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Following the Truth: The Easiest Way To End Up In Hell… [Catholic and Open]
FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Mar 14th, 2012 | Gary Zimak

Posted on 03/28/2012 4:23:28 PM PDT by Salvation

The Easiest Way To End Up In Hell…

As humans, we have a tendency to do things that “feel good”. Conversely, we like to avoid things that are unpleasant. When we are young, this practice often keeps us out of trouble. Speaking from personal experience, very few kids are going to put the metal key in the electrical socket more than once. One “zap” is usually all it takes to make them realize that it’s not a “fun” experience! Unfortunately, while this attitude can be a big help when we are young, it can work against us when we are older ESPECIALLY when we use it as the basis for making moral decisions.

There is no question that sometimes what God wants us to do is not pleasant. If we want to grow closer to Him, however, it’s necessary to do these unpleasant things. When we study the life of Christ and the saints, we see them constantly rising above what “feels good”, choosing instead what is necessary. If you need an example, look at the life of Jesus and remove everything that wasn’t pleasant. What would be left? If you take away His most painful agony, suffering and dying on cross, where would you and I be today? Quite often, what is most painful in life bears the most fruit. If we want to get closer to Christ, we have to learn to put aside what WE want to do and do what HE wants us to do.

While it’s important for us to understand the necessity of sometimes doing the unpleasant, it’s even more important to understand the danger of ALWAYS doing the pleasant. Want to know the easiest way end up in hell? Always do those things that “feel good” or look attractive! No matter how much we want to deny it, sin feels good (at least for the moment). If it didn’t, we wouldn’t be tempted to sin. Let’s face it…if it was a sin to drink sour milk or eat moldy bread, it wouldn’t be too hard to avoid. Satan may be a liar, but he’s not stupid. If he wants you to sin (and he does!), he’s going to tempt you by appealing to your sense of pleasure. The “harmless” link on the Internet that teases you with pictures of a celebrity’s revealing dress, the thought of “sleeping in” and missing Mass on Sunday, the gratification of not forgiving someone who offended you…these are ways that he fools you into sinning and putting your salvation in jeopardy.

Fortunately for us, the Church gives us the season of Lent to work on practicing self denial. If we train ourselves to voluntarily give up small pleasures, we’ll be better able to avoid the evil of mortal sin. Although eating the candy bar won’t send you to hell for all eternity, clicking on that link could lead to something that will. Self mastery is the key to becoming a saint. Give it some thought…

It really is THAT important!

“It is not always in the soul’s power not to feel a temptation. But it is always in its power not to consent to it.” (Saint Francis de Sales)



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Moral Issues; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; morals; sin
**Want to know the easiest way end up in hell? Always do those things that “feel good” or look attractive! No matter how much we want to deny it, sin feels good (at least for the moment). If it didn’t, we wouldn’t be tempted to sin.**

Yes, easy to sin, for some, easy to avoid.

1 posted on 03/28/2012 4:23:35 PM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 03/28/2012 4:27:25 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Catholic Ping!


3 posted on 03/28/2012 4:30:01 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Always do those things that “feel good” or look attractive!

The Gods of the Marketplace.

Rudyard Kipling figured it out a century ago.

Better to follow the Gods of the Copybook Headings. They will tend to keep you from the near occasions of sin.

4 posted on 03/28/2012 4:45:29 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Salvation

Vote Obama.


5 posted on 03/28/2012 4:52:38 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST /s)
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To: Salvation
Want to know another easy way to hell?

Strut when you avoid sin instead of thanking God for giving you something you could handle - and condemn those who fail instead of praying for them while recognizing they faced something which, for them, was the same as if God chose something for you that you couldn't handle.

6 posted on 03/28/2012 4:53:36 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Salvation

The easiest way to end up in hell is to not accept Christ’s death on the cross as sufficient for your salvation through grace by faith, but rather think that there are other things (works/man made traditions/etc) you must also do to save yourself. When you reject His grace through the sacrifice on the cross, you subject yourself to be judged by the law at the Great White Throne, which no one can “pass” because that would require perfection. And the only person to ever walk this earth in perfection was Jesus.


7 posted on 03/28/2012 4:55:34 PM PDT by crosshairs (Civil rights are for civil people.)
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To: crosshairs
Tell that John The Apostle when He directly writes to Christians

So is this Works?

This is addressed to Christians. We have to live the life. We have to confess our sins to God as Christians though Jesus.

John 1:

5 “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 IF we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.

verse 7 “shows IF WE KEEP THE WALK THE SON PURIFIES.”

