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I agree, but according to what I have heard, if some sinner repents on his/her deathbed, supposedly they will be forgiven for their transgressions, and not go to Hell.
Yes - are we not very fortunate that a just and loving God is the arbiter of who gets into heaven and who does not - and not us? ;)
... and as Ad Orientem said:
I think you're reading it too literally, in terms of absolutes, and isolated from other truths. It's not a mathematical formula. If it were, hardly anyone would be in heaven--or hell--because most everyone has done both good and evil deeds.
Okay, suppose you take the majority, and say that characterizes a person's life and determines his salvation. Then what would God do if exactly 50% of his deeds were good, and 50% evil?
The fact is, with a few exceptions, everyone who enters heaven did both good and evil deeds during his life, some more of one than the other. I daresay there are those in Heaven who were not in a state of grace for most of their life, but only in their final moments. Delayed baptisms, deathbed conversions, and what not.
I could be wrong, but I think the Athanasian Creed -- and Scripture -- are referring to the necessity of exercising charity while one has the ability to do so. The warning is against those who think having faith alone suffices for salvation, or believing one or two things, or having faith in faith itself. But I'd like others' input on this.
With your two posts - I am reminded of Jesus' parable of the workers - those who started the day - those who came mid-day and those who arrived at the end of the day - all received the the same full days wages ... and the parable of the prodigal son - welcomed home after squandering his inheritance before coming to his senses ...
God gives us the graces we need to do his will - but it is always a choice that we must make ... and we are accountable for our actions - in this life and in the one that comes next ... whether we are like Enoch and walk all our days with the Lord or we are the prodigal son .... at some point there is a reckoning .. but we are saved - if we are saved - by Christ not of our own merits ... however - like St Paul - I know I am "working out my salvation" by and through the grace of Jesus....