Friday, December 16, 2011
WELL THEN, JUST HOW THE PURGATORY DO THEY GET INTO HEAVEN?
Of course the Church teaches that outside the Church there is no salvation. I believe this is a dogma of the Faith but I am sure you will correct me. Mohamed doesn't save you. Being a Hindu doesn't save you. Being a Buddhist doesn't save you and none of the pagan gods whatever they may be new or of antiquity, will save you. Only God through His Son and His Church by the power of the Holy Spirit saves you! You must be a member of the Catholic Church to be saved!
Of course by Church, Holy Mother Church means the Communion of Saints on Earth, meaning the Church Militant with her sacramental system, Hierarchy (which is a part of the sacramental system, Holy Orders anyone) and her moral laws based upon Divine Law, Natural Law and man made law for the sake of order in the Church Militant.
Then there is the Church Suffering in Purgatory. Those who experience this are a part of the Communion of Saints already redeemed but being purified. There is of course no Hierarchy of Pope and His bishops nor a sacramental system as with the Church Militant. The law of God is written in the hearts of those being purified and so there is no external force to bear as in the Church Militant. The prayers of the Church Militant though assist those Poor Souls or Holy Souls being purified.
Then there is the Church Triumphant in heaven where all the souls who are there are made perfect in the complete sense of salvation, apart from having attained at least in our temporal way of understanding things, limited by time and space, their gloried, risen bodies modeled after the Glorified and Risen Body of our Savior.
In heaven the Church Triumphant of course needs no hierarchy or sacramental system to make visible the hidden presence of Christ and to show forth His sanctifying grace. We see God as He is in the Risen Divine Person of Jesus Christ. The Church as the Body of Christ is made plainly visible and tangible as well as Christ who is the Bridegroom and His redeemed who collectively are His Bride. The Eternal Wedding Banquet of heaven is manifestly experienced and not in any way through sacramental signs. The complete perfection of the Law of Christ is forever imprinted upon our perfected hearts or souls.
So from this point of view, the three aspects of the Church of Christ are necessary for salvation.
But what of those who for no fault of their own or because of invincible ignorance do not know the true God and His Son Jesus Christ. Holy Mother Church does teach that they can and will be saved, but through Christ our Lord. Through the divine truths that are perceptible in their natural or religious life, God is as work (and this is an incomplete aspect of the Church Militant).
When they die, they become members of the Church Suffering (and here I know of no real doctrines concerning this or dogmas, but only from a speculative point of view). Whatever is lacking in their experience of the Church Militant is purified and rectified and brought fully to bear upon them through the direct grace of the Risen Savior and the prayers of the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant.
Then they enter the Church Triumphant, fully members of that catholic (or universal) community that we call the Church! But my question remains, for them, the unbaptized, those of other faiths and no faiths, at the judgement is it possible for them in the sense of complete free will to reject God, but not having led lives of debauchery and hate, they are condemned not to the bottom wrung of hell but to its highest level, Limbo? In this sense is Limbo as a part of hell, which it is clearly called in the Apostles Creed a dogma? Has it truly come to a conclusion or are there others there and for a life time?
Is it as simple at that? Illuminate me where I teach heresy.