8 IF WE( Christians) claim to be Without Sin, WE DECEIVE ourselves and the TRUTH IS NOT in US. 9 IF WE CONFESS Our SINS, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

There are several IF ‘s in this by John The Apostle.

IF is defined as Condition, Requirement Or Stipulation in my Dictionary.

Notice every One of the words IF the true meaning it reads after this word if are presented for true understanding.

Notice Decieve. Deceive equals if We Claim to be with out Sins.

Notice how “we make God a liar” and His Word is Not in Us.

Do Not Be Decieved. Why would The Apostle John write These exact words!

He uses the word "We" meaning he includes himself.

He uses a lot of We's too. Hmmmm. Do Not Be Deceived!

Jesus I Pray for All to Understand Your Apostle’s Words !

Praise You Jesus Always!

Glory Be To The Father ,Son and Holy Spirit!

Amen!!

8 posted on 03/28/2012 5:28:22 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Salvation

Easiest way to hell? The Latin Vulgate says Christ was in hell, The New Jerusalem Bible says he was in Hades, The New American Bible says Christ was in the netherworld.

I’ll consult someone who follows the truth.


9 posted on 03/28/2012 6:21:02 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Salvation

A real pitfall for many; OTOH for some like me afflicted with anhedonia to some degree not much of a problem at all lol!


10 posted on 03/28/2012 6:47:36 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Talisker

I agree with you. Always give thanks.


11 posted on 03/28/2012 7:59:55 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: count-your-change

the revised Apostles Creed says

He descended into hell.


12 posted on 03/28/2012 8:01:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: johngrace; crosshairs

I believe crosshairs would jump for joy while rereading 1John. The warnings against a deceptive gospel sounds right up his alley.

Our heart of love for God is what saves us, not following prescriptions.

John tells us that even as we who abide in Him sin, the love from God helps to overcome it.


13 posted on 03/28/2012 8:34:34 PM PDT by anathemized (cursed by some, blessed in Jesus)
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To: Salvation

Then hell has nothing to do with whether the person going there sinned or not seeing Christ went there according to the Apostles Creed, Latin Vulgate.

Someone isn’t following the truth.


14 posted on 03/28/2012 8:35:06 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: anathemized
" IF"

IF =is defined as Condition, Requirement Or Stipulation in my Dictionary.

8 IF WE( Christians) claim to be Without Sin, WE DECEIVE ourselves and the TRUTH IS NOT in US.

9 IF WE CONFESS Our SINS, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

"IF" WE CONFESS Our SINS,

Let's Not Be Iffy! Now!!

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"we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

We have to confess our sins.

God Is Not a Liar!

A Condition, Requirement Or Stipulation to be Forgiven.

Not a One time Confession.

John is addressing Christians.

15 posted on 03/28/2012 8:57:09 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: count-your-change
Here is a Catholic site definition.

The word "Hell" in the Apostles' Creed means the "nether world," the abode of the dead. That same word is translated "Sheol" in Hebrews and "Hades" in Greek." It is translated to "Inferno" in Latin.

http://www.catholicdoors.com/faq/qu311.htm

16 posted on 03/28/2012 9:20:54 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: johngrace

I don’t understand your point. Of course a believer confesses his sins (with a humble heart to our sovereign God).

Are you thinking a regenerated man would attempt to hide his sin?

Are you thinking an unregenerated man would confess sin on his own accord? Or that by doing so by the prompting of others, rather from within his own heart, he might be saved?


17 posted on 03/28/2012 9:26:23 PM PDT by anathemized (cursed by some, blessed in Jesus)
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To: anathemized
Hi Anathemized-Some on these threads do not believe in confession of sins they think it is once only when we confess Christ.

Sad to say but true. I never met any until these threads. Very Wrong. Unhistorical Christianity. If you read the religion thread regularly you will see it more than you would think.

I just believe important to show from scripture.

Freeper Cheers!

18 posted on 03/28/2012 9:33:12 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: johngrace

They may be objecting to a confession to a priest as a sacramental requirement for salvation, as do I.

By the way, my wife recently found a lovely CD of Gregory Peck reading 1John among other books at a 99 cent type store.


19 posted on 03/28/2012 9:53:05 PM PDT by anathemized (cursed by some, blessed in Jesus)
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To: anathemized
No, not about Catholic which is both ways. God did it all for once. One Confession of Christ does it all.

I asked specific questions with most on this issue.

Gregory Peck Reading 1John is wonderful. If I ever wanted a majestic voice it would be Gregory Peck's LOL!!

