Start Part Five of 14              03/28/2018 Does having a Hell, Heaven, Purgatory and Limbo Make any difference: by Patrick Miron

Start Part Five of 14             03/28/2018

Does having a Hell, Heaven, Purgatory and Limbo Make any difference

WHAT is sin?

Father Hardon presents the answer.

SIN. “A word, deed or desire in opposition to the eternal law” (St. Augustine). Sin is a deliberate transgression of a law of God, which identifies the four essentials of every sin. [1] A law is involved, implying that there are physical laws that operate with necessity, and moral laws that can be disregarded by human beings. [2] God is offended, so that the divine dimension is never absent from any sin. [3] Sin is a transgression, since Catholicism holds that grace is resistible and the divine will can be disobeyed. And the [4] transgression is deliberate, which means that a sin is committed whenever a person knows that something is contrary to the law of God and then freely does the action anyway… End Quotes

Hmmmm,; while I don’t disagree with this definition; I do nevertheless find it lacking in the fullness necessary for OUR present lesson. Father is actually addressing Mortal sins; not “all sin.” There are sin’s that each and every time they are committed; things God has “written on every human heart” [Heb. 10:16] as being grossly sinful. Things like Murder, Abortion, Adultery, slander, gross-envy, lying, Gossip that is demeaning another; and more, that every human Soul ought to know as Evils and hence attacking God’s Sovereignty; termed “Intrinsic Evils”; additionally there are what we might term “spur-of-the-moment” sin’s like cussing, momentarily-eye-lust, fleeting envy and the like that are too sins, though not premeditated, and most often NOT “mortal sin’s.”

What are we to know about sin?

1 That it is a direct offence against our God

2 Sin attacks God’s Sovereignty [the right to BE our God and Demand certain behaviors and disciplines.] 

3 Sin affects US, but not God who is “Perfect” and cannot be made less or more so.

4 All “sins” are not equal. … God in order to BE God cannot fairly Judge all of our sins as being worthy of equal punishment. [Which is one of the reasons Purgatory has to exist.]

The Church then in order to make this evident has created theological terms to “bring home” what the bible teaches in 1 John 5: 16-17, which we have shared earlier. There are two broad categories of sin: Venial [lesser] and Mortal] Grave & Serious sins.

5 ALL sins accrue a Moral Debt to God whom they OFFEND which is imposed and monitored by Christ Himself. This is TRUE even of sins Confessed and Forgiven. This is a DEBT is unrecognized; unknown or denied by the Protestant community. Theologians have termed this Debt; “The Temporal Punishment” that ALL sins accrue.

What are we to know about God?

God is:

1 God is and can only be “Good.” Hence God must be “Fair” AND “Just.” God CAN do any and only “good thing.” Permitting humanity to freely choose evil is itself a “good-thing” because in doing so; God is Glorified and we could have chosen the good and therefore be sanctified [graced].

2 God is Perfect [unable to error] and in emulation of God, Soul’s must be perfect to attain the Beatific Vision

3 God is: OMNIPOTENCE. The almighty power of God. He can do whatever does not deny his nature or that is not self-contradictory. Since God is infinite in being, he must also be infinite in power. (Etym. Latin omnis, all + potentia, power: omnipotens, all-powerful.) Father Hardon’s Dictionary

4 God is OMNISCIENCE. God’s knowledge of all things. Revelation discloses that the wisdom of God is without measure (Psalm 146:5). And the Church teaches that his knowledge is infinite.

The primary object of divine cognition is God himself, whom he knows immediately, that is, without any medium by which he apprehends his nature.

The secondary objects of divine knowledge are everything else, namely the purely possible, the real, and the conditionally future. He knows all that is merely possible by what is called the knowledge of simple intelligence. This means that, in comprehending his infinite imitability and his omnipotence, God knows therein the whole sphere of the possible.

He knows all real things in the past, present, and the future by his knowledge of vision. When God, in his self-consciousness, beholds his infinite operative power, he knows therein all that he, as the main effective cause, actually comprehends, i.e., all reality. The difference between past, present, and future does not exist for the divine knowledge, since for God all is simultaneously present.

By the same knowledge of vision, God also foresees the future free acts of the rational creatures with infallible certainty. As taught by the Church, “All things are naked and open to His eyes, even those things that will happen through the free actions of creatures” (Denzinger 3003). The future free actions foreseen by God follow infallibly not because God substitutes his will for the free wills of his creatures but because he does not interfere with the freedom that he foresees creatures will exercise. (Etym. Latin omnis, all + scire, to know.) Fr. Hardon’s Dictionary.

4 Because God is all of the above; in an absolute sense Purgatory MUST exist.

END Part Five                      03/28/2018

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2 thoughts on “Start Part Five of 14              03/28/2018 Does having a Hell, Heaven, Purgatory and Limbo Make any difference: by Patrick Miron”

  1. God says He forgets our sins (Jer 31:34). You say he accrues our sins. I prefer to believe the word of God. Sorry, my friend.

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