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Questions tagged [afterlife]

Relating to questions about heaven, hell, limbo, purgatory, and all states after a person dies

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Resurrection time; afterlife etc

There are many passages in bible about this question. But the thing that confuses me is this: If resurrection is "at the last day" or "at the end of the world" (according to John 6, John 11:24, 1 ...
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Why should Christians strive to live long lives? At what lengths should they go to do so?

I understand that we are called to spread the gospel, but why should we (or should we at all) cling to physical life with white knuckles? I have known believers to go to extreme lengths to prolong ...
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How do soul sleep adherents explain 1 Peter 3:18-20?

1 Peter 3:18-20: Because even Messiah once suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to Elohim, having been put to death indeed in flesh but made alive in the Spirit, 19 in ...
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Title of video about judgment?

Trying to identify (title or anything helpful) a DVD I saw long ago. Guy gets to (heaven?), is nervous about judgment, meets St. Paul (and others) while waiting. When his turn comes, all the not-so-...
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Does the Anglican Church teach that faithful are immediately reunited with loved ones?

Watching the days of news coverage following the death of George HW Bush (41st President of the USA) has me asking for the Anglican Church’s view on what happens upon the death of a faithful member. ...
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How does God reconstruct your brain if it has been destroyed in the afterlife [closed]

(Disclaimer: Sorry, I'm not a native english speaker, feel free to correct my english if it is poor) In which state your brain is restored after death ? Does the bible said something about that ? ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that the soul/spirit continues after death?

What scriptural support is used to defend the belief that the soul/spirit of man continues on after death? And how does that work with the fact that God made man "from dust you are and dust you will ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that believe in sex and marriage in the afterlife?

After an interesting set of articles put forward in the chatroom, I'm curious to know if any christian denominations have said a marriage can continue in heaven, and if the conjugal act continues in ...
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Does Hades (The bosom of Abraham) still exist after Christ's resurrection

I've been listening to this pastor from AoC Network that has been talking about Hades as there is/was a place of torment and a place of peace, before Christ's resurrection. This is where people who ...
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How do soul sleep adherents explain Lk 23:43?

Luke 23:43 says: And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Jesus told the thief on the cross beside him that he'll be in paradise with Jesus that day. Being ...
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Mormon concept of 1 Timothy 6:16

1 Timothy 6:16 speaks of Jesus and is in King James Version translated as: Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to ...
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Do Mormons believe in the immortality of the soul?

Some scriptures refer to the soul as something that can die. For example, Acts 3, verse 23: And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from ...
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On the body of Satan and Holy Ghost and angels according to Mormons

This is kind of a follow-up question to my other question about the kind of bodies people will have in heaven, according to Mormons. From the answers it seems that nobody in heaven has a spirit body. ...
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Mormon understanding of what kind of bodies people have in heaven

This question is about the article about Heavenly Father at lds.org which says about God that: He “has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s” (D&C 130:22). Some questions I would like ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in ghosts (or what-ever these may be)?

Here's a bit of a story from my childhood that's related to this question. (Sorry if this is too long but I wanted to explain what I mean.) I grew up in Sweden in a family of Finnish immigrants. ...
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What was the early Coptic doctrine for beliefs in the afterlife?

I can find plenty of information regarding modern Coptic beliefs concerning beliefs in the afterlife, but I was wondering if that was always the same. I imagine, as with all religions, especially ones ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by the phrase “in the age to come”?

We read at Matthew 12:31-32 (RSVCE): 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever says a ...
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According to Catholicism, do the saints and martyrs in heaven rise again on judgment day?

Do Saints and martyrs who are already in heaven rise again on judgment day and assume a new body? If so, why when they are already in heaven and with the Lord?
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Are there any Christian denominations that deny the existence of an afterlife?

The Sadducees in ancient Israel rejected the very idea of there being an afterlife. They claimed that the punishment and curses as well as the blessings and rewards described throughout the Bible are ...
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According to the Anglican Church, did the prophets in Old Testament have a concept of life after death?

I'm a non-denominational Christian who visits whatever Church happens to be close when I'm travelling. I was visiting an Anglican church today, and the reverend gave a sermon from Old testament. She ...
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According to Catholicism, is there hope for people to get saved after they're dead?

Do Catholics believe that there is hope for salvation after death? If they do not have faith in Jesus as the messiah before they die, is there any hope for them?
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Earliest case of pointing to heaven as consolation and hope to loved ones

I know of a few early church writings that can be understood as saying we go to heaven when we die. But that is not what I'm asking. Rather, I'm looking for the first known case (post NT) where, in ...
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How do Baptists interpret the summoning of Samuel by the medium of Endor?

Considering that Baptists generally believe that the soul of a faithful servant of God is immediately united with God upon death, how does the Baptist Church interpret 1 Samuel 28:8: 8 So Saul ...
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In Catholic doctrine, is limbo eternal?

The Catholic Church professes a belief in the existence of limbo. Although the doctrine on this subject has not yet been defined, does the Catholic Church believe that it is eternal?
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Why is our physical world so different from spiritual?

I read this comment from one of the answers: As we are only mortal flesh, we are not capable of understanding the unique nature of God. Jesus also many times found it difficult to explain about ...
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What are the biblical arguments against soul sleep?

Quoting from this site: Soul sleep is the teaching that when a person dies that his soul "sleeps" until the time of the future resurrection. In this condition, the person is not aware or conscious. ...
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Why do Catholics teach that Catholics go to hell if they die in a state of mortal sin, but teach some Protestants may go to Purgatory/Heaven?

