This was this week’s discussion during the mom’s group at my church yesterday morning. The last things via the Symbolon dvd. Basically what happens when death is upon us. Death is basically not just a means to end. It’s actually the beginning of a new life.
Jesus was both life and the resurrection.
There is particular judgment. Basically if you are a friend/follower of Christ, you are worthy of heaven and purgatory. But if you rejected Christ and didn’t love Christ, you are worthy of hell.
Heaven is a blessed vision of God.
Purgatory is the fire of God’s love. This is where if you are judged worthy of heaven but isnt ready for it yet. This is where you can have one last chance to earn God’s entrance to the blessed eternity with Him. Where you can atone for your sins.
There are prayers for the dead which is the final act that Christians can have when leaving this world and this is done on their behalf with the Church and the priest. And helps the faithful get to Christ faster. Here is one commonly known:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace
There is a scripture from the Bible with this through 2 Maccabees 12:46:
It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.
Indulgences are acts of love for those who are being purified.
There is general judgment which is based on our love for Christ.
We can guarantee more of our chance to get into heaven by asking Jesus to walk with us everyday. He really wants us to follow him in his ways, not just love him. Live our lives in Christ so that we can join him in the afterlife.
A couple scriptures to share generally with death:
Hebrews 9:27: And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
Revelation 21:27: But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
It is noted that all decisions that we make in this life day in and out that it should reflect where we want to be with Christ. It should include long term thinking aka the future.