Namely, do you really believe that everything which the magisterium of the Catholic Church teaches is true ?
Yes I believe everything the magisterium teaches.
No I didn’t always believe.
Do you really believe that people who consciously choose to disregard or disobey those teachings are going to hell ?
I was, like Fr. Corapi put it, standing with one foot in Hell and the other on a banana peel.
This question is a funny one. On the one hand if we don’t believe such people are going to Hell, then what exactly is Hell and is there *anyone *there? If the above description doesn’t land a person in Hell I have to question whether Hell is real or not.
On the other hand, if I say “Yes” those people are going to Hell, then you will accuse me of being “judgemental” (I’m guilty one of the worst sins in the secular world).
However, since you are proposing a hypothetical situation, I am only condemning a hypothetical person. **If **a person consciously chooses to disregard and disobey the truth then that person would go to hell. Yes I agree - oh with one more condition and they die totally unrepentant. Now, do you know of any such people? Because it only takes a fraction of a second to repent, we’ll never really know if a person quietly, privately, repented as they drew their last breath. Therefore, even Hitler and Stalin have a ray of hope.
Now, what do you think the odds are that a person who railed against the truth all their lives would suddenly change their heart at their last moment? Slim, but possible.
Here’s the cool thing about Catholicism - we can stack the deck in our favor so that our odds of going to heaven are really, really good. Stacking the deck isn’t easy though.
It’s like trying to get $1million. You can buy a lottery ticket. Or you can educate yourself, work hard, take risks, invest time and money wisely - and your odds of becoming a millionare are pretty good.
And, most curiously, what do you advise people who disagree with you ?
There’s an ancient Greek formula for discerning the truths on certain matters. It has worked so well that it has built several civilizations. It’s called dialogue.
Dialogue assumes that truth is consistent with itself, and truth never changes, never contradicts itself. Dialogue completely rejects moral relativism. Dialogue assumes that a theory can be A)Completely correct B)partially correct or C) completely wrong.
So engage in dialogue. You present what you believe is the truth. We’ll cross examine you with questions to see if your beliefs hold merit. We’ll present what we believe is the truth and you can cross examine us. That’s dialogue.
Make time for this dialogue - it’s about important stuff. Yes your life is busy with work and other obligations, but if you give this dialogue a high priority - you’ll benefit greatly.