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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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How do proponents of Apokatastasis deal with the "Everlasting punishment" texts in scripture?

Those who believe in Apokatastasis believe Revelation 20:10 is grossly misunderstood. The Greek says: καὶ ὁ διάβολος ὁ πλανῶν αὐτοὺς ἐβλήθη εἰς τὴν λίμνην τοῦ πυρὸς καὶ θείου, ὅπου καὶ τὸ θηρίον καὶ ...
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What, specifically, if anything, is heterodox about LDS eschatology?

I apologize that this answer is missing sufficient links to scripture or church leaders. It's late and I'm out of time. However, nearly all of these subjects have been treated in detail here on ...
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According to Catholicism, did St. Paul believe that end of the world was imminent?

The Catholic Church has a nuanced approach to Biblical inerrancy. A dogmatic constitution of the Second Vatican Council states inerrancy applies only to that truth which God wanted put into sacred ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses respond to the charge that they are false prophets (because their end-of-the-world predictions didn't come true)?

In their publication Reasoning from the Scriptures they address this question. They don't claim to be inspired prophets but faithful students of the scriptures who in their constant efforts to keep on ...
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Who first associated the fourth beast of Daniel 7 with the Roman Empire?

Several commentators before Jerome make this connection. We'll mention three,1 starting with Cyril of Jerusalem (313–386), who indicates that he is not the originator of this interpretation: The ...
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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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How do non-soul sleep adherents interpret 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18?

Essentially, the passage is simply seen as an euphemism for death — and quite a common one, given that a dead person often looks like they are sleeping: the Greek personification of sleep, Hypnos, was ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christian denominations to believe in a visible appearance of Christ Jesus when he returns?

Here are a few references to Jesus return: Heb 9:28, “Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who ...
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What is an overview of Reformed beliefs about hell?

Like most labels, Reformed theology defies clean boundaries, especially on a divisive topic like this one. But if we consider the term broadly, we will notice that the positions tend to follow those ...
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Since Mormons believe in multiple earth-like planets, do they believe that the "fall" was likewise needed on each of them?

Do Mormons believe that the fall was likewise needed on each inhabited planet? No authoritative LDS doctrine on this subject, except that the first man and woman on other worlds had the name Adam and ...
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Did Saint Paul attend the council of Nicaea? Which other councils did he attend?

The 1st Council of Nicea was held in 325 AD, long after the Apostle Paul was dead (Paul was believed to have been martyred in Rome about 67 AD). The only Council he definitively attended was the ...
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Identify this story about the end times from the Desert Fathers

The story appears in the alphabetical collection of The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, translated by Benedicta Ward. It relates to a saying of the 3rd century Egyptian monk (and martyr), Ischyrion. ...
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What is the biblical and historical basis for the belief that the Second Coming of Christ hasn't happened yet (as of 2021)?

The Second Coming of Christ won't be hidden. The whole world will see it. 24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. (...
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How do Catholics deal with prophecies of future perpetual animal sacrifice?

I'm not sure where the idea that sacrifices go on forever comes from when reading Isaiah 60:7. Jeremiah 22:18 could be answered in this way: Jesus abolished the levitical priesthood by offering ...
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How do Catholics deal with prophecies of future perpetual animal sacrifice?

How do Catholics deal with prophecies of future perpetual animal sacrifice? Who needeth not daily (as the other priests) to offer sacrifices first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for ...
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Why do Seventh-day Adventsists believe in a great end of days conflict about the Sabbath day?

The Biblical predictions refers to the predictions found in Revelation of the reunification of Church and State, specifically in America, in the last days. Below is what is believed by most Seventh ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying the Apostles did not necessarily expect the final judgment to occur in their lifetime?

The apostle John provided a word of caution, showing a bit of a misunderstanding on the part of the apostle Peter regarding Christ returning soon. This is in John's gospel account, at the end. After ...
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Who first came up with the phrase "an over-realized eschatology" and in what context?

The term appears to me to be original to William Lane in his 1965 discussion of the beliefs of the Corinthians to whom Paul wrote (Lane, William L. "I Tim. IV. 1–3. An Early Instance of Over-Realized ...
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Do Mormons believe that we currently live near the time when Jesus would return?

Yes, but let me qualify that at the end of my answer. 2 Nephi 25:7-8 teaches: [Nephi is speaking] But behold, I proceed with mine own prophecy … Wherefore, they are of worth unto the ...
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From the Preterist (fulfilled eschatology) perspective, who was "the prince that shall come" of Dan. 9:26?

According to preterist interpreter Philip Mauro, the only answer is Titus. WHO IS "THE PRINCE THAT SHALL COME"? At this point we are confronted with a question which very seriously affects the ...
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Why does church tradition teach that one third of the angels fell with Lucifer when no verse supports that

@BYE points in the right direction. Some of the prophecies in Revelation look backwards to events that occurred before John lived, because the contest between Satan and God goes back to the beginning ...
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How will Satan rage in the hearts of the children of men? (LDS perspective)

The Book of Mormon Student Manual quotes the following from a discourse by Richard C Edgley of the Presiding Bishopric. This is the best quote I've found that answers your question succinctly: We ...
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The Protestant perspective concerning the Four Horsemen

There is no one, official Protestant interpretation. However, I can give information from a book compiled by a Protestant scholar but which makes no distinction between basically Catholic, and ...
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The LDS perspective on the Four Horsmen

From the Doctrine and Covenants, section 77, which lays out revealed interpretations of some of the symbolism in the Book of Revelation: 6 Q. What are we to understand by the book which John saw, ...
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