What (if any) are different sections of hell? Please provide scriptural references.


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that, while the Bible does not contain a reference to "levels" or "circles" of Hell (such as described in Dante's Inferno), it does make multiple references to varying degrees of punishment in eternity, such as:

Revelation 20:12-13 (indicates that people were judged according to their deeds, which implies varying degrees of punishment for the unsaved)

Revelation 22:12 (Jesus speaks of rendering to every individual according to what he or she has done, which again indicates differing levels of judgment)

Matthew 10:16 (Jesus speaks of it being more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for the cities that had witnessed His miraculous deeds, but yet had rejected Him, also suggesting degrees of punishment.)

Luke 12:47-48 (Jesus indicates that there will be differing punishments for people who did not do His will during their lives, based on whether they had known what they should have done, or whether they had not known what they were supposed to do.)

Hebrews 10:29 (This verse draws a distinction between the consequences of sinning before coming to a knowledge of God's truth (that is, salvation through faith in Christ), and continuing to deliberately sin after coming to that knowledge.)

However, I would also emphatically say that the focus of any person should not be on receiving a lesser degree of punishment in eternity, but on avoiding punishment altogether through saving faith in Christ.

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