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Questions and Answers
After the resurrection of the flesh and the Last or General Judgment the reward will also be in the body.
1. the Particular Judgment immediately after death
2. the Last Judgment at Christ’s Second Coming.
1. the poor man Lazarus (Lk 16)
2. Christ’s words to the good thief: “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk 23).
1. Lyons II (AD 1274)
2. the Dogmatic Constitution Benedíctus Deus issued by Pope Benedict XII (AD 1336)
3. Florence (AD 1438-45)
4. Trent (AD 1545-1563).
Eschatology deals with nine things: Death, Particular Judgment, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, Second Coming of Christ, Resurrection of the Dead, General Judgment, End of the World.
1. immediate entrance into heaven or
2. entrance into heaven after a purification or
3. immediate and everlasting damnation in hell.
St John of the Cross († 1591) was a Spanish mystic, an extensive writer, and joint founder of the Discaled Carmelites.
1. in God’s grace and friendship
2. perfectly purified.
“If any man’s work burn, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.”
(1) Who blasphemes against the Spirit will be pardoned neither in this nor in the next age.
(2) This implies that there is a pardoning of sins in the age to come.
(3) This pardoning we call Purgatory.
Pope Gregory the Great (around AD 600) is one of the four original western doctors of the Church.
2 Macc 12:46 says that Judas Maccabeus made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.
1. that it exists
2. that it is eternal.
Mt 7:13-14 says that many enter through the wide gate leading to destruction, while few enter through the narrow gate leading to life.
In order to go to hell a wilful turning away from God (= mortal sin) and persistence therein to the end is necessary.
The Last Judgment is also called the “General Judgment”.
1. the truth of each person’s relationship with God
2. the good each person has done or failed to do while on earth.
1. the triumph of God’s justice over all human injustices
2. the triumph of God’s love over death.