Random Questions, Answered will be an ongoing section with several phases aimed at solving those issues that many Catholics and non-Catholics have with our faith. My goal is to ask and answer some of the most common questions about the Catholic Church teachings. You may not agree or like the answers but you can count on it being truthful teachings of the Church.
What does the Church teach about events that will occur before the end of the world?
The following predictions are found in Sacred Scripture:
- The Gospel will be preached to the whole world. And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).
- There will be a great apostasy, a massive falling away from faith. You will be hated by all nations because of my name. And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and deceive many; and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold (Matthew 24:9-12).
- Anti-Christ, some sort of powerful figure will appear as Satan’s agent and will oppose Christ and seek to destroy his work.
- The conversion of Jews as a people to Christ. I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers… a hardening has come upon Israel in part, until the full number of the Gentiles comes in, and thus all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:25-26).
What does the Church teach regarding the actual end of the world?
- That all the human race will rise body and spirit. The hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28).
- That Jesus will appear – Come again in glory. And then the sign of the Son of Man [Christ] will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory (Mathew 24:30).
- That final judgment will be pronounced on all, making public the particular judgment received by each individual privately at the moment of death. Mathew 25:31-46 has a telling description of the last judgment. It closes with these words: And these [the wicked] will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.
- That Jesus’ accomplishment of the mission of redemption given him by the Father will be complete. when everything is subjected to him [Christ], then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one [the Father] who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all (1 Corinthians 15:28).
If God is infinitely good, how can he create evil persons and things?
Persons and things as created by God are good in themselves. When they become evil, it is because their goodness in somehow diminished. Sometimes the good is diminished through a conflict of natural forces (as in the case of floods, hurricanes, and so on), or through human error (as in carelessness bad habits abuse of the environment). When such evils have evil consequences, it cannot be said that God wills them directly. Rather it is a case of his allowing them to happen for the sake of preserving some greater good. When, for example, one falls from a building and is killed, God allows the death rather than invalidate the law of gravity upon which so much of he natural order depends. When one does something evil, God does not cause that person to do evil. Rather, God permits the person to do evil in order to preserve the free will of the person, which in itself is a good thing, even though it can be misused. When all is said and done, however, the mystery of evil and suffering is still a mystery. It is an area where we can really exercise true trust in God, holding on to belief in his goodness and love even when we do not understand the why of our suffering.
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