The results of this poll and the subsequent posts I certainly find interesting.
I think it a fair statement to suggest that; the vast majority of people in this country, Catholics and Protestants believe that very few people will be going to Hell. Hell is reserved for the lowest (in terms of evil) segment of those on earth. I have never in my life been to a Catholic or Protestant funeral where the people who came to pay thier respects were under the belief the deceased was not going to Heaven. The words we use are “they are now at rest” or “they are now at peace”. Have you ever heard, “Gee its a shame Joe is now burning in Hell. He was such a nice guy too”?
To all of you who believe most are going to Hell I have this question to ask you. I have been to many Catholic funerals. Dozens throughout my life. Of these funerals I think it is safe to say that the majority were not devout Catholics. The latest of these funerals I attended was a friend who died of a heart attack at 50 years of age. He never attended Church. Another friend who spoke publically at the funeral Mass said of his faith, “Joe was not much for organized religion. But he treated people like he would want to be treated. God can’t ask more of us then this”.
I’m not contending he was correct at all. I am though contending that we simply do not know all of Gods intention for our outcome. i think it presumtious to say “most are going to hell”.
The priest was sitting in a chair listening to this. When the very warm and emotional talk was over, the Priest continued on with the Mass. He insinuated many times throughout the Mass that Joe was with the Lord.
Was this Priest lying to all in attendance? At the grave site, yet another Priest further insinuated that Joe was going be in Heaven.
Do priest simply lie during funeral Masses to protect the feelings of those in attendence. Is it all baloney?
We believe God knows all, we believe God knew the outcome of His divine plan/design before the plan was underway. If the majority of His creation is burning in Hell, how do we reconcile this design as being a “good” design? How do you explain this to yourself? How do you reconcile this?