[quote=CatMan]I have been hearing many theories on what happens to us when we die. Here are a few:
- After we die, our Souls go to God and we are judged. One of 3 things will happen: Heaven, Hell or Purgatory.
- Our bodies are re-united with our Souls on the 2nd coming of Christ.
- At Judgement day, we have 1 last chance to repent. Either choose and accept God as your Lord and savior or reject him. If you accept him, you will go to heaven. If you reject him, you will go to hell. (I have a problem with this one.)
What is the Catholic teaching???
Whoa, I think you should rethink your options here. Because these will happen in different circumstances and times.
However, I believe that what happens to us after the soul seperates from the body will depend on the person and status of their soul, whether it is in sanctifying grace or not. This is what the Catechism says:
**THE PARTICULAR JUDGMENT **
1021 Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ.592 The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and faith. The parable of the poor man Lazarus and the words of Christ on the cross to the good thief, as well as other New Testament texts speak of a final destiny of the soul–a destiny which can be different for some and for others.593 1022 Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven-through a purification594 or immediately,595 – or immediate and everlasting damnation.596
As for Judgement Day, I always believe it would be too late if you decide your position on that day. Because whole notion of Judgment Day is justice. All a lot of sinful people will be caught off guard.