Why do sinners go to hell?
Meaning and purpose of life
The report on Hell is incomplete. It should only be a thought-provoking impetus for further processing.
The text was created on 09/11/1997.
Just when most people thought they could forget about Hell, Hell became an issue again. Also for some time the new theology no longer speaks of hell and one hardly hears a sermon about it anymore.
The idea of a place of torment, where sinners serve their sentences for all eternity, had become out of fashion. Liberal churches and theologians are ready to abandon them as medieval superstitions.
In our human rights conscious time, it is more likely to believe that only good happens after death.
So is there really a hell? Well, according to Pope Pius XII. it is, even more urgent and necessary than ever! The church has a holy duty before God and men to proclaim this truth undiminished, as Christ revealed it, and no circumstance of the time releases from this strict obligation.
Of course, the longing for heaven is in itself more perfect than the fear of eternal punishments, but nevertheless it is not the most effective motive for all people to keep them from sin and to lead them home to God. Rather, for most fear of ruin, the best drive to think seriously about eternal salvation is. Man ultimately reaps whatever good or bad he has sown in this life. So it says in:
(Ga 6,7) Make no mistake: God cannot be mocked; what man sows he will also reap.
So, in a certain sense, eternity already begins on earth. In death the transition from the ephemeral to the permanent takes place, from time to eternity that no longer ends
It's all or nothing, life and death. So much is at stake.
When Jesus speaks of hell, he is not concerned with a glimpse into the future, but with the seriousness of the present hour.
Man has - and this is the flip side of his freedom - the possibility of missing his life.
Hell is an expression of ultimate negation. When the New Testament and Jesus himself speak of hell, it is not about an outlook into the future, but about the seriousness of the present decision.
What images do we usually make of hell?
In the pictures for hell, fears and feelings of throat are expressed. We also sometimes imagine a hell with a devil. A devil with a tail and horns. It pulls together the embodiment of evil and the forlornness of us humans. The thought of finality also frightens us. ( Forever). Darkness and everything black.
Demand for justice
Already on earth - the order dictates it - we have laws and regulations that we have to observe, and if we do not we will be punished.
Shouldn't God, the Lord of heaven and earth, he, the actual legislator, also punish for violations of his commandments and have a prison for those who offend his majesty !? For the sake of justice, every guilt must be dealt with (atoned for). If God were, so to speak, indifferent to the violation of his commandments, he himself would approve of bad and evil. That is unthinkable and incompatible with its perfection! So he has to punish the guilty, otherwise there would be no infinite justice.
Jesus also reveals to his disciples, and thus also to us, that his Father
Jn 17:25) Kind Father, the world did not know you, but I did know you, and they knew that you sent me.
And "will reward everyone according to their works"
Mt 16:27) For whoever wants to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will win it.
But how many virtuous, good and heroic deeds remain unrewarded on earth - and the opposite is also present: how many sins, vices, wickedness, injustices escape punishment or are even approved and legalized in the name of a false freedom. Just think of the abortion, gene protection initiative, etc. Should these acts, good and bad, just "perish"? Another reason ! God is a God of order, "perfect in his works"
(DT 32,4) It is called: the rock. What he does succeeds, every path he takes leads to right. He is an unwaveringly faithful God, he is just and straight.
All of creation testifies to his wisdom and goodness. Even more so, humans should also be in order, since they have even created them according to their “image. Therefore, he is free to fit in or not to conform to God's order; however, there are "blessings and curse" in this decision
(DT 11,26) Today I will present you the blessing and the curse; ...
There is no compromise in between. Whoever is not for me is against me! Says the Lord in:
(Mt 12:30) He who is not with me is against me; whoever does not gather with me scatters.
It depends on us
We imagine hell as God's punishment for the sinner; much more it is sin itself, the state of guilt in which he voluntarily gave himself up.
Now we will also understand the holy pastor of Ars when he says:
"It is not God who throws us into hell, it is us with our sins."
Jesus says to us in:
(Jn 6:47): Whoever does not believe will be condemned! Truly, truly, I say to you: whoever believes has eternal life!
Let us also not forget the parable of Lazarus and the rich man.
This parable also wants to make the irrevocability of hell clear to us. The sinner breaks with God. He resists the working of grace that every person secretly invites.
What no eye has seen, what no ear hears and what has penetrated no human heart, God has prepared for those who love him.
Turning away from God is the very essence of mortal sin, its highest corruption, its infinite guilt.
So whoever destroys divine grace and love through grave sin plunges into a misfortune for which there is no longer any human remedy.
But God can raise the dead. So said the father of the prodigal son:
"This son of mine was dead and now he's alive again"
The conversion of a serious sinner is always a work, or rather a miracle of grace, a miracle of God's omnipotence.
How can an infinitely good, merciful, always forgiving God condemn souls to the terrible punishment of hell?
Jesus never makes a mistake and his choices are always just! Nor do we consider what it says in (Sir 5: 7).
(Sir 5,7) Do not hesitate to be converted, do not postpone it day after day! Because his anger suddenly breaks out, in the time of retribution you will be carried away.
And who are we that we can criticize him? Doesn't it mean:
(Mt 11: 6) “Blessed is he who takes no offense in me! "
The statements of the Holy Scriptures!
