Eschatology: The Doctrine Of Last Things .

 Death  Judgment  Heaven  Hell  Purgatory  Second Coming of Christ  Resurrection of the body  Millennial kingdom .

” -G. Berkouwer . C.“Eschatology is not a projection into the distant future. and structures life today in light of the last days. it bursts forth into our present existence.

all creation points to this reality.  His trials and miseries in this mortal life amount to nothing when compared to the etenal reward that awaits him. in his forgiving. rejected and unloved following the example of Jesus.  His commitment to love goes beyond borders and seeks out to embrace and enrich those who are forgotten. Is not only inevitable but also essential because all life. liberating and uniting love.  God is both the beginning and end. the source and glorification of all our hope. . and it is where it derives its meaning and fulfillment.

the wellspring of hope for us to strive our best in every way that we can. It is not to be removed from our daily concerns of existence. to become signs. Paul puts it. and witnesses of the divine promise “TO LIVE LIFE WORTHY OF THE CALLING” as St. .  It is the source of reason.

Four Beliefs About “Last Things”  All die (unless Raptured)  Bodies will decay  Souls are eternal  Two final destinations .

DEATH AND RESURRECTION Man views death with dread because it has a sting . both moral and penal lies in the law.The power of sin. for the law for the sinner becomes „the law of sin and death‟. .sin.

.• Death is the threshold to eternity with God. • Resurrection naturally relates to Death.

Hell Sheol .

Hell Sheol Hades .

. regardless of the moral choices made in life.Hell Sheol Hades Gehenna place of darkness to which all the dead go. a place of stillness and darkness cut off from God. both the righteous and the unrighteous.


. contemporary Catholic theology stresses Hell as the quality of our relationship with God which is damaged.It is a place. and broken by our decision to reject him in our life of sinfulness and disobedience.

. but He also respects our human freedom whether to accept or reject him.God offered his salvation to us for free.

Matt 18:12-14. Lk 15:3-7 THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP .

rejoicing. for I have found my sheep which was lost!‟ I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents.He told them this parable. he calls together his friends and his neighbors. saying to them. and go after the one that was lost. he carries it on his shoulders. and lost one of them. „Rejoice with me. wouldn‟t leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness. than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance. if you had one hundred sheep. "Which of you men. until he found it? When he has found it." . When he comes home.

nor is anyone who does not love his brother.1John 3:9. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God. because he has been born of God. because God's seed remains in him.10 "No one who is born of God will continue to sin.” . he cannot go on sinning.

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