Choosing Hell

Scandal

Scandalous

Lately, those who would see marriage redefined in our society are all giddy about something Desmond Tutu said. He, as an Anglican Bishop, said the following:

“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven,” Tutu said, according to Australia’s Herald Sun. “No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place… I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”

Lest you think he was simply talking about how God is not phobic of anything, emphasizing that God, Who is Love personified, cannot hate any person, you can read the article at the link above and see that he is literally talking about the idea of denying marriage to gays being wrong. A man of God, so to speak, directly contradicting the Bible and the teachings of Christianity for 2000 years, freely saying that if God doesn’t approve of gay “marriage,” Tutu would rather go to Hell.

Well, I have news for him. This perfectly matches what the Catholic Church teaches about Hell: that God doesn’t damn anyone there, but that people freely choose it over Him.

1037 God predestines no one to go to hell; for this, a willful turning away from God (a mortal sin) is necessary, and persistence in it until the end. In the Eucharistic liturgy and in the daily prayers of her faithful, the Church implores the mercy of God, who does not want “any to perish, but all to come to repentance”.

In other words, Hell is chosen by people who willfully turn away from God to the point that they cannot co-exist with Him. This is exactly what Tutu is saying; he would rather burn in Hell for eternity than accept God’s teaching on a particular issue.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Mt 18:6)

This is a particularly distressing thing to hear coming from someone who calls himself not only a Christian, but a clergyman. As bad as it is for your average, everyday Christian to go about extolling the “virtues” of gay “marriage,” it is far worse for someone who has been put in charge of those people’s souls to do the same. Jesus warned of this:

2285    Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”86 Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others. Jesus reproaches the scribes and Pharisees on this account: he likens them to wolves in sheep’s clothing.87 (1903)

I am by no means saying I am sinless when it comes to the occasional bad example, but I strive to bend my own will to that of God’s. This is what a Christian is called to do: live as a follower of Christ, someone who listens to His words and teachings, and who accepts that God is greater than man. It seems we have large swaths of Christians, especially in the West, who are not only poorly catechized, but who haven’t internalized the Gospel message even to the point of grasping Who God is, and that Jesus is God.

But here we have multiple people who have taken on the task of guiding people to Heaven willfully contradicting Biblical truths and leading them astray.

It will go far worse for them than it will for those they’ve led down that path.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes found here.