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What is the biblical basis for seeing Saint Peter at the gates of heaven?

This view is based primarily on Matthew 16:18–19, in which Jesus says: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 ...
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What is the biblical basis for seeing Saint Peter at the gates of heaven?

The idea of Peter at the gates of heaven with the keys has a long history that is sourced to the bible. Of course, as things go, sourcing alone and understanding the source may be two different ...
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How is God's judgement of man fair when he judges them without considering their deeds?

Comparing the representative democracy of America with the kingdom of God is an unparalleled category error. The entire reason American jurisprudence holds a person innocent until proven guilty is ...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

There is no reason to insist that the Hebrews passage be interpreted as a categorial rule which is devoid of exceptions, especially in light of both the writer and the reader knowing of various people ...
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Protestantism: If justification is by faith alone how can judgement be by works?

Note that in Matt 7:21, Jesus doesn't say those who enter heaven do so because they do the will of the Father, or are without sin, or did good works. He said those that enter heaven are those that do ...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

Even though it is a common sense understanding that, by and large, people only die one physical death, the main point of the passage in Hebrews 9 is not to delineate how many times a person may die. ...
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Why such importance given to the hour of death?

TL;DR Important due to both Particular Judgment and Purgatory The form of the question. Aren't we supposed to be judged by our whole life and not just what happens at the hour of our death? Should ...
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According to the Catholic Church, does Jesus condemn those who don't believe?

People are not condemned, judged, or punished because they do not have faith in Jesus. They are condemned because of the evil acts they have committed during their life on Earth. They are saved from ...
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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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Acts 17:30 What does "overlooked" mean?

When we put several passages together to get a fuller picture, we can see in what sense "overlook" is being used. Consider the following two verses, which are similar in scope (from the NET ...
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According to LDS, if the Fall was a positive thing why would God condemn sin in the flesh?

Before getting to LDS doctrine about Adam and Eve it is essential to know of some other teachings prior to the Adam and Eve Genesis account. One is that man (including Adam and his wife) had a pre-...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

Clearly Paul knew that some people do die more than once, having resurrected someone himself: As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. ...
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Will God love those whom He'll punish eternally?

There is clearly a difference made in scripture between the love of God for all his creatures (regardless of response or lack of it) and the particular love he has for those who are 'chosen in Christ ...
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Who coined the phrase "Bema Seat"?

Bimah or bema is not only a word in the Greek language. This is a phrase that was likely borrowed from Hebrew. בּימה Bema is a platform in Hebrew and is where the Word of G-d, the Torah, is read ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying that we won't have a second chance to be saved after we die?

The biblical basis for saying that we won't have a second chance to be saved after we die is that the righteously default condition of every person before God is condemnation for having rejected the ...
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How is God's judgement of man fair when he judges them without considering their deeds?

I write from a reformed, Calvinist point of view which includes three things: I believe in the complete sovereignty of God in all things, he does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth (Isaiah 46:...
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How can Christians know if they are truly saved and that Jesus won't tell them "..Depart from me, I never knew you," on judgement day?

Your many questions touch on an area of Christian thought over which sincere and well-informed Christians have long debated: the assurance of salvation. Some denominations believe that such assurance ...
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How/why do Annihilationists hold to their view on Hell when the Scripture never uses the word “ἀφανίζω (aphanizō)”?

As @curiousdannii mentions, it's no issue that one specific word isn't used, there are plenty of others; while I don't know Greek, I'm sure there are words meaning 'torment' or 'torture' that don't ...
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Are there Christian denominations that expect Jesus to respect denominationalism in the final judgement?

There are quite a few denominations that like to hedge their bets when it comes to declaring their view on the basis of the final judgment, and any link to active membership of their own denomination. ...
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Why such importance given to the hour of death?

The short answer you're looking for is martyrdom. The reason that the Church waives the requirement for a miracle for beatification. It should be noted that in cases of martyrdom the miracle ...
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In premillennial theology, is the last judgement before the millennium?

Millennialism (from millennium, Latin for "a thousand years"), or chiliasm (from the Greek equivalent), is a belief advanced by some religious denominations that a Golden Age or Paradise will occur on ...
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What is the Biblical basis for saying that we won't have a second chance to be saved after we die?

Adding to David Stratton's very good answer, consider also that there is no instance recorded in the Scriptures of a person being saved after death. Ananias and Sapphira would be good candidates for ...
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Christian apologetics regarding the killing of innocent children during the Genesis flood

There is another way to look at this question: There is nothing different about the death of people who died in the flood and people who have died throughout history in the millenia since. The ...
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How can Christians know if they are truly saved and that Jesus won't tell them "..Depart from me, I never knew you," on judgement day?

When Jesus says that he will declare to certain people "Depart from me, I never knew you" this is lack of intimate relational knowledge and not informational knowledge. These people were ...
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Will unbelievers continue to be unbelievers at the end of the age?

As the author of the answer being quoted, I suppose it's only fair that I expand. (Disclaimers: I am not a universalist. I am a fence-sitter on annihilationism.) There's a difference between what ...
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Supposing Jesus will judge the living and the dead, is this judgment an omniscient one?

Verification of the omniscience of the one who is to judge the living and the dead was given by God resurrecting him from the dead in a unique way - not like others who had been resurrected, only to ...
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Supposing Jesus will judge the living and the dead, is this judgment an omniscient one?

Short answer: Yes. The judgement of Jesus is an omniscient one. There is no difference between being judged by Almighty God and being judged by Jesus Christ. Longer answer: And the kings of the ...
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Protestantism: If justification is by faith alone how can judgement be by works?

You start by quoting two scriptures Protestants agree with, verses that declare nobody can be justified in God's sight by deeds of the law, and that believers have [present tense] eternal life, having ...
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Why are indulgences ever needed for oneself?

Why are indulgences ever needed for oneself? Sin has consequences! Just because ”one participates in the Sacrament of Penance throughout his life”, this is no guarantee that all the temporal ...
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Why is God's Judgment only Heaven or Hell?

God's judgement is only ever righteous judgment. It is the consequences of God's judgment that you ask about, but until the fact that God is utterly righteous in all his ways (including in his ...
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