Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell?
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(05-12-2009, 10:06 PM)catholicschoolmom Wrote: I know I will sound like a dogmatic neophyte, and I probably don't belong joining in this discussion, however, it brought to mind something I have wondered all along about being Catholic...  I was taught much of what has been posted as far as one must be baptized to wash away original sin, and be in a state of grace to avoid eternal punishment, but it always bothered me about people who may never have known about God.  What if they lived in some remote jungle, like those tribes you see in National Geographic.  As a kid, I would think of people who lived in Africa hundreds of years ago who would have had no possible contact with any kind of missionary priests or sisters at the time.  They didn't know about Jesus or God or the Blessed Mother or anything like that.  How could God, who loves HIs children so much, punish them for their ignorance?  Please don't label me a heretic or anything, but I just can't understand the rationalization of the church leaders in forming these opinions/rules. 

This will open a can of worms if discussed but I don't believe for 1 cotton-picking minute that any missionary ever arrived in a primitive village and told those people he was trying to convert that there Uncle Umbobo, Grandpa Mumata or Aunty JiJi was likely to be burning in Hell.  The pagans would have never converted if the missionaries had told them that.  One can therefore conclude.

1.  The missionaries lied about what the Church taught (since the pagans would SURELY have asked).
2.  The Church never taught that the unbaptised go to hell.  There were always get-out-of-jail-free clauses.

I find it even more odd, that given all the hair-splitting detail that the Church pronounces on less important matters of morals, faith and theology, with certitude enough to throw anathemas around, that we basically don't know the salvic mechanisms for what is after all the very reason-d'etre of our existance and the end game of all the mass going, sacrament partaking, chanting, loving, willful effort and rosary saying.

I'd venture to suggest that more people have lived on earth without a working knowledge of Christ and the Gospels than without.  Therefore unless God is a monster there must be some sort of salvic mechanism they can partake of with a reasonable chance of success.
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Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by warning - 02-12-2009, 08:34 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by SCG - 02-12-2009, 08:38 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Historian - 02-12-2009, 08:39 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by warning - 02-12-2009, 08:40 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Historian - 02-12-2009, 08:41 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by warning - 02-12-2009, 08:41 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by warning - 02-12-2009, 08:42 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by warning - 02-12-2009, 08:46 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Anastasia - 02-12-2009, 09:06 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Credo - 02-12-2009, 09:27 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Historian - 02-12-2009, 10:00 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Historian - 02-12-2009, 10:02 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Historian - 02-12-2009, 10:11 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Historian - 02-12-2009, 10:21 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Historian - 02-12-2009, 10:39 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by SCG - 02-12-2009, 11:03 PM
Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Historian - 02-12-2009, 11:20 PM
Re: Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Credo - 05-03-2009, 06:57 PM
Re: Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by JPM - 05-03-2009, 11:10 PM
Re: Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Benno - 05-04-2009, 03:59 AM
Re: Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by Walty - 05-07-2009, 03:39 PM
Re: Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by HMiS - 05-09-2009, 06:43 AM
Re: Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by HMiS - 05-11-2009, 09:05 AM
Re: Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by ggreg - 05-13-2009, 06:56 AM
Re: Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by ggreg - 05-13-2009, 07:09 AM
Re: Did the Holocaust Jews go to hell? - by ggreg - 05-14-2009, 12:52 PM



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