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Brief review:

Evangelical Christians agree that Hell is a real place of punishment where the vast majority of humans will go after death. However, there are many views about the experiences that the "unsaved" will have in Hell. Two common views are:

bullet Annihilationism (a.k.a. Conditionalism and conditional immortality): Inmates of Hell will be subjected to time-limited punishment, and then exterminated totally without leaving a trace of body or soul.
bullet Traditionalism: Eternal punishment without any possibility of relief. This is the historical belief held in the past by almost all Christian faith groups, except for Universalists.

Biblical passages relating to the fate of the dead, as interpreted from an Traditionalist perspective, is described below.

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Passages from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament):

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Passages from the Apocrypha:

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Passages from the Christian Scriptures (New Testament):

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Related file in this section:

bullet Biblical support for annihilationism

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  1. E.W. Fudge & R.A. Peterson, "Two views of Hell: A biblical and theological dialog," InterVarsity Press, (2000) Read reviews and/or safely purchase this book from online bookstore
  2. "After death -- what?....according to Jesus," Comments from the Friends, at:
  3. "What has happened to Hellfire?" Jehovah's Witnesses, at:
  4. "Is there LIFE after death?" Jehovah's Witnesses, at:

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Copyright 2001 to 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2001-APR-5
Latest update: 2006-MAY-15
Author: B.A. Robinson

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