This thread is for Protestants because my mother wants to know the answer from Protestant theology (she is a Protestant).
One evening we were discussing about this, left unanswered. So far we understand, in Protestant theology: they can’t pray for the dead, and if we die, we go to either heaven or hell. She is not sure whether purgatory exists (some of Protestant pastors we know said it doesn’t exist, but there’s another Protestant pastor who said it exists), or whether people who died are sleeping in Christ (Orthodox theology) (CMIIW). And from Protestant understanding, there is a separation between earth, heaven and hell so that is why Protestants don’t ask the saints to pray for them.
This is why the question i think is for Protestants: if you dont believe in purgatory and the dead people are either in heaven or hell, why is His second coming to judge both the living and the dead?? If the soul is in heaven, why being judged again? If the soul is in hell, hell is an eternal damnation, right?
I hope this question won’t hurt anyone…