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How Evangelicals and Catholics view Hell

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Beliefs about Hell

Evangelicals believe in a literal and eternal Hell which is a place of punishment for those who do not accept Jesus Christ as their savior. They see Hell as a place of eternal separation from God and a place of eternal torment for those who reject Jesus Christ.

Catholics believe in a literal Hell, but with a more nuanced understanding of its nature. The Catholic Church teaches that Hell is a state of complete separation from God and his love, rather than a physical location. The Church also teaches that while Hell is eternal, the specific nature and duration of Hell’s punishment is known only to God.

Beliefs about Salvation

Evangelicals emphasize the importance of personal faith in Jesus Christ as the key to salvation. They believe that salvation comes through faith in Christ alone and that salvation cannot be earned through good works.

Catholics also believe that faith in Jesus Christ is essential for salvation, but they hold a broader understanding of how salvation is achieved. Through the sacrament of baptism, Catholics believe that people are infused with grace that helps them cooperate with God’s saving work in their lives. Catholics also believe that good works are essential for salvation, not as a means to earn salvation, but as evidence of a person’s faith and a response to God’s grace.

Beliefs about Hell’s Purpose

Evangelicals view Hell as a place where sin and rebellion are punished. They believe that Hell serves as a deterrent to sin and as a warning to those who reject Christ.

Catholics see Hell as a consequence of the free will of individuals who choose to reject God’s love and grace. They believe that Hell exists as a result of human sin and rebellion and that it serves as a reminder of the seriousness of sin and the importance of freely choosing to accept God’s love and grace.

Bible Verses About Hell

Matthew 25:46 – “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Revelation 20:15 – “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Matthew 13:50 – “And throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Mark 9:48 – “Where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”

2 Thessalonians 1:9 – “They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord.”

Jude 1:7 – “Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”

Matthew 18:8-9 – “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.”

Revelation 21:8 – “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

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