Souls in heaven rejoicing at the sight of the damned?
(02-05-2012, 11:00 PM)Vetus Ordo Wrote:
(02-05-2012, 10:12 PM)Gerard Wrote:
(02-05-2012, 09:32 PM)Silouan Wrote:
(02-05-2012, 09:14 PM)Vetus Ordo Wrote: It's not like the elect are laughing at the damned like spoiled children in the schoolyard but that they rightfully rejoice in God's justice. Who wouldn't, after all? God's justice is perfect.

It is indeed right to rejoice over God's justice, but it's not His justice that condemns those in hell. It is the rejection and negation of God's love that places them in hell. That is nothing for anyone to rejoice over.

That rejection of God's Mercy and Love is what places them in Hell with His Justice. The damned are where they always ultimately wanted to be. Their nature cannot be changed, they would not go to Heaven if they were allowed. 

Everything is as it should be in Heaven and Hell and that's enough to be joyful over.  Mercy is given, Justice has been shown.  To deny this is to question God's goodness and claim His Justice is some form of Injustice. 

God loves the damned more than any of us would or could.  So, the fact that they are damned must mean that it's right and those in Heaven see the "rightness" of God's flawless Judgement and perfect love in allowing them to remove themselves from His Mercy.


Indeed and this is a problem that most modernist can not understand. There is a tendency to look upon God as simply a big version of us. So view his ways as we view our ways. For God to give Heaven to those that belong in Hell would simply be performing injustice upon the just, it would be a violation of his perfect love for once rejected for eternity it can not be justified.

I think one of the greatest examples on Catholic theology is that of Dante's Paradiso in which he asks one who is in heaven if they feel any animosity/jealousy/unhappiness towards the fact that they are not higher meaning closer to God. In canto III Piccarda responds to Dante's curiosity.

"In His will is our peace. / It is that sea to which all things move, / both what it creates and what nature makes…"

The infinite divine will of God is our joy in all things.

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Re: Souls in heaven rejoicing at the sight of the damned? - by Unum Sint - 02-05-2012, 11:21 PM

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