Date added: 27.2.2015
The Dogma of HellThe dogma of Hell is the most terrible truth of our faith. There is a Hell. We are as sure of it as of the existence of God, the existence of the sun. Nothing, in fact, is more clearly revealed than the dogma of Hell, and JesusMoreThe Dogma of HellThe dogma of Hell is the most terrible truth of our faith. There is a Hell. We are as sure of it as of the existence of God, the existence of the sun. Nothing, in fact, is more clearly revealed than the dogma of Hell, and Jesus Christ proclaims it as many as fifteen times in the Gospel. (See Chapter 6.)Reason comes to the support of revelation- the existence of a Hell is in harmony with the immutable notions of justice engraved in the human heart. Revealed to men from the beginning and conformable to natural reason, this dreadful truth has always been and is still known by all nations not plunged by barbarism into complete ignorance.Hell never has been denied by heretics, Jews or Mohammedans. The pagans themselves have retained their belief in it, although the errors of paganism may have impaired in their minds the sound notion.It has been reserved for modern and contemporaneous atheism, carried to the pitch of delirium, to outdo the impiety of all ages by denying the existence of Hell.There are in our day men who laugh at, question or openly deny the reality of Hell.They laugh at Hell. But the universal belief of nations should not be laughed at: a matter affecting the everlasting destiny of man is not laughable- there is no fun when the question is of enduring for eternity the punishment of fire.They question, or even deny the dogma of Hell, but on a matter of religious dogma, they cannot decide without being competent- they cannot call into doubt, still less deny, a belief so solidly established, without bringing forward irrefragable reasons.Now, are they who deny the dogma of Hell competent in matters of religion? Or are they not strangers to that branch of the sciences which is called theology? Are they not oftenest ignorant of the very elements of religion, taught in the Catechism?Originally published in 1883. The Dogma of Hell, Illustrated by Facts Taken from Profane and Sacred History by Rev F.X. Schouppe S.J.