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Hebrews Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:. Isaiah Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Ecclesiastes For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Matthew When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: ….

Acts Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men , in that he hath raised him from the dead. New International Version instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

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English Standard Version and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. Berean Study Bible instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. Berean Literal Bible instruction about baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. New American Standard Bible of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.

New King James Version of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. King James Bible Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. Christian Standard Bible teaching about ritual washings, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. Contemporary English Version And we shouldn't need to keep teaching about baptisms or about the laying on of hands or about people being raised from death and the future judgment.

Good News Translation of the teaching about baptisms and the laying on of hands; of the resurrection of the dead and the eternal judgment. Holman Christian Standard Bible teaching about ritual washings, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. The Ananda Course in Self-Realization is designed to give you complete instruction and groundwork for the practice of meditation, yoga postures, and the yogic path.

There are four stages to the Ananda Course in Self-Realization. First comes seven lessons entitled Lessons in Meditation. In this stage you will learn the basic techniques of meditation as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. You will also learn the Energization Exercises, his unique contribution to the science of yoga. Here the emphasis shifts to a much deeper understanding of the philosophy of yoga and a thorough presentation of hatha yoga, the yoga postures.

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Each of the lessons contains seven elements: Philosophy of Yoga, Yoga Postures, Breathing, Routine, Healing Principles and Techniques, Diet, and Meditation, where some of the techniques learned earlier are reviewed and placed in their broader context. By the end of this stage you will not only have a complete background in the science and art of yoga, but you will understand how it can be applied to all aspects of your life.

Stage three, Discipleship, gives you the opportunity to learn about the guru-disciple relationship and, should you choose, to become a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. You are then eligible to learn his advanced technique of AUM meditation. This course is designed to let you proceed at a pace that feels natural and comfortable. But it will require effort on your part. Meditation and deeper spiritual states must be experienced, not merely read about. How much effort is involved? This you must decide for yourself.

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A Course in Yoga You are about to embark on a marvelous journey, a journey to the unexplored center of your own self. Paramhansa Yogananda and the Ananda Tradition The material in this course is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. How These Courses Are Organized The Ananda Course in Self-Realization is designed to give you complete instruction and groundwork for the practice of meditation, yoga postures, and the yogic path. It is the human creature, therefore, and not God, who engenders hell.

Created free for the sake of love, man possesses the incredible power to reject this love, to say 'no' to God. By refusing communion with God, he becomes a predator, condemning himself to a spiritual death hell more dreadful than the physical death that derives from it.

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  5. The Eastern Orthodox Church rejects what is presented as the Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory as a place where believers suffer as their " venial sins " are purged before gaining admittance to heaven. Contrary to Western Christianity , both Roman and Protestant varieties, the Christians of the East emphasize the mystery of God in his pre-eternal transcendence and maintain a tradition of apophatic theology , while the technical, cataphatic theology of scholasticism tends to be downplayed or viewed as subordinate.

    The Orthodox positions on hell are derived from the sayings of the saints and the consensus views of the Church Fathers. They are not in agreement on all points, and no council universally recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Churches has formulated doctrine on hell, [ citation needed ] so there is no official doctrine to which all the faithful are bound.

    Beliefs concerning the nature and duration of hell are considered theologoumena , or theological opinions, rather than dogmas of the Church. Saint John Chrysostom pictured Hell as associated with "unquenchable" fire and "various kinds of torments and torrents of punishment". Eastern Orthodox icons of the Last Judgment , most notably in the Slavic traditions, often depict tormented, lost sinners in Hell.

    Pages 66—69 of John-Paul Himka's Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians provides an illustrated description of some such 15th-century Carpathian icons based on a northern Rus' prototype p. The depiction in these particular icons, a depiction that may have developed from 12th-century Greek and South Slavic depictions differentiating sinners and their punishments p.


    Icons based on The Ladder of Divine Ascent , by Saint John Climacus , show monks ascending a thirty-rung ladder to Heaven represented by Christ, or succumbing to the arrows of demons and falling from the ladder into Hell, sometimes represented by an open-jawed dragon. And since a place is assigned to souls in keeping with their reward or punishment, as soon as the soul is set free from the body it is either plunged into hell or soars to heaven, unless it be held back by some debt, for which its flight must needs be delayed until the soul is first of all cleansed.

    Sometimes venial sin , though needing first of all to be cleansed , is an obstacle to the receiving of the reward; the result being that the reward is delayed. The Catechism of the Catholic Church which, when published in , Pope John Paul II declared to be "a sure norm for teaching the faith", [40] defines hell as a freely chosen consequence of refusing to love God:.

    The Catechism published by Pope Pius X in defined Hell by using the word "state" alone: "Hell is a state to which the wicked are condemned, and in which they are deprived of the sight of God for all eternity, and are in dreadful torments. Pope John Paul II stated on 28 July , that, in speaking of Hell as a place, the Bible uses "a symbolic language", which "must be correctly interpreted … Rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy. During two non-recorded interviews with the Italian atheist Eugenio Scalfari in October and in March , Pope Francis said that after death there is no punishment, but the annihilation of the soul, whereas "all the others will participate in the beatitude of living in the presence of the Father ", a state that is also known as communion of saints.

