Jesus is very serious about such…as is Paul etc etc…
We know not the the day or hour…those who do such and such sins (serious sins) (see Pauls Letters) will not enter the kingdom of God (if they have not repented and been restored to life in Christ of course)…strive to enter by the narrow door for the broad is the way that leads to destruction and narrow the way that leads to life and few find it…etc etc.
There is the reality of mortal sin and the reality that we might die in that choice (remember it is a freely chosen choice - deliberate!).
How many simply have a bad will and want to live in mortal sin …and try to repent in the last part of life? Too many I imagine. They presume that they will be able to repent…and return to God…they do not realize the gift that life in Christ is!
We enter into a state of salvation (adults) via faith and baptism. We repent, believe and are baptized into Christ - we are a *new creation *- we have true life and all that goes with it. The *Holy Trinity *dwells within etc…
Now if a person should commit a mortal sin - what then?
Well Jesus gave us the great Sacrament of Confession where we can repent -even with imperfect contrition (such as fear of hell) -and he will absolve us of our sins and return us to life. His blood will wash them away.
Now what about prior to confession or when we cannot get there? Well there is perfect contrition.
1452 When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called “perfect” (contrition of charity). Such contrition …obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.
Perfect contrition can coexist with lesser motives and it is does not mean the “most intense” but the perfect “kind” meaning it arises out of love of God above all…God can in again infuse that charity and grace into our soul (God is who forgives…and brings us to life)…despite our other lesser reasons that are present.
Now what if a person does not think they have this contrition at this time…should he give up hope? No while still seeking to get to Confession - and seeking to have perfect contrition - he continues to pray and ask Jesus for both.
And if he should come to his final moments before such? Can Jesus even in the very last moments give this grace? Yes. We are not to presume on such -but rather continue to seek Confession - the way he gave us for mortal sin after the life of baptism has been put aside.
Together with the kind of verses I noted at the beginning one has to keep those regarding the Love of God…of the Parable of the Prodigal son, the lost coin and the Good Shepherd.
Let us -if we fall into such mortal sins - turn back to Jesus right away - calling out to him for forgiveness and seeking out the means he has given us -where he especially meets us with life again…
Can a person who has not heard the Gospel and has Faith and has been Baptized - be saved by Jesus in ways we do not know? Yes it is possible.
But what is the way Jesus gave us? Faith and Baptism. Those who believe and are baptized Jesus says…
God can work outside the normative ways God has given us…he is not bound by them…but such is the way we are to go…
…and it is not something we give ourselves…tis the Gift of God. It is life in Christ from his death and his resurrection - tis true life.