This may sound a little weird and esoteric. But it honestly worries me!
My husband and I were talking about “particular judgment” that each Christian will face after they die.
We were trying to figure out what we would say to Jesus. I’m pretty certain the only thing I will say is, “Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.” That is, if I can even muster up the courage to say anything to the Ancient of Days, the Lord Jesus Christ. At least I’m used to seeing Him and talking to Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
Then we started wondering what non-Catholic Christians will say. And this scared us!
When my husband and I were evangelical Protestant, we didn’t believe there would be a “particular judgment.” If you accepted Jesus as your Personal Savior, you were in! You die, you go straight to heaven. No questions asked, no arguments with St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. You’re in the door, hugging Jesus and greeting all your loved ones who went before you. Jesus is your best friend, your personal Savior, your Buddy. Above all, no judgment for believers. That’s only for the non-believers after the 1000-Year Millennium.
So what will these non-Catholic Christians say to Jesus?! :eek:
“Wait, I prayed the Sinner’s Prayer on June 1, 1968!”
“Purgatory!!! :eek: But all my sins are forgiven, past, present, and future!”
“What do you mean, Lord? Judgment?! That’s for the non-believers! Isn’t it? It isn’t?”
I don’t mean to make a joke out of this, since it’s not funny at all. I find myself very worried about my separated brethren, which includes most of my family. I assume that the Lord will have mercy on them because they didn’t know or understand. Surely He won’t hold their ignorance against them. I assume that because they were sincere in their desire to follow Jesus and know Him personally, that He will count them as members of His Body and welcome them to heaven, although I assume that many of them will spend some time in Purgatory along with most of us Catholics.
Is that correct?