There Is Only One Path To Hell

Who Goes To Hell? All those persons who commit one or more actual mortal sins, and who fail to repent from every actual mortal sin, through the last moment of their life, will be judged by God and sent to Hell forever.

To know and choose an evil deed
and never to repent
the only everlasting sin
to Hell forever sent.

An actual mortal sin is a gravely disordered act committed with full knowledge of its grave immorality and full deliberation.

If a person dies unrepentant from actual mortal sin, he or she will certainly be condemned to Hell forever. God loves all that He created; therefore, nothing He created can be sent to everlasting torment, except those created persons who, through their own free will, chose to turn entirely away from God (by means of any actual mortal sin) and who never turned back to God (by repenting from that sin). It is not possible that God would send any person to Hell for any other reason, because God’s love and mercy is infinite.

Pope Benedict XII: “By this Constitution which is to remain in force forever, we, with apostolic authority, define the following…. Moreover we define that according to the general disposition of God, the souls of those who die in actual mortal sin go down into Hell immediately after death and there suffer the pain of Hell.” [On the Beatific Vision of God]

In His infinite wisdom, God wills that the persons He created have the ability to freely choose how they live their lives and what they each become. Those only go to Hell who choose to become evil persons, by deliberately and knowingly turning entirely away from the love of God and neighbor, by means of any kind of actual mortal sin. No other path to Hell exists, because all other paths are paved with the Mercy and Love of God, and with the prayers and sacrifices of Christ and His Church.

“Therefore I say to you: Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven. (Mt 12:31).”

Jesus taught that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the only unforgivable sin; however, this sin is not any words or thoughts against the Holy Spirit. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is nothing other than final impenitence, i.e. the failure to repent from actual mortal sin through the last moment of life. Since every sin will be forgiven except final impenitence, no one is sent to Hell unless they both commit an actual mortal sin and fail to repent through the last moment of life. If you are still alive, then you have not committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and you are still able to be saved, even up to and including the very last moment of life.

All those persons who die unrepentant from actual mortal sin are sent to Hell by God. Only those persons who die unrepentant from actual mortal sin are sent to Hell by God. No one is sent to Hell for any other reason.

Those persons who are said to die in a state of “original sin alone” die without repentance from the actual mortal sin of omission of never having found sanctifying grace in life, despite ample opportunity. Concerning prenatals, infants, and young children, who die at that young age, I believe that each of them is given a baptism of blood, from Christ suffering and dying on the Cross, by virtue of the suffering of their death at such a young age. So unbaptized little children never die in a state of original sin alone; they die in the state of grace.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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2 Responses to There Is Only One Path To Hell

  1. Matt says:

    I understand that in a part of Hell there is no suffering or punishment. How can that be? What kind of person can be judged to that part?

    • Ron Conte says:

      In the limbo of Hell, the only punishment is that of deprivation: the loss of the Beatific Vision and all the other goods of Heaven. The only persons who go there are those who die unrepentant from the actual mortal sin of omission of never having found sanctifying grace in their lives, despite ample opportunity. So there are no children in the limbo of Hell, but only certain adults.

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