Are There Souls in Hell Right Now?
(04-15-2014, 01:27 PM)In nomine Patris Wrote: Christ did not die for all men, but for many men. He did not die for those who are damned.

Christ did not just die for the elect, but for all men.  This, of course, does not necessitate that all men inevitably benefit from it, however.  But it is correct to say Christ died for all men according to the Church:

CCC 605: The Church, following the apostles, teaches that Christ died for all men without exception: "There is not, never has been, and never will be a single human being for whom Christ did not suffer."412

The quote in this paragraph is from the Council of Quiercy, whose decrees were approved by Leo IV (see Denzinger 319, under the old more common numbering).

Of course, Scripture says it even more plainly:

2 Cor. 5: [14] For the charity of Christ presseth us: judging this, that if one died for all, then all were dead. [15] And Christ died for all; that they also who live, may not now live to themselves, but unto him who died for them, and rose again.

The Haydock commentary backs the interpretation that Christ did not die only for the elect:

Ver. 15. And Christ died for all, (not only for the predestinate or the elect)

Again, as I said in my post, Christ died for all, so antecedently, all have the possibility of being saved.  But this does not necessarily mean that all will partake of the fruits of that death.


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Are There Souls in Hell Right Now? - by Zedta - 04-14-2014, 11:29 AM
Re: Are There Souls in Hell Right Now? - by salus - 04-14-2014, 06:49 PM
Re: Are There Souls in Hell Right Now? - by Poche - 04-14-2014, 11:34 PM
Re: Are There Souls in Hell Right Now? - by SaintSebastian - 04-15-2014, 02:43 PM

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