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    In such a way, "the souls that are annihilated will not take part in that banquet; with the death of the body their journey is finished. Federico Lombardi pointed out that it wasn't an official text of the Pope. Similarly, with reference to the interview of October , Fr. Thomas Rosica told it was a private discussion of the Pope. Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar — said that "we must see that hell is not an object that is 'full' or 'empty' of human individuals, but a possibility that is not 'created' by God but in any case by the free individuals who choose it".

    The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth , with imprimatur of , also says that "more accurately" heaven and hell are not places but states. Capuchin theologian Berard A. Marthaler also says that "hell is not 'a place'". Traditionally in the past Hell has been spoken of or considered as a place. In a homily given on 25 March , Pope Benedict XVI stated: "Jesus came to tell us that he wants us all in heaven and that hell, of which so little is said in our time, exists and is eternal for those who close their hearts to his love. Writing in the Catholic Encyclopedia , Joseph Hontheim said that "theologians generally accept the opinion that hell is really within the earth.

    The Catholic Church has decided nothing on this subject; hence we may say hell is a definite place; but where it is, we do not know. The posthumous supplement to Aquinas' Summa theologiciae suppl. Dei xv, 16 , "I am of opinion that no one knows in what part of the world hell is situated, unless the Spirit of God has revealed this to some one.

    Other Catholics neither affirm nor deny that Hell is a place, and speak of it as "a place or state". Ludwig Ott's work "The Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma" said: "Hell is a place or state of eternal punishment inhabited by those rejected by God". Fox wrote: "Hell is a place or state of eternal punishment inhabited by those rejected by God because such souls have rejected God's saving grace.

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    MacKenzie interpret official Roman Catholic teaching as: "Hell is a place or state of eternal punishment inhabited by those rejected by God. It is agreed that Hell is a place of suffering. Jesus often speaks of "Gehenna" of "the unquenchable fire" reserved for those who to the end of their lives refuse to believe and be converted, where both soul and body can be lost. Jesus solemnly proclaims that he "will send his angels, and they will gather. The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity.

    Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, "eternal fire". The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs. Saint Augustine of Hippo said that the suffering of hell is compounded because God continues to love the sinner who is not able to return the love. It is useless to speculate about its true nature, and more sensible to confess our ignorance in a question that evidently exceeds human understanding.

    Sweeney is critical of the ways that Christians have appropriated Dante's vision and images of hell. In its review, Publishers Weekly called the book "persuasively argued. A number of Catholic mystics and saints have claimed to have received visions of hell or other revelations concerning hell. During various Marian apparitions, such as those at Fatima or at Kibeho, the visionaries claimed that the Virgin Mary during the course of the visions showed them a view of hell where sinners were suffering.

    In the Bible, in the Book of Revelation, John of Patmos writes about seeing a lake of fire where the 'beast' and all those marked with his number were placed. Columba of Iona is alleged to have on several occasions even been able to name particular individuals who he said were going to end life in hellfire for their sins and accurately predicted the way they would die before the event had even happened. A story recorded by Cluniac monks in the Middle Ages claimed that St Benedict appeared to a monk on one occasion and told the monk that there had just been at that point in time a monk who had fled the monastic life to go back into the world, and the ex-monk then died and he went to hell.

    The varying Protestant views of "hell", both in relation to Hades i. For example, John Calvin , who believed in conscious existence after death, [74] had a very different concept of hell Hades and Gehenna to Martin Luther who held that death was sleep. In most Protestant traditions, hell is the place created by God for the punishment of the devil and fallen angels cf.

    Matthew , and those whose names are not written in the book of life cf. Revelation It is the final destiny of every person who does not receive salvation , where they will be punished for their sins. People will be consigned to hell after the last judgment. One historic Protestant view of hell is expressed in the Westminster Confession :.

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    Lewis [77] and J. Moreland [78] have cast hell in terms of "eternal separation" from God. Certain biblical texts have led some theologians [ who? Another area of debate is the fate of the unevangelized i. According to ACUTE some Protestants [80] agree with Augustine that people in these categories will be damned to hell for original sin , while others believe that God will make an exception in these cases.

    A minority of Protestants believe in the doctrine of conditional immortality , [81] which teaches that those sent to hell will not experience eternal conscious punishment, but instead will be extinguished or annihilated after a period of "limited conscious punishment". Prominent evangelical theologians who have adopted conditionalist beliefs include John Wenham , Edward Fudge , Clark Pinnock and John Stott although the last has described himself as an "agnostic" on the issue of annihilationism.

    Though a theological minority in historical and contemporary Christianity, some holding mostly Protestant views such as George MacDonald , Karl Barth , William Barclay , Keith DeRose and Thomas Talbott believe that after serving their sentence in Gehenna , all souls are reconciled to God and admitted to heaven, or ways are found at the time of death of drawing all souls to repentance so that no "hellish" suffering is experienced.

    This view is often called Christian universalism —its conservative branch is more specifically called 'Biblical or Trinitarian universalism '—and is not to be confused with Unitarian Universalism.