Evangelicals like to simplify the whole "forgiveness" equation. "Just believe in Jesus and all of your sins will be forgiven" they say. Whereas for Catholics it's a bit of a tangled mess, involving penance, absolution, reconciliation, contrition and so on. So how does forgiveness actually work? There are a couple of key terms to consider: … Continue reading How Does Forgiveness Work Anyway?
The Anglicans in Sydney, Australia have a "Script" which they use to present their understanding of the Gospel to new investigators. Called "Two ways to live", it gives a whirlwind tour of scripture in an attempt to convey a complete soteriology and quickly hammer home the idea that we are all sinners in need of … Continue reading 2 Ways to Live – One True Gospel Edition
He who understands the gospel will never fall from the state of grace - no matter what sins he commits - because to understand the gospel is to experience perfect contrition, and perfect contrition is the abolition of Hell. If you are unable to detect perfect contrition within yourself, you have not yet understood the … Continue reading The Abolition of Hell
(Go to Part 1: "Agnostic to Christian") Clashing with my Past It was mid-2014. After my realisation that I was already a Catholic, I begun to do a total practical transition from Protestantism to Catholicism: I stopped attending church at St Barnabas, convinced that it was all false teaching. I slowly stopped attending Credo events … Continue reading Testimony – Catholic to Universalist
Testimonies often come across as mini-biographies or life stories. I am going to embrace this and start right at the beginning. The Beginning I was born in 1993. Both my parents are materialistic atheists, however my father did grow up in a nominally Catholic household. When I was two years old my parents had a … Continue reading Testimony – Agnostic to Christian
I think it is helpful when approaching the Catholic/Protestant debate concerning salvation and justification, to draw a distinction between objective salvation and justification, and subjective salvation and justification. This is another application of absurdity: the seeming conflict between God's eternal perspective and our individual subjective perspectives. In this case God's perspective is the objective salvation/justification, … Continue reading Objective and Subjective Salvation
Eternal and Temporal Punishments In Catholic theology there is the idea that sin has a "double consequence": committing a sin will lead to one or both of an eternal punishment, as well as a temporal punishment. Traditionally a distinction is made between mortal and venial sin: mortal sin is sin that is serious enough to … Continue reading Ramblings Concerning Eschatology, Sin and Salvation