I am in the process of becoming catholic but I cannot reconcile the church’s teaching on mortal sin with an all loving God. I don’t believe this is the perfect plan of an omnipotent God who truly wills all to be saved.
How can you reconcile the fact that a single un-repented mortal sin leads directly to hell and the fact by any sensible reading of the requirements of a mortal sin that the vast majority of people on the planet are very likely in a state of mortal sin? We can’t judge an individual’s situation but by my current understanding many millions are very likely damned every single year.
I understand that a mortal sin is terrible, but I can’t understand why an all knowledgeable and all powerful God would have setup such a ridiculous system where ignorant humans are at a constant risk of their eternal damnation.
I don’t think the church’s teaching on full knowledge requirement for a sin to be mortal can be stretched to include the billions of people that have committed a grave act (the vast majority of which aren’t even catholic/have never been to confession). An act of perfect contrition is described as extremely rare, and you still have to desire to go to confession ASAP so that doesn’t fix the problem. Nor does invincible ignorance, perhaps that makes sense for an Amazonian tribe but for the billions with internet access that doesn’t work.
All I can do right now is pray the Divine Mercy chaplet and consider Orthodoxy instead.
I hope someone can shed some light on this very troubling situation.