If heaven guarunteed if we die in a state of grace?

This has really been bugging me.

If you die in a state of grace (having no mortal sins on your soul) are you guarunteed to go to heaven evenutally (possibility of purgatory), or is there the possibility that God will deny you heaven because you didn’t have strong enough faith or love for him.

Thank you very much!

By definition, if you die in the state of grace, you are pretty much going to heaven.

From the Catechism, quoting “Benedictus Deus” by Pope Benedict XII:
“[T]he souls of all the saints… and other faithful who died after receiving Christ’s holy Baptism (provided they were not in need of purification when they died…) … have been, are and will be in heaven, in the heavenly Kingdom and celestial paradise with Christ”

“Faithful who died after receiving Christ’s holy Baptism (provided they were not in need of purification when they died)” refers to those who die in the state of grace. So yes, if you die in the state of grace, you are pretty much guaranteed heaven.

What do you mean “pretty much”? Is there a possibility to die in the state of grace and go to hell?

If you die in the state of grace you are going to Heaven, perhaps with a sidetrip to Purgatory along the way, but even finding yourself in purgatory is a good thing as if you are in Purgatory you know for a fact that Heaven awaits you.
OP, don’t read into the previous poster’s “pretty much”, there is absolutely no circumstance in which one could die in a state of grace and not go to Heaven.


Thank you guys very much! It always seemed like there was this underlying message that keeping away from mortal sin wasn’t enough.

I do realize that doing good works will increase our grace and please God.


Yes, by definition the state of Grace is the state of friendship and union with God. So its a tautology. If you are going to heaven, then you must be in the state of Grace. Its impossible to be in the state of Grace, and not be going to heaven. (at that moment at least; you can lose the state of Grace)

Now, knowing if you are in the state of Grace is an entirely different matter. You might not even be personally aware of any mortal sin, but that may be because you have made zero effort to learn the faith, and are in fact rejecting many many invitations from God and his Grace. You just can never really know. Many of the greatest saints doubted their salvation as they neared death.

Its very likely if know you will die soon, you may have a lot of hope, but never any guarantee that you are for sure going to heaven no matter what.

Remember: God promised us Heaven if we die in a state of grace, and God never breaks His promises. It’s against His very Nature to break promises.

I’m really glad I got this cleared up. It takes away from the fear of “am I doing enough to get into heaven?”. I can thank God that he gave us a straightforward guideline on how to get there.

Also get rid of that thought. None of us are good enough for Heaven. Only through an active acceptance of God’s Love by our keeping away from sin and partaking in the Sacraments will He show us His Love and Grace, and through this Love will we get to Heaven.

In theory, could not a person change his mind after death and decide he does not want to be with God? So theoretically one could die in a state of grace and then choose Hell. This is completely in theory and would never happen in reality.

Its not even a theory. It is not possible.

I’m not super sure on this anymore. Dying in the state of grace automatically sends you to Heaven (though you might hafta go to Purgatory to be purified)?

Is this true?

Why don’t you believe what the Church teaches. How many times do we have to say it.

A Catholic who dies in a state of grace is SAVED (either straight to Heaven or possibly via Puragory). Dying in a state of grace means you CANNOT go to Hell.

As for good works, we should all strive to be more holy and do good things. However, these only have merit if we die in a state of grace. They have no merit if you die in a state of mortal sin.
In other words if you spend your life being holy and good but before you die you commit a mortal sin and you do not repent, the good works count for nothing.
The state of your soul at death determines your destination.

That is the exact reason for purgatory.

Because of concupiscence, we like to sin. Many of us here no doubt know how hard it is to break out of sin. Purgatory is the time for us to let go of all that sinful inclination and to realize that His grace and love are enough for us.

There are two ways to heaven: directly and indirectly. Purgatory is the indirect, and is the result of dying in a state of grace enough to receive the sacraments, especially that of the Eucharist-i.e. with no mortal sins on one’s current sin record; if with only venial sins to their name, they are to be purified or “purged” in Purgatory.

Only the purest of humanity enters Heaven directly, such as the Virgin Mary and the Saints. They had no sin staining their souls as they died, not even venial sins.

One is only cast into Hell because his earthly life, which in its proper light is a prelude to heaven, supported only sin. He is cast into Hell, because he made a conscious decision while alive to reject God and all that came with him, including the virtuous life. :mad:

Also, once dead there is no way to change this and since death is our final exit lane unto Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell, there can be no reconciliation/mind-changing afterward. It is the final cutoff.

I hope this not only clarifies your predicament, but gives you a solid feeling of security.
~God Be With You

Agreed. It can even be physical, for it has been said that spirits can manipulate matter. There are reports of people claiming they’ve been saved from a terrible car accident by what appeared to be “an angel” or “guardian spirit”. Everyone has a guardian angel, yes, but those in Purgatory…it is not impossible to say that they do return to Earth to pursue their atonement…

I think it may be beneficial to discuss grace and heaven slightly more thoroughly.

yes, if we die in the state of grace, we will not be condemned and will ultimately enter heaven.

We get in the state of grace by asking for it sacramentally through baptism- nothing more is required. When we are baptized, we gain sufficient grace to go to heaven and become born again, free of all prior sin.

To stay in the state of grace, we must do the will of the father, loving god and neighbor, avoiding mortal sin. There is no accounting of how much we do. We simply need to love- which is to help others without expecting anything in return. Those that are trying to earn their way to heaven are not living in the state of grace because they are doing their works for reward and not out of love.

If we fall from grace through sin, we can be reconciled to God through the sacrament of reconciliation (confession). Again, in God’s mercy, all we need to do is ask to be returned to grace, if we are sincere about repentence and living lives of love. This process can be repeated as often as necessary and as often as we desire.

The more we partake of the sacraments (particularly the eucharist) and the more we practice love, the easier it becomes to avoid sin. This is because these actions strengthen the grace within us. Ultimately, this process reaches a conclusion when we know longer have a tendency to sin. If we reach that point before death, we will enter heaven directly. If we die in the state of grace but still have a tendency to sin, we will be purified in purgatory until the tendency to sin is gone. This is required because their can be no sin in heaven…

If we die outside the state of grace, we will be condemned to hell. Remember, all we need to do to enter the state of grace is to ask - whether it be initially in baptism or subsequent to sin, in reconciliation - so condemnation results when we don’t desire to be with God enough to ask sacramentally…

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