Hi everyone, I’m a practicing Catholic, but maybe sometimes I tend to overthink things.
Anyway, I thought up a difficulty I have between 2 Church teachings and wondered if anyone could help me out-- it’s about mortal sin and God’s mercy.
I understand it that it’s part of our faith that if we die in a state of mortal sin, we are sent to Hell. However, we’re also taught that God has the final decision, and we can never be 100% certain of our salvation status here on Earth.
So which one is correct??? Right after someone commits mortal sin, can they be sure they are going to Hell if they don’t get to confession, or not? If one is correct, wouldn’t that mean the other Church teaching is wrong?
To illustrate my question, I had an uncle who lived a pretty sinful life and probably died in what would be the Catholic definition of mortal sin. Should I continue to pray for him or not, becuase we are taught if someone is sent to Hell, they’re not getting out. So should I pray for him???
In sincere confusion,