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I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but the bible calls this necromancy and describes it as an "abominable practice": Deuteronomy 18:9-12 (ESV): 9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or ...


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Technically, a couple of different terms are being confused in the question. Conditionalism is the teaching that immortality / eternal life is conditional upon a right standing with God. Annihilationism is the teaching that anyone who is ultimately unrepentant will cease to exist, usually after a period of torment that accommodates to the amount of evil ...


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The mainstream Christian answer is that there is no chance for repentance after death. The Scripture used to support this is Hebrews 9:27 which says And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment The protestant answer goes further saying this: (From http://www.gotquestions.org/second-chance-salvation.html) While the ...


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This is actually the dominant view of Christianity: the doctrine of an intermediate state after death and before the resurrection. "Going to heaven" means being with God in a non-bodied but conscious spiritual way after we die, before we experience resurrected bodily life in the New Heavens and New Earth. The main alternative view is that of Christian ...


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That death and "sleeping," are often conflated in Scripture is perhaps a useful metaphor here. Notice how, in 1 Corinthians 15, Paul likens those who have died to those who have "fallen asleep in Christ." And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If ...


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Many passages from the Bible have been used as the basis for people seeing and hearing from heaven. I think that I have now rounded up all the major points. I could be wrong, perhaps there are even more. Below I give the 7 major biblical points that I have seen brought up as supporting this view. Some of these points are related, but they all approach the ...


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Man, though made of body and soul, is a unity. Through his very bodily condition he sums up in himself the elements of the material world. Through him they are thus brought to their highest perfection and can raise their voice in praise freely given to the Creator. For this reason man may not despise his bodily life. Rather he is obliged to regard ...


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Within Christianity, the belief that humans become angels seems to stem from a misinterpretation of Jesus' words: For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. (Matthew 22:30) And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain ...


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The problem with this kind of question is that, at least within the context of Mormon Doctrine, there has never exactly been an authoritative treatise on any sort of relation to these concepts in our physical realm. I can, however, present the various theories laid forth by various 'philosophers,' so to speak, within Mormonism. An interesting book I came ...


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The Bible says nothing about this. The closest you can come in Scripture is Luke 16:19-31 19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his ...


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In Heaven: A History (1995: Yale University Press) the authors, Drs. Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang, state that Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) had a pivotal role in bringing about a changed view of heaven, including the idea that angels are humans who have died and gone on to heaven, rather than a separate race of pre-created beings as mainstream ...


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Introduction I intend to show that the concept of a universal realm for all, outside Heaven, where all await the resurrection (Waiting in the Grave, WitG hereafter) is united against other beliefs such as the belief we go Straight to Heaven (StH), that we cease to exist entirely with no afterlife or others such as purgatory/limbo. While there are variations ...


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There is actually very little LDS doctrine on the subject of the specific details of how Exaltation will work. (Most of the doctrine is devoted to the weightier matter of how to attain it in the first place.) But it is explicitly said that it will be a life of the same kind that God enjoys, so answers can be inferred by examining LDS cosmology on the ...


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Reincarnation is not an orthodox Christian idea. Resurrection is.1 The most long standing articulation of this belief among Christians can be found in the Nicene Creed: I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Nicene Christians (includes all mainstream traditions, excludes some sects) believe that we live once, die ...


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The statement of "choosing to go to hell" is an over-simplification that really is an example of intellectual laziness, and is a great example of the difference between the "true theology" of a group and the type of pop-theology that springs up and causes great confusion. Looking at it from any side, saying that people choose to go to hell does not make ...


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Yes according to the Catholic Church the bodies of the saints and martyrs in heaven rise again on judgment day. St Thomas Aquinas states in his Summa Theologica: The saints in heaven, since they are blessed, have no lack of bliss, save that of the body's glory, and for this they pray. But they pray for us who lack the ultimate perfection of bliss: and ...


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Catholics don't believe in a second chance doctrine, as you phrased it. But some do believe that Jesus can come to you at the very last second of your life. St. Faustina continually was visited by Jesus in dreams wherein she came to learn that God's greatest attribute it His Divine Mercy. One thing alone is necessary: that the sinner set ajar the door of ...


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If you look at this question, you will find references to statements by Benedict XVI regarding Limbo. Specifically he says: Limbo was never a defined truth of the faith. Personally - and here I am speaking more as a theologian and not as Prefect of the Congregation - I would abandon it since it was only a theological hypothesis. It formed part of a ...


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The origin of limbo is actually the place where the Saints that came before Jesus “waited”. This is what the Apostles' Creed speaks of by calling it the dead: He descended to the dead. And the CCC clarifies this and uses the term abode of the dead: Scripture calls the abode of the dead, to which the dead Christ went down, "hell" - Sheol in Hebrew or ...


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I fully agree with @depperm's answer. But just to have fun with the question, let's assume Joseph made no corrections. What could the verse possibly mean from the LDS perspective? We believe nobody was resurrected before Jesus Christ. From Acts 26:22-23 (see also Colossians 1:18) Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, ...


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LDS doctrine on the subject is found in section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Referring to the circumstances in which he received this revelation, Joseph Smith stated: From sundry revelations which had been received, it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of man had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was ...


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TL;DR The answer seems to be a clear "Yes" on this matter. David Legg has an excellent sermon on the subject here, from which I obtained much of this research. Many people have heard the passage about there being no marriage in Heaven: Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection ...


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We must distinguish between the two limbos: Limbo of hell or of the Patriarchs (limbus inferni seu patrum)This is also known as Abraham's bosom. This limbo no longer exists (cf. "Reply to Objection 3" of this) because Christ has already descended into hell and brought those souls detained there to heaven during His Ascension. Limbo for children (limbus ...


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LDS scriptures can be found here. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which I am) believe the following: 1) Yes, we believe that "resurrection" means the reuniting of the spirit with flesh. "The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now ...


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1) We believe that Satan does not have and will never have a physical body. Isa. 14:12: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! And then, D&C 76:25-27: And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of ...


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The Biblical basis for using the expression “to be with the Lord” comes from the Apostle Paul who had this to say about his desire to be united with the Lord after death: Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would ...


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Two important things will happen to us at the last judgment that were not already done at our particular judgment. First, although our souls will already have gone to heaven (possibly via purgatory) or to hell, at the last judgment our bodies will be reunited with our souls, to join in their joy or suffering. Second, the last judgment will be public, seen ...


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The geography of the afterlife is not a topic where the church had "doctrine" as such, though there have always been a variety of traditions and stories about this sort of thing. Dante's scheme does reflect an underlying theology, so I'll tackle this from a theological perspective. The layouts of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven are all in some sense "orthodox" in ...


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The Catechism has this: 1026 By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has "opened" heaven to us. The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ. He makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will. Heaven is ...


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Benedict XVI said that Genesis is based on a myth Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, in his 1995 book, "In the Beginning ...: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall" (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, $13), has expressed well the view I am espousing here. He writes: "It has become clear that the biblical ...


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