It seems that, if you understood him correctly, your pastor answered a different question than the one you asked. There is no ‘Catholic heaven’ or ‘Protestant heaven.’ There is only one heaven.
If you understood him correctly, he was talking about how to attain to heaven. I don’t know that I’d call Catholicism a “quicker” way to heaven, or non-Catholic Christianity a “rocky” or “topsy-turvy” way, but maybe he was trying to tell you that the way Jesus gave us, to be assured of heaven, included faith in Him and keeping a life of grace that includes participation in sacramental grace. :shrug:
I just wanted to get more information on this. Are people reserected into the new world after they die where during the cremation ceremony the person is already outside of the coffin living a secret life or does the soul come out of the body and caught by an alternate being as a carrier to heaven. If does the body come out of the coffin and be taken on into heaven or does the soul come out of the body and be caught.
The Church teaches that, when a human dies, his soul encounters Jesus, who tells him his eternal destiny in a ‘particular judgment’. If a person is damned, his soul experiences hell. If a person is heaven-bound, then he must be perfect before he can come into the presence of God, so (if necessary) he is perfected through the purgation of his imperfections (i.e., any unforgiven venial sin or any temporal punishment due to sin). What happens to his body is immaterial: burial, cremation, whatever – none of it matters to our eternal destiny (although it’s necessary to honor the bodies of the deceased, as they had been temples of the Holy Spirit!). At the end of time, everyone will receive their glorified bodies, in which they will spend eternity. It doesn’t matter what happened to our bodies here on earth (e.g., burial, cremation, etc); we will all have glorified bodies, and we will spend eternity either in hell or heaven.
We do not live a ‘secret life’ outside the coffin; our souls are not ‘caught’ by some being and escorted to heaven. Our souls are also not ‘trapped’ with our bodies in the grave; they are either with God or in hell, following our death.
I am just wondering what the differences are to the path of heaven between the two faiths.
There is only one path to heaven: Jesus. He is “the way, the truth, and the life.” No matter what our faith, if we attain to heaven, it’s because of Jesus, and His Church on earth.