Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Saints See The Reprobate Suffer

People in Heaven do not see people suffering in Hell

The saints in Heaven indeed see the suffering of the wicked in Hell, says St. Thomas Aquinas, contrary to what many people might think. When Hell is compared with Heaven the differences are more apparent, and thus those in Heaven have more happiness and are even more grateful to God because God's justice is glorified. At the same time, they are not saddened by the sight or pitiful of the damned because they know that the damned fully deserve everlasting punishment, and because they cannot share in any unhappiness. This is stated in scripture in Is 66:24 (NKJV): "And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh."

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