the Church there is no salvation" is explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (§846-848) as follows:How are we to ...


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Yes. That's what Final Judgment is. There's two Judgments, at the moment of death you are instantly judged and soul is sent to Heaven, Hell or Purgatory, this is called general or particular Judgment. The Second Coming is also called the Final Judgment, when the Just will get a glorified body and the Damned a monstrous body. The glorified body has four ...


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What does the Bible say about people who see dead people? There are three possibilities. What is told is a hoax. What is seen is real. What is seen is not real. There are and have been a number of people who make a living telling people what they would like to hear about their deceased loved ones. In 1 Samuel 28 a record is given of Saul seeking the ...



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