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Relativism is the descendent of protestantism March 22, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, Interior Life, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, Society.
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I lost a budding friendship at least partly over the issue Voris discusses below – the idea that the vast majority of humanity, possibly even everyone, will be saved.  This idea is a descendent of protestantism and the relativism it has encouraged, and reaches one apotheosis in the ‘once saved always saved’ mentality, which denies that one can cut oneself off from the Grace of God through sin after conversion.  The Catholic thread of this mentality, most notably argued by Hans Urs von Balthasar, asks if our perfectly merciful God would not save everyone, or very nearly so? (Because, we all know that Hell is a 9′ x 12′ room, and is not crowded.  I understand Hitler is very lonely there)

Anyhoo, Mr. Voris, who really should come to speak in this Diocese sometime:

Yeah, what he said (better than I possibly could).   So many people think that God is just a super nice guy in Heaven who made the universe (maybe) and sent a really cool die down to earth to say a bunch of cool stuff (maybe), and that heaven is the eternal party where you can get high, or be with your family, or go skiing, or whatever you love to do, forever.  And surely God wouldn’t deny anyone admittance to the big party, because God is Love, right?  This totally discounts free will, hugely crucial notion.  If you live your life paying very little to no attention to God, why do you think you’re going to want to spend eternity with Him?  How can those who have never known Him in life expect to be happy in Heaven adoring God for all eternity? 

God doesn’t deny Heaven to people out of spite, or because He is mad at them, though He may well be.  Those who go to Hell choose to do so themselves, because when they are confronted with the God they haven’t known they are both terrified and realize their incredibly deformed nature, and they can’t stand the sight of God’s infinite perfection.  They seek to get away, anywhere, and go away from God.  That is hell – the absence of God. Satan made the same choice – to be away from God. When Moses was up on Mt. Sinai in God’s presence for 40 days, he became transfigured by his presence near God, and permanently radiated from his skin such a light he had to be veiled, because others could not stand to look at him, he was so bright.  And that was just an incredibly pale reflection of the Lord.  Imagine facing Him directly in person with essentially no preparation.  Many Saints, like St. John Eudes, who knew something of the perfection of God and our own dire need to radically change ourselves to earn God’s Grace, despaired greatly that they themselves would be saved, such was their awareness of the broken nature of humanity.  Now, we don’t need to be scrupulous, nor should we discount God’s great Mercy, but we must be aware that hell exists and that people do go there, and possibly even alot, maybe even most, people, go there.  That’s a terrible thing, and I don’t wish it on anyone, not even Stalin or Marx or Nietzche, but it is a fact that the Church holds infallibly. 

And it’s something that should be heard more frequently in our parishes.

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