If all go to Heaven, nothing done in this life would have any eternal significance - either for good or for evil.
March 23, 2020 (The Catholic Thing) - Sin, by its very nature, is a direct attack upon or a violation of some good. For example, lying offends the good of truth; gluttony transgresses the good of proper eating. Now, do some evil acts contravene a good to such a degree that they merit everlasting damnation? According to the Catholic tradition, these acts are termed mortal sins. Let us look at some examples.
[Ron: There is no hell in the Creation. People can create a personal psychological hell for themselves during an incarnation BUT that doesn't merit everlasting damnation. In fact NOTHING CAN merit eternal damnation. Why? Because the Creator doesn't judge anyone. Rather, the human incarnational journey is designed to enable souls to grow and evolve spiritually through physical experience in the material cosmos. All elements in the Creation are conscious which is designed to have consciousness evolve from seemingly inanimate matter throught the whole gamut of life culminating in animals and ultimately human beings. That process then continues with humans learning through trial and error to gradually understand more and more about life, the universe and everything and thus increasingly avoiding errors.
The human incarnational experience necessarily involves trial and error. Humans make mistakes in their individual learning journeys. Those mistakes have been pejoratively labelled as "sins" and given judgmental connotations as this author is doing. But that isn't helpful. Human beings start life as young souls, having just graduated with the soul they had as a lower animal. They then have to start to build their spirit by consciously learning about life the universe and everything. As this has been a prison planet quarantined and cut off from the rest of Creation until very recently, knowledge of God and the Creation has been largely unavailable. That ignorance has been hugely increased by lies promulgated here for the last 200,000 years by Lucifer and Satan and the fallen angels that accompanied them to this planet and the other planets in Lucifer's rebellion.
Accordingly, diabolical influences have made learning the truth about Creation and our human place in it very difficult causing everyone here to make many mistakes during their incarnations. Never the less humans here will gradually 'see the light' and limit their mistakes thereby growing in consciousness. This process results in each human spirit graduating from life in this low consciousness world (dimension) to a higher dimensional world. That process continues with the human spirit evolving to ever higher levels of consciousness until graduating to the higher dimensional world of Nebadon at the centre of this universe.
Thereafter the human being continues his/her spititual journey traversing through the super universe of Overton, in which Nebadon is situated, until finally reaching the Paradise Isle and meeting with the Creator.Thereafter the human spirit returns to the Creation to assist with its administration and governance. This process is very long and involves myriad incarnations. The fact that a human being makes many mistakes and may commit many evil actions in some incarnations doesn't prevent that being from eventually learning the error of his/her ways and continuing the incarnational journey. After all everyone has eternity in which to complete that journey.
Throughout this incarnational process each spirit judges self. Each human's thoughts and actions determines his/her level of consciousness and spiritual development. No one judges that being. Each one judges self and progresses at the pace which their conscious decisions determine.
It is possible for a human or Celestial spirit to choose to cease to exist. That occurs by conscious choice. Apparently Lucifer was recently adjudicated and choose to cease to exist rather than face his rehabilitation process. Presumably human beings can choose to cease to exist by persistently choosing to fail to repent of their errors. I understand that Hitler made that choice.].
Fornication and adultery grievously violate the good of marriage and sexuality. While couples, in these sexual acts, may desire to express their love for one another, what they are actually doing is attacking the good of marriage and the sexual acts that pertain exclusively to marriage.
By holding that fornication and adultery are mortal sins, Christian morality perceives that marriage, and the sexual acts performed within marriage, possess so great a dignity and goodness, that to violate the inherent beauty of marriage by engaging in fornication and adultery is to merit damnation.
[Ron: I disagree for the reasons above mentioned.].
The damnation related to fornication and adultery, thus, is a recognition that accentuates the unassailable sacredness, the inviolable goodness, and the indissoluble bond between a man and a woman in marriage. To diminish the judgment against fornication and adultery, to suppose that they are "no big deal," is to demean the absolute God-given goodness of marriage itself.
[Ron: I disagree. The personal decisions and actions referred too are contrary to the spiritual nature of humans and the Cosmos and they are harmful to human psychologiacl health and physical and societal welfare, but such mistakes are part of the spiritual evolutionary process.].
Again, grievous violations against the inherent dignity and value of the human person are also mortal sins that merit everlasting damnation - e.g., murder, slavery, human trafficking, and extreme hatred and prejudice. To kill the innocent, to perform or have an abortion, to sell others for sexual exploitation, to attack and assail others because of their race or religion, to euthanize the elderly, or the physically or mentally handicapped, all of these acts, as do similar acts, seriously abuse the sacrosanct goodness and dignity that resides within each human being.
