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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?

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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What if Hell isn't a punishment? [closed]

If Hell isn't a punishment but instead the logical consequence of our rejection of God, if God doesn't send us to Hell, but we choose to go there on our own; how can Jesus' death on the Cross help us ...
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How sound is the doctrine in Dante's Inferno?

I have read Dante's Inferno and was wondering how Theologically sound some of the points-of-view really are? Now I know Dante's Inferno was not written by a priest or anyone really involved in any ...
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Did the early church believe that the damned would be eternally punished in a literal hell of fire?

I recently asked a question on the hermeneutics site with the intention of letting people share their exegetical takes on the words of Jesus found in Mark 9:47-49, where he said: 47 And if your eye ...
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If one abandons his faith in Catholicism and becomes an Atheist, could he still go to heaven?

If one has been raised a Catholic for all their life, and have just never found meaning in it, and then plans on becoming an Atheist after a difficult conversation with their parents. I would like to ...
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Does Malachi 4:1 and Jude 7 prove that hell is temporary? [closed]

Does Malachi 4:1 and Jude 7 prove that hell is temporary? I'm studying the bible and I found a few verses that seem to challenge the idea of an eternal hell forever and ever. Even though the bible ...
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Is it morally commendable to volunteer your own life to go to Hell in place of someone else? [closed]

Theoretically speaking, let's say that you die and go to Heaven. God introduces you to Samantha who did not believe when she was on Earth, so by the declaration of God, she is going to Hell. God gives ...
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How to reconcile both Outer Darkness and Unquenchable Fire as descriptions of Hell

From the book "4 Views On Hell", edited by William Crocket (there is a second edition edited by Preston Sprinkle) I understand that until around the 16th century the traditional, orthodox ...
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As a young Jew what would Jesus have been taught about heaven and hell?

I understand the Jewish concept of heaven and hell is different from what I was taught as a conservative protestant. I am curious as to the teaching Jesus would have received from rabbis of his time. ...
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Is there no Heaven, Hell, or Satan in the Old Testament?

In the book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, the author claims that Heaven and Hell are concepts not mentioned in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. From Sapiens: Belief in heaven (the realm of ...
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Do non-Christians go to hell?

What is the official stance of various Christian denominations on whether or not non-believers go to hell? How do denominations which preach that they do, reconcile the damnation of people who grow ...
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Where are heaven and hell located? [closed]

According to Christianity, where are heaven and hell located? It used to be believed (and is generally depicted) that hell was below ground and heaven is above the clouds (as in you assend to heaven ...
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How to appropriately reply to "You're going to hell"? [closed]

According to global Christianity, what is the most Christlike way to respond to someone who randomly walks up to you and says, "You're going to hell"?
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Contradiction between God's mercy being greater than ours and Jesus' harsh words about who will end up in hell

We believe that God is supremely good and merciful, far more than we are. At the same time, I see in myself that I would not condemn anyone to hell, even villains like Hitler and Stalin. Perhaps I’d ...
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According to Catholicism, it it possible for Satan and/or his satellites to roam the earth, while still being in hell?

According to Catholicism can Satan and his satellites, roam the earth for the destruction of souls, while still being in hell? Do demons on earth 🌎 take their own form of hell with them or does God ...
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Did Christ open the Door of Hell after he preached the Gospel in the realm of the dead?

CCC635 Christ went down into the depths of death so that "the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live". Jesus, "the Author of life", by dying destroyed "him who has ...
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Is it to say: "We can have reasonable hope that all will be saved" heretical? [duplicate]

Unfortunately, we can hear some lay Catholics (sometimes even a bishop) say that: "We can have reasonable hope that all will be saved". It seems obvious that the statement is untrue, however, is it a ...
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Where did people who lived in Jesus's time go to when they died?

This sounds weird but when Jesus existed between approx. 6-3 BCE to 33 CE in Judea as a man (still retained His God nature) how were people living in this exact time frame judged after they died? ...
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Did Jesus's rational soul or His spirit descend into hell?

Jesus said on the Cross: "Father into your hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46). The Apostles' Creed says: "Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. And then Jesus ...
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What Bible principles and scriptures apply to a situation where self-defense results in the death of the attacker?

Related but not answered: When do we as Christians draw the line on self-defense? Context: South Africa has a rather high rate of crime, far, far, far higher than America, Canada, or Europe. Please ...
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Is Hell, the Lake of Fire & the Bottomless Pit all the same place? [closed]

For what reason is there for a new prison of the damned if there already is one in Sheol? Is it possible they all speak of the same place, just having multiple names for different points in scripture?...
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What's the basis for saying Jesus went to hell? [duplicate]

What Bible verses proves that Jesus went to hell for 3 days? I hear it a lot but don't really see it in scripture. Can someone provide scriptures and elaborate?
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What is the modern origin of the phrase "hell is the absence of God"?

I'm familiar with debates about the theological implications of the statement "Hell is the absence of God" (see here for instance), but I have not been able to find a source for the phrase nor in what ...
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Do Seventh Day Adventists believe people who attend church on Sunday will go to hell?

My children attend a Seventh Day Adventist school. One teacher often mentions that 'people who go to church on Sunday will go to hell'. Is this consistent with Seventh Day Adventist belief?
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According to universalists, why should we obey God?

If universal reconciliation is true- so that everybody will eventually come to know God because of his son Yeshua, and therefore nobody will have their flesh burned forever and ever- why should we ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Eastern Orthodox concept of Aerial toll houses?

I heard about the Eastern Orthodox 'Toll Booth' concept a few days ago. It goes something like this: After death you go through 20 toll booths manned by demons who ask specific questions about your ...
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