Answer: Yes, the Particular and the Final Judgement. The Particular Judgement is what happens immediately after someone dies. Immediately the soul is sent to either hell or heaven or passes through the purifying fires of purgatory before going to heaven. This judgement is private. The Final Judgement is what happens at the close of age;… Continue reading Does the Church teach we will be judged twice?
For many people, the Catholic doctrine of hell serves as an obstacle to belief in God. They think an all-good God wouldn’t allow someone he loves to experience everlasting torment. And they think the permanent nature of hell’s punishment is incompatible with a just God. A recent caller on Catholic Answers Live asked, “Given that… Continue reading Doesn’t Hell Make God an Unjust Tyrant?
What are we to make of the vision of hell which was seen by the Fatima children on July 13, 1917? The vision was revealed in Sister Lucia’s Third Memoir – which was written in the summer of 1941 – when she stated that she was going to reveal the first two parts of the… Continue reading Like the Fatima visionaries, we should meditate on hell
Full Question How can we find happiness in heaven if someone we love/know goes to hell? Some people say we will be satisfied with God’s justice, but this sounds rather cruel and cold. Answer You are thinking very much inside the box. You can’t do that when you think of heaven. It’s not just another… Continue reading How can we find happiness in heaven if someone we love goes to hell?
Full Question My priest said there are different levels of heaven and hell. Where can I find Church documentation on this? Answer The term “levels” of heaven and hell to describe the degrees of punishment or reward reflects the literary imagery of Dante Alighieri’sDivine Comedy more than the language of the Church. “Degrees” of perfection… Continue reading My priest said there are different levels of heaven and hell. Where can I find Church documentation on this?
Full Question Recently, in our parish Bible study class, the leader stated that heaven is not a place but is in our minds, and he quoted sections 2794–2796 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a source for this opinion. I am deeply troubled by this concept. If heaven is not a place, then… Continue reading Is heaven a place or only a state of mind?
Question: Can God forgive a soul in Hell when they ask for pardon? Answer: Emm, Yes However, there is a “But”. Let’s get something straight first, NO SOUL IN HELL CAN BE SAVED. This does not mean that God cannot forgive a soul in hell when they ask for pardon, it means however that the… Continue reading Yes, God can forgive a soul in Hell when they ask for pardon. But..
If you believe what the Bible says about a good and loving God, who sent Jesus to pay for our sins, it seems logical that we believe what Jesus said about hell; for He spoke more about hell than anyone else in the New Testament. It is described in a number of ways: as a… Continue reading Is there really a hell, and if so, how could a good and loving God send people to it?
Question: “Where is hell? What is the location of hell?”Answer: Various theories on the location of hell have been put forward. A traditional view is that hell is in the center of the earth. Others propose that hell is located in outer space in a black hole. In the Old Testament, the word translated “hell”… Continue reading Where is hell? What is the location of hell?