One time in a theology school, we had a heated debate about whether a life of service to God assures entry to Heaven. In particular, we discussed the fate of nuns after they die. Sadly, the debate did not have a defined answer. Hence, I decided to research further into the topic. I took a few days to read through different theology books, articles, and consulting theologians, and had a session with a nun who told me all I needed to know. Coincidentally, yesterday, a member of my online Christian forum forwarded an article titled ‘Do nuns go to Heaven when they die?’ to the group. Since I had researched the topic while in theology school, I shared with the group all I knew. So, will nuns go to Heaven?
According to scripture, John 14:6 says that no one will go to God except through Jesus, which teachers of the scripture interpret to mean salvation. In this regard, nuns can go to Heaven if they receive salvation from God since He welcomes everyone to His Kingdom.
Please join me in the article below to discuss what happens to nuns after death. Get to find out whether the monastery provides certainty of going to Heaven. Also, discover what Catholic nuns learn about Heaven and Hell. Read on to find out about these and more.
Does the Monastery provide an assurance for Heaven?
In Mathew 24:36-38, the scripture informs us that only God knows who will enter Heaven and when. Therefore, the Monastery does not guarantee entrance into Heaven. Instead, it provides guidance on the spiritual life that helps individuals on their pathway to Heaven. The teachings and practices taught within a monastery bring one closer to pursuing a life of compassion, selflessness, inner peace, enlightenment, and mindfulness.
What are the Catholic nuns taught about Heaven and Hell?
The Catholic teaching about Heaven and Hell is that the unrepentant of sins descend to Hell while those who receive salvation ascend to Heaven. In Catechism teachings, the ultimate goal is to reunite with Christ in Heaven and meet God face to face.
Catholic teachings define Heaven as a perfect life of communion with God, a personal relationship with the Holy Trinity. Also, Heaven is the fulfilment of the deepest human longings, ultimate happiness, state supreme, and ultimate end. On the other hand, Catholicism teaches that Hell is a state of eternal separation from the blessed and communion with Our Heavenly Father.
Do nuns and religious priests receive grace when they die?
Christians are of the idea that God gives grace to believers when they die. Like other Christians, nuns and religious priests may receive grace when they die. As the scripture mentions Acts 17:25-28 in God’s eyes, we are all equal since He created us in one blood. However, the position and role nuns and religious priests play does not guarantee they will receive grace. As the scripture says in 1 Samuel 16:7, God looks at our hearts, not our outward appearance.
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