Could we get an apologist to answer this for us please, since the poster himself refuses to ask you. thanks you very very much.
I was just listening to James Akin and he said something that I wonder if it represents the Catholic concensus.
He said that if a person deliberately misses mass, this person would go to Hell since he committed a mortal sin.
This confuses me. Does this mean that a person could love and follow Christ his or her entire life with devotion and sencerity, but for some “invalid” reason deliberatly miss mass and end up in hell.
Please help me here. I thought that Catholics believed in salvation by grace. I don’t know if this is true–but a poll about “surprised by hell” on this web also seems to suggest that this is what Catholics believe forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=23173.
If this is true, how can this be grace (“a gift” or “unmerited favor”)? How is this not legalism?
Please help me.