Could someone provide the Catholic interpretation of the following Bible verses and whether they indicate whether a Catholic can know they are going to heaven when they die, assuming they have faith and put their trust in Christ and live for Him according to Catholic teachings and are in good standing with God, man, and the Catholic Church when they pass away.
I John 5:13
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Context for the question:**
I may be wrong, but I sense a tone where Catholics tend to believe it is presumptuous or arrogant for any Christian to think they can know in advance they are going to heaven.
I interpret the above verses to support the idea that we can have the blessed hope that we will be with the Lord when we die – not out of arrogance or presumption – but by having faith and trust in Christ’s redemptive passion and death on the cross for us and by following Christ’s teachings and living a life pleasing to God.
I’m not referring to the OSAS philosophy that bases salvation on faith alone and not works (do what you want, etc). I’m referring to the Catholic (or non-Catholic) Christian who has both faith and works and who dies in a state of grace (no unconfessed mortal sins).
Please help me better understand the Catholic teaching and position on this.
For example, it is fairly common at protestant funerals I’ve attended for the pastor to say that the person is “now with the Lord” or something to that effect if they know the person is a faithful Christian.
Does a Catholic priest say something similar or do they just pray for the soul of the deceased and ask others to do likewise? Thanks for helping me to better understand the Catholic position.