The statements of the Holy Scriptures about the eternity of hell are too clear to be denied.
“Away from me, you cursed ones into the eternal fire, which is ready for the devil and his angels! “-“ These will go into eternal torment; but the righteous into eternal life. "
Jesus himself uses the Holy Scriptures to mark hell. He often speaks of the "place of torment", the "eternal fire" and the burning furnace where weeping and gnashing of teeth will be ".
Before his ascension to heaven, he once again clearly instructs his disciples in:
(Mk 16:10) “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be damned. "
He openly names the hypocritical scribes in:
(Mt 23:16) “Leaders of the blind, over-able graves, which are filled with rot .... You brood of snakes, you breeders of snakes, how do you want to escape the condemnation of hell? "
The Savior says to certain scribes and Pharisees:
"You will die in your sins!"
The teaching of the church also says: that there is a hell and that it lasts forever. All these statements of the Holy Scriptures and the teachings of the Church about hell are a reminder to man to use his freedom responsibly in view of his eternal fate.
In the Bible we find the word hell 15 times
Hi 31:12 Yes, it would be a fire that would burn into hell and would have to consume all my possessions with stump and stalk.
Jon 2,3 When I was afraid, I called to the LORD, and he heard me; from the belly of hell I screamed and you heard my voice!
Mt 5:29 But if your right eye is an offense to sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members should be lost than that your whole body should be thrown into hell.
Mt 5,30 And if your right hand becomes an offense to you in sin, cut it off and throw it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members should be lost than that your whole body should be thrown into hell.
Mt 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Mt 11,23 And you, Capernaum, who are lifted up to heaven, you will be cast down to hell. Because if the deeds had happened in Sodom that you did, it would still be today!
Mt 16:18 And I also say to you, You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not overpower it.
Mt 23.15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites, that you go through sea and land to make a single fellow Jew, and when he has become one you make him a child of hell, two times more than you are !
Mt 23:33 you serpents! Your breeds of otters! How do you want to avoid the judgment of hell?
Mk 9,43 And if your hand becomes an offense to you, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life as a cripple than to have both hands and go to hell, to the inextinguishable fire,
Mk 9.45 And if your foot becomes an offense to you, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than to have both feet and be thrown into hell, into the unquenchable fire,
Lk 10.15 And you, Capernaum, who have been lifted up to heaven, you will be cast down to hell!
Lk 12,5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after he has killed, also has power to cast into hell! Yes, I tell you, fear him!
Jak 3,6 The tongue is also fire. As the world of injustice, the tongue takes its place among our members; it taints the whole body and sets fire to the family circle and is itself set on fire by hell.
2Petr 2,4 For if God did not spare the angels, who had sinned, but handed them over in bands of the darkness of hell to keep them up for judgment,
Clear decision: do everything possible to save the soul!
(Mt 5:29) “If your eye offends you, tear it out and cast it before you; in fact, it is better for you to lose one of your limbs than for your body to be thrown into the fire of hell. "
In the same sense he also speaks of the hand that can become sin. What should we understand by this "pulling out and knocking off"?
It is a requirement to forego the dearest and most necessary things when they are the next opportunity for sin.
He also tells us in:
(Mt 10:28) ... rather fear him who can throw body and soul into hell. And he contrasts our sense of prosperity in:
In any case, no change is possible at the final judgment, the good will be rewarded and the bad will be punished;
(Mt 25:41) “Away from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire! "
We must voluntarily choose to love God. If we sin against him, our brothers, or ourselves, we cannot love him.
(1 John 3:14 - 15) “He who does not love remains in death. "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know: no murderer has eternal life that remains in him"
Jesus tries to explain the meanings of heaven and hell to us through various parables.
Let us only remember that of the wheat and the tares for which he himself gives the explanation:
(Mt 13: 37-43) “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom. The tares are the children of evil; the enemy who sowed the seed is the devil; the harvest means the end of the world, the reapers are the angels.
The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will bring all deceivers and evildoers together and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be howling and gnashing of teeth. The righteous, on the other hand, will shine like the sun in the Father's kingdom.
The comparison with the wedding should also show us this divorce.
(Mt 22: 1-14) Here an invited guest "without a wedding garment" is meant one who enters eternity without the grace of God. What is happening to him? The king orders his servants: "Tie his hands and feet and throw him out into the darkness ..."
The same thing happens with:
(Mt 13: 47-50) (Sorting out the "good and bad fish"
and at the "great invitation" to which the host, who represents God here, receives so many excuses. His answer to that in:
(Lk 14:24) “I tell you, none of those invited will take part in my mark. "
i.e. in the eternal joy in heaven.
Which souls do they include? It is the lukewarm, the indifferent and the reckless to whom this life is more important than the conscious preparation for the other, eternal one! At the end of life, a first rejection threatens:
(Mt 25: 1–12) “I do not know you!
It applies even more sharply to the false prophets.
See Mt 25: 1, - 12
Hell is, without a doubt, a terrible truth and reality, and if we believe in it, there are quite a few objections to face seriously - questions worth answering.
Why does God create those who are condemned?
He knows through his omniscience that they will be lost. Still it is true:
(1 Tm 1,4) God wants all people to be saved!
No soul was therefore created for hell, but rather destined for bliss. As mentioned earlier, we are free to choose between good and bad in our choice.
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