Friday, September 21, 2007
What do we as Catholics believe about the afterlife and judgment?
Catholics believe that each person possesses an eternal soul, which is separated from the body at death and goes on to eternal existence.
We believe in a judgment after death, where each person’s eternal destiny is determined by an examination of his or her life and whether the person has truly repented and followed Jesus as Lord of his or her life and Savior, by God’s grace.
The end of the age will occur when Jesus returns in power and glory, to judge the world, in His Second Coming. The righteous will receive a glorified, resurrected body.
Catholics believe that one should be prepared for the hour of death at all times.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that: …When He comes at the end of time to judge the living and the dead, the glorious Christ will reveal the secret disposition of hearts and will render to each man according to his works and according to his acceptance or refusal of grace.
…after death the righteous will live for ever with the Risen Christ and He will raise them up on the last day. Our resurrection, like His own, will be the work of the Most Holy Trinity (Triune God).