Originally posted by Acolyte
From what I've seen of Catholic beliefs, sins are divided into mortal ones and venial ones. If you die without having repented for mortal sin, you go to Hell; otherwise you go to Purgatory, where you'll eventually be able to atone for th ...[text shortened]... stroy the damned? What good comes out of keeping them in torment?
This is one of the problems I had being a Catholic. The idea that there are types of sin is contrary to what the Bible teaches. That is to say; in as far as an indicator of the need for salvation. Of course some sins are worse than others in indicating the depths of one's depravity, but even commiting one of what we would call the most trivial sin is enough to demonstrate the sinful condition, and the need to be 'saved' from that condition. (In fact, the idea of only ONE sin standing alone on someone's record is purely hypothetical and does not exist in the reality.)
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
1 Kings 8:46
"When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to his own land, far away or near;
Jesus came to receive the punishment that we deserved for our sins. He came 'to atone'. If we do not accept that gift (through acknowledging the need, repenting of our sinful state, and giving Him His place as Lord over our lives) then we go to the only other place available: If we don't gladly go to be WITH God, then we go to be AWAY FROM God; which is the very definition of Hell.
If we could go to some 'purgatory' to atone for our own sins, then Christ would not have needed to come. Growing up in the Catholic church, I was glad to hear of purgatory. It sounded like an uncomfortable waiting room at the worst. I could handle that if it meant I could get away with a little this and a little that! But, God cares too much about us to allow us to settle into that kind of state. With Him, it's all or nothing. Rather than complain about that deal, let's just take the ALL and be glad for it!
Annihilation is another one of those ideas that sounds pretty good to some people. Especially to those who want to get away with a LOT of this and a LOT of that! But, no, it is not an option. Once born, we live eternally. I believe that that is simply our nature. Our decision is about where, or with whom, we shall spend that infinite time.
No special 'good' comes from 'keeping them in torment', but that simply is the way it is. There is no filing for bankruptcy in the spiritual world. There is the chance to get in way over our heads in debt of course, but after that we can only either receive the offer of Jesus Christ to pay off the debt, or spend eternity in the poor house.