I brought up this question last Sunday in my RCIA class, but was not completely satisfied with the answers. I hope you can help clarify.
My question is on the Church’s stance on saints. Does the Church proclaim to “know”, without a shadow of a doubt, that people they proclaim as saints are undoubtedly in heaven? Or does the Church say that through the research of there lives (i.e. miracles, etc.) they found that “more than likely”, or “we believe” that these prople could and/or should be in heaven???
The problem I have is that, even though the church is guided by the Holy Spirit, it is still comprised of men. How can we as humans determine that a soul has entered Heaven? And if the church believes that we as humans determine who is in heaven by researching their lives by some set of guidelines, couldn’t it go the other way as well?? Couldnt the Church determine if someone is in Hell???
If so, wouldnt that mean that we are judging souls?? Implying that we have the power to say who is in Heaven and who is in Hell by how someone lived their life on Earth!?!?
I guess the truth is that I have always belived we should never judge another eternal soul, and how arrogant it would be to play God and say who is in Heavan.
Please help explain this to me so that I might understand it more clearly.