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The place or state of the dead, also called Hades or Sheol.

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According to mainstream Christian Protestants, Is there a waiting place for the saints and the wicked where they are immediately received after death?

From the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus taught that both died but went to different destinations in the afterlife. Lazarus was comforted in Abraham's bossom which is paradise and the rich ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His death and resurrection? (non-Trinitarian perspective)

How do non-Trinitarian Christians respond to the question where did Jesus go and what did he do between His death and resurrection? This question is asked as a parallel to this existing question. ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His Death and Resurrection?

Without going into the specifics of three days and three nights or some configuration, where and what did Jesus go and do between the time of His death/burial and His resurrection, if anything? We ...
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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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What, if anything, is known about the practice of baptism for the dead in the early church?

1 Cor 15 mentions church members performing baptisms for the dead. Apart from that, no further reference to this practice exists in the Bible as far as I am aware. What, if anything, is known about ...
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How do believers in post-mortal consciousness respond to objections by the Jewish Encyclopedia article on the immortality of the soul?

I'm specifically referring to this article: https://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/8092-immortality-of-the-soul -- Some quotes IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL (late Hebrew, "hasharat ha-nefesh"...
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How do advocates of an intermediate state explain that the Old Testament seems to be unaware of the existence of the Bosom of Abraham?

Proponents of an intermediate state typically regard the story of Lazarus & the rich man (Luke 16:19-31) to be informative on the realities of the underworld. According to the story, Hades / Sheol ...
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How do Christians who believe that Jesus preached to the dead in Sheol justify reversing the chronological order of verses 18 & 19 of 1 Peter 3? [closed]

1 Peter 3:18-19 has been one of the most controversial passages in the Bible throughout time. And for good reason. I'd like to address a particular interpretation of the passage, however. 1 Peter 3:...
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What did the Apostolic and ante-Nicene Fathers believe about Sheol/Hades?

What did the Apostolic and ante-Nicene Fathers believe about Sheol / Hades? Did they believe that it was a real supernatural place that houses the spirits of the dead? Did they believe that it was a ...
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What is the biblical & patristic basis for the belief that the saints go to Heaven instead of Sheol after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus?

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words: (source) The above link already makes some good arguments, but considering that the linked site could go down for unexpected reasons and that other ...
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How do proponents of an intermediate state reconcile 1 Peter 3:18-20 ("spirits in prison") and Luke 23:43 ("today in paradise")?

According to believers in an intermediate state between death and the resurrection: Did Jesus go to a paradise in Sheol while he was dead (see Bosom of Abraham)? And he said to him, “Truly, I say to ...
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What if God instantaneously moves people from one time to another? [closed]

If God exists outside of time and space, he isn't bound by their physical laws. In particular, he may be able to ignore the flow of time, experiencing different places and times in non-sequential ...
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How do proponents of an intermediate state interpret Matthew 7:21-23?

Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV): 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me,...
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What is the view of soul sleep adherents on statements from the Apostolic and ante-Nicene Fathers that seem to support post-mortal consciousness?

Inspired by the answers I received to my previous question What did the Apostolic Fathers believe regarding the state of the dead and the afterlife?, I'm very curious about what proponents of Soul ...
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What is an overview of Christian beliefs on the current state and location of Old Testament saints?

Where and how are the Old Testament saints right now? Here are some possibilities (not exhaustive by any means): They are temporarily in a state of non-existence. They do exist (where?), but are ...
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According to 'Intercession of Saints' adherents, is two-way communication between the dead and the living possible?

Simple question: according to adherents of the doctrine of Intercession of Saints, just like the living can communicate with the dead, is it also possible for the dead to communicate with the living? ...
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Why isn't Hades forever?

As I understand it, Hades is one way of talking about the state before hell and heaven proper, one which is temporary and does not exist for saints. This is pretty basic, but I never studied theology ...
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Why do English-speaking Catholics say 'descended into hell' instead of 'descended into Hades' or 'into Sheol'?

This article states that In the context of the Apostles’ Creed, hell does not mean what we understand by the word today. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this point as follows: “...
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Hades or straight to heaven? [closed]

A lot of modern Protestants (typically evangelical protestants) don't really teach an intermediate state or holding place. Many of the major protestant churches, Catholic, and Orthodox churches teach ...
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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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Do mormons have a doctrine of afterlife preaching and repentence?

I swear I read somewhere some years ago that Mormons have a developed doctrine of saints in the afterlife descending to Hell in order to preach the gospel to those who are stuck there and give them ...
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What is the biblical basis against the idea that Jesus descended into hell?

Related question: What is the Biblical basis for the concept that Jesus spent time in Hell? The question linked above provides a number of biblical arguments in support of the "descent into hell" (or ...
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When did "he descended into hell" become part of the Apostles' Creed?

There seems to be much more debate over one clause of the Apostles' Creed than the entire rest of it put together, and that is the "descent into hell" (or "hades") clause, also known as the "harrowing ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of the idea that Jesus descended into Hell?

The Christian understanding that everyone was born with origin sin, and then when Jesus/God was killed at the cross, and then he was resurrected from death after 3 days. From what I understand, there ...
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When were the Hades and the lake of fire created?

Has the matter of when the Hades and the lake of fire were created ever been considered in Christianity? Were they, for example, created before the fall of man or afterwards? Are there any well-known ...
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Does Abraham's Bosom (Hades/Paradise) still exist? [closed]

My understanding is that Abraham's Bosom was the Saint's portion (Paradise) of Hades while on the other side of a great chasm (gulf) was a portion of Hades described as torment. Does this place known ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the concept that Jesus spent time in Hell?

The Apostles Creed makes reference to Jesus descending into Hell. I have heard it claimed that His time spent in Hell was part of His redemptive work--in other words, that was necessary for Him to ...
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What is the Bible basis for the idea of a temporary holding place?

A friend once told me about the idea that there are two temporary "holding places", so to speak. If a person died and would go to Heaven, but that time had not yet come, they would go to a ...
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