His descent to the underworld is alluded to in the New Testament in 1 Peter 4:6, which states that the “good tidings were proclaimed to the dead”. The Catholic Catechism interprets Ephesians 4:9, which states that “[ Christ ] descended into the lower parts of the earth”, as also supporting this interpretation.
But when Jesus summarizes his point, he explains that the contrasting fates are “eternal life” and “eternal punishment.” They are not “eternal pleasure” and “eternal pain.” The opposite of life is death , not torture. So the punishment is annihilation.
In Christianity, Hell has traditionally been regarded as a place of punishment for wrongdoing or sin in the mortal life, as a manifestation of divine justice. Nonetheless, the extreme severity and/or infinite duration of the punishment might be seen as incompatible with justice.
The area of the upper astral plane of Earth in the upper atmosphere where the various heavens are located is called Summerland (Theosophists believe hell is located in the lower astral plane of Earth which extends downward from the surface of the earth down to its center).
Support for the understanding that the spirits in prison are angelic beings and not people is thought to be confirmed by II Peter 2:4–5 and Jude 6, which refer to rebellious angels, punished by God with imprisonment. In I Peter 3 : 19 , the word is phylake (can also be anglic. as Phylace), meaning prison.
The first approach is the traditional position: Christ descended into hell as a triumphant king to proclaim his victory over sin, death, and the devil to the saints who had died before him.
In its essence, however, it is life according to God’s kind of eternity—i.e., perfect, sharing in his glory and bliss (Romans 2:7, 10). “Eternal life ” in the Christian sense is thus not identical with “immortality of the soul”; rather, it is only to be understood in connection with the expectation of the resurrection.
In Luke: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise (in response to one of the two thieves crucified next to him) “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (last words)
Using these methods, most scholars assume a date of birth between 6 and 4 BC, and that Jesus ‘ preaching began around AD 27–29 and lasted one to three years. They calculate the death of Jesus as having taken place between AD 30 and 36.
Hell is often depicted in art and literature, perhaps most famously in Dante ‘s early-14th century narrative poem Divine Comedy.
Simon Luttrell, 1st Earl of Carhampton , nicknamed “King of Hell” Crowley (Supernatural ), a fictional character from Supernatural, who held the title “King of Hell” Asmodeus (Dungeons & Dragons), a fictional character from Dungeons & Dragons, whose title is “King of Hell”
Paul Evdokimov stated: ” Hell is nothing else but separation of man from God , his autonomy excluding him from the place where God is present.” According to Theodore Stylianopoulos, ” Hell is a spiritual state of separation from God and inability to experience the love of God , while being conscious of the ultimate
The World English Bible translates the passage as: Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will . enter into the Kingdom of Heaven ; but he who. does the will of my Father who is in heaven .
In religious or mythological cosmology, the seven heavens refer to seven levels or divisions of the Heavens ( Heaven ). The concept, also found in the ancient Mesopotamian religions, can be found in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; a similar concept is also found in some other religions such as Hinduism.
“St. Thomas Aquinas wrote about animals having a soul, but it wasn’t similar to that of humans, and St. Francis of Assisi saw animals as God’s creatures to be honored and respected,” said Schmeidler, a Capuchin Franciscan. The Catholic Church traditionally teaches that animals do not go to heaven , he said.