Once more, to hold that such evil acts are not deserving of Hell is to say that the dignity and worth of each person is not of supreme value. The nature of the punishment must always be in proportion to the offense committed and the good violated. In the above examples, the good of the person is so desecrated that, without repentance, Hell is the only appropriate punishment.
[Ron: This is a sanctimonous rant. How could any being of supreme value and worth be condemned to eternal punishment in "Hell"? This rant is not only misguided, it breaches the author's own moral guidelines.].
Although mortal sins are deserving of Hell, what cannot be forgotten is the Father's mercy made manifest in Jesus Christ. To repent of such deadly sins and to ask for forgiveness, along with the doing of penance for the offense, brings the sinner back to life through the Holy Spirit. This is the good news of salvation - no sin is unforgivable. Right up until the moment of death, everyone can avoid Hell and come to enjoy eternal life with God.
Here, some may, nonetheless, propose that repentance after death may be possible. Those who die in grievous sin may be punished for a time, maybe for a very long time, but, eventually, they will be purified and forgiven, and so enter into heavenly bliss. To advocate such a position, however, makes life here on this earth a farce.
[Ron: No it doesn't, for the reasons above mentioned.].
If all go to Heaven, nothing done in this life would have any eternal significance - either for good or for evil. The good that one enacts does not merit, in Jesus Christ, eternal life, and the evil that one enacts has no lasting condemnatory consequences. The urgency of this life is lost. Striving to live a virtuous life becomes meaningless. Valor, courage, gallantry, and nobility lose their inherent integrity.
There are no situations wherein one can manifest one's mettle and steadfastness - caring for a sick friend or an elderly spouse, or forthrightly standing up for what is true and good against the forces of evil. There would be no resolve to preach the Gospel, or even to practice one's own faith. There would be no "High Noon" moments where one must choose to be courageous or shrink away in cowardice - in the end neither would really matter.
Martyrs are not made in a world where Hell is not a live option, for one would never feel challenged to love God and neighbor to the fullest degree, the freely giving up of one's life. Without the possibility of Hell, life loses its zest, its vibrancy, its earnestness, for nothing one does here would have any everlasting worth. Life merely becomes a charade - a pretending of making important choices, of executing significant decisions, of actually accomplishing something important.
[Ron: This sort of mindless thinking is the reason that Abundant Hope seeks to change the face of religion on this planet.].
A good and loving God, however, would never have created such a futile world nor would he have approved of such a wasted life. God created us to expand his goodness and imitate his love, and to do so is to his and our eternal glory. Not to do so is to our everlasting condemnation.
[Ron: human beings have eternity to get it right.].
Ultimately, if there's no Hell, Jesus' glorious coming at the end of time would be a ho-hum event.
[Ron: I disagree. Christ Michael Aton, the God of this universe and the Creator of this planet (who was a dual incarnation with Esu Immanual Kumara in the life of Jesus the Christ), HAS RETURNED and his return is A VERY BIG DEAL as we may well come to realise this Easter. Christ Michael declared the commencement of his Millennial Reign on 5 February 2019.].
We would already know the outcome. Truth, goodness, and justice would not, finally, win the day over lies, wickedness, and corruption, for, in the end, neither uprightness nor evil would be of any everlasting importance. Goats would not be separated from the sheep and thrown "into eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matt. 25:41), for even the earthly unrepentant goats would now graze in the sheep's heavenly pasture.
[Ron: Unrepentant humans don't get to ascend to meet the Creator until thay have learned the error of thie ways and learned to love as God does.].
Such a scenario would not be in keeping with the goodness of the Father, nor with the truth of his Son, Jesus, nor with the love of the Holy Spirit. What will actually transpire when Jesus comes again in glory is that the Saints will shine like the stars. They will rejoice in each other's steadfast goodness and virtue, and together they will give praise and glory to God, he who is truly a God of love and goodness, a God who has rescued them from sin and sin's condemnation - Hell.
Moses tells the Israelites, just prior to their entering the Promised Land, "Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom." If the people keep God's commandments, they will live; if they do not, they will perish. Moses exhorts them: "Choose life" (Deut. 30:15-20).
Lent is a time for choosing life - a time of further cultivating virtue and growing in holiness. Choosing life here on earth has eternal consequences - the gaining of eternal life in Heaven. Not to choose life here on earth also has everlasting consequences - that of perishing forever in Hell.
[Ron: I disagree. Everyone on this planet is being given a bit of a Lenten experience with the Corvid-19 global Lockdown. Pray that many humans and others will avail themselves of the opportunity for self reflection between now and Easter.].
As Christians, we know that it is only by abiding in Christ, he who is the light of life, that we can truly choose life - the life of the Holy Spirit through whom we become children of our heavenly Father.
[Ron: Every ensouled human being is an only begotten (ie unique) son or daughter of God from the moment of his/her creation.].