Nelka said** : “If the Catholic Church decides what is, and is not, a mortal sin then that is the way it is
but if Protestants do not know something particular is a mortal sin, then surely they cannot commit one.”**
Several Protestant denominations even believe that once a person “accepts” God into their Life, and joins the Church, that she is now SAVED, and will remain so for the rest of her Life … no matter what.
I do not know how God views this discrepancy between the Catholics and the Protestants.
But, I HAVE thought that (maybe) God will judge each Christian according to the Rules of that person’s Church.
If that’s the answer, then MANY Christians can live a less-than-Honest Life … and still make it into Heaven.
And,** “On this basis, is it easier for a Protestant to go to Heaven than a Catholic as the worst they could commit is a grave sin because they have not met all three requirements of a mortal sin…?”**
Yes, that would be the Result of it, if God proceeds like the scenario I said.
What I actually believe to be True is not quite that.
The Bible mentions a Soul crying out, “Lord, Lord !” … but God replies, "I never knew you."
This scene is (obviously) a Christian who is being sent down to Hades.
Jesus would NOT have taught that if there weren’t Christians in the Future, whose Spiritual Life is sadly Lacking.
I believe that many Catholics (as well as Protestants) will not “Make the Grade” … and be Lost.
Then, most of the devout Christians, will either move right into Heaven (a few), or for a short period of Time and Punishment in Purgatory.
And, the so-so Christians will be allowed to remain in Purgatory for a longer (or maybe, a REAL LONG) Time.
Finally, I think the emotion that gets a person into Heaven is Love.
Jesus Loves … and so should we.
Some people are just NOT loving at all … they might be polite and respectful … But …Hmm.
But, even then, God may choose to forgive that attitude if the person had cause to never be able to Love.
God knows what will Happen.
NO people know (for sure) what will Happen.
God isn’t talking about it.
People can speculate their Days away, talking about it.