Are there levels of punishment in hell, e.g., Matthew 11:23, but I don't understand it. Could you explain?



  • Based on the teachings of the Holy Bible, the Church believes that there will be different levels of punishment in hell. The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 12:47, asserts, "And that servant who knew his masters will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes." This statement reveals that there is a quantitative (many vs. few) and a qualitative (beaten with stripes) measure of punishment. Not only will there be many stripes of punishment for some, but furthermore, the Holy Book of Revelation 21:8, stipulates another kind of punishment for the following, "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. In addition, in the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 10:15, the Lord affirms, "Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!"
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  • i was taught "hell/hades" is nothing more than eternal death ie: eternal seperation from God. no ressurection. i dont have to suffer if that is the case. that should be more than enough in itself. to never feel peace again



  • @mikeJB said in Are there levels of punishment in hell, e.g., Matthew 11:23, but I don't understand it. Could you explain?:

    i was taught "hell/hades" is nothing more than eternal death ie: eternal seperation from God. no ressurection. i dont have to suffer if that is the case. that should be more than enough in itself. to never feel peace again

    Always be careful with the "nothing more" things that you hear.

    However first I will agree with you: Hell is eternal separation from God. It's worth to note that that's a lot worse than to never feel peace again... Because God is present everywhere (he cannot not be present), thus Love is present in hell, and your separation from this Love means not just to be without it, but to be saying eternally "no" to this incomprehensibly great Love. That's what makes hell truly hellish.

    And then I'll add that scripture also knows about a resurrection for the damned, they will rise to be judged and then be thrown into hell because of their decision to not accept God's Mercy in the face of Truth Himself.

    It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. (Mt 5:29)

    So, since you'll have a body in hell too, it might be more like a real place... But as you said, the main thing is not whatever detail is added, it would be enough to be without God for eternity.








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