Tuesday, December 13, 2011
WHAT THE LIMBO?
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Limbo as a semi-doctrine is the place of rest where the souls of all the just remained until heaven was reopened by Christ (descended into hell, from the Apostles' Creed). This can rightly be called a definition of limbo since it is implied in the Apostles' Creed.
Some have believed too that limbo continues as the place for the unbaptized, in particular babies who for whatever reason died before being baptized. Normally, this theological proposition was to describe what happened to babies born to Catholic families, not the great unwashed of civilization who never intend to become Catholic either through invincible ignorance or the fault of the Church in not evangelizing properly.
So, can the non-baptized be saved, babies, children or adults? We generally say that yes they can if through invincible ignorance or no fault of their own they do not know Christ and His Church. Once knowing both, and they still refuse to be baptized and become Catholic, we would say that salvation could well be closed to them.
There are many good people who are quite content not being Christian or knowing, loving or serving the true God. They are profoundly spiritual and take their own non-Christian religion seriously. Why do we do all kinds of theological machinations to make sure we feel good that somehow God will bring them to heaven and through Jesus Christ that they never really gave a "flip" over?
Why not just say that they are in limbo and great place much like the faith they may have celebrated but the true God isn't there? Why do we have to say they are in heaven too just to make us feel better?