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Comparing Christian Denominations - Beliefs (Part 2)

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Heaven
  • Anglican/Episcopal - "By heaven, we mean eternal life in our enjoyment of God." BCP (1979), p. 862.

  • Assembly of God - "But human language is inadequate to describe either heaven or hell. The realities of both fall well beyond our most imaginative dreams. It is impossible to describe the glory and splendor of heaven ... heaven enjoys the total presence of God." AG.org

  • Baptist - "The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord." SBC

  • Lutheran - "Eternal, or everlasting, life ... is the end of faith, the ultimate object of a Christian's hope and striving ..." LCMS

  • Methodist - "John Wesley himself believed in an intermediate state between death and the final judgment, where those who rejected Christ would be aware of their coming doom ... and believers would share in the "bosom of Abraham" or "paradise," even continuing to grow in holiness there. This belief, however, is not formally affirmed in Methodist doctrinal standards, which reject the idea of purgatory but beyond that maintain silence on what lies between death and the last judgment." UMC

  • Presbyterian - "If there is a Presbyterian narrative about life after death, this is it: When you die, your soul goes to be with God, where it enjoys God's glory and waits for the final judgment. At the final judgment bodies are reunited with souls, and eternal rewards and punishments are handed out." PCUSA

  • Roman Catholic - "Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness." Catechism - 1024 "To live in heaven is "to be with Christ." Catechism - 1025

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