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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

Your argument that writhing in the lake of fire constitutes life is your flawed premise. That's the second death. That may not comport with your preconception of 'life'; that is, any conscious state, ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for saying that we "go to heaven"?

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 ...
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What is the source of the belief that the deceased become angels?

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 ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that people do not go to heaven or hell immediately when they die?

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 ...
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What is considered to be free choice in the context of "choosing to go to hell"?

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 ...
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According to Catholicism, do the saints and martyrs in heaven rise again on judgment day?

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 ...
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Mormon concept of 1 Timothy 6:16

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 ...
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According to soul sleep adherents, what's wrong with an "Occam's razor" interpretation of 1 Samuel 28 (Saul and the Medium of En-dor)?

Occam's Razor is often expressed as "the simplest explanation is usually the best one", but that is a misleading oversimplification unless one properly defines what "simplest" ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

Addressing the deductive argument P1: The doctrine of eternal conscious torment/separation asserts that all of the unrighteous are resurrected in immortal bodies and will have physical life forever ...
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In Catholic doctrine, is limbo eternal?

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"...
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Mormon understanding of what kind of bodies people have in heaven

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 ...
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On the body of Satan and Holy Ghost and angels according to Mormons

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 ...
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Which denominations believe in eternal marriage?

Christian denominations that believe that human marriages are, or can be, eternal: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints The General Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian) The General ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for saying that we "go to heaven"?

First, I would quote from the Hebrew scriptures in the Tanakh: “You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards you will take me into glory.” (Psalm 73:24) “But God will redeem my life from the ...
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Origin of the adage, ‘He went to be with the LORD.’?

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 ...
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How do believers in the dead being conscious explain the absence of reports about afterlife experiences by Lazarus and other resurrected individuals?

If the dead are conscious, then why is the Bible silent about the afterlife experiences of those who were resurrected and had the chance to tell us about it, but for some mysterious reason didn't? ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

Whoever finds his life (in this life) shall, at the end of this life, lose his life. But he shall be raised from the dead to give an account. Once judged, he shall be assigned to the lake of fire, ...
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What are the biblical arguments against soul sleep?

The Bible never described someone else's soul sleeping only to be awaken at the last judgment. Rather, what the Bible records show is that in the New Testament all of God's people who are in the ...
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Mormon concept of 1 Timothy 6:16

See the Joseph Smith Translation of those verses: 15 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, to whom be honor and power ...
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How do believers in the dead being conscious explain the absence of reports about afterlife experiences by Lazarus and other resurrected individuals?

Arguments from silence are no arguments at all. With Lazarus, who had been dead 4 days, three highly significant factors are often overlooked. First, that Jesus delaying the resurrection of him until ...
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What did the Apostolic and ante-Nicene Fathers believe about Sheol/Hades?

Apostolic Fathers The Shepherd of Hermas the apostles and the teachers who preached the name of the Son of God, after they had fallen asleep in the power and faith of the Son of God, preached also ...
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How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39?

How do believers in eternal conscious separation/torment reconcile their belief with Jesus' words at Matthew 10:39:- Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will ...
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Does the Eastern Orthodox Church believe in Aerial Toll Houses?

It's a complex issue which might not be addressed completely by this answer right now. But given enough time I'll elaborate more detail to address many aspects related to this controversy in great ...
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What is Heaven like according to Catholics?

Most saints, before entering heaven, will first go to purgatory according to the Catholic church. While in purgatory they are purified ("purged") until they may enter heaven. The Catechism of the ...
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Where do dead in Christ rise from if they're with Jesus?

So if the dead are already with Jesus where are the dead in Christ rising from? Those who died in faith in the Old Testament are to be raised at the second coming of Christ. Daniel 12:2 And many ...
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How do Baptists interpret the summoning of Samuel by the medium of Endor?

This question is almost impossible to answer, as stated. As Baptists (by definition) have no unifying system of doctrine, the denomination as a whole has not made any kind of statement about how they ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that people do not go to heaven or hell immediately when they die?

Ecclesiastes 3 eloquently frames the problem: I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time ...
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by the phrase "in the age to come"?

Catholics see this passage as evidence for the existence of Purgatory (i.e. there are sins that will be pardoned after death). 1030 All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that believe in sex and marriage in the afterlife?

The LDS Church teaches that while not all marriages are eternal (see Luke 20:34-35), but that a marriage which is sealed is, and will continue in heaven. Additionally parents that are sealed to their ...
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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 believe in the plan of salvation, which addresses several of the OPs questions. Is this Spirit Prison called Hell a place of eternal torment, or do ...
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