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The Ultimate Reality

We live in a time when people on the right cry incessantly about the need to embrace reality. The left responds that reality is whatever you want it to be. The right observes the things around us and says, “Just look at everything going on! We see all the evidence of the natural world, but we have to shape everything to fit our narrative for the good of the world and the good of mankind.” The left says, “We must rid the world of our perceived injustices, and we have to shape everything to fit our narrative for the good of the world and the good of mankind.”

God—The Ultimate Reality

It doesn’t really matter whether you’re on the left or the right, because neither side embraces reality. At the end of the day, both sides are atheistic—actual or practical. The left claims there is no God, and they do all they can to keep Him out of culture and society. The right claims to believe in God, but they live, generally speaking, as if He doesn’t exist. Yet God is the ultimate reality—the only ultimate reality.

I have proven on these pages many times that God is real, that He exists; only a fool would say He doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, there is a rapidly increasing number of fools in the world. God, as the Ultimate Reality, implies certain realities for us creatures of His, of which there are four. Two of those realities all of us will face, one the vast majority of us will face, and one only a very small number of us will face.

First Reality

The first reality all of us will face is death. It doesn’t matter how much man pursues life longevity, all will eventually die. There is no escaping death, and all the science in the world will never change that. You will die.

Second Reality

The second reality we’ll all face comes immediately after death, and that would be judgement. Judgement is something we can’t escape. Everything you do in life is done in a way that you don’t have to do it alone, but after death that principle of the natural world ceases to exist. When we’re judged, we’ll be all alone. There will be no one you can call to help you through it, no going as a group, and no time or opportunity to adjust things so the judgement won’t be harsh. Believe me, that judgement is going to be harsh, because God is infinitely just.

I don’t presume to know how God will ultimately judge mine or your souls. I only know what He has said in scripture, and what His Church Militant has taught for 2,000 years. Whereas Jesus Himself indicated that most of us will go to hell, I can only try to work out my own salvation in fear and trembling… and highly recommend you do the same (Philippians 2:12).

The Inescapable

Because judgement is inescapable, and because God is perfectly just, please don’t make the mistake of thinking He will gloss over some of the things you’ve done or failed to do. Everything—EVERYTHING—we think, say, do or fail to do will be reviewed and considered in our judgement. From the smallest “white lie” (there is no such thing) to the most vile evil you can imagine will be considered in our judgement. Don’t think, “Sure I used artificial contraception, but God understands. Besides, I read where a priest said it was okay.” God won’t understand, because He told us what to do, and He wasn’t making a good natured joke. He was serious. You could replace artificial contraception with the sin of your choice, but the result is the same. Some sins will buy you a ticket on the express train to hell, others to purgatory.

After this judgement will come one of two realities. Most will be condemned to eternal punishment, or some will be eternally rewarded (usually after a period of purification in purgatory). Let’s deal first with the eternal punishment.

Rather Laugh with the Sinners Than Cry with the Saints

Modern society seems to think hell, if it exists, won’t be all that bad. A popular song from the ‘80s tells us the singer would rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints. It’s not the saints who will be crying, though.

Hell isn’t a fun place to be that may one day come to an end. It’s a place of eternal torment. Every kind of pain and suffering possible will be experienced by those in hell; that is, most people. The greatest suffering will be eternal separation from God, the One Whose presence at least gives us our humanity. That is what the vast majority of us will experience.

Eternal Bliss

On the other hand, there is eternal residency for the very few called heaven. Heaven is a place of eternal bliss. No, we won’t be sitting on a cloud strumming a harp. No, we won’t be bored. We will be perfectly happy, and after the resurrection we can have anything we want. Of course, none of us can count on being there. Most of us won’t be there.

Family Second Priority

One thing I say a lot is that Christ and his Church mean more to me than anything, even my family. My wife understands that perfectly, because she feels the same way. However, a lot of Catholics I know tell me I’m just being a fanatic, that my family should mean more to me than anything. Jesus didn’t say that, though. He didn’t say, “Love your family above all else and you shall be saved.” No, He told us repeatedly throughout scripture to love Him and His Church above all else so we can be saved.

Why Catholic

The most profound statement Jesus ever made is in Matthew 5:48. He told us to be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect. So the obvious question is, if you don’t want to become a saint, why are you a Catholic?

With our culture and society the way it is today, and with the way nearly all of us have bought into its lies and acceptance of what we know is evil, now is the time to get serious with God and do as He wants. Be honest. Either believe in God and all He teaches and requires of us, or just leave the Church. If you choose to stay, though, let’s you and I work together to help one another to become saints and strive for heaven, where we’ll all spend eternity in bliss with God.

Neo-Modernists

One of the biggest problems facing Catholics today is knowing and understanding what God expects of us. Because Neo-Modernists infiltrated the Church after Vatican II and dumbed down catechesis until it was nothing more than namby-pamby milquetoast and Jesus the Warm Fuzzy Catholicism, 95% of Catholics don’t know how exciting it is to live the fullness of the Catholic faith. You can fix that, though.

Every single week, I offer a free webinar online to show you how exciting our faith can be. It’s never boring, always attention grabbing, and absolutely free. Just visit JoeSixpackAnswers.com and sign up to get your own personalized webinar invitations so you can register.

About the author, Joe Sixpack

I'm Joe Sixpack—The Every Catholic Guy, and I'm your go-to guy for all things Catholic! I'm a convert of thirty years, and the Holy Spirit has used me to make hundreds of converts in one-on-one and small group venues. I'm also a consecrated member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, under the direction of Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. I hope we can be friends!

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