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Comparing Christian Denominations - Beliefs (Part 2)

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Hell
  • Anglican/Episcopal - "By hell, we mean eternal death in our rejection 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 terror and torment of hell ... Hell is a place where one will experience total separation from God ..." AG.org

  • Baptist - "The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment." SBC

  • Lutheran - "The doctrine of eternal punishment, repugnant to natural man, has been repudiated by errorists ... but is clearly revealed in Scripture. To deny this doctrine is to reject the authority of Scripture." 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 ... 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 - "The only official Presbyterian statement that includes any comment on hell since the 1930s is a 1974 paper on universalism adopted by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. It warns of judgment and promises hope, acknowledging that these two ideas seem to be "in tension or even in paradox." In the end, the statement concedes, how God works redemption and judgment is a mystery." PCUSA

  • Roman Catholic - "To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God's merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self- exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called "hell." Catechism - 1033

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