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Looking for an apologetic to the "Cosmic Child Abuse" objection

According to the doctrine of the Trinity, Jesus being the Son of God means that He is fully God made manifest in human form (John 1:14). Jesus is simultaneously both fully God and fully man. As such, ...
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How do non-universalists account for these passages talking about the salvation of all?

Once one logically considers the relevant extant documents (by the genuine methodology of truly scientific textual criticism) ; once one has accurately translated these same documents ; once one has ...
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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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How do non-universalists account for these passages talking about the salvation of all?

I read through a Universalist's web-page and I think you meant to refer to Colossians 1:19-20 (and not 3. Corinthians 1:19-20). Assuming that to be the case, I will just deal with that one proof-text ...
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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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How sound is the doctrine in Dante's Inferno?

How sound is the doctrine in Dante's Inferno? Dante’s Inferno is basically just one part of the now famous work known as The Divine Comedy. Dante Alighieri’s epic poem was written in 1321 and was ...
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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?

There are three common landing points that most believers fall into: (personally I progressed in my own thoughts along all three and don’t think its of absolute importance as to which place a person ...
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How do believers in hell respond to the argument "What finite crime deserves an infinite punishment?"?

The glory (meaning excellent goodness) of the person offended increases the crime. If for example you were to sleep with my wife and I ask you, ‘How dare you do that!’ and you say ‘I only did it ...
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Where did Augustine say that the same fire that tortures the damned purifies the elect?

This quote does come from Augustine, but its application to the doctrine of purgatory seems to be the work of Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas (who mistakenly attributes it to Gregory the Great) quotes ...
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Do saints and church fathers generally make the claim that most people go to a hell of everlasting torment?

1) the large majority of people go to hell See ch. 32 § "The Mystery of This Number" of Life Everlasting: A Theological Treatise on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell by Fr. Réginald ...
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How do believers in hell respond to the argument "What finite crime deserves an infinite punishment?"?

Eleonore Stump addressed this very question in these 2 short interview-videos Do Heaven and Hell Really Exist? What is God's Judgment by saying that opponents to the reality of hell mischaracterize ...
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According to the Catholicism, is a conscious denial of the gospel of Christ a mortal sin?

The short answer is “not necessarily”. “Conscious” denial of the Gospel is not the same thing as denial “with full knowledge.” “Grave matter” vs. “mortal sin” In Catholic moral theology, a distinction ...
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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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How many hells did Swedenborg say there were?

G.K. Chesterton is here referring to Swedenborg's common (for him) and somewhat unusual (in general religious writing) expression "the hells." In his voluminous theological writings, Emanuel ...
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Was there a non-Augustinian response to universalism in the early Church?

Two church fathers who (a) reject Origen's universal salvation and (b) are not influenced by Augustine are Basil (d. 379) and Chrysostom (d. 407). Their theological systems, however, are not nearly ...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell?

It is illogical for an atheist to think they would go to hell. Given they have arrived at the conclusion God does not exist, then they must also disbelieve in any place of eternal torment after death. ...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell?

The illogic is in the question itself. You say: “God gives me reason. … God doesn't exist”. Asking a question based on two mutually exclusive facts doesn't make logical sense. One can't believe both ...
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According to Catholicism, how should Christians react when an unbeliever dies?

According the Catechism of the Catholic Church Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit ...
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According to Reformed Theology do non-trinitarians go to hell?

Reformed theology has indeed, generally speaking, affirmed that those who reject the doctrine of the Trinity are not saved and therefore go to hell.1 Birdie's answer to this question mentions the ...
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Concept and permanence of hell and the "outer darkness" according to LDS beliefs

Is the hell that is a spirit prison in the lds.org answer, or the place were people learn the truth about God, the same as the hell that is a permanent place for Satan and the sons of perdition? No, ...
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What is the Anglican teaching on Hell?

Here is a list of all the official Anglican statements of belief that talk about hell: The 39 Articles of Religion Contrary to what you say, the 39 Articles do mention hell, in Article 3: As Christ ...
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Do Seventh Day Adventists believe people who attend church on Sunday will go to hell?

Do Seventh Day adventists believe that people who go to church on Sunday will go to hell? No we do not, we believe only those who are unfaithful to God will be not be in heaven. The Bible is clear ...
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What's the basis for saying Jesus went to hell?

Peter, in his testimony on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:14 ff, speaks of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and he quotes Psalm 16:10 where David the psalmist prophesies : For thou wilt not ...
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Is it morally commendable to volunteer your own life to go to Hell in place of someone else?

It is pride for any human to think that they can redeem another fellow human being. They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; [whether material wealth or ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that "hell is locked from the inside"?

The quote is from C.S. Lewis's book The Problem of Pain chapter VIII (Hell) which shows that although God gives every opportunity for a human being to repent and choose God, a person can be so blinded ...
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According to mainstream Christian groups, is it the soul or the body that goes to heaven?

The confusion here lies in an equivocation on the terms "heaven" and "hell." That is, the term heaven is used at different times to signify different states of affairs. In ...
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Is it possible to repent after death in Catholicism?

Short answer: For the general case, no. Your question asks about both the general case, and an outlier case of suicide. That series of articles in the Catechism addresses in part whether or not the ...
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According to the Catholicism, is a conscious denial of the gospel of Christ a mortal sin?

AthanasiusOfAlex's answer is long, thorough, and well-referenced, in my opinion. Here I'd like simply to offer a brief summary, in light of some of the current (2016-08-12 18:34 GMT) comments: Case 1 ...
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According to Wesleyan-Arminianism, does God fail?

One of the best illustrations I have seen in support of the Arminian concept is a "Dennis the Menace" cartoon in which Dennis has a boy on the ground and is sitting on him with his fist poised to ...
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