Skip to comments.Choices are what send people to hell
Posted on 09/06/2008 9:04:43 AM PDT by buccaneer81
Choices are what send people to hell Saturday, September 6, 2008
As an ardent Roman Catholic, I am disappointed by the fact that 41 percent of the 35,000 respondents in the recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life do not believe in hell. I am even more disappointed, however, by the fact that the Religion News Service's article on this question, printed in the Aug. 29 Faith & Values section, "For Americans, belief in hell both ebbing, changing," relied exclusively on Dominican Sister Carmella Conway for the Catholic theological teaching on hell.
While Sister Conway is entitled to her opinion, her overly sentimental approach to hell and how people can be spared this eternal punishment are hardly reflective of official Catholic teaching. Had the writer referred to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, he would have found that the church definitively affirms the existence of hell and its eternity in Paragraph 1035.
Furthermore, had he read or listened to Pope John Paul II's July 28, 1999, address on the subject of hell, he would have known that the Holy Father affirmed what is stated in Catechism Paragraph 1861: namely, that people do not go to hell because of some wrathful God but rather because of their own evil choices and unrepentant state at the time of their death.
Therefore, while we can certainly pray and do good works for the sake of others, as Sister Conway suggests, whether any of us enter heaven or hell in the next life will be determined by how we freely choose to live our own lives.
It would behoove all the respondents of the aforementioned survey and those reading this newspaper to heed this teaching, as the existence of any objective reality, be it temporal or spiritual, is not dependent on modern sensibilities and, thus, they may regretfully discover that hell is very real indeed.
Hell - believe it now or believe it later .... but you WILL believe