=Ally of Christ;5522154]I don’t understand why hell is eternal. I know God is good and just, so I am not trying to question Him, but I don’t understand why people are punished eternally for actions committed here on Earth since the actions don’t last for eternity. Also, if a person has lived a good life, but dies in a single mortal sin, why would he go to hell since he wasn’t completely evil? Would it be possible that God would still allow the person to come to Heaven after a long stay in Purgatory?
***One can see that you have given the matter considerable thought. Good for you.
You have actually answered you’re own question by recogonizing that “God is all and only all good perfectly.” That necitates that God be both fair and just perfectly.
Because God is all good, God MUST offer every person sufficient grace to know Him, be in a personal relationship with Him and be given the opportunity to choose Salvation.
That last part is key. It is me and you, NOT GOD who decide to sin, so it is me and you and NOT God who determines eternal Hell or eternal Heaven [perhaps after time in purgatory?] It is NOT God who condems us, it is our persoanl choices. God as JUDGE only affirms what we ourselves have decided for ourselves./*I]
***God’s self-like gifts of Mind, intellect and freewill are all that are necessary for us to make proper decissions. But in Divine Mercy Christ founded His Church to guide, lead, teach, protect and correct us. Christ also instituted the Seven Sacraments to pour additional unwarranted graces upon us.
Five of the Seven Sacraments have signifiant roles in our possible Salvation.
Baptism***: removes all sin and effects of sins and grants us entry into the community of believers.
Confirmation: Confers massive amounts of grace to enable us to a level of Christian mautrity and understanding not otherwise available to us.
Confession /Reconcillation: The Sacramnet of KNOWN forgiveness. More than just necessary [1 John 5:16-18, John 20:21-23, Mt.16:19 and Mt. 19:16] for the forgiveness of our sins, it is a CERTITUDE that God has forgiven us, granting us evential access to heaven.
The Eucharist: The Gift of the Living Jesus, the greatest source of grace needed to not sin, to obey the Commandments, to Love God, Love neighbor, to be chairatable, and only in His Catholic Church.
The Last Rites: ***if correctly administered and receoved the effects are like a second Baptism! All sin, all effects if sin are errased forever! Pray for a happy death!
I list these as evidence that God is Good, is Merciful and Just. God affords many opportunities for us to say “yes to God” and NO to Satan! So many opportunities that it would offend Gods Divine Justice and Fairness, NOT TO ALLOW US TO DESIDE FOR OURSELVES where we will spend Eternity***
***Everyone needs to know about MORTAL SIN 1Jn. 5: 16-18.] The term “Mortal” means “unto death.” They are way’s of saying NO TO GOD that are so gross, so offending, so signifiant and meaninful that they actuallu sever ones personal relationship with Christ. Only a valid Confession, Baptism or the Last Rites have the power to restore one to relationship with Christ again. “Repent and Convert.” Be truly sorry anf committed to not sinning this way again with the grwace and help of God!
To further show Gods justice and fairness He [through His Church] make commiting a MORTAL sin conditional on three points. ALL THREE must always be present for the act to be “a Mortal Sin.”
- Serious matter: Examples;*** murder, abortion, sex outside marriage, contraceptive sex,
***2. One must know that it is a MORTAL SIN before doing the act.
- One must knowing its a Mortal sin and understanding the consequences desire to do the act anyway. NOTE: Desire to do it, is the same as doing it!
Clearly God provides a mutitude of opportunity for every human being. Denial of God, His Commandments, His Sacraments and His graces do not excuse one from their personal judgement.***
Hope this is of some help to you:thumbsup:
Love and prayers**