SUNDAY READ

Will God send us to hell?

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Ricardo Saludo

Do not believe that you will go to hell … There is no such thing as heaven and hell. You know, it would need a very stupid God if he creates me as a human being and at the end of my earthly life he would just send me to hell.    
— President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking in Davao last week

Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire, which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear.— Fatima visionary Sister Lucia Dos Santos recounting the vision of hell

Someone’s telling the truth here, and someone isn’t. Too bad the only way to know if hell awaits in the afterlife is, well, to reach the afterlife, if there is one. Which may be a bit too late to do anything about where one spends the rest of eternity.

For devotees of Our Lady of Fatima, of course, there’s hell to pay for those who transgress God’s law and don’t repent, seek forgiveness, and make reparations.


Not only did our Blessed Mother tell of hell to the three visionary children tending sheep in a countryside Portugal a century ago. She showed the fearsome place.

“Mother of God, have pity on those who do not amend their lives,” the youngest visionary, Blessed Jacintha Marto, 7 years old during the 1917 apparitions, would often pray in the few years she lived before succumbing to the 1920 Spanish flu.

“If men only knew what awaits them in eternity,” she added, “they would do everything in their power to change their lives.”

She also conveyed the Virgin Mary’s warning, “The sin that brings the most souls to Hell are the sins of the flesh,” though the girl never knew what such transgressions were.

How one goes to hell
These days, of course, and even when the Marian apparitions began on May 13, 1917, people don’t believe much or at all in hell, heaven, or God. That’s why He sent our Lady to deliver His wake-up call to humanity.

Many listened over the decades, following Mary’s instructions to pray the Rosary daily, perform the Five First Saturdays devotion (as devotees did yesterday), and always wear the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel — the three ways she urged to obtain graces for salvation.

But most people didn’t hear or care, even the billion-something Catholics venerating the Mother of God. Millions of faithful don’t even know what the Rosary is, let alone the First Saturday ritual of confession, communion, one decade of the Rosary, and meditation for a quarter-hour on the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries.

That’s why the Second and Third Secrets of Fatima, after the First Secret showing hell, warned of apocalyptic chastisements if men don’t repent.

Not only did Mary warn of eternal punishment; she also predicted terrible events to make men realize there is a God, and hell awaits those who “do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love” Him, to quote the words of Saint Michael The Archangel when he thrice appeared to the Fatima children in 1916.

So will God really send unbelievers and transgressors to hell, and will He allow catastrophes just to make us believe, repent, plead for mercy, and change?

Let’s recap one simple argument for hell in our column two Sundays ago.

God made us to be happy with Him for eternity, if we wish (He won’t force us). Even President Duterte’s argument assumes that God wants us to go to heaven.

To join Him after death, we must believe in Him and live according to His ways and laws. After all, why would we want to be with anyone whose ways we don’t like?

Now, if one doesn’t live as God commands, one ends up rejecting Him or making it near-impossible to suddenly embrace all that He is after a lifetime of being all that He isn’t. Capice?

Hence, souls who lived the opposite of the holiness God Himself showed in His Son’s life on earth, find their afterlife state so dark next to His light. And they cannot bring themselves to purge who they are (in purgatory, according to the Church). Thus, they end up living eternity away from God, Whom they decide not to be like.

That’s hell, even without the sea of fire.

So God isn’t so stupid, after all. He never sends anyone to hell. Those who go there choose to do so.

Waking up the world
Now, if a loving Father sees billions of humanity disbelieving and transgressing, should He do something to wake the wayward up and turn them — or us — away from the hellbound lives they or we live?

He should, right? Now, tell me, what earthly events would be able to awaken the people of our age, so enamored of godless knowledge and living, to realize that God and hell exist, and we are careening toward damnation in our unbelief and transgression?

It’s not a teleporting iPhone or some other amazing concoction. Sadly, it has to be cataclysmic.

Then people stop thinking they’ve got everything figured out and under control. And start wondering if maybe, just maybe, Someone up there really Who knows it all and is truly in charge. And unhappy with how we live and run His world.

The Second Secret of Fatima predicted the Second World War, where some 60 million people perished, and Russia’s spread of atheist communism worldwide. That and other apparitions of Mary and visions of other holies warned of even greater catastrophes.

And they’re happening now, as we will go over next Sunday.

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  1. There’s no hell, nor heaven, there’s just the here and the now. No second chances, no eternal redemption. If this is the mindset of the Filipinos, they’d be more hard working (not just praying for “grasya”), they’d take their fates into their own hands and make a tangible difference in their lives. They wouldn’t be emotionally manipulated by the church to be meek and mild and just stay where they are: in poverty. Doing good for the sake of the golden rule is more humane than doing good for fear of eternal damnation. Wake up Pinoys, it is time to move one and get ahead.

  2. The Pastor ‘s homily at yesterday’s service spoke of “Light and Salt” to us Catholics. When we are lost through darkness God will shine light on us when we abandon doing bad things. Salt is seasoning for food which enhances taste. Both are vital part of our salvation but must not be use in excesses.

  3. The President by himself , might have stumbled upon a secret when he made mention about a “stupid God”.

    In truth , there really is a “stupid god”. He is a god in small letters but his dominance of the whole world is such that he appears as big and too powerful a god because he is the power that rules the whole world in wickedness and perversity. He is the adulterous god who created evil men and taught them foolish and stupid wisdom. It is no wonder that stupid judgement has been multiplied among men , great and small.

