Friday, October 20, 2017
WAS I TAUGHT HERESY IN MY 1970'S SEMINARY????? I ASK; YOU ANSWER!
I will give the benefit of the doubt to whoever taught the class on this because it might have been speculative theology. But of course, theologians back then saw themselves as a parallel magisterium and as the so-called "loyal opposition" to the authentic magisterium of the Church. So who knows?
But I learened with my classmates a more sophisticated understanding of salvation and damnation. We were taught that in ages past, using pagan philosophy, the soul was immortal. Not so, though. It is immortal only because of the will of God.
Thus heaven is where the soul find immortality and eternal bliss contemplating the presence of the Most Holy Trinity and in the company of all the angels and saints.
Hell on the other hand is "nothingness" that is, the soul dies. There is no suffering or anguish except for the moment when the soul dies one realizes what one misses if one had been good enough for heaven.
I like that concept of hell, don't you? Nothingness is quite pleasing and it reminds me when I am put under for surgery how falling asleep in that circumstance is like becoming nothing.
We were also taught that God is so merciful that in His love God would not let anyone go to hell. That is a lovely sentiment too.
But are both of these teachings, these speculations heresy?
In addition to this, we were taught about an eschatology that brought about the Kingdom of God here on earth and that like the Jews of old, the Promise Land is now and that we should be content with the here and now and not fret about the hereafter because this might be all there is and we should make the world the best place it can be in the here and now especially for the poor and marginalized.