October 6th 2006, 04:47 PM #1
Roman Catholicism maintains that believing you are assured of going to heaven when you die is to commit the sin of presumption:
This statement is not true and was posted by our resident Lunatic.it depends on what he means by assured. As a matter of fact, how many things in life can you actually be assured of? We can be assured "to a degree" that I will live another year but then of course, I always hold back becauseI know there are so many circumstances beyond my control. I can be assured of God's unconditional love for me, even though at times I might feel unlovable. In terms of salvation, we can be assured that (a) Jesus died for each person without exception; (b) God wants all people saved without exception. That is not presumption; that is fact. So a person can in faith and trust know that God will give all the graces to be saved and that the person will try to live as Jesus commanded, (Love God and love your neighbor). In that sense, we can livein confidence that we will see Jesus and be with God forever. But that is quite different from Presumption which can have the quality of dismissing his own weakness, sinfulness and frailness. To walk in faith and confidence is quite different thanto walk in presumption.
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