I have heard, according to Roman Catholic professors and dogma, that if we die with a mortal sin on our soul we will go to hell. However, didn't Pope Benedict XVI say that Protestants can achieve ...
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How do Southern Baptists who believe in the immortality of the soul explain what death means in scripture

The Bible often speaks of death as "sleep" and Ecclesiastes 9:5 says dead aren't aware of anything. Yet many Christians claim reward or punishment begins immediately when one dies. If there is really ...
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How can we be with Christ when we die, if Christ has a glorified body and we won't until the resurrection?

It is taught that when we die we who believe in Christ will be with him right away, but how can we be right away with Christ if he has a glorified physical body that we are supposed to receive only in ...
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What was the Biblical Basis Tertullian used to support what he termed the “refrigerium interim”? [duplicate]

The early Christian theologian Tertullian used the term refrigerium interim to describe a happy state in which the souls of the blessed are refreshed while they await the Last Judgment and their ...
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Is the Christian concept of “redemption” meaningless apart from God? [closed]

Does religion own the idea of "redemption" as it appears in Christian theory? Is there space for the idea of "redemption" in atheism? Or does the term become meaningless (i.e. untranslatable) ...
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Where do dead in Christ rise from if they're with Jesus? [closed]

In Revelation and 1 Thessalonians we read that the dead in Christ rise first. This makes sense if you do not believe that the dead are already in heaven, but very many Christians believe that the ...
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Does the Eastern Orthodox Church believe in Aerial Toll Houses?

In the Oration, St. Gregory of Nazianzus talked about “last baptism,” the baptism of eschatological fire, longer lasting and more painful than one’s penance for sins (Or. 39.19). Some Protestants have ...
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What is Heaven like according to Catholics?

What does a person experience who is saved, after their death? Are they going to have a bodily resurrection in the New Jerusalem, in the real world, or is it a spiritual existence? If in the real ...
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What happens to a human after he dies according to Catholicism?

What happens to a human after he dies according to the Catholicism? A good answer should reference official church sources.
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What is considered to be free choice in the context of “choosing to go to hell”?

Let me preface this by stating that I received a Christian education and have seen the idea that individuals choose to go to hell (rather than God sending them there), mostly from a vaguely ...
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Did only Jesus human body remain in the grave for the three days?

Jesus told the thief at Calvary : Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." And yet he was not resurrected until after the Sabbath. So ...
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Why our life on Earth defines our future life in eternity? [closed]

Why our limited knowledge of God or of our sins defines our future life in eternity. Isn't it little bit unfair? I understand if the angels falls into hell after they make a decision not to serve God. ...
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Why does Jesus' Resurrection mean hope for an individual and in what context?

This Easter, the phrase "Jesus' Resurrection represents hope for you and your family", was repeatedly stated among different Christian outlets (sermons, radio stations, banners, etc nation wide in the ...
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What does the Bible say about people who see dead people? [closed]

I have a friend who sees people who have passed away. She can see, hear, and talk to them. This isn't fake, she really can. She recently told me that she sees my deceased grandfather at our ball games....
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How did the second Vatican council (aka Vatican II) address the concept of limbo?

I've heard that the second Vatican council eliminated the concept of limbo. Or maybe that it never existed to begin with. Was limbo part of "official" Catholicism before Vatican II? What changes were ...
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What is the scriptural basis for the conditionalist doctrine of hell?

By conditionalist doctrine, I mean the belief that hell is the destruction of those souls that go there, rather than the everlasting torment or eventual purification of said souls.
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What is the Christian take on reincarnation?

What does the Bible say about reincarnation? (as in after making mistakes in this life you are given another chance in the next life). As far as I know it is not a Biblical thing(since the dead are ...
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What does the Church say about the statements that the Pope Benedict XVI made in the book “God and the World”?

In response to my earlier question, apocalypse_info_click_here answered: While that article in particular is a hoax... Each point in particular has been made and is old news. Benedict ...
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Are the requirements for attaining godhood in LDS teaching the same or different for every world?

In my understanding of LDS teaching, both Jesus and Lucifer proposed plans of salvation to Elohim, and Jesus' plan was chosen. As a result, some people on earth may attain godhood if they follow the ...
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How does the relationship compare between earthly children and spiritual children in LDS theology?

As I understand LDS teaching, a couple may have an eternal family with the children they produce here on earth. However, that couple may also attain godhood and then produce spiritual children for ...
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Does LDS teaching hold to a multi-universe theory or an infinite universe theory in order to account for the doctrine of eternal progression?

I recently read about the doctrine of eternal families in the LDS Church. As I understand it, the LDS church teaches that men on this planet have the potential to become gods themselves, who then ...
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What are the qualifications for becoming an eternal family according to LDS teaching?

I understand the LDS Church teaches the concept of an eternal family. I guess the husband and wife have to have been sealed for eternity in a Temple marriage, and, therefore, have to hold Temple ...
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In LDS teaching, do gods and goddesses produce spiritual offspring forever?

I understand that the LDS Church teaches that some men will progress to godhood in the afterlife, have a wife or wives, and produce spiritual children with spirit bodies, which later must inhabit ...
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Do spirits/souls make decisions/think?

Today I heard an instructor (a monk) saying: At The Third Council of Constantinople, counted as the Sixth Ecumenical Council by the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church and other Christian groups, ...