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February 15, 2012 Lecture

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Joseph Bryant

Feb 15 2012 2152012 41300 PM 1 God is infinitely good and merciful fathermaneternal damnation or hellNot a punishment imposed externally by godmake life hellThe state of those who definitively reject the fathers mercy even at the last moment of their life2 to describe this reality sacred scripture uses a symbolical language the old testament the condition of the dead had not yet been fully disclosed by revelationthe new testamentChrist by his resurrection conquered death and extended his liberating power to the kingdom of the deadthey will be judged by what they have done presents the place destined for evildoers as a fiery furnace where people will weep and gnash their teethpool of firewhoever continues to be closed to the gospel is therefore preparing for eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the lord and from the glory of his might3 images of hell that sacred scripture presents to us must be correctly interpretedshow the complete frustration and emptiness of life without god Rather than a place hell indicated the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from god the source of all life and joyEternal damnation therefore is not attributed to gods initiative4demonsthought of hell and even less the improper use of biblical images must not create anxiety or despairfather accept this offering from your whole family save us from final damnation and count is among those you have chosen
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