I don’t dispute the answers in this thread. However there is a reality to the belief that many sins we catagorize as *mortal *sins are committed by, and go unrepented, by (I believe it is safe to say) considerably more then 90 (i’d guess much more) percent of our society, incuding the vast majority of Catholics.
To put it in more personal terms it pretty much states virutally all of our friends and loved ones are going to burn in hell for eternity. (excluding of course those in these threads who are fortunate enough to have all thier loved ones Orthodox Catholics).
Yes, strongly put but why not? If this is in fact true we shouldn’t sugar coat it by saying “not going to Heaven” or “not saved” etc . We should say “floating in a bed of molten lava for eternity”, if this is what we believe believe to be true. If we were about to see someone walk in front of a car we wouldn’t worry about be being polite, we’d scream bloody murder. . Why would we wish to lessen the impact; so as not to offend?
I have had, and still have, so much difficulty with this it oftens put me on the threshold of walking away from my faith.
I’ve noticed a trend in these threads. When people write of salvation issues in these threads more often then not they either speak of themselves as the subject, or they generalize. Whenever I contimplate salvation issues I pain deeply inside because my thoughts always turn to loved ones.
There are so many things we state that simply do not add up.
i.e. “Anyone who is in hell chose it for themselves” - however this does not make sense. IMO it is a cop-out of a statement. It is exactly the same as saying that if one misses Mass, masturbates, has premarital sex, uses contraception… he/she has asked for eternal horrendous punishment. When one says things like this they should conceptually attach a loved one to it.
Our faith may have the truth. Yet if it does there is much to be constantly anxious and never at peace over. In Mass we say “the peace of the Lord be with us”, we also ask to not be in anxiety. This is a contradiction. How can one possibly not be anxious and/or at peace when one witnesses loved ones commiting (what would appear by our definitions to be) mortal sin?
From my perspective most Catholics do not take the teachings seriously. I am not certain as to why. I have a few thoughts though. Either they are unaware that as Catholics we are called to obey the Magisterium. Either that or they know they are to believe but somehow justify thinking it is overstated or somehow not a reality. Possibly because it does not make sense to them in terms of being grave matter, they think God could never hold them accountable. Does this make the sins not mortal? Does this qualify as not having full knowledge? I hope and pray it does. If not we should all be in a state of deep and constant mourning. Not peace.
This is pondered over and over again yet never to any resonable degree of satisfaction. I apologize for being depressing. I just can’t find peace when I think of my loved ones. And I think of them constantly. Before becoming Catholic (again), my life was in disarray and sinful but I was more at peace. I recall I used to joke and say “at least I have death to look forward to”. Something just ain’t right.