HELL and the Salvation Of All Mankind..
Hell and the Salvation Of All Mankind..
I believe Paul is referring to the same thing, that when Jesus body was dead, His spirit was alive and He went down where they were bound and He announced His triumph over them. So you have at the cross an unjust suffering; you have at the cross a terrible persecution, and in the midst of it all, a triumphant sin-bearing and a triumphant sermon. And Jesus in the midst of His suffering triumphs over sin and triumphs over Satan, hell, demons and death at the very same time. Isn't that a marvelous triumph? Peter wants us to understand that when we suffer, we may triumph as well. Will you bow with me in prayer?
or Biblical Universal Reconciliation
Readers were invited to send him their responses. Ten years later, based on the first 3,000 responses he had received to this question (of which 95% were positive). Over the years, organizations like the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Center, the , and the at the University of Chicago have found the numbers of people responding positively to survey questions on religious experience in developed countries range from 35-50%. When people are interviewed rather than surveyed, the response rate goes up to around 65%. In one study, one-fourth of the respondents reported that they had never told anyone else of this experience for fear of being thought "mentally ill" or "stupid."
have completed a major research project entitled, . They surveyed 3,196 Chinese using a semi-structured questionnaire. Since religion is suppressed in China, it should be no surprise that few gave a religious affiliation; however, 56.7% reported religious/spiritual experiences. Using Buddhism as an example, only 2.3% of the Chinese reported being Buddhist, but 27.4% said they had worshiped Buddha within the past year and 18.2% reported a religious experience involving Buddha or bodhisattvas at some time during their lives.
Spiritually transformative experiences that point to an afterlife (e.g. , , and ) also show a remarkable similarity across time and culture. Regarding afterlife, the unresolved difference is , even though it retains a minority opinion in virtually all religions.
In one of the most important cross-cultural studies ever done on spiritually transformative experiences, documents 1,708 cases of deathbed visions recorded by physicians and nurses in the United States and India. The study also included . The apparitions of the dying in both the U. S. and India primarily involved dead relatives and religious figures, and in NO case in both the U. S. pilot study and the cross-cultural study was the "take-away" person (the relative or religious figure who came to take the patient to the afterlife) an apparition of a living individual. It should be noted that virtually all reincarnation religions have an of Heaven and Hell before rebirth. In general, death-bed visions were similar in both countries, but there were some differences. The most striking difference was that the religious figures that came to take the person into the afterlife corresponded to the person's religion. Christians saw God, Jesus, angels, and Mary; Hindus saw (the Hindu god of death), as well as , , , etc.