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How do believers in post-mortal consciousness respond to objections by the Jewish Encyclopedia article on the immortality of the soul?

How do believers in post-mortal consciousness respond to this article? First, by comparing it to this article from JewishEncyclopedia, which disagrees. We'll call the article cited in the OP "...
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Why do English-speaking Catholics say 'descended into hell' instead of 'descended into Hades' or 'into Sheol'?

Why do English-speaking Catholics say “descended into hell” instead of “descended into Hades” or “into Sheol“? It is simply a matter of a bad translation from the Latin word for inferus. The original ...
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Does Hades (The bosom of Abraham) still exist after Christ's resurrection

I will answer the question from the viewpoint of Roman Catholic doctrine. Before Christ's death, the state or "place" of the souls of all dead people (Hebrew sheol, Greek hades and Latin inferus [1]) ...
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What, if anything, is known about the practice of baptism for the dead in the early church?

The passage under question is this. Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 1 Cor 15:29 Two things of note. ...
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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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Why do English-speaking Catholics say 'descended into hell' instead of 'descended into Hades' or 'into Sheol'?

Probably because of the Book of Common Prayer. Outside the Catholic Church the Anglican church dominated English speaking Christianity, and for three hundred years the Book of Common Prayer was the ...
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Do mormons have a doctrine of afterlife preaching and repentence?

Not only is this belief held by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is one of the core tenets of their faith as outlined in the Four-fold Mission of the Church. Mormons ...
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Do Christians use ancient Greek polytheistic connotations when defining the literal meaning of Hell?

The basic answer is provided in the OP. "In the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, the word Hades is used for Sheol." This version, the Septuagint, was the translation used by nearly all ...
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According to mainstream Christian Protestants, Is there a waiting place for the saints and the wicked where they are immediately received after death?

Based on what Jesus told Lazarus, mainstream Protestant Christians understand that after the death of the body, the soul awaits the resurrection and judgment. As a Protestant of the Reformed ...
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What, if anything, is known about the practice of baptism for the dead in the early church?

There is no textual evidence either in the Bible or anywhere else that indicates that Christians engaged in this practice. Given the importance that the Church placed on baptism and the huge volume of ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His Death and Resurrection?

Where and what did Jesus go and do between Death and Resurrection? Normally when we speak of “hell” we mean “the fires of hell” or Gehenna. However the Greek word hades really refers to the interim ...
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Do mormons have a doctrine of afterlife preaching and repentence?

The LDS concept of preaching to the spirits of the dead derives from a couple passages in 1 Peter: 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to ...
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What, if anything, is known about the practice of baptism for the dead in the early church?

Not much. 1 Cor 15:29 has different interpretations depending on who you ask. Historically I think it can be shown that some people practiced baptisms for the dead as it was practiced/mentioned up to ...
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How do advocates of an intermediate state explain that the Old Testament seems to be unaware of the existence of the Bosom of Abraham?

Much was not fully revealed in Old Testament times - and how could it be ? For Christ was not yet come. Justification by faith was hinted at in Abraham but not fully expressed until after Christ ...
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What is the biblical & patristic basis for the belief that the saints go to Heaven instead of Sheol after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus?

What is the biblical and patristic basis for the belief that the saints go to Heaven instead of Sheol after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus? To start with we have the words of Jesus to the ...
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What, if anything, is known about the practice of baptism for the dead in the early church?

Bullinger says to read this as: why are they baptized also? (It is) for the dead. It is to remain dead, as Christ remains, if there be no resurrection, v. 13. The argument is, What is the use of ...
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Do Christians use ancient Greek polytheistic connotations when defining the literal meaning of Hell?

Why do Christians use ancient Greek polytheistic connotations when defining the literal meaning of Hell? I would venture to say that the Apostles employed phrases in their writings that were ...
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What, if anything, is known about the practice of baptism for the dead in the early church?

The other answers dig into the nature of this practice among heretical sects and such. I felt it was worthwhile to add this historical commentary on the verse, which lets you hear from the early ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His death and resurrection? (non-Trinitarian perspective)

Qualifications to answer from this perspective: I am a nontrinitarian Christian, monotheist, who believes John 17:3 which teaches that the Father is "the only true God." I also accept that ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His Death and Resurrection?

Just to share a quote from Irenaeus who's quoting various scriptures here about this question. But the case was, that for three days He dwelt in the place where the dead were, as the prophet says ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His Death and Resurrection?

Protestant Point of View Two scriptures must be considered when dealing with the journeys of Jesus between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection: Luke 23:43 - Jesus answered him, 'I tell you the truth,...
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What, if anything, is known about the practice of baptism for the dead in the early church?

Those whose aim is to air theological grievances on this topic will find this post unsatisfactory. Those looking for an analysis of early Christian texts may find it thought provoking . The Shepherd ...
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How do proponents of an intermediate state reconcile 1 Peter 3:18-20 ("spirits in prison") and Luke 23:43 ("today in paradise")?

In Catholic theology, there are 4 "compartments" / "parts" of the underworld where souls are waiting in the Intermediate State (see Wikipedia article Limbo): Hell of the Damned, ...
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How do proponents of an intermediate state interpret Matthew 7:21-23?

I'll offer a perspective from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words =) (source) Doctrinal background Latter-day Saints believe in an ...
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How do proponents of an intermediate state interpret Matthew 7:21-23?

First, let us understand that the Catholic Church holds there are two kinds of judgement that every person shall undergo, the particular and general. The particular judgement is a judgement of man ...
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Hades or straight to heaven?

Some Protestant Christians take Jesus' words in Luke 16:19-31 about the rich man and Lazarus to show that after the body dies, the soul exists in a conscious realm while awaiting the resurrection. ...
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Does Hades (The bosom of Abraham) still exist after Christ's resurrection

God deposits souls in "suspense accounts". The other answers speak of several temporary places where souls in different conditions are sent. One has been omitted. Consider this not an answer ...
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