Last Judgment and Confessed Sins


At the Last Judgment, will our already confessed, forgiven sins be brought up and judged again? I’ve heard opposite answers about this. A priest I know said they will not be. A theology professor I know seems like he also said that. An English professor with a theology degree said that we will be judged on them. Who is right?

Sources appreciated. 

(I’m not sure if I put this in the right category-- sorry about that!)


I think they will, so we should prepare for the worst by striving towards the path of sanctity.


yes you will; you get a “judgment” and a “Final Judgment”

the first thing on this topic that i “googled” didn’t seem that helpful

i’m sure you can research this on your own…



Revelation 20: 11 Then I saw a great white throne and the one who sat on it; the earth and the heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their works, as recorded in the books. 13 And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and all were judged according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; 15 and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

1021 Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ.592 The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and faith. The parable of the poor man Lazarus and the words of Christ on the cross to the good thief, as well as other New Testament texts speak of a final destiny of the soul–a destiny which can be different for some and for others.593

1022 Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven-through a purification594 or immediately,595 – or immediate and everlasting damnation.596

At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.597


Sure. I could research it on my own, but I think that humans are meant to learn in community, exchanging knowledge with others. If we were all to research everything on our own, we would not have enough time to learn everything we should learn. So instead we trust others who have researched those topics. For examples, we trust what doctors say about our health, instead of going to med school just to figure it out ourselves. You see what I mean? The search for truth should not be carried out on our own. I think this is a beautiful reality.



1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.606 The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:607

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.608
1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin."609 From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.610 The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead:

Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.611


1038 The resurrection of all the dead, "of both the just and the unjust,"623 will precede the Last Judgment. This will be "the hour when all who are in the tombs will hear [the Son of man’s] voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment."624 Then Christ will come "in his glory, and all the angels with him. . . . Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. . . . And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."625

1039 In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare.626 The Last Judgment will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life:



I should have thought of looking in the Catechism. facepalm


No, we will receive a judgment at the moment of death & a Final Judgment at the “end of time”

this is just a “blog post” therefore it is not to be taken as dogma; but it think this person is “on target”


Everything is speculation because none of us, not even priests, have been to the Last Judgment and back. So forget about sources; there are none.

It is possible that the sins already forgiven are considered blotted out, as if they have never happened. They therefore are “forgotten” and will not be replayed.

It is possible that they will be replayed, and the fact that they have been remitted put on the record for all creation to see, and thus will everybody rejoice in the mercy of God.

We will have to wait and see.


Confessed sins?

We are warned that we will be Called to account for every useless word that we pronounce; Jesus warns that even our thoughts will be Judged; the Call of God is to Repentance and He assures us that though our sins be as scarlet we would be made as white as snow… so Confessed sins (perfect contrition–that which we commit to through both sincere Confession and turning back to God and rejecting sin) brings us to the white as snow condition; yet, God can recall our sins, and insincere and unrepentant pretense/s of Confession, as well as our stubborn disposition to not own up to our sin, when our particular Judgment is at hand.

Maran atha!



I fully concur!

It is the reason why Jesus Founded His Ekklesia: Church: Community: Body!

Maran atha!



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