(1) I generally have a very “optimistic” end of days and Last Judgement eschatology. This should be pretty obvious in my takes on the General Resurrection where we will be constituted almost exactly like our earthly life, except better. The afterlife is more like Valhalla than Nirvana.

(2) I believe in the idea of Christ’s preaching to the dead based on 1 Peter, so in a way I believe in post-mortem repentance and faith in the Gospel. When Judah Lion roared in Hades, that Gospel proclaimation echoes into the eternity, reverberating into the ears of all the dead, past, present, and future. The future dead who sleep shall be disturbed by dreams of the echoes of the very voice of Christ himself, sounded from 33 AD when Christ descended to the dead to free the captive dead.

(3) I accept the Lutheran position of prayers for the dead. As Romans 8:38 declares neither death nor life can separate us from the love of Christ, if death cannot separate us from the love of Christ then it makes perfect sense to pray for Christ’s love for the dead since death cannot separate us from this love. And coupled with (3), it makes sense to pray for the dead to be able to hear and receive Christ’s preaching to the dead.

(4) There are two visions of hell: Dante portrayal of Hell is that the closer you get to the center of hell, the *colder* it gets. This is because in the medieval conception God is the source of life and motion and radiates this warm to all creation. The further one is from God, the further one is away from life, warmth and motion, and the *colder* it gets. It is absolute zero at the heart of hell where Satan is completely immobilised and frozen. So hell does literally freeze over. (Ironically Dante would be so close to our modern thermodynamic conception of heat as simply kinetic energy!)
This is very different from Milton’s conception of Hell where Satan is vigorously plotting against the divine will, life and at large, exerting this Byronic titanic will against God and exulting in his freewill, etc.
For myself I believe that Dante is more correct than Milton.

(5) From (4) it follows that damnation *just is* death. Deprivation of life, motion, sense, consciousness, dust to dust as the original curse in Genesis proclaims. In this I am an annihilationist or conditional mortality. People will not be vigorously plotting or sinning against God into eternity, writhing or exerting their will. They will just dead, gone, deprived of life, and forgotten.

(6) From (5) it follows that sin and death will be destroyed and defeated permanently, as in literally destroyed. There will be no everlasting indestructible colony of sinners perennially sinning against God for all eternity. Sin will end and sin will cease and be forever defeated. Evil will not exists in parallel to goodness into eternity.

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