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Protestants, does Jesus in Luke 13:28 say that people in hell will be tormented by being able to look into heaven and see what they're missing out on?

For reference, here's Luke 13:28, ESV: In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you ...
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How do believers in hell respond to the argument "What finite crime deserves an infinite punishment?"?

Many branches of Christianity believe that people who have done something wrong in this life will, in the afterlife, suffer an infinite punishment that is called hell. Hell is usually depicted as some ...
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Why is God's Judgment only Heaven or Hell?

I know very little of the Christian Faith or of any other faith for that matter, but this question struck me as relevant maybe not just to Christianity but also to all faiths as a whole. Penal systems ...
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Will God love those whom He'll punish eternally? [closed]

According to the hymn The Love of God, God's love "reaches to the lowest hell": The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches ...
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How is god all good if he created evil? [duplicate]

Okay so I've heard the argument that humans are the one who let evil in the world but at one point there was only God before he stated his creation process, so there was all good. God created the laws ...
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How is Satan considered the ruler of hell according to Christians while he himself will be tormented there? [duplicate]

So in popular Christian belief, which, afaik, is popular amongst Catholics, and Protestants, Satan is termed the king of hell and will torment his followers who will be sent there due to his ...
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Why would non-Christians go to hell?

If being a non-Christian is a sin, and if Jesus died for all of our sins, why should non-Christians go to hell?
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What is the consensus within Christianity regarding the application of infinite punishment in response to finite sin?

My understanding is that the concept of Hell can have multiple interpretations. Some see it as a temporary purgatorial state or as a state of separation from god. My question focuses on Christian ...
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The Apostolic Fathers on "the Gates of Hell" (Matt. 16:18)

According to Britannica: Apostolic Father, any of the Greek Christian writers, several unknown, who were authors of early Christian works dating primarily from the late 1st and early 2nd centuries. ...
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Which "Hell" is Being Alluded to in Matt. 16:18?

In Matt: 16:18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Douay-Rheims) The underlying Greek uses the ...
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According to Catholic theology, can a damned person be resuscitated, converted, and then go to Heaven?

In canto 20 of Dante's Paradiso, Dante describes what Ciardi's footnotes on lines 106-117 say is a pious tradition that Pope Gregory (540-604) prayed for the salvation of the Emperor Trajan (53-117) ...
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Why is Hell considered a permanent situation?

Jesus taught that we undergo a judicial process before being sent to Hell during our earthly lifetimes. Mt 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be ...
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Did Jesus speak more about hell than heaven?

Over the years I have often heard sermons in which it is claimed that Jesus taught more about hell than heaven. I have always believed it because I never had the inclination to check up on those ...
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Why Doesn't Everyone Who Dies Physically Go to Hell?

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 9:5: "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten." If ...
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Do Catholics believe that Nephilim (Genesis 6:1-4) go to Purgatory?

I'm not Catholic, but I want to know the opinion and how Catholics who study the Word of God understand and interpret this passage of Genesis 6:1-4 that talks about a humanoid race of giants and if ...
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Where were Satan and his angels when God devastated the Earth during Noah's Flood?

There is no doubt that angels (both the Holy and the Fallen) had a strong influence in the antediluvian world. Satan was the serpent of Eden. But, during Noah's Flood, where was he, what was he and ...
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Are there any writings that support the belief that Judas might be in Heaven now?

There is an article coming from Archbishop Paglia, saying, "For Catholics, who say that Judas is in hell, is a heresy." Vatican Official: It’s Heresy to say Judas is in Hell When Ab. Paglia ...
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How do people in Hell survive? [closed]

How do people in Hell survive it? In traditionalist circles, Hell is the full wrath of God, infinitely hot fire and brimstone, and extreme pain, suffering, torture, and it is called eternal death. Now ...
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Is Hell a physical place in mainstream Christianity?

In the Bible Hell is always referred to in physical, concrete terms. Descriptions include a lake of fire and brimstone, a weeping and gnashing of teeth, darkness, and physical pain. The rich man in ...
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According to mainstream Christian groups, is it the soul or the body that goes to heaven?

During his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said "It is better for you to lose one member of your body that causes you to sin than have your whole body thrown into hell" (Matt 5:30b) From the ...
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How did literature contemporaneous to the New Testament understand the "Second Death"?

The term "second death" appears four times in Scripture, all in Revelation (all NKJV, emphasis added): He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes ...
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Do Christians use ancient Greek polytheistic connotations when defining the literal meaning of Hell?

Hell Christian theology invokes a very frightening image of Hell, which is quite close to how the ancient Greeks envisaged Tartarus. Wikipedia In Christian theology, Hell is the place or state into ...
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Is the Book of Revelation the only place in Scripture teaching eternal torment? [duplicate]

Revelation 20:10 depicts hell in the following manner (NKJV, emphasis mine): The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And ...
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How can some Christians deny devils and Hell exist?

As a person who believes in Jesus and the scriptures, I have encountered Christians who do not believe in devils, demons, Hell, and eternal punishment. That is despite these all being mentioned in the ...
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How/why do Annihilationists hold to their view on Hell when the Scripture never uses the word “ἀφανίζω (aphanizō)”?

The word aphanizō (ἀφανίζω) means: “to remove out of sight, cause to disappear;, pass. to disappear, vanish, Jas. 4:14; by impl. to destroy, consume, so that nothing shall be left visible, Mt. 6:19, ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the notion that the wicked are resurrected in immortal bodies just like the righteous?