Did you ever see him play the Reverend hiding Jews during WW two. Great TV Movie.

20 posted on 03/28/2012 10:04:10 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: johngrace

I’ll watch for the movie, good night, may God bless you.


21 posted on 03/28/2012 10:15:49 PM PDT by anathemized (cursed by some, blessed in Jesus)
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To: johngrace
Then going to hell has nothing to do with whether a person is sinner. Christ committed no sin and went into hell, Hades, as Peter said and this was the Sheol that Ps.16:10 spoke of when Peter quoted it as prophetic of the Messiah.

Is Mr. Zimak telling the truth? or is he confused about the truth of the Scriptures?

22 posted on 03/28/2012 10:39:55 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
LAWYERS ARE US

Language Gymnastics ?

Where are the ambulances tonight?

The general fact is that the most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized discussion, which by specialization and social control is, at the same time, organized co-operation.

Lathering Lawyering is too much Lathering? Or is it?

Good Night.

23 posted on 03/28/2012 11:34:44 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: johngrace

Sometimes “Following the truth” isn’t quite what is expected. And judging by your last post, it can even be unpleasant.


24 posted on 03/29/2012 4:14:53 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

Our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus descended into Abraham’s Bosom, also known as Paradise, a compartment of Hades, the underworld.

Hades has four known compartments: Paradise, The Torments, Tartarus, and The Abyss.

In OT times, the souls of believers descended to Paradise, while the souls of unbelievers were placed in the Torments until the 2nd resurrection and Great White Throne Judgment.

The Abyss and Tartarus are confines of fallen angels with the most criminal confined to the Abyss.

When God the Father released the human spirit of Jesus Christ and God the Holy Spirit brought the soul of Christ back to his body in the tomb and they joined and resurrected, He left Hades and later ascended to Heaven.

Believers when they die today are face to face with the Lord.


25 posted on 03/29/2012 4:39:46 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr

Imaginative indeed! Unscriptural but nonetheless imaginative. And unfortunately not “Following the truth” as no such “compartments” are called part of Hades, Sheol in the Scriptures and Christ was resurrected as a spirit person not as spirit plus body united according to Paul in 1 Cor. 15.

Speaking of God’s word, Jesus called it the “truth” to follow as at 1 Cor. 15:45,50.


26 posted on 03/29/2012 7:14:52 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

“And unfortunately not “Following the truth” as no such “compartments” are called part of Hades, Sheol in the Scriptures and Christ was resurrected as a spirit person not as spirit plus body united according to Paul in 1 Cor. 15.

Am I understanding you correctly - that you are saying Christ was resurrected as a spirit person - according the St. Paul in Corinthians, Chapter 15?

I am lookinbg at my “New Jerusalem Bible”, Cor. ch. 15 - the heading is “THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.”

Paul is emphatic that Jesus was raised from the dead and he states in verses 12-14, “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ cannot have been raised either, and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without substance, and so is your faith.”

The Gospels relate the story of Thomas who stated he would not believe the resurrection of Jesus until he/Thomas put his fingers into the holes of His hands, and put his hand into the wounded side of Jesus.

And we also read about the first manifestation of the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus when Jesus actually shared a supper with two of his disciples.

I am curious, as I am not certain about your posting regarding he resurrected Jesus as a “spirit person”. Perhaps I am nisinterpretting what you posted?


27 posted on 03/29/2012 8:15:28 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Gumdrop
The New Jerusalem Bible 1 Cor. 15:45,

“So the first man, Adam, as scripture says, became a living soul; and the last Adam has become a life-giving spirit.”

I don't think we have any question about who Paul is talking about here. He says Christ “has become” a spirit by resurrection.

So in answer to: “Am I understanding you correctly - that you are saying Christ was resurrected as a spirit person - according the St. Paul in Corinthians, Chapter 15?”, Yes, you understand what I said correctly...and what Paul said as you see in his comment.

Spirits, angels have appeared with fleshly bodies before, three angels came to Abraham (Gen. 18) and even sat down to eat a meal. Jacob grappled with an angel (Gen. 32) so it was not just a vision but actual material flesh he could grasp that the angel produced.
So that Jesus manifested a fleshly food eating body at will is hardly without precedent. Nor as those angels did, dissolving (for want of a better term) it since as Paul further said in vs. 50 that “flesh and blood cannot inherit God's kingdom.”

But lest there be no doubt, Paul makes clear Jesus was not resurrected as a flesh and blood human but as a spirit and returned to heaven as a spirit.

28 posted on 03/29/2012 12:18:45 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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