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Old Jul 10, '11, 3:37 am
ILoveTheLordGod ILoveTheLordGod is offline
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Default What happens when one dies?

Does someone:

A. Meet God before he is judged?
Do we meet our creator, then he judges us, then sends us to heaven or hell?

B. Simply go to heaven or hell upon death?
There have been many near-death experiences of people going to hell that a demon takes their soul.

Come to think of it, is hell an inferno or simply the state of being non-existent?
I mean, why does the bible usually say death instead of an inferno?
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Old Jul 10, '11, 5:07 am
tskrobacz tskrobacz is offline
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Default Re: What happens when one dies?

Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist.
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Old Jul 10, '11, 6:42 am
Nimzovik Nimzovik is offline
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Default Re: What happens when one dies?

St. Faustina wrote about this process..... Read her book.
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Old Jul 10, '11, 7:13 am
mdgspencer mdgspencer is offline
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Default Re: What happens when one dies?

There is a lot we do not know about what happens then.
We could not meet God right when we die, unless we go straight to heaven. Seeing God is the greatest joy in heaven.
I presume most of the just go to purgatory rather than heaven when they die. According to the Catholic understanding, no one can approach God or see God with even one sin on his soul. In purgatory souls are cleansed of all sins.
That there is a real fire in hell, is part of Catholic doctrine. (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in section 1035, says it is a place of "eternal fire") Furthermore, Jesus said of a lost soul, better if he had never existed. It would have been better because he will exist forver in the inferno. The fact that every soul ends in heaven or hell, and exists forever, is part and parcel of Catholic belief.
There are people who have died and been brought back to life. If this can happen at all, it seems that souls remain with their bodies for some minutes after they die, or they could not be brought back to life by natural means.
I sometimes have wondered what Lazarus told people about what happened after he died (after, naturally, they asked him about it), after Jesus raised him back to life after he had been dead for three days. But some people after they died, so accounts say, saw a great light which they began approaching before they were brought back to life.
But we don't know much about what happens then. But of course, we will all find out what happens then.
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