Hell In The Gospel Of John, And St. Thomas Aquinas

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Hell is recognized as an extremely difficult doctrine for many to accept, due to its nature of opposing the very notion of a benevolent God. Although God grants the gift of mercy and infinite love to all, a soul can be damned to Hell due to the gift of free will and the rejection of God’s love. In the teachings and works of the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and St. Thomas Aquinas, the interpretation of Heaven and its counterpart Hell are found in their attempt to explain the contradictory essence of God’s altruistic love and the potential of eternal punishment. It has been clearly denoted that the Gift of God’s free will is the primary reason for one condemning themselves to Hell or entering the Kingdom of God in Heaven. God’s…show more content…
In the Gospel of John, Jesus is seen describing Heaven as God’s house that consists of infinite dwelling places for those whom have faith and love in God as well as Jesus (John 14:1-4). Heaven is a glorious and graceful place that heals all wounds, whether it be a physical distortion or sickness, or be it a mental or emotional problem. As seen in Isaiah 35, the glory of the Lord will strengthen bodies, heal those whom are blind, deaf, a limp and other disabilities that may endure in the bodily experience. Heaven is a sanctifying place that illuminates the essence of God and his son Jesus’ sacrifice to crown everyone with everlasting joy. The primary reason for the glorification of Heaven is that one will not be with God at last commit to the highest form of love and faith. While in heaven, one will experience no pain, mourning, tears and everything will be new and glorious (Revelation 21). Upon entering Heaven, there will be complete peace and “they shall build houses and live in them, they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit” (Isaiah 65:…show more content…
In chapters five and seven of the Book of Matthew, it reveals that some may not be granted entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven after facing judgment. An analogy is made that the good tree of heaven cannot possibly bear bad fruit just like a bad tree cannot bear that of good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7: 19-20) indicating the tradition view of Hell being a dark, fiery, pit of depraved spirits. In the Gospel of Mark, Hell is referred to as “Gehenna” which is a term associated in Hebrew scripture that dictates it a place of the wicked. Hell is a place where God’s judgment has inscribed the sin filled life upon one’s spirit. In the Gospel of Luke, Hell is referred to as a place where sinners are “perished”. In the parable of the rich man and lazarus, the rich man whom deemed to hell requests to warn his brothers of the afterlife, “Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead” (Luke 16: 31). This draws a similar comparison to the rejection of Jesus’s resurrection in the greatest sacrifice to repent for all humankind’s sins. God grants the gift of mercy and infinite love to all, but a soul can be condemned to Hell due to their free will and the
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