Something I’ve noticed lately that might help with a better understanding about Salvation or the ‘Catholic answers’ regarding the subject is to ponder the title here.
Earth AND Heaven, vs Earth THEN Heaven.
What we’ve seen in links in Catholic answers so far include a lot of communication between People who’s primary residence seems to be on either side of the equation.
Be it God in Heaven and Jesus on Earth, Mary on Earth and St. Gabriel in Heaven, Mary in Heaven and the children of Fatima on Earth, The Holy Spirit in Heaven and the Apostles and others on earth at Pentecost, etc…
So when we come to ask ‘why’ Catholic answers include more than a belief with regard to what is important for us on Earth, perhaps to consider Earth AND Heaven, will help with understanding.
For sure there is a journey, but that relates to the fact we live in time and therefore have the opportunity to learn, grow, know, and share until time stops for us.
Because Time exists, doesn’t mean Heaven isn’t accessible now, from a communication and understanding standpoint.
Once we conclude Jesus is who He said He Is, that’s the trigger that should set our lives free to understand we do have the freedom and ability to understand Truth to the point it has been revealed. Obviously, any revealed Truth, if true is communication between Heaven AND Earth.
So, what we have documented in the Bible and other writings are the methods and nature of where our lives need to be that put us in the best position to communicate clearly with those in Heaven currently.
If we are doing what set’s us up with clear communication with Heaven today, that should help provide confidence in hope we have for Heaven as a future residence.