[quote="IvanHR, post:2, topic:336715"]
But death is not the end of our existence. I'll quote the catechism:
1021 Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ.
Exactly. So the afterlife is where we either go to heaven or languish in the fires of hell because we rejected God by sin, etc, right?
But if there was no afterlife, there would be no need for God's forgiveness, because there would be no punishment for us to be saved from.
I was discussing this with my friend and he suggested that God created us with souls that exist after death precisely for the purpose of us needing Him.
So his logic runs like this:
God created us with souls that exist after death. So there is an afterlife.
In this afterlife, we are either united in perfect joy with God in heaven, or we burn in hell because we are far from God.
But if there was no afterlife - if God had created us to exist up to the point of death and not beyond, then we won't join Him in heaven, but we also won't risk the fire of hell.
So basically God has given us the choice of following His commandments, loving him, and as our Protestant brethren would say "accepting Jesus as our personal lord and savior" or we will suffer eternal damnation.
So to prevent our souls from suffering forever, we HAVE to love God. Because He has designed it such that to NOT love God would be to suffer.
Which is why I'm asking - why did God make it such that there is the option of eternal life after death?