Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | September 25, 2007

Does God Send us to Hell?

Before I start this discussion, there are somethings that I have to define for you because without them, you will be lost in this discussion.
def: Pre-Destination: this means God knows what we will do before we will do it.
def: Pre-determination: (or double pre-destination) means God determines what we’ll do.
First things first, we need some background information. The word pre-destination derives from the Greek word π ρ υ ρ ι δ ζ o which literally means to know by God’s foreknowldege.
The key to understanding that is God’s. This is not talking about our knowledge at all. We have to realize that God is outside of time, and space. and thus everything is in the present tense. We can not predict the future. God is all knowing. We are not.
There are 2 types of predestination. by grace, and by glory. By grace, means to become a Christian, and by glory which means preserving to the end by conforming our will to God’s.
So far does this make sense? I know that this is pretty heavy stuff, but I think it will be alright by the end of it.
Before I go into Sacred Scripture, I’d like to give an example that’s a bit easier to relate to.
All of us have brothers or sisters, children, or are in some way shape or capacity in an authoritative role, whether it be as the subject of authority, or the person giving the authority. An example of what I mean is like teacher to student:, parent to child, owner to dog, or something in that nature.
The example that I’m going to use is teacher to student, because I know this one very well, since I’m on both sides of it.
How many of you have been asked by your teachers to do your HW? We have a choice whether to do our HW or not. If we do it, there’s a reward of doing good on quizzes, test, and appeasing the teacher. If we don’t do it, there are consequences such as detention, suspension or expulsion.
The next day when you come back, the majority of the students have done their HW, but there’s a couple that forget, or by blunt means didn’t do their work. It becomes a pattern, and you notice the same thing, so you can almost predict who won’t do their work, and who will do their work.
What this shows is just because something is asked of us, it doesn’t mean that we’re going to do it.
Or how we all love to do chores. Parents ask us to do chores sometimes, and out of laziness, we don’t do them, or to be rebellious.
Again, same point, Parents ask us to do it, doesn’t mean that we’ll do it, now there are consequences for our actions. Like being grounded. Now in reality, our parents haven’t punished us one day for all that we’ve done. We’ve punished ourselves by not doing what is asked of us, in other words, we asked to be grounded by not doing our chores or what not.
Similarly, God works the same way, we are all called to do God’s will. Some of us, we do it, and for doing God’s will, at the end there’s a reward, heaven. :)! There are some people who most of the time do God’s will. The reward, heaven with a brief stop in Purgatory to cleanse themselves of the times they didn’t do God’s will. And for those who do not do God’s will, isolate God from our lives, we go to this place, better known as hell, that we sent ourselves to.
Does that make sense?
Now into sacred Scripture.
Eph 1:5 Who hath predestined us unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of his will:
Now in this verse here, we’re talking about pre-destination to grace, which as I mentioned earlier means to become a Christan. That all of us have a purpose as Christians, God gave us each a different purpose. Whether we follow it or not is up to us. God knows what we’re going to do, but he doesn’t tell us what to do.
1 Pet 1:1-2 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers dispersed through Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, unto the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you and peace be multiplied
This is another example of what I’m talking about, our pre-destination as Christians to do God’s will.
Rom 8:28-30 And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints. For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be made conformable to the image of his Son; that he might be the firstborn amongst many brethren. And whom he predestined, them he also called. And whom he called, them he also justified. And whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Here. St. Paul is talking about Predestination to Glory when he is talking about being made in the image of his Son. What does this mean exactly. Remember, we as Christians, ESPECIALLY as Catholic Christians, are called to live “endo Christo” which means Like Christ. Imitate his very actions, and do the best to do God’s will in our lives. Through prayer we’re able to get our will to match God’s will. which is the whole point of being pre-destined to glory when our will matches God’s will for us.
There are many other verses (I’m tired, and want to sleep), that go further into this detail..God does NOT send us to hell. We send ourselves to hell by our bad decisions, and when we isolate God from our lives. We are all called to be Saints (Most important “teaching” of Vatican II)…ite missa est. (which translates it is sent)
Amen!

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