This is my first time posting in here. I am a Protestant and former Catholic. I have been talking with a Catholic friend of mine recently and he says that Catholics can not know that if they die they will go to heaven, and that in fact it is a sin to say you know.- the sin of presumption which I think is a mortal sin in the Catholic mind?
I find this hard to swallow. So in the Catholic mind set no one ever knows when they die if they will go to heaven? Is that correct or am I misunderstanding?
If that is the case then what do we do with Paul’s words at the end of his life writing to Timoth.
2[size=2] Tim 4:7-8. (New American Catholic Bible) "I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance. "
No doubt he knew where he was going… but not only him…but all who have longed for His appearance.
And what about 1John 5:13
I write these things to you so that you mayknow that you have eternal life, you who believe in the name of the Son of God.
Now why would John say you may know…if indeed you couldn’t?
Maybe I am misunderstanding Catholic teaching on this. So what do you guys make of this?