These came from another thread where the discussion turned to those who are non-christian and non-catholic not being judged as harshly, or not being judged the same as catholics. Because they did not know the implications of sin, or the severity of sin.
I have a hard time understanding this. The implication is, because we’re catholic and we know that certain sin is mortal, we are held to a stricter standard. But those who don’t know the severity of sin will get off easier.
So someone who is not christian or catholic who commits a sin such as adultery, won’t be held to the same standards as a catholic because the non christian didn’t understand that it was a mortal sin?
I just don’t get this. I understand the idea of invincible ignorance, but I always thought it applied to people who had never heard the gospels or knew of God’s laws. It seems to me, that even in this secular society, most people know and understand what is basically bad and what is good. Even a secular non christian knows that cheating or committing adultry is wrong. Even non christians should know the natural laws that are inheirent in our hearts.
And then when it comes to non-catholic christians, it’s hard for me to believe anyone who reads and knows the bible at least can claim some kind of ignorance of the severity of sins they commit.
I’d like to hear some kind of explanations of this.