I am hoping that I can get some help. I am really confused about something our priest said at our RCIA class last week, and talking to him didn’t really clear it up! (Please let me know if this isn’t the right place to ask - I am still new to these forums!)
Father was giving a talk about the meaning of Advent - that we are preparing for the birth of Christ at Christmas, and we are also called to prepare for the second coming.
Then he seemed to say that at the second coming, when the world ends, that is when we will be together with God, and that even though we talk about people who die going to heaven, they aren’t there - that won’t happen until after the second coming.
After the lecture I asked our priest about the saints - don’t we ask for their prayers because they are in heaven with God? He kind of laughed and said that yes that was confusing, and nobody really knows. And then we (with a few other confused people) talked about it. The discussion ended when someone remembered that Jesus himself told one of the criminals dying on the cross that they would be in paradise today.
I guess that he misspoke about heaven the first time - but I am confused as to what he WAS trying to say. Can anyone clear this up for me? I am thinking it has something to do with where it says in the Creed “He will come again to judge the living and the dead…”
Help, please? Oh… and I come from an atheist background, so my Bible knowledge is still pretty limited, so try to go easy!