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What do Catholics believe?

Updated on October 13, 2011

What do Catholics believe?

Are you doing some research on Catholics? Maybe your doing some homework. I'm not personally a Catholic but here is some information I had to research for school, that I thought some other people might find interesting. Some questions and answers about general questions people often have about Catholics.

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What do Catholics believe?

1. What is the meaning of life? : According to Catholicism the purpose of life is to love God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and your neighbour as yourself. By so doing, people, by their free choice will, after they die, live with God in a state of eternal ecstasy in heaven.

  Catholics also believe that this life is but a passage, a preparation for a spiritual eternal reality. They also believe that in choosing and following God’s ways in this life, they can already begin to taste or experience heaven in the here and now.

2. What happens after death? : The Catholic Church teaches that when someone dies, the soul leaves the body. Then the soul will rise and be judged based on the life that the person lived. If the soul has accepted Christ as lord, but still has sin, it will not be let into the Heaven. This doesn't mean that the soul is sent to hell, but the soul goes to a place called purgatory. Purgatory is a place with the soul is "purged" of sin. Then when the soul is clean of sin then it will go to Heaven.

3. Is there a God? : The Catholic Church believes that there is one eternal God. They believe he exists as a combination of three persons: God the Father; God the Son; and the Holy Spirit. All together these three parts make up the one God a bit like the way a government has many parts but makes up one whole.

4. What happens after death? : When someone dies, according to the Catholic Church, the soul leaves the body. Then the soul will rise and be judged based on the life that the soul lived. If the soul has accepted Christ as Lord, but still has sin it will not be let into Heaven. That doesn’t mean that the soul is sent to hell, but it goes to a place called purgatory. Purgatory is a place with the soul is "purged" of sin. Then when the soul is clean of sin, then it will enter Heaven.

5. What is my purpose in life? : Catholics believe human’s purpose is to love God and one another. It is also to have a personal relationship with God. Then at the end of life those who have believed in Him will get to live with God forever.

6. How was the earth created? : Catholics believe that the earth was created supernaturally in 6 days by God about 6,000 years ago. According to the Bible God spoke everything into being. On the seventh day He rested. Catholics believe this was how God set up the 7 day week.

7. What is the meaning of death? : Catholics believe that when we die our souls are separated from our bodies. Our bodies cease working and will decay because of the lack of life. But they believe our souls don’t die but live on. The soul will then go onto to heaven or hell.

8. Is there a Hell? : The Catholics believe there are only two ultimate destinies. One is to go to heaven and one is to go to hell. If the person hasn’t accepted Christ during their life, they will be sent to hell. The soul will be in horrible torment forever in hell and they will never be able to leave. They believe God did not create Hell for humans but for devil and his angels. It’s the persons choices were they wish to go.

9. Do people have souls? : The Catholics believe that humans do have souls. They say it is a part of the physical body, and is where the person’s emotions ect. come from. It will be separated from the body only when the person’s body dies.

10. When will the world end? : Catholics believe the world will end at the end of the Tribulation period. This is when Jesus will return. They believe there will be signs of His imminent return that people will be able to recognize. These will include an increase in the number of earthquakes, natural disasters, wars, rumors of wars, and other catastrophes.

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      jassy 2 years ago

      I LEARED A LOT FROM THIS ATICAL ABOUT GOD SO THANK YOU.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      AS an ex-catholic-- there's still 2 places.. purgatory is like a weigh station in their belief-- (ancient beliefs had sins taken off for money to shorten your purgatory stay--Catholic funerals still won't talk about a person going straight to heaven)people will eventually go to heaven. Saints are people who went directly to heaven-evidenced by supposed miracles on earth attributed to them.....And the ever popular pray to Mary and the saints to ask Jesus for something....thus the "ex" part and about 1k more.-

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      chur bo helped me with my essay

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      Jon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: its not a contradiction, those who are in purgatory are meant for heaven, meaning they are going nowhere but heaven. The only thing is that they have been delayed for purification.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You've contradicted yourself by saying that there are only two destinations after death; Hell or Heaven, when previously you spoke of Purgatory.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Right o-Catholics are good with Evolution 'shows no conflict' says' Pope JP2

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Golly you'll have me reciting my catechism next! Been a long time but I can still chant by rote memory