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I immediately thought of C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" upon reading this question. In the book, he puts forth the idea that separation from God is what sinners desire, and God gives them what they desire. I did some digging and found this blog (written by Bird) on the topic: "The idea of Hell being something of a choice for the damned fits hand-in-glove ...


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Yes! Errr... NO! There are three competing theories on this. Jesus went to Hell with the damned. Jesus went to paradise in Hades Jesus went to heaven. All of these beliefs are based on a few critical verses. Verse 1: 1 Peter 3:18-20 In 1 Peter 3:18-20 (NIV), we see: 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to ...


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Put simply, it doesn't. Satan will not be the punisher in hell, but among the punished. Satan is not any any sense the king of hell And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number ...


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The statements ascribed to Pope Francis by that article are not true. It is a hoax. See: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/dont-fall-for-this-pope-francis-hoax-5-things-to-know-and-share http://www.hoaxorfact.com/Politics/pope-francis-declares-all-religions-are-true-facts.html


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This is what we know of "Hell". It's a place of darkness Jude 1:13 (NIV) They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. It's a place of torment Luke 16:28 (NIV) for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ ...


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Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God No one is righteous. Better is not enough. God demands 100% holiness. No one can achieve that. Therefore, we need the Blood of Jesus Christ. Only in Jesus, can we have salvation. Romans 5:12 (NIV) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through ...


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The Spirit of God is everything that will make eternal life worthwhile. My understanding is that the full glory of God will be revealed to everyone at the time of judgement. Hell is torture because it is complete and utter separation from God, nothing more, nothing less. This will be torture for unbelievers and anti-believers because they will first have ...


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I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but the bible calls this necromancy and describes it as an "abominable practice": 9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, ...


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Neither. Both if these options are built around a human centered view of justice. In reality, God isn't working under the same constraints as we would be and he has other purposes in mind. It still comes down to justice, but not quite the same kind of justice that would be metered out on a court on earth. Here on earth, our purposes in "punishment" are ...


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The Christian definition notion of hell itself already assumes in itself a belief in the Christian doctrines. As such, most atheists have exactly zero fear of hell, and it is considered merely an invention, typically either of fear or of control (depending on who you ask). As such, it isn't the atheists desire to exist in an afterlife without God - simply ...


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This is what we know of "Hell". It's a place of darkness Jude 1:13 (NIV) They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. It's a place of torment Luke 16:28 (NIV) for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ ...


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Yes, God is also in hell. The separation is not from his presence as if there was a place where his power was in effect, it's a severing of the relationship with him. The thing that will be experienced in hell is the wrath of God against sin rather than the grace of God towards his Son. I have heard this quip from several preachers so I don't know who ...


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These two lines of reasoning are, as you've presented them, problematic as you suggest. Ideally, they'd be used together and be founded in the true message of the gospel. First, the few details to be cleared up: I don't understand how can someone venerate Jesus for his act of ultimate selflessnes and love (the crucifixion) but at the same time try to ...


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No. To believe that God intends some people to go to hell opens many, many floodgates. If you believe that God intends for some people to go hell: This means that there are people that can not be saved Which in turn means that nothing you can do, no amount of faith, worship, or belief, repentance, or whatever your belief structure says you must do for ...


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Quite frankly Yes. Some people are created to go to hell. However you are looking at this the wrong way. Everyone is going to hell without the intervention of a benevolent God (This is known as Total Depravity). Thankfully God has chosen some people to be his children (Unconditional Election). The number of these people is limited. Christ's death was ...


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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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In reading your question, I don't think the issue at hand is God's omnipresence at all. Frankly it's not a terribly important doctrine in the first place and while I think one could make a case for it from Scipture, I think it's a little forced. Much more importantly, the Scripture states the reverse quite plainly, that all things are in and held together by ...


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I have never had a problem with the idea of God punishing someone forever. It is based on the concept of infinity, if God is infinitely excellent and glorious than sin against him is an infinite crime. We do not get it because part of our sinfulness is to deny His absolute glory. Love hates hatred; it does not just want to reform it, but to punish it for ...


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Short answer: We don't know for sure. The rest of this answer explores various "Christian answers", but the conclusion is "we don't know for sure". This is a question that I struggled with when I was an atheist, and it's a question that Christians have grappled with and that has never been answered in a way that would have been intellectually satisfying ...


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First, it's important to understand that a biblical understanding of hell is not as cut and dry as we might like it to be. That's another discussion. Second, the Nicene creed, which is most widely used creed across Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant, simply says: he suffered death and was buried. with no mention of hell. Third, any orthodox (that's ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe that there is a soul that survives the death of the body. We believe that, at death, a person ceases to exist, since the body simply returns to the "dust". (Genesis 3:17-19) This makes sense if you think about people who have brain damage (a damaged body): their consciousness is affected by this. Our consciousness is not an ...


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Technically, a couple of different terms are being confused in the question. Conditionalism is the teaching that immortality / eternal life is conditional upon a right standing with God. Annihilationism is the teaching that anyone who is ultimately unrepentant will cease to exist, usually after a period of torment that accommodates to the amount of evil ...


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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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There's an old saying (more or less) in Christianity that it's not a religion, but a relationship. There is biblical support for this coming from this verse: Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that ...


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I think punishment versus revenge is a false dichotomy. There seem to be aspect of both represented in the Biblical accounts of hell, but they are not the primary purpose of that dreadful destination. Punishment Here's a basic representation of hell as punitive: Revelation 20:1-3 (HCSB) 1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to ...


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Early Christians: Epistle of Barnabas (70 - 130 AD): The way of darkness is crooked, and it is full of cursing. It is the way of eternal death with punishment. (“Epistle of Barnabas”) Ignatius of Antioch (110 AD): Corrupters of families will not inherit the kingdom of God. And if they who do these things according to the flesh suffer death. ...


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Short answer: Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in Hell. Longer answer: Technically, Jehovah's Witnesses do believe in Hell, but (a) their beliefs about Hell are quite unusual, and (b) they generally don't use the name "Hell". (So it's simpler to say they don't believe in Hell.) Even longer answer: The Biblical words usually translated as "Hell" are the ...


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I think almost all branches of Christianity* agree that both heaven and hell are places specifically created by God. The justification for this is pretty simple: all things outside the being of God himself were created by God. There are no other eternally existing beings, things or places, and all the extant beings, things and places are explicitly ...


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According to Peter Binsfeld, you've got the list right. He made the list in 1589; there was no support for that theory before then, and there has been very little support for that theory since. As far as I know, there is no Christian tradition which adheres to there being seven princes of Hell. More than that, at least the names "Lucifer" and "Satan" ...


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YES, He did. 1 Peter 3:19-20 (NIV) 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, Those disobedient spirits are obviously in ...



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