What is the Biblical basis for believing that an existence in hell will be appreciably different in quality for each individual - i.e quality or grades of hell? Do proponents of this idea get support from Jesus meting out a lesser punishment for the ignorant slave?

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    Is this strictly looking for an answer with a biblical basis? Different denominations might have different views on this. Apr 28, 2015 at 14:26
  • Yes, I was hoping to receive biblical references, thanks May 1, 2015 at 12:24

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is there a reason to believe that An existence in hell will be appreciably different in quality for each individual?

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Each is judged according to their works.

There is also a parable about proportionality;

Luke 12:47-48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

God is just and his punishment is just.

God is also merciful.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

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