Those who purport the traditional doctrine of eternal conscious torment/separation, which asserts that the wicked do not physically die at the final judgment, but are instead consciously separated ...
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How do proponents of eternal conscious torment/separation reconcile their beliefs with Luke 13:3, 5?

Luke 13:1-5 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans ...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell? [closed]

God gives me reason. I use that reason to analyze the world around me and draw my own conclusions. How can I be guilty if my reason, given to me by God, let me conclude that God doesn't exist? Isn't ...
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Did any catholic theologian argue that hell must be eternal from the fact of Incarnation?

Did any catholic theologian argue that hell must be eternal from the fact of Incarnation? If so, which ones, and how did they argue for it? According to the Catholic faith, hell is eternal. Could one ...
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According to believers in an eternal conscious torment/separation, what is the biblical basis for distinguishing between life and consciousness?

According to believers in an eternal conscious torment (ECT) or separation (ECS) of the wicked, this is the punishment that Revelation 20 refers to as the "second death". But, if the damned ...
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What did the Early Church (ante-Nicene period) believe about Gehenna and the Second Death?

Gehenna according to Strong's Concordance geenna: Gehenna, a valley W. and South of Jer., also a symbolic name for the final place of punishment of the ungodly Original Word: γέεννα, ης, ἡ Part of ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that "hell is locked from the inside"?

Notable apologist and writer C. S. Lewis once wrote that "the doors of hell are locked on the inside". This indicates that people place themselves in hell, not that God places them there. ...
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How do believers in an eternal conscious torment/separation interpret Matthew 10:28?

Matthew 10:28 `And be not afraid of those killing the body, and are not able to kill the soul, but fear rather Him who is able both soul and body to destroy in gehenna. (YLT) And do not be afraid of ...
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How do Annihilationists interpret Matthew 10:28?

Matthew 10:28 `And be not afraid of those killing the body, and are not able to kill the soul, but fear rather Him who is able both soul and body to destroy in gehenna. (YLT) And do not be afraid of ...
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How can the wicked live for eternity in hell when they are completely separated from the only source of eternal life?

There are some who believe that the "Second Death" in Revelation is not literal, but figurative of eternal separation from God in hell. Revelation 20:14 Then death and Hades were thrown ...
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What is the Seventh-Day Adventist view of hell?

While listening to a video of "Ready to Harvest" (a great neutral viewpoint denomination YouTube channel), he said something very briefly that made it sound like Seventh-Day Adventists don't ...
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How is 2 Thessalonians 1:9 understood by those who believe that Hell is eternal conscious torment?

I've come across a passage that seems to support the idea that Hell is total annihilation. The verbiage "eternal destruction" in the English translation seems to denote that the individual ...
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Would the Serpent (Satan) have dwelled eternally on earth if the fruit was not bitten?

After Lucifer and the fallen angels were hurled away from Heaven and landed on Earth instead of hell, because Earth was once paradise before the fall of man and Satan and his demons were sent there, ...
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What is the source of the idea that there will be a window in heaven to watch your enemies burn in hell?

Is it Catholicism? Or conservatives that believe this? It might be from Dante’s Inferno or something. Not specifically mentioned in the Bible. There is the story of Lazarus and the rich man in hell ...
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How do annihilationists respond to verses that indicate eternal hell fire?

Matthew 18:8: 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into ...
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If existence is greater than nonexistence, how could it have been better for Judas not to have been born (Mt. 26:24)?

Using natural reason it seems necessary to conclude that hell is a less evil fate than annihilation. If we recognize that evil is a lack of good, and existence is a good, then we can conclude that ...
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How do non-universalists account for these passages talking about the salvation of all?

I hold to universalism, but am perfectly willing to change my mind on the subject. I just have never received good defeaters to the universalist passages that I present. First Corinthians 15:22 "...
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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, why should they be punished in Hell and not be given more merciful alternatives?

Inspired by a thought-provoking comment section discussion about an answer to my previous question According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, how is God not unfair for ...
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According to believers in the inexorable damnation of the unreached, how is God not unfair for letting someone be born in unreachable conditions?

It is a fact of history that many unfortunate people have been born in conditions where it has been pretty much impossible for them to even dream of having a chance to hear the message of salvation -- ...
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How do universalists avoid tempation?

I've been having a rough week, wondering what it would be like to give up Catholicism and be a Unitarian. But I was wondering, how have universalist leaders taught their adherents to avoid temptation ...
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Christianity and Survivor's Guilt [closed]

One of the major impediments to many people's acceptance of conservative Christianity these days is the doctrine of hell. It seems the thought that people, of which include our sweet beloved friends ...
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Will Lucifer be burn for whole eternity? [closed]

Non-regret sinners will spend a whole eternity in hell. Will Lucifer get the same destiny as well?
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What is the biblical basis for saying that unsaved souls are completely destroyed? (Annihilationism) [duplicate]

What is the biblical basis for saying that unsaved souls are completely destroyed? Related Questions: The following link covers the basis for saying that the unsaved are eternally punished, but not ...
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What do Latter Day Saints believe happens to persons who have rejected Christ Jesus?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints says this in their third article of faith: We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ...
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Existence of Hell in Christianity [duplicate]

What are the biblical basis for hell in Christianity? Are there any and if there are what are they based on in bible or in Christianity in general. I have seen many articles about the bible not ...
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