I affirm that the state of grace is absolutely necessary at the moment of death; without it, salvation and supernatural happiness the beatific vision of God — are impossible.
I deny that the state of grace is unavailable to persons who do not know the Church or who outwardly reject Her.
I affirm that the universality of salvation means that it is granted not only to those who explicitly believe in Christ and have entered the Church. Since salvation is offered to all, it must be made concretely available to all.
I deny that salvation is only available to baptized Christians and those who have never learned of Christianity.
I affirm that conscience frequently errs from invincible ignorance without losing its dignity.
I deny that persons are judged by God apart from their love for others and their own conscience.
I affirm that the souls of those who die in actual mortal sin go down into Hell immediately after death, and there suffer eternal punishment.
I deny that the punishments of Hell are the same for all the damned.
I affirm that no one is sent to Hell apart from a willful turning away from God (actual mortal sin), and persistence in it until the end.
I deny that God predestines anyone to Hell.
I affirm that God knows, searches, and clearly understands the minds, hearts, thoughts, and nature of all.
I deny that God, in his supreme kindness and clemency, permits anyone at all who is not guilty of deliberate sin to suffer eternal punishments.
I affirm that every fallen sinner, who is in the state of grace, is a child of God by spiritual adoption.
I deny that only baptized Christians are children of God by spiritual adoption.
I affirm that all prenatals, infants, and young children, who die at that young age, having been baptized with water, will have eternal life.
I deny that prenatals, infants, and young children are capable of committing actual mortal sin, or that their only path to Heaven is by a baptism of water.
I affirm that all prenatals, infants, and young children, who die at that young age, without baptism by water, are given the state of grace, prior to death, from Jesus Christ on the Cross, by a baptism of blood.
I deny that prenatals, infants, and young children are ever sent to the limbo of Hell or to limbo as a third final destination.
I affirm that persons who are guilty and unrepentant of a certain actual mortal sin of omission — that of never having found sanctifying grace in this life, despite ample opportunity — are sent to the limbo of Hell.
I deny that the limbo of Hell is a place of any type of happiness for anyone at all.
I affirm that some believing and practicing Christians nevertheless end up in Hell, due to unrepented actual mortal sin.
I deny that faith alone guarantees eternal life.
I affirm that Tradition, Scripture, and the Magisterium infallibly teach that Hell contains many human souls.
I deny that it is reasonable to hope that all human persons will reach eternal life in Heaven, and none will be punished in Hell.
I affirm that many non-Christian believers are in the state of grace, by a baptism of desire through the love of God and neighbor, and that many of them will have eternal life in Heaven.
I deny that persons who have sufficient accurate knowledge of Christianity, and yet outwardly reject the Church, cannot be saved unless they repent and convert to Christianity.
I affirm that many non-believers are in the state of grace, by a baptism of desire through the love of neighbor, which implicitly includes the love of God, and that many of them will have eternal life in Heaven.
I deny that persons who have sufficient accurate knowledge of true religion, and yet outwardly reject belief in God, cannot be saved unless they repent and believe.
I affirm that everyone in the state of grace has received the justification of God and can increase in that justice they received through the grace of Christ, and so be justified to a greater extent, by faith cooperating with good works.
I deny that it is impossible for the justified to have an increase of faith, hope, and charity.
I affirm that persons who are guilty and unrepentant from objective mortal sins might still be in the state of grace, since many factors reduce culpability, making objective mortal sin sometimes not also actual mortal sin.
I deny that, by natural law, fallen sinners necessarily understand morality well enough, without the help of Divine Revelation, to recognize every objective mortal sin.
I affirm that, to gain eternal salvation, it is not always required that a person be incorporated in reality as a member of the Church, but it is necessary that one belong to the Church at least by implicit desire and invincible ignorance.
I deny that the baptism of desire must always be explicit, as it is with catechumens.
I affirm that the good works of the justified can merit an increase of grace, the attainment of eternal life, and an increase in glory in Heaven, if the person dies in the state of grace.
I deny that the good works of each person who is justified are only the good gifts of God, and not also the good merits of the person who is justified.
I affirm that an act of love is sufficient for an adult to obtain sanctifying grace and to supply the lack of baptism.
I deny that all atheists and agnostics, who die without attaining to belief in God, are sent to Hell.
I affirm that, without God, man cannot fully find himself, nor can he find his true happiness.
I deny that human beings can completely fulfill themselves, and can be truly happy without God.
Please feel free to comment on any of the 20 points with your own understanding.
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