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But when we discuss the subject of Hell in seriousness, we realize that it is a subject in which opinions abound: From an article on Judaism found at Wikipedia:

"Daniel 12:2 proclaims "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt." Judaism does not have a specific doctrine about the afterlife, but it does have a tradition of describing Gehenna. Gehenna is not Hell, but rather a sort of Purgatory where one is judged based on his or her life’s deeds…The overwhelming majority of rabbinic thought maintains that people are not in Gehenna forever; the longest that one can be there is said to be 11 months, however there has been the occasional noted exception. Also, Subbotniks and Messianic Judaism believe in Gehenna, but Samaritans probably believe in a separation of the wicked in a shadowy existence, Sheol, and the righteous in heaven. "

Catholicism has two bad place: purgatory and hell, and a neutral place for unbaptized babies who die, limbo. Eastern Orthodoxy holds views similar to those of modern Judaism. Mormonism has 3 heavens and no hell. But the Bible teaches the concept of an eternal, everlasting punishment.