why do some christians not believe in hell
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The manner in which they responded to the most horrific tragedy imaginable - a blood-bath of hatred by a white racist who entered the Charleston Church and in between the study of scripture and evening prayers unleashed his own inner terror and destruction on innocent souls - and yet, instead of responding with the desire for revenge or punishment, either of which almost any of us would understand and even encourage, they responded instead with love.
ItБs natural for people to want things to turn out well in the end, both in life and, apparently, afterwards. б Roughly seven-in-ten (72%) Americans say they believe in heaven defined as a place Бwhere people who have led good lives are eternally rewarded,Б according to the Pew Research CenterБs. But at the same time, 58% of U. S. adults also believe in hell a place Бwhere people who have led bad lives and die without being sorry are eternally punished.
Б These percentages are little changed from 2007, when Pew Research CenterБs first found that 74% of Americans believed in heaven, and 59% believed in hell. Among religiously affiliated Americans, the belief that there is a heaven is even more widespread, with 82% holding this view, about the same as in 2007. Belief in hell has held relatively steady in this group. Compared withб non-Christians and the unaffiliated, U. S. Christians are more likely to believe in both afterlife destinations.
The existence of heaven is almost universally accepted by Mormons (95%) and members of historically black Protestant denominations (93%), as well as by about eight-in-ten or more evangelical Protestants, Catholics, Orthodox Christians and mainline Protestants. Meanwhile, 82% of evangelical Protestants and members of historically black Protestant churches say they believe in hell. Somewhat fewer Catholics, Mormons, mainline Protestants and Orthodox Christians also hold this view. Muslims are similar to Christians in views of an afterlife, with 89% saying they believe in heaven and 76% believing in hell.
Among other non-Christians, however, beliefs that there are places of eternal reward and punishment after death are not as widely held. Roughly half or fewer of Hindus, Buddhists and Jews believe in heaven. And roughly a third or less of Buddhists, Hindus, and Jews believe in the concept of hell. Not surprisingly, far fewer religious БnonesБ a group that includes atheists, agnostics and people who say their religion is Бnothing in particularБ б say they believe in the existence of heaven and hell.
Fewer than four-in-ten (37%) БnonesБ say they believe in heaven, while 27% believe in hell. An exception are those БnonesБ who say religion is important to them. Their views are similar to the general publicБs, with 72% professing a belief in heaven. They also are roughly twice as likely as religiously unaffiliated people in general to believe in hell (55% vs 27%). Topics:, Get Pew Research Center
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