Some people speak of hell as something that can "befall" you--like a safe out of a third story window. You're just walking along, being a nice person and boom! You go to hell!
"I missed Mass this morning because I overslept and then had to work. Am I going to hell?" "Is so and so going to hell because he never heard the gospel?" "What if I don't remember something at confession? Will God judge me more harshly?" These and similar questions trouble the minds of many people. Christian theology is, among other things, aimed at attacking such notions with a very simple point: nobody goes to hell by accident.
Hell is a choice, a deliberate and sustained choice, to reject grace. Both Amos and...READ MORE