Will those in hell have bodies too?


#1

Dear Apologist,

I have read that everyone will be ressurected before the Final Judgment. Is this correct? Does the Church teach that people who will suffer an eternity in hell will be reunited with their bodies or will they remain as souls?

Thank you :slight_smile:


#2

Those in hell will have bodies. Jesus indicated this when he said, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell” (Mt 5:29-30).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches, “The resurrection of all the dead, of both the just and the unjust, will precede the Last Judgment. This will be the hour when all who are in the tombs will hear [the Son of man’s] voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. Then Christ will come in his glory, and all the angels with him. . . . Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. . . . And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (CCC 1038). (See John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; Matthew 25:31-46.)


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