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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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I believe the best way to address your question is to take apart what you've written, and address it piece by piece, looking especially at the assumptions you have made going into your argument. Please understand that while you may not agree with many of the statements I will make here, they do represent a Christian perspective. In particular, I will be ...


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God does not condone rape in the Bible. This is a commonly raised objection to Christianity that's been answered ad-nauseum on apologetics websites, such as this one: http://www.rationalchristianity.net/numbers31.html Quote from the linked post: Weren't the virgin women raped? There are two parts to this objection: did God instruct or permit the ...


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Neither. You're asking the wrong question. Earthly and fallable court systems work one way. As omniscient maker of the universe and its sovereign King, God is not required to work quite the same way. We use the imagery of a courtroom to talk about the last judgement, but it is just imagery. The actual proceedings are a little different. For one thing, ...


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In the story, everyone there recognised that they were sinners, including the top religious leaders. We should recognise that in ourselves also, no matter how 'good' we try to be. Jesus' compassion is not just for the woman but also for all of us. This comes to the heart of Christianity and is the whole point of John's Gospel: everyone has sinned/rebelled ...


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There are many possible practical applications. In fact, I think this is one of the most commonly used sermon texts. Everyone from ultra-liberals to ultra-conservatives seems to love the passage. However, it's textually one of the two most disputed passages in the New Testament, along with Mark 16:9-20 (see: Should Mark 16:9-20 be in the Bible?). The ...


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What is righteousness? Since we cannot achieve righteousness on our own, there is but one way to righteousness, which is to accept Jesus' sacrifice for our sins and let Him represent us at the judgment. In fact, only one sin cannot be forgiven by the sacrifice of the Cross, and it is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, which is the denial of the work and ...


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The various prophetic references are just that: prophecies. God is saying that if the people don't live right, they will be weakened as a nation and calamities will come upon them, including invasion by foreign nations that will do horrible things to them. God isn't saying that it's good or that it's right, simply that that is what will end up happening. ...


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The Bible does not anywhere indicate that the ‘most’ evil people are killed directly by God. God rather often, according to the purposes of his will, postpones the eternal judgment for sin a long while. Even the very worst of criminals may live long and prosperous lives and we must not expect full justice in this world. The injustice in the world is part ...


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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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Can Christians be judges? Yes. We are told to judge others within the church. (1 Cor 5:12) As @CecilBeckham said, we are told not to judge people's hearts/righteounness. (Mt 7:1-2, Lk 6:37) We are also told not to be hypocritical in our judgment (Ro 2:1) Paul endorses the idea of governmental authority in Romans 13, and says Romans 13:4 (NASB) But ...


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Yes everyone will be judged: 2 Corinthians 5:10 New King James Version (NKJV) - For we must ALL appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. but not all will be condemned: Romans 8:1 New King James Version (NKJV) - There is therefore now ...


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In the Orthodox tradition, it is understood that in the Resurrection, Christ descended into Hades, the realm of the dead, where he preached the Gospel to the dead of all times. Those who die in Christ have in their baptism already participated in his passage through Hades, which is death, and thus do not taste of death as Christ promises in the Gospels. ...


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"If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl's father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives." Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NIV Does not seem like condoning it at all It may not be in the passage ...


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The word "generation" there in Greek is γενεα (genea), which can also refer to a family, stock, nation. (Strongs, definition 2b) The NASB also has a footnote here next to "generation" saying "Or race". I've always interpreted it, therefore, as meaning that the Jewish people will continue to exist until the second coming. Another form of the same word, ...


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Basically, when you die, your soul goes to a place prepared for it, but your body is still here. So, as was shown with Lazarus and the rich man, you may be in Abraham's bosom, which is a good place, or in Hell, suffering. But, this is just your soul suffering. At the final judgement your body will also be with your soul, and you will be judged for the ...


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I think there are two important pieces you're missing here: God is the perfect judge. He already knows all the facts of case, including the alleged offense and your intentions. He will take everything into account. This is important because it seems like you are looking for assurance that justice and due process will be given. The answer is that they will ...


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It sounds like you're referring to the White Throne Judgment and the Bema Seat Judgment, which are typically believed to be different judgments by Evangelical Protestants. The White Throne Judgment is described in Revelation 20:11-15. This, to the traditions that believe in the two judgments, is the judgment that everyone faces, where you are judged to be ...


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God did not punish Sarah because: God promised to bless Sarah, not curse her. Sarah and Abraham seem to have laughed in a sort of prophesy, because the name of their son would sound the same as the Hebrew word for laughter. God is merciful! Directly after this He allows Abraham to ask Him, repeatedly, not to destroy Sodom if there are any righteous people ...


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Catholics don't believe in a second chance doctrine, as you phrased it. But some do believe that Jesus can come to you at the very last second of your life. St. Faustina continually was visited by Jesus in dreams wherein she came to learn that God's greatest attribute it His Divine Mercy. One thing alone is necessary: that the sinner set ajar the ...


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If Moses had said: "Okay, go ahead", would God have done it? You can take a look at the narrative of Abraham and Sodom (Genesis 18:16-33) as an example of this opposite case. Abraham, of course, doesn't say "Okay, go ahead and destroy Sodom"—but he doesn't ask for mercy either. His intercession is based on justice instead: it would be unjust, he ...


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The Judgment Seat of Christ is for the saved, while the Great White Throne judgement is for unsaved. However, that doesn't necessarily mean these are two separate events. Judgment Seat of Christ 2 Corinthians is written to believers; Paul opens the letter with "Paul...Unto the church of God which is at Corinth". In chapter 5 Paul exhorts the Corinthians to ...


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They are both speaking of the same thing, it is just that the "Judgment Seat of Christ" is how Paul refers to it while the "Great White Throne" is how John the Revelator refers to it! NT scholar Craig Keener says of 2 Corinthians 5:10: Paul's allusion here is directly to the standard OT and Jewish image of the day of judgment, in which GOD's throne ...


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The only place in the Bible where any sin is mentioned as being unforgivable is in Matthew 12: Matthew 12:31-32 (NLT) 31 “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy ...


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This question gets more interesting when you consider 1 Corinthians 6, where Paul reminds the saints of the doctrine that they will judge the world. It's clearly phrased as a reminder of something they already know, but unfortunately the original source of this doctrine does not exist in the Bible. But it fits the pattern of God acting through authorized ...


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Mankind was not judged at the cross. Rather, judgement began - and per that, for the household of God, not mankind en masse. As for Satan, he's been judged, Jn 16:11. But, the sentence has yet to be carried out, Rev 20:2. He will get a temporary brief from that incarceration, Rev 20:7. Then, have a permanent sentence carried out, Rev 20:10. Back to ...


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The command you quote is from thee different Gospels: Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. In each of these cases the ...


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Notice the order in which Jesus does things in this passage. He covers the sinner in love and grace, then he addresses the sin. We can learn a lot about lovingly correcting someone from this passage. Jesus does not require us to have everything together, for Him to offer His love and grace. Why should we treat others any differently?


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The bible never mentions Jesus' judgement directly, however you can compile it from the majority of verses. It's all about Love So here's what I have learned, from reading the bible: Faith + LOVE = Righteousness. Jesus was asked the question multiple times, "How do I inherit eternal life?" Jesus reply was ALWAYS that we needed to focus on Love, not about ...


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Two important things will happen to us at the last judgment that were not already done at our particular judgment. First, although our souls will already have gone to heaven (possibly via purgatory) or to hell, at the last judgment our bodies will be reunited with our souls, to join in their joy or suffering. Second, the last judgment will be public, seen ...



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