    Duterte speaks evil against that evil god and his legions of followers—that is how to destroy the evil one. Speaks evil against the evil one. That is the very essence of the doctrine taught by The Lord in Psalms 34:21 about the “mutual slaughter” of the wicked. As it is said—evil shall slay the wicked , and those that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

    If any man is afraid to do that , then he cannot free himself from the bondage of evil or wickedness. How can you destroy evil if you are afraid to even speak anything against the evil. Do not regard evil as a sacred thing preventing you to speak against it. You cannot overcome evil by letting evil do his thing , with you doing nothing. You should act against him , not to take side with him or show favor to him.
    The whole world is so ignorant of the fact that , if it is testified that there is the True One , it is strongly implied that there is the false one who taught men foolishness or stupid wisdom.

    You may read about the true one , the one true God in ,
    Revelation 3:7 (ESV)
    To the Church in Philadelphia
    7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.

    Bring this testimony high up in your mind.
    By saying , THE WORDS OF THE HOLY ONE , THE TRUE ONE …proved the obvious. There exists another god.
    Another scriptures that provide evidence concerning that other god is
    Matthew 22:32 (ESV)
    32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”

    If the true God is the God of the living , who then is the God of the dead?

    This evil god who is also referred to as the god of the dead , is the author of evil in this world not the True God. That is why it is testified , “ the whole world is under the power of the evil one”.
    It is this evil god who is the creator of evil men. These evil men likewise created all forms of falsehood and lawlessness in the world that is why false beliefs and false doctrines abound because of them.
    The True One is never the author of sins for He utterly condemned sins and falsehood. He is the creator of righteous men as contrast to His evil counterpart , the false one who is the creator of wicked men.

    Do not be surprised why we have to fight a war , the war between the good and the evil. The forces of the good God going against the forces of the evil god. It is for you to decide , you choose good or you choose evil.

  4. Hell| is where Sinners are living. Hence, we can call Earth as the LIVING HELL-for all Human Beings are Sinners, no one can be excluded.

    Heaven is where no Sin Exist, Only the Gods {God the Father + God the Son Jesus Christ + God the Holy Spirit} and their Faithfuls can live in the so-called Spiritual Paradise after Judgement Day: according to the Catholic Bible.

    Digong a non-believer of Heaven and Hell| I think he doesn’ t read the Bible and I think he doesn’ t practice Christian Religion at all. I suggest he forgives his oppressors in the Molestation of Priest Claims whe he was young-> then he confess his sins to the Priest of His Choice: I think He will feel better and can start a new Life with Jesus Christ. I am not a Catholic Anymore NOW, but in the past Confession on Priests did help me lot during repentance from SINs-when I was still in Catholic Church. I think the Catholic Church should be given Good Acknowledgements for their Sacrament of Confession: Anyways, it is the Religion of St. Peter the Apostle of Jesus Christ in Old Ages.

    A Christian will always aspire to live in a place where there is no SIN| Heaven.

    • I beg to disagree—not all human beings who live on this earth are sinners. In fact there is a particular scripture that testified concerning the 144,000 men chosen from the 12 tribes of Israel who are declared blameless.

      The true God cannot be faulted by saying all men are sinners when the truth of the matter is , there is a fixed number who were appointed to be righteous by The Lord. Here are excerpts from that scriptures—

      Revelation 14:4-5 (ESV)
      4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb,
      5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.

      It is very clear that God was not a failure when He created man because that one man in Genesis has been multiplied in these men who were blameless , and that no lie was ever found in their mouth.

  5. First| A Sincere Christian would not even dare QUOTE that God can be Stupid: That is against the 10 Commandments-Thou shall not put God’ s Name in VAIN. Also, God is the Creator| He can do anything He wants to do with HIS Creations: WE are merely His Designed Work of Art.

    Why would not God send Duterte in HELL, when Digong is a Self Confessed Killer + Immoral with 2 Wives + with A Sinful Tongue? If God was able to Map Out all the Victims of Noah’ s Flood-who happened not be all sinners: then, it is just a Logic where Digong is really on his way towards Hell or if not His Soul Could be already OWNED by Satan now: for he can’ t stop committing SINs, such as Living In with Honeylet.

    I really do not know what is Digong’ s Religion| but I am pretty sure one must be in a Christian Religion to be Judged Properly by Jesus Christ when he come to Earth for the Salvation Day.

    It is in the Bible that ONLY Jesus Christ can Save People| it is not the Creator Father GOD who will act as a Judge on Salvation Day. There are 3 in 1 God| God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) & God the Holy Spirit (Wisdom). Hence, One must really be a Righteous Christian to qualify for Judgement Day and be Saved.

    So, I ask Digong| Who is your God?

  6. Obviously, you people do not read the Bible and understand the words of God. All the questions in this article can be found in the Bible, read it and understand the words of God, and you won’t be wondering, about what is going to happen to you, and to this earth, on the judgement day. For sure God won’t lie to you.

    • This comes to my mind the saying of a famous American writer in the late18th century George Santayana, “Those who forget the past are codemned to repeat it”.

    • But this is the problem, Rey, “How then can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”…(Romans 10:14-15) Question: If our Church leadership (CBCP) interfere much on political affairs. like provoking PRRD on EJK, proposed capital punishment, etc., etc., and neglecting their main duties to God to bring good news to the people in all corners and in the periphery of Philippine Archipelago, surely, they have failed their mandate from Christ?

    • Thank you for your comment, Rey. It would indeed be good if everyone read the Bible daily and bathed in its torrents of wisdom. But many might not. The article was written for those who don’t read or heed Scripture, and are swayed more by rational argument